24 Places to Use the Diminished Scale

The Diminished Scale is often misunderstood. It is symmetrical, unlike the major scale, and this alone gives it a certain mystery. When you consider its...

How to Drastically Improve Your Jazz Solos in 3 Simple Steps

Everybody wants to improve their jazz solos. For many musicians, soloing is one of the main elements that attracted them to jazz in the first...

LJS 50: How to Become an Expert Jazz Comper

Welcome to episode 50 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about being a jazz accompanist and how to comp like a pro. No matter what instrument you play, this is an important topic. Special guest, jazz pianist Keelan Dimick, gives us some of his best tips and advice. Listen in!

Jazz Drumming: Mastering the Ride Cymbal Part 1

In jazz music, the ride cymbal is king. It shapes the feeling and rhythmic subdivision of the tune, and creates a foundation for everyone...

7 Ways to Break Free From a Musical Rut

As a jazz musician, there is nothing worse than feeling like you aren't improving. You may spend a lot of time in the practice...

LJS 49: 3 Ways Practicing in all 12 Keys Will Make...

Welcome to episode 49 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 3 ways practicing in all 12 keys will make you a better jazz musician. This is a practice that can have profound effects on your playing. Be sure to take the challenge at the end of the episode! Listen in!

10 Jazz Standards That Will Make Learning Jazz Easier

It's essential for every musician who wants to become a great jazz improviser to learn jazz standards. It doesn't matter if you prefer to...

How to Use Bebop Scales Like a Pro

Perhaps you’ve read or heard about bebop scales before – they’ve been mentioned in passing on LJS in the past. But where do bebop...

LJS 48: Why You Should Stop Practicing

Welcome to episode 48 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about why you should stop practicing. Stop practicing!? Indeed, there are certain scenarios where taking a little bit of time off can be incredibly helpful for your jazz playing. Listen in!

5 Hard Bop Albums You Need to Listen To

One thing we always encourage our readers to do is listen to jazz. This is obviously important if you want to become a better...
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