How to Prepare

A Checklist for All Camp Participants

Updated: December 12, 2022

You’ll get the most out of your experience at SJW if you practice every day, year-round. At a minimum, spend time playing your instrument or singing each day, starting four to six weeks before camp. Specifically, you can prepare for SJW by spending time with these great online play-along resources by the SJW faculty!

Warm up and refresh your knowledge of scales and arpeggios

Warm up, practice scales and arpeggios, practice rhythm patterns, and apply them to improvisation by playing along with these SJW faculty members! Sheet music included for download in the description sections. 

Click here for the Dorian Mode warmup with Steven Lugerner, Caili O’Doherty, Kristen Strom, JJ Kirkpatrick, and John Sturino

Click here for the Mixolydian Mode warmup with Steven Lugerner, Ben Flocks, Naomi Siegel, and Markus Howell

Play great jazz tunes and practice improvising

We’ve got play-alongs of 15 great jazz tunes, recorded by our fantastic SJW faculty. There’s nothing to download, just choose your tune and part, and the sheet music pops up on your screen for you to play. Scroll down to learn scales, voicings, and patterns that can help you sound great quickly!

Click here to access the Real Easy Book Player app!

You’ll be playing a lot at Jazz Camp, and if your endurance, flexibility and technique are as good as possible, you’ll be able to get the most out of the Jazz Camp experience.