How to Substitute a Diminished 7 for a Dominant 7

As a jazz musician, I love learning new jazz theory tricks to apply to my playing. While learning jazz language by ear should be the...

Why You Should Learn The Lyrics to Jazz Standards

When learning a jazz standard, you should spend considerable time investigating the composition. If you want to learn it thoroughly, you'll need to learn...

LJS 44: How to 2X The Results of Your Practice Sessions

Welcome to episode 44 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to 2X the results of your practice sessions. Quality practice is important for jazz improvement. We all know this, but we need to identify how to get the most out of the precious practice time we have. Listen in!

How Jazz Masters Practice Licks

(Guest post by Josiah Boornazian) I’m sure most (if not all) of you have experienced a situation like this before: you’re at a gig or jam...

The Pros and Cons of Being a Multi-Instrumentalist

I received an email from an LJS subscriber a few weeks ago, which described a fairly common predicament in the music world. This musician...

LJS 43: Why We Play Jazz

Welcome to episode 43 of the LJS Podcast where today we are asking the question: why do we play jazz? It's the start of the year 2017, and it's always good to center ourselves and remind ourselves why we play the music we do. Podcast host Brent Vaartstra tells the story of his jazz journey. Listen in!

5 Essential Skills That Every Jazz Musician Should Develop [Infographic]

We all want to become better jazz musicians, but what are the essential skills we need to be developing? If you're wondering what you need...

LJS 42: How to Keep Your Jazz New Years Resolutions

Welcome to episode 42 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to keep your jazz new years resolutions. 2017 is upon us, and like many others, we realize that we can treat it as a new chapter for our jazz playing. It's easy to make a resolution, but much harder to keep it. Find out how. Listen in!

LJS 41: How to Become a Better Jazz Musician Just By...

Welcome to episode 41 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to become a better jazz musician just by listening to jazz. Listening is one of the most important things you can do, but not just any kind of listening. Find out what you should be focusing on when listening to jazz. Listen in!

4 Dexter Gordon Licks Over Lady Bird

We often preach here on Learn Jazz Standards to learn solos and licks by the jazz greats. It's important to be studying and listening...
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