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[MUSIC]
Here at ArtistWorks,
we were really intentional about
getting great musicians to
record backing tracks for
all the tunes that we're learning,
and all of the scales that we're learning,
so
that you can learn to play with
world-class jazz musicians.
There's really no substitute for
playing with people, and
learning from great musicians, whether
from backing tracks or from recordings.
As you develop as a jazz cellist though,
you're gonna be expanding your repertoire
and learning all sorts of patterns and
scales in all 12 keys.
So what many jazz musicians
use are some online
software options that can help
you customize any tune or
exercise to a tempo of your choice,
and to a key of your choice.
Some of the most popular options for
this include Band-in-a-Box and iReal Pro.
And there's also many Music Minus One and
Jamey Aebersol resources.
And you'll even find plenty
of free stuff on YouTube.
There's a lot out there to help
jazz musicians work on their craft.
And I just wanted to let you know that
you can augment what we've got here
at Artist Works.
We've got a huge library of backing
tracks, and we've even got our extensive
Music Theory Workshop, which can help
you learn about all of these harmonies.
And you can augment all of the work
we're doing in these video lessons
with some software options that will
help you customize your jazz practice.
In addition to spending time, many,
many hours by yourself, alone with your
computer listening to computerized
backing tracks, you're gonna grow so
much faster as an improviser if you
can simply find a friend to play with.
If you know somebody who's also
interested in learning jazz,
you guys can practice a lot
of these exercises together.
Two five ones, core scales, tunes,
everything we work on in this jazz
curriculum can be practiced with a friend.
If you happen to have musician
friends who don't play cello,
like maybe piano or guitar,
or even violin, saxophone,
find somebody no matter
what their instrument, and
become practice buddies and start jamming
with them to work on improvisation.
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