How To Get The Most Out of Your Drum Solo Transcriptions...

Hey guys, welcome back to my monthly lesson! Last time we discussed some basic concepts I use in order to learn new soloing and...

LJS 63: How to Become an Expert Sight Reader (feat. Brett...

Welcome to episode 63 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to become an expert sight-reader. Sight reading is a skill that is important for all musicians to work on, and special guest Brett Pontecorvo unloads his expertise on this topic. Listen in!

Jazz Lick of the Week #16: Minor ii-V-i Resolving to a...

Welcome to Jazz Lick of the Week #16 where this time we are learning a minor ii-V-i lick that resolves to a minor 6...

3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs

When it comes to becoming a better jazz musician, we all know that we need to spend time in the practice room. We have...

LJS 62: 4 Steps for Playing What You Hear In Your...

Welcome to episode 62 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 4 steps for playing what you hear in your jazz improvisation. This is a question that we get a lot. "How do I play what I am hearing in my head?" There is no easy answer, but these 4 steps will get you headed in the right direction. Listen in!

Jazz Lick of the Week #15: Un-altered ii-V-I

This is Jazz Lick of the Week #15! This week we are featuring an un-altered ii-V-I lick that outlines the chord changes perfectly. Watch...

“Minor” Issues: 4 Strategies for Tackling Minor ii-V-i’s

As jazz educators and learners, we focus a lot on major II-V-I’s, but we don’t often address the challenges of tackling those ubiquitous and...

LJS 61: How to Use Scales In Your Jazz Solos the...

Welcome to episode 61 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to use scales in your jazz solos the right way. You'll learn what scales are good and bad for, how to think about scales as pitch collections, and examples of how to convert them into actual melodies. Listen in!

Jazz Lick of the Week #14: Altered Lick over a V7-Imaj7

Here's a Lick of the Week for you to practice today! This one is an altered lick over a V7-Imaj7 chord progression. This also...

Stuck On One Chord: Strategies to Improve Your Modal Jazz Solos

Very often iconic modal jazz tunes, such as Miles Davis’s “So What,” are among the first songs young, inexperienced, and newly aspiring musicians learn...
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