Welcome to episode 184 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off “Jazz Blues Month!” In this episode, I discuss 3 reasons why you need to master the jazz blues. If you go deep into understanding and navigating a jazz blues it will unlock countless secrets for becoming a great jazz improviser. Here’s why!
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We are starting “Jazz Blues Month” here on the LJS podcast, but we are going to be digging in deep into a jazz blues strategies for learning, strategies for improvising over it and strategies for mastering it.
But I cannot think of a better way to start than to try to impress upon you the importance of mastering a jazz blues — getting this song form under your belt, being able to play it backwards, forwards, sideways, up, down. Because if you know a jazz blues, it is going to make jazz, in general, so much easier.
So, in today’s episode, we are going to be digging into 3 reasons why you absolutely need to master a jazz blues. But first, a story of the first jazz standard I ever learned.
In this episode:
1. A story about the first jazz standard I learned
2. Reason #1: If you want to understand the tradition of jazz, you need to understand the blues
3. Reason #2: A jazz blues contains most of the crucial harmonic movements in jazz
4. Reason #3: The jazz blues is the perfect platform for developing improv skills
I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!