What if you could instantly get the ideas you hear in your head onto your instrument?

What if you could handle improvising over any chord progression with confidence and ease?

What if you could actually be proud of and excited by the solos you play in the practice room, at jam sessions, and on gigs?

Hi, I'm Jeff Schneider – award-winning saxophonist, pianist, and composer with a passion for teaching people how to make music better than they ever thought possible.

After uploading over 200 music tutorials to YouTube and working with students all over the world for more than 15 years, I've gotten pretty good at helping people drastically improve their playing in a short amount of time

I wasn't a prodigy growing up, and I don't have any super powers like perfect pitch or synesthesia. Had I been born with those abilities, I probably wouldn't be very good at breaking down musical concepts. I'm actually grateful to have gone through the process (struggle) of figuring out how to get better without any unique natural advantages because I'm now able to clearly explain music in ways that are helpful to others.

But getting here wasn't easy...

Let's rewind a bit...

I’m in 7th grade, improvising over the chord changes to St. Thomas, i.e., playing random notes from the blues scale without a clue what it means to be “making the changes.” But I’m having a great time getting to solo in jazz band, and the ignorance is bliss.

Then I get to high school and hear how much better the older kids sound, and that bliss turns to pain.

I’m kicking myself after every one of my solos in school, at jam sessions, and on gigs. Family and friends say I sound good, but my inner voice always says, “What do they know?”

I can’t stop thinking about all the flubbed notes I didn’t mean to play and all the notes I wanted to play but couldn’t get to in time.

The frustration continues through college, and I come close to giving it all up several times. But after investing so much time and money into practicing and taking lessons, the guilt of turning my back on it all is too much to bear. I’m stuck between frustration and guilt – a hard place and a rock.

Out of school and in need of work, I start teaching more private lessons. As I share with others what I’ve learned over the years, I start to develop tips, techniques, and strategies for overcoming challenges that my students are facing. I test these new techniques on myself, and the sudden shift in my ability to play reminds me of when Neo figures out how to manipulate the Matrix. I still need to put in practice time, but

IMPROVISING IS ACTUALLY ENJOYABLE,
AND I LIKE THE WAY I SOUND.

After a few years, the spontaneous exercises I create for my students evolve into a method I develop called the CMC (Crane-Massage-Connectors) system, which helps me and my students improvise over chord changes with confidence and ease.

I realize what I was missing all those years in school — a system I could follow that would get me from point A to point Z. A system like CMC that can be followed regardless of a player’s skill level and experience.

"Making the changes is the ability to outline a chord progression within an improvised solo, so that even if the rest of the band dropped out, a listener could still feel and hear the harmony passing by."

Yeah...
Learning licks, shredding over fast tempos, and studying super-advanced theory can be cool.

But to become a better improviser:

You need a system.

Introducing...


Learn the CMC System, Improvise Through Chord Changes with Confidence, and Fast-Track Your Soloing to the Next Level

"Making the Changes" is a module-based, six-week video course in which I guide you – every step of the way – with visuals, downloadable examples, exercises, and graded quizzes to ensure you not only understand the material but can put it to use right away. Demonstrations of the examples and exercises will include an on-screen piano, and all of the downloadable sheet music is transposed for C, Eb, Bb, and bass clef instruments.

Once enrolled, you'll gain access to our exclusive improvisers community – a private Facebook group in which you can share your progress with other course members, request and provide feedback, and connect with musicians all over the world who are serious about becoming better improvisers.

Get instant access to the following LIMITED-TIME bonuses when you enroll today:


Solos on Standards

25 written solos on popular chord progressions, including Blues, Rhythm Changes, Misty, All of Me, Just the Two of Us, Giant Steps, and more. Play along with me and then practice on your own with the included backing tracks.


Licks for Days

Spoiler alert: Learning licks is not the secret to becoming a great improviser, just like memorizing a bunch of fancy words won't make you a great writer or speaker. But building a strong vocabulary is an important part of becoming fluent in any language – including music. Licks for Days is the perfect companion for Making the Changes because you'll have learned the skills necessary to understand and internalize music on a deep level. Read and play along with me through over 100 licks perfect for Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Pop solos.


Shed This Way

A musician's guide to practicing smarter, learning faster, and playing better.
In this bonus video course, I’ll share with you my top tips, strategies, and techniques for getting motivated, staying focused, and making your practice time as efficient and effective as possible.

What is the CMC system?

Crane – Massage – Connectors

These are funny names for a serious approach to
learning how to make you an outstanding improviser.

Mastery of CMC will get you the
most results in the least amount of time.

In the course, you'll learn...

