What to practice? Hal has some great thoughts. Twelve minutes of wisdom from a modern master.
If you are a classical artist, substitute classical sounds for jazz sounds. It's all the same.
"art is supposed to teach yourself something about yourself you didn't know" Hal Galper
My go to podcasts. I listen in the car on my way to classes. One reason I bounce through the door on arrival.
Listening is practicing. A bold statement I'll stick to. Try the following immersive listening exercise.
This is just the beginning of learning to listen like a musician. As a musician I ask myself when listening, "what is going on here?"
Learning to improvise at the piano is not difficult, though it might take a small mind shift on your part. Consider the following. Until the mid 19th c. it was customary for classical musicians to improvise on stage. Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart were all know for their improvising prowess. You can find more inf. and links here:
Musicians wrote books on how to improvise. Click on this for more.
Have fun. More to come.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.