Jazz Lick of the Week #17: “Ornithology Lick”

This week features an awesome jazz lick for you to use which I call the "Ornithology Lick". This lick refers to Charlie Parker's bebop...

The “Secret” Scale to Unlock 2-5-1 Chord Progressions

Most of the time, II-V-I’s are taught as a set of discrete modes or as a collection of related modes derived from a single...

LJS 64: 5 Tips for Never Losing Your Place In a...

Welcome to episode 64 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 5 tips for never losing your place in a jazz standard. Getting lost while playing jazz standards is a frustration many listeners and readers have expressed to us and we are here to help. Listen in!

2 Easy Exercises for Improving Your Jazz Improvisation

As a jazz musician always trying to improve, I'm constantly looking for different ways to practice. While the most classic tips for becoming a...

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...
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