  • How to improvise flowing solos over any chord progression without sounding stiff and mechanical

  • What it means to play vertically and horizontally and how to do both simultaneously

  • How to stop relying on licks and never run out of fresh ideas

  • How to approach rhythm to avoid improvisational "rambling" and getting lost in the form

  • How to turn tired pentatonic licks into hip jazz lines

  • How to play non-stop eighth-note bebop lines that flow through chord changes

  • How to practice chord tones and scales to stop fumbling around for the right notes

  • How to analyze transcribed solos through the lens of the CMC system to make memorizing, transposing, and internalizing music easier than ever

After completing the course, prepare for what will feel like a new set of ears as you listen to your favorite recordings of the greats.



You'll be able to break down complex solos into individual puzzle pieces that can be internalized and incorporated into your playing.

Who is this course for?

  • Musicians who want to make the most of their practice time

  • Musicians who value their craft enough to invest in high-quality education that will take their playing to the next level and beyond

  • Musicians who want to improvise solos that develop musical ideas while communicating chord changes with finesse

Who is this course NOT for?

  • Musicians who practice by sitting in front of the TV and noodle around on their instrument

  • Musicians who are complacent watching random videos on YouTube that fail to provide a systems-based approach to getting better

  • Musicians who like to shut their eyes real tight and play random high notes during their solos

Your Instructor


Jeff Schneider
Jeff Schneider

I want to share with you everything I know about making music.

I didn't show any real progress on my instrument until the summer after my freshman year of high school when I started practicing eight hours a day. Almost 20 years later, I've since studied with the best teachers in the world, at the top schools in the U.S., and have taught myself the secrets to playing and writing music that I love.

My goal now is to make sure those secrets get passed on to anyone who wants to work hard and practice smart.

If you've seen any of my YouTube videos, you know that even though the material can get heavy at times, I do my best to keep it light, accessible, and most importantly: clear. The course material you're about to dive into will be all that and more. You'll be absorbing the content in a sequence that is designed to help you understand music better and get you playing at the next level faster.

So, if you want to learn the most efficient and effective strategies and techniques for getting better at music, SHED THIS WAY!


Why I want to share my system for learning how to improvise:

  • To save you the frustration I endured of being unable to get to the next level

  • To save you the time of flipping through theory books and clicking through YouTube videos that leave you wanting more

  • To save you the money on lessons that effectively “spot-treat” your playing but leave holes that never get addressed

Here's the thing:

Whether you believe it or not, you can become a great improviser. I've worked with too many people who've transformed their playing to be convinced otherwise. If you put in the practice time, you will experience the thrill of being able to "make the changes." And that first sign of progress will be more than apparent in just a few weeks.

Musicians you play with will be impressed. People you play for will be entertained. But most importantly: you'll feel confident in your abilities and proud of the music you're making.

Ready to get started? Let's do this.

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Making the Changes

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Try "Making the Changes" for a Full 45 days, 100% risk free!

Making the Changes is packed with strategies and techniques that will take your improvisation to the next level, and I want to make sure that you get all that content before fully committing to making this investment in your music education

Try the entire course. If you don't LOVE it, I insist that you get 100% of your money back.

It's simple: Join the course and try it for yourself. If the powerful improvisation tips, strategies, and techniques don't help improve your playing in 45 days, I want you to email me. Show me you did the exercises, and I'll give you all your money back.

This guarantee lasts 45 days, which completely covers the course. That means you can try the ENTIRE course and then decide if it's right for you.

What People Are Saying...

Hear how "Making the Changes" has helped other musicians get their playing to the next level and beyond:



"Jeff Schneider’s Making the Changes is so well made that it feels like being in a physical class. The course builds up very nicely and suits different levels of playing. The offered material is clear and abundant, and Jeff’s inputs in the Q&A sessions are very helpful. All in all, my expectations have definitely been met, and I can highly recommend the course!"

- Giulia Reimann, saxophone

"Making the Changes teaches effective methods for improvisation. Jeff is an excellent teacher and communicates his ideas in a clear, concise manner.

I’ve been playing music all my life. However, I have felt “stuck” over the years with my jazz improvisation ideas, which led me to taking Jeff’s course. His approach to improvisation was new to me and has literally taken my playing to the next level.

For anyone struggling to improvise or wanting to improve their technique, I highly recommend Jeff’s course. It will definitely get you thinking in a direction that is so much more efficient musically than just memorizing and/or transcribing licks."

- Wendy MacBain, piano

"I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff Schneider’s Making the Changes improvisation course. Jeff really provides a logical and executable approach to learning and developing as an improvisor. Jeff is a top notch educator and communicator, and I was very impressed with his clarity in explaining the various concepts throughout the course. As someone who has started playing saxophone later in life, I have taken lots of lessons and bought several books. This course was definitely money well spent."

