A Guide for Which Scales to Use Over 7th Chords

When it comes to jazz improvisation, it's all about learning the jazz language. We do that by learning jazz solos, licks, and just listening...

A Beginner’s Guide To Implied Metric Modulations

Implied metric modulation is a device used to create rhythmic tension, by giving the impression of shifting to a new tempo or playing what...

LJS 46: How to Make Extra Money From a Jazz Side...

Welcome to episode 46 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to make extra money from a jazz side hustle. A side hustle is any small business you do on the side from your full-time job that helps you make additional income. If you love jazz and have a passion for it, why not convert some of that to some pocket cash! Find out how. Listen in!

Don’t Be a Jazz Snob!

Jazz snobs. I know my fair share of them. Most musicians I know are in the jazz circles, and while I wouldn't categorize most...

2 Exercises for Practicing the Major Modes

As jazz improvisers, we want to know how to navigate our instruments competently. The ultimate goal is to have the freedom to play whatever...

LJS 45: Should I Go to College For Jazz?

Welcome to episode 45 of the LJS Podcast where today we are asking the question: Should I go to college for jazz? You may be a student in college or considering going to school for jazz. Or you may be a hobbyist interested in becoming a part-time student and furthering your jazz education. Regardless, this is an important topic to cover. Listen in!

How to Substitute a Diminished 7 for a Dominant 7

As a jazz musician, I love learning new jazz theory tricks to apply to my playing. While learning jazz language by ear should be the...

Why You Should Learn The Lyrics to Jazz Standards

When learning a jazz standard, you should spend considerable time investigating the composition. If you want to learn it thoroughly, you'll need to learn...

LJS 44: How to 2X The Results of Your Practice Sessions

Welcome to episode 44 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to 2X the results of your practice sessions. Quality practice is important for jazz improvement. We all know this, but we need to identify how to get the most out of the precious practice time we have. Listen in!

How Jazz Masters Practice Licks

(Guest post by Josiah Boornazian) I’m sure most (if not all) of you have experienced a situation like this before: you’re at a gig or jam...
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