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Meet Jay Riley
"I’m Jay, the creator of Riley Music Academy. For over a decade I have taught students worldwide to overcome obstacles, break out of outdated and irrelevant training methods and become better musicians. My methods focus on purist fundamentals, ear training, the 'right sort' of theory and musicianship skills . I get great pleasure in seeing my students become advanced musicians and steal gigs away from me!"
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Throughout the year, I offer one to one coaching to musicians who wish to get their music to the next level. You and I work on a personal basis to review your current musical situation and develop a strategy to supercharge your development. I also work with educational establishments (mainly in the UK) to provide music enrichment sessions and specialised advanced workshops in Improvisation, Jazz and Popular Music. 
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I set up Riley Music Academy as a way to reach more students and to offer massive value for money to my students. I have designed the site to offer video instruction in the specifics of the saxophone & piano and to other instrumentalists who want to develop their musicianship skills. Members range from advanced gigging musicians to players new to their instruments. We have a worldwide community of likeminded advancing musicians on guitar, trumpet, vocals as well as my specialist instruments. The site features guidance on theory, improvisation, harmony, performance anxiety, gear, reading music, playing live, transcribing, how to practice effectively and so much more. For more information, sign up for the free Ebook above. 
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Featured Posts by Jay Riley

3 key concepts for Blues

This week I’ve been invited to conduct workshops in schools as part of the Upton Blues Festival. They’ve been running a reach out program, offering young people the opportunity to experience and learn blues music and explore the historical and cultural ramifications of the style.

As it’s all fresh in my mind I thought I would give you some of the key musical concepts of blues and how you can make use of it in your own playing. It’s slightly more technical than some of my blog posts so if it’s not for you then just skip it.

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How much should a musician be paid?

This is a hotly debated topic. If you sign up to any of the Facebook musician sites (such as UK musicians for gigs or Dep Musicians in the UK ), there are always posts asking for advice, as well as some highly opinionated professionals!

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27 days in a row – tips to help with music practice and productivity

Today I practised for the 27th day in a row. I’m not saying this to show off, or to make you feel bad that perhaps you haven’t, I want to show you how doable it has been, discuss some of the methods I have used and the explore the results.

A while back I admitted that I was working on a big project and I needed to get into musical shape. This has been my intention for a long time and after a fair amount of procrastination, I bit the bullet and got a gig booked in. This leap of faith was exactly what I needed and it has stoked the fire in my belly.

In this post I want to show you how to be more productive and perhaps motivate you to do something similar.

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