How I Make an Extra $52,476/year as a Jazz Musician

The Skool platform CHANGED my life. As a jazz musician it’s allowed me to break out of the grind of trading my time for money, and build something that will scale over time.

In this video I’m going to do 2 things: the first is give you a quick overview of the Skool platform and why you should use it, and the second is showing you how this enables a whole new style of teaching as a musician, that will give YOU control over your income and life.

What is Skool?

Skool is a community-first platform created by entrepreneur Sam Ovens. You may know him as the creator of or maybe for his hugely popular and influential YouTube videos talking about business, entrepreneurship, and life.

It’s a place for you to gather your group of people in one area online to share ideas, sell courses, host live events, and much more.

What Skool is not?

It is not for people that want to have courses without the community element, and later I’ll explain why you...

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30 Lessons I Learned Before 30 🎂

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2023

Today, I turned 30.

I’ve done a lot and learned a lot in that time. From student to math teacher, and from jazz guitarist to entrepreneur - it’s been a journey.

Here are just 30 of the most impactful lessons I’ve learned before turning 30.

  1. If you’re feeling mentally down, first make sure you’ve had enough water, sun, and rest. If you’re still not feeling well, go exercise hard for 30-60min. If you’re STILL not feeling well, go be around other people.
  2. At some point in your late 20s your body will decide it won’t digest lactose very well. Enjoy dairy while you can.
  3. Travel is overrated but having new experiences is underrated.
  4. “Focus is saying no to things you really want to do.” - Steve Jobs quote paraphrased from Alex Epstein
  5. Compound interest applies to more than your bank account. Mastering a skill, building relationships, and improving your health all benefit from compounded gains. Act accordingly.
  6. Go deep on the things...
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The 50 Jazz Standards Blueprint

jazz standards repertoire Oct 15, 2022

If you'd like to check out my latest, improved version of this list click here. And, if you play guitar and would like to study these jazz standards with me, click here.


The 50 Jazz Standards Blueprint

Here are the first 50 jazz standards I would have students learn. For the sake of getting this information out as quickly as possible check out the relevant videos on my YouTube channel for in-depth explanation of how songs were chosen for this order.

  1. Watermelon Man
  2. Freddie the Freeloader
  3. Cantaloupe Island
  4. Mr. P.C.
  5. All Blues
  6. So What
  7. Milestones
  8. Little Sunflower
  9. Take the A Train
  10. Perdido
  11. Tune Up
  12. PentUp House
  13. Blue Bossa
  14. Sugar
  15. Summertime
  16. Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval)
  17. In Walked Bud
  18. Autumn Leaves
  19. All of Me
  20. Corcovado
  21. Fly Me to the Moon
  22. Oleo (Rhythm Changes)
  23. Someday My Prince Will Come
  24. The Girl from Impanema
  25. There Is No Greater Love
  26. What Is This Thing Called Love
  27. Footprints
  28. Alone Together
  29. Donna Lee
  30. It Could Happen to You
  31. Just Friends
  32. Lady Bird
  33. Misty
  34. My Funny Valentine
  35. My...
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12 Rules for Success as a Modern Musician

advice Dec 31, 2020

No matter what life throws at you, there are principles you can live by to ensure you're doing all you can on the path to success. These 12 Rules have served me over the years and I'm curious to know which rules resonate most with you and what rules you would add to them.

  1. Sharpen the axe daily 

    One of my favorite quotes of all time is “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” by Aristotle. If you agree with this quote, in order to be excellent musicians we must have a daily habit of practicing our craft. If you want to be able to hear harmony better, is it something you work on daily? Any area of music in which you feel you are not yet excellent, ask yourself if that is something you have made into a daily habit.

