Monday, February 28, 2011

Tim Price Blogging For Rico-Playing jazz should be just as natural and relaxed as talking.

~Improvising means creating music that is spontaneous, of the moment, and uniquely your own. So think of it as the instrument becomes a process of self-discovery, finding out what your music really sounds like. You develop a period of looking within, stripping away the excess and listening for the simple voice that really is our own. It’s there, listen for it.

Being able to improvise on I GOT RHYTHM changes appears much more as a puzzle or study that must be negotiated than as an opportunity look within and reach for new sounds you hear. Improvising means creating music that is spontaneous, of the now, and your own. It will not get played if you yourself don’t play it, and try.

You have to focus your practicing for maximum progress towards creating a powerful forward motion as a player. Add personal guidance of a master teacher and artist, and you’re poised to grow as a musician and as a performer. This is the way I learned with master players-educators like Charlie Mariano, Charlie Banacos ( I was lucky to study with Banacos since 1994 till 2010 ) Sal Nistico, Joe Viola, Andy McGhee and John LaPorta.These men were a beautiful category of a jazz pro who both knows what he is doing, and is willing to share. Thank god for them!

Todays student needs substance ! Plus how to focus practicing of improvising on the essential elements,the actual substance of what to play and how to develop it in your personal style, and dealing with practicing of specific vocabulary. It's what I call, what to shed! Then you got to understand jazz is part of culture. Bird, Prez,Basie,Pee Wee Russell, Roland Kirk, Duke, Hawk and all those giants who gave something to culture. What did they have? They had the the building blocks of jazz improvisation. MELODY ! Then guide-tone lines, and melodic Rhythm. Real world building blocks of jazz improvisation. In a word- BASICS that last for your career.

Just some thinking on subjects we all love and are close to our agenda.

Here's some lunch for your ears, and I'll see you next week!


Charlie Parker Early Recordings 1943

Till then......BIRD LIVES!


If your in the Reading, Pa / Greater Berks- Philly areas and a student that wants to play. Please come by!

Tim Price Adventures In Jazz

( Rt 422 Reading, Pa In the lower store level. )

Playing jazz should be just as natural and relaxed as talking. The key to mastery of this art form is to be able to have access to all your abilities and acquire new abilities in a stress-free manner.The Tim Price Adventures In Jazz Workshop Series at Berks Jazz Festival at Boscovs East. Sunday March 27 th at 12 noon.Any student may bring their horn and sit in. ( Students only )
Bassist Bruce Ketterer will be on hand, plus a hand picked band by Tim's friend/former student and tour de force on alto sax- Nathan Bellott.The music focus is workshop style playing on blues/standards and the groove within them. Tim Price uses a core of student musicians to play-experiment and try jazz techniques.This event is free and open to all students that are interested in furthering their jazz skills. Understanding basic levels and skills are suggested.This first series Tim calls " Jazz In The Classroom- at Boscovs East" via his Adventures In Jazz Series is a token of respect to the masters he was associated with at Berklee College of Music in Boston.Tim Price and his students provide a fun and relaxing way to improve your jazz skill and increase your knowledge of jazz.Tim Price's goal is dedicated to the American art form known as jazz, his mission is to promote jazz education and performance.Join him for the adventure.


In addition to a full complement of students he teaches in New York City at the New School University, and his private studio on 46th st. As well as Reading, Pa and worldwide SKYPE students,Tim Price has put on instructional clinics around the country and in Europe. His expertise both in teaching instrumental technique and jazz improvisation makes him highly effective. His knowledge and experience as a full time player clearly permeates his method of teaching - an ability he has been officially recognized for. Tim endorses RICO REEDS at trade-shows and clinics worldwide. Call him at 610-370-1544.

All presentations are based on a school's individual needs and will meet the students at their level. Teachers may request specific topics in advance. I'm here to help you.


  1. There is very good guidance here Tim. Good musical examples and the wisdom from of your many years of playing jazz. Loren

  2. Beautiful as always Tim, thanks for 'keeping the flame'! DC