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Ultimate Jazz Improvisation Practice Plan (3 Things to Do)

If you're going through YouTube right now just trying to find the next cool chord scale theory idea or the next hip lick to...

LJS 176: Leveling Up Your Jazz Improvisation by Thinking Slow (feat....

Welcome to episode 176 of the LJS Podcast where today our special guest Nick Mainella from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast discusses how we can improve our jazz improv by thinking slow. To be a great jazz improviser you need to think fast and effectively, and in order to do that you need to start by doing the opposite. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode176 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Learn and Use Jazz Licks the Smart Way

I got this comment on another one of my videos this week and it really got me thinking. And it says, "But when you learn...

LJS 175: Using Pitch Collections to Create Jazz Lines Over Static...

Welcome to episode 175 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about using pitch collections to create jazz lines over static chords. I personally don't enjoy thinking about playing scales over chords. I think a better way to think about scales is as "pitch collections" which can be especially helpful when learning to improvise over different qualities of chords. I go over the concept and demonstrate some licks. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode175 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Fastest Way to Improve Your Jazz Solos

So, we all want to become better jazz improvisers and we want to become better quickly. We want to take those kinds of solos that...

LJS 174: How to Learn Chord Progressions By Ear (Step-by-Step)

Welcome to episode 174 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through a step-by-step process for learning chord progressions by ear. Learning chord progressions by ear is usually the more challenging aspect of learning jazz standards by ear, and the benefits of learning by ear are numerous. I show you how the power of ear training, a tiny bit of harmony knowledge, and some practice will have you unlocking chord progressions. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode174 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

LJS 173: Taking the Blues Through All 12 Keys (How and...

Welcome to episode 173 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the importance of blues, and why you should take it into all 12 keys. Jazz is a music that emerged from the blues and therefore jazz language is steeped in it. If you can play the blues in any key your jazz improv skills will be miles ahead. In this episode, I demonstrate myself taking the blues through all 12 keys and how you can too! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode173 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Mastering ii-V-I Chord Progressions in 5 Steps

ii-V-I chord progressions are by far the most common chord progressions found in jazz standards. And so, we need to be able to play them...

LJS 172: 5 Things I Did to Jump-Start My Jazz Playing

Welcome to episode 172 of the LJS Podcast where today I share my personal story of how I jump-started my jazz skills. When I first became interested in jazz I felt like I was way behind compared to my peers. I wanted to become a great jazz improviser and so I invested my time and energy into it. I go over 5 things that had a big impact on my jazz playing and will have a big impact on yours as well. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode172 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Just Friends Chords Analysis

One classic jazz standard that everybody needs to know is Just Friends. This is a great tune that explores diatonic jazz harmony but with...

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