  2. Leverage your musical strengths...

    In a world of over 7.5 Billion people, it's important to distinguish ourselves based on our strengths. What is the one thing you do better than anyone else in your musical peer...
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Hack Your Practice: The Key Principles for Creating a Consistent Practice Routine

Uncategorized Nov 28, 2020

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

-Yogi Berra

Think about the last time you went to practice. Put yourself in the moment when you thought, “I need to go practice.” How did you feel? If you’re like most people, you felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the possible things to practice and by how little time you actually have to do it all. Maybe you decided you’re just too busy and don’t have time to practice today (like yesterday and the day before that...). Or maybe you went to practice and pushed through, knowing you didn’t really put in the focus and energy to make solid improvements. What happened to those early days of learning when practice was fun and exciting? What’s changed? How can you hope to make lasting improvement if your practice is inconsistent, and what’s the point if the day-to-day practice is a drag?

I want to show you the three key principles that helped me go...

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10 Killer Melodic Minor Lines in 9 Minutes

Check out the video below to watch Chase teach you 10 Killer Melodic Minor Lines. To get the free PDF with music notation and TAB for this lesson go to: 

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Words of Wisdom from Wynton Marsalis during the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center held an hour-long livestream last night answering questions directly from people tuning in. At the start of the stream, Wynton spoke about what musicians can do during this period of social distancing and quarantine and then the JALC video producer Adam Meeks moderated the questions that came in.

I’ve grouped Wynton’s thoughts and responses based on topic and hopefully they will provide you with food for thought and encourage you to join the next livestream from JALC or watch previous talks from Wynton Marsalis.

If you enjoy this, share it with another musician. Let's pass on the wisdom passed down to us from the elder statesmen of this jazz community.

10 pieces of advice for when you’re stuck inside:

  1. “Embrace the space”
  2. “Set long-term internal goals.”
  3. “Keep perspective.”
  4. “Organize your short-term goals and plan each day with a doable schedule."
  5. “Diversify your...
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What to do when the “Coronavirus” (or other disaster) cancels all of your gigs

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2020

With the widespread concern and panic surrounding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, otherwise known as the “Coronavirus”, many musicians have had their gigs and tours, and therefore the work they rely on to make a living, canceled.

Instead of rehashing all of the harm the coronavirus is causing, you can choose to take advantage of the positive side of this extra time. Here are seven ways you can make your isolated time productive and come back on the music scene stronger than before, whenever that happens to be.

1. Rest

Most of the time as musicians we burn our candle at both ends. Late night gigs can lead into early morning lessons, sessions, rehearsals, or church and brunch gigs. Aside from the time it takes to maintain and grow as a musician, most musicians are also busy working other jobs and freelance work to make a living and haven’t really given themselves a chance to take a breath. Use the time to sleep, rejuvenate, and take care of your health.

2. Practice


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9 Lessons I learned from artists at GroundUP Music Festival 2020 (feat. Becca Stevens, Brian Blade, Camila Meza, and Wayne Krantz)

Last week, we had the opportunity to attend the GroundUP Music Festival in Miami and I put together the nine best lessons I learned from interviewing some of the artists, and from the masterclasses held throughout the festival. Quotes are lightly edited for ease of reading, and you can click the artist names below to go to the full video interview they are quoted from. If you dig the content, share it with one of your friends or leave a comment below.

Becca Stevens

“What advice would you give to young musicians?”

  • Say yes to a lot of things early on. Play with lots of people. Have sessions. Be respectful. Learn the music so people want to call you again and hang out with you”
  • Make the music — create the art — that you want to make. Even if maybe somewhere in the back of your mind you have a fear that people aren’t going to like it. At least if you’re making what inspires you, and what you want to make, then you have that. If...
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The 9 Essential Books for Jazz - Sent in from the JazzMemes Community

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

We recently polled our #JazzMemesFamily on Instagram asking them what are their essential books for jazz. The question was left open to include instructional jazz books or books written on the topic of jazz and music. We collected the most popular responses that were sent in and categorized them into two categories Performance and Theory/Concept. If you're new to jazz or haven't checked some of these books out, they're a great starting point to further your jazz education. Let us know in the comments which books you would add to this list.


  • The Realbook - A collection of sheet music containing some of the most widely recognized jazz standards. Great to learn tunes from if you aren't at the level of transcribing everything by ear. Don't bring on a gig or jam session unless you want to be vibed. 
  • The Omnibook - Essential study for learning the bebop language through one of its masters, Charlie Parker. Includes Parker's most famous bebop head,...
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