If you are struggling for new ideas for improvisation and desperately need to improve your jazz vocabulary, you need to check out my latest radio show on the BAM Radio Network, with special guest, Nick Mainella, creator and host of the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast and the brand new Inside the Saxophone Mind podcast.
You can access the interview with Nick Mainella by clicking here.
(You can listen to Part 1 of my interview with Nick here.)
Improve Your Jazz Vocabulary, my interview with Nick Mainella
“The power of the internet to educate people is just amazing.” Nick Mainella
Listening to many other podcasts in other fields (about 10 – 12 per week), and consulting with other entrepreneurs into podcasting, inspired Nick to create a free resource that would help jazz musicians of all levels increase their jazz vocabulary.
The podcasts are great because it can be a casual listen for some folks, where they don't have to prepare for a lesson with a teacher. It can also act as a valuable resource for those who can't afford weekly lessons with great teachers and desperately want to improve their improvisation skills.
The 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast also is unique in that in around 10 minutes it provides 1 important concept to work on. In today's instant gratification age, short, easily digestable podcasts are what many people are seeking.
New podcast for Saxophone Players
Nick's new podcast, Inside the Saxophone Mind, is a look into his favorite saxophone idols' minds, allowing him to ask the questions he's always wanted to ask and share the answers with the saxophone community.
There are not as many resources for saxophone players as there are for drummers and guitarists. Nick wanted to provide an enjoyable podcast for saxophone enthusiasts who were curious as to how their favorite musicians approach playing their instrument.
What Nick found was that the best players are usually the nicest people willing to share their knowledge and experience with others.
You can access the Inside the Saxophone Player's Mind podcast by clicking here.
Three Common Mistakes Most Improvisers Make, and How You Can Avoid Them
Just making three simple changes to your improvisation can make your solos flow better and sound more interesting.
Learn how to do that in the Free Video below…
Did you miss Part 1?
Many musicians, in particular woodwind players, do not warm up properly before they start practicing or performing. Since irreparable damage can’t necessarily be done by not warming up on a woodwind instrument (as opposed to a brass instrument), some folks don’t recognize how a good warm up can enhance your playing.
You can listen to Part 1 of my interview with Nick here. We talked about the importance of warming up, and about a great new warm up book he just created.
Once you're done with Part 1, here's the link to access Part 2 of my interview with Nick.
Want to know more about Nick Mainella?
Nick is a New England based saxophonist, educator, and entrepreneur. Nick hosts The 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast as well as the Inside The Saxophone Mind Podcast and has long been an advocate for online jazz and music education. He has also just published his first saxophone method book, Comprehensive Saxophone Warmups. Nick also plays in the award winning ensemble, The Soggy Po’ Boys and freelances regularly in Boston and New England. Nick attended the University of New Hampshire and then later, Western Michigan University where he received a Masters Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance.
Nick also maintains a large studio of private and ensemble lessons as well as Skype students from all over the world.
If you would like to reach Nick please visit his website at: www.NickMainellaMusic.com
Don't forget to pick up a copy of Nick's new book, Comprehensive Saxophone Warmups.
You can purchase your own copy by clicking here or on the picture below.
Have you used any of the concepts from Nick's podcasts?
If so, I want to know which concept helped you the most with your playing? Write a comment below…