“Ask O.P.!”

The three members of Outside Pedestrian are all veteran music educators who are happy to share their knowledge and experience with their audience.  If you have a question about composition, music theory or perhaps are looking for recommendations on jazz recordings or where to hear live music in your neighborhood, email us!

Here are some questions we’ve been asked, with our thoughts.

How do you develop a personal style?

How do you get more comfortable playing through jazz progressions?

How do you get started with improvisation?

How can I improve my phrasing?

What are some ways to break out of “ruts” with improvisation?

What are some good online resources for practicing improvisation?

I have two different versions of the same tune. How do I tell which one is right?

What’s the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 time?

How much should I spend on an instrument?

If I’m a pop/rock songwriter, should I still learn about music theory?