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LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding Up Your Jazz Improv Success...

Welcome to episode 159 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Rodney Brim on the show to talk about how to properly "hack" your brain for bigger, faster improvement in the practice room. Rodney is a psychologist and professional musician and knows the inner workings of the brain and how it works. He walks us through 4 huge tips for brain hacking in the practice room. View the show notes: Sign up for the newsletter:

Double Your Scale Practicing Efficiency with this Bebop-Diminished Pattern

All musicians must practice scales at some point in their musical development. Scales are some of the most fundamental building blocks of Western styles...

1,000,000+ Downloads of the LJS Podcast!

Special announcement! The Learn Jazz Standards Podcast has passed 1,000,000 total downloads over the past 3 years with 4 new episodes a month. It's a big mile marker, so here's a short episode to share some gratitude to the most important people who make this show a success: my listeners. View the show notes: Subscribe to the newsletter:

How to Not Suck at Jazz Jam Sessions and Gigs

Ever wondered if you're "ready" to go play at a jazz jam session or start playing jazz gigs? Or maybe you've been...

LJS 158: Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines

Welcome to episode 158 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to add chromaticism into your jazz lines. Chromaticism is one of the characteristics of a classic "jazz sound" and so we take a close look at how to implement it. We go over 5 different licks and gradually introduce chromaticism into them. View the show notes: Sign up for the newsletter:

Simple Rhythmic Exercise for Creating Longer Flowing Jazz Lines

Do you ever feel like your jazz lines are choppy, incomplete, and don't flow nicely? Then I have a great exercise for...

3 Lessons I Learned From Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman”

Though it is practically a cliché in the jazz world today, it is nonetheless true to remark that 1959 was a profoundly significant year...

LJS 157: 4 Scales to Play Over a Half-Diminished Chord

Welcome to episode 157 of the LJS Podcast where today we discuss four different scale options for approaching half-diminished chords. Sometimes it can be helpful to take chords out of the context of chord progressions and look at them individually. These scales will help you map out note choices for this mysterious chord. View the show notes: Sign up for the newsletter:

LJS 156: How to Memorize Chord Changes and Not Get Lost

Welcome to episode 156 of the LJS Podcast where today we feature a listener question all about how to memorize chord changes so you don't start confusing them with others. If you've ever gotten lost playing a jazz standard because you accidentally switched into playing a similar one, you're going to find this episode helpful. View the show notes: Related free handout "Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way":

LJS 155: Using “Musical Playgrounds” For Better Improvisation (feat. Christopher Sutton)

Welcome to episode 155 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Christopher Sutton back on the show to talk to us about improvisation. What I love about this interview is Christopher is not a jazz musician, and he offers some unique perspectives on improvisation that are really refreshing. Learn about musical playgrounds and how thinking this way will enlighten your improv. View the show notes: Christopher Sutton's website: Sign up for the newsletter:


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