- David Buchwalter, saxophone

“Jeff is the rare breed of educator who breaks down complex concepts into tangible practice strategies and principles that anyone can understand. Take Jeff’s approach to the shed and you’ll not only make serious progress shredding over changes, but you’ll also discover a deeper understanding of how harmony works to create compelling musical experiences.”

- Abel James, guitar & piano

"Making the Changes (MTC) is a game changer. I had a wonderful jazz saxophone teacher who moved. I'd been checking out some of Jeff Schneider's YouTube videos with great interest and enjoyed those short lessons. However, the 6 week MTC jazz improvisation course of study gave me practical strategies that I can put to use now. I've got a long way to go in my jazz studies; however, Jeff has opened up greater possibilities & greater understanding of how to shape a solo. Excellent course & outstanding teacher."

- Steve Chojnacki, saxophone

"Yes, hard work and regular practice are still essential, but the pacing of the exercises along with Jeff’s explanations and critical but positive input online will provide any subscriber with all the tools to learn AND USE scales, patterns and rhythms to execute an authentic solo in any form of modern music."

- John Chaplin, saxophone

"Jeff is an amazing teacher. All too often jazz instructors say things like “you just gotta feel it man” with no directions. Jeff provides specific exercises and techniques to develop and improve your jazz sound, sense of rhythm, and the development of melodies that follow the chord changes."

- Duane Geruschat, saxophone

"If you’re searching for that one teacher to unlock your potential, look no further! Jeff’s the real deal. His imaginative approach makes big music theory concepts easy to understand and apply. I’ve learned to solo from the ground up and have a big new toolbox to create and understand music. "

- Adam Ouriel, piano

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enroll and takes six weeks to complete. Each week you'll receive a new batch of videos and assignments, on which you work at your convenience throughout the week.
How long do I have access to the course?
After completing the six-week guided portion of the course, you'll have unlimited access to all of the material for an additional three months – across any and all devices. If you'd like to have lifetime-access to the material, there is an option to opt in after enrolling.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you enroll in "Making the Changes," practice the CMC (Crane – Massage – Connectors) system for 45 days, implement and complete the exercises, quizzes, and assignments and still don’t get results, I will provide extra coaching support to help you improve or issue you a 100% refund if I cannot help you become a better improviser.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No, you do not have to be able to read music to take "Making the Changes." Will there be music notation included in the course? Yes – and having reading skills is definitely an advantage. That said, you will have access to notation with the note names written in the note heads. Plus, I'll demonstrate all of the exercises and examples with an on-screen piano, which will provide an additional visual and aural cue to help you follow along.
How much time do I need to dedicate per week?
The more you put in, the more you'll get out. 30 minutes of practice a day would be great. An hour a day would be awesome. But you could still do a lot of damage with 15 minutes a day of disciplined practicing. I also give tips on how to practice away from your instrument to keep the juices flowin'. And remember, you'll have three months of access to all of the videos and downloadable material after the course ends. I encourage you to go back and review any sections on which you need more time.
Am I at the right level?
I designed this system specifically to help players at all levels: beginner to advanced. The difficulty level of the exercises can be calibrated to match your skills and experience. I'll provide variations for the newbies and the black belts all the way through.
How much theory knowledge do I need?
Not a whole lot to get started. If you're familiar with a few basic scales and chords (nothing fancy), you'll be in great shape. The exercises will further fortify your theory chops, which is a huge side-bonus of taking the course.
Can I view the course content offline?
Yes! You can watch the content offline across all your devices to continue learning anytime, anywhere.
Got another question?
Feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected] if you have any questions about Making the Changes.

Get instant access to all three bonuses when you enroll today:


Solos on Standards

25 written solos on popular chord progressions, including Blues, Rhythm Changes, Misty, All of Me, Just the Two of Us, Giant Steps, and more. Play along with me and then practice on your own with the included backing tracks.


Licks for Days

Spoiler alert: Learning licks is not the secret to becoming a great improviser, just like memorizing a bunch of fancy words won't make you a great writer or speaker. But building a strong vocabulary is an important part of becoming fluent in any language – including music. Licks for Days is the perfect companion for Making the Changes because you'll have learned the skills necessary to understand and internalize music on a deep level. Read and play along with me through over 100 licks perfect for Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Pop solos.


Shed This Way

A musician's guide to practicing smarter, learning faster, and playing better.
In this bonus video course, I’ll share with you my top tips, strategies, and techniques for getting motivated, staying focused, and making your practice time as efficient and effective as possible.

Making the Changes

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