2 Rhythmic Concepts To Improve Your Up-Tempo Playing

Playing up-tempos is one of the big challenges jazz musicians face at some point in their music learning process. The thought of dragging, turning...

3 Mistakes Musicians Make Learning Licks

One of the most important things a jazz musician can do is learn jazz language. Jazz language is simply the vocabulary used by jazz...

LJS 72: How to Beat Performance Anxiety and Quiet Your Inner...

Welcome to episode 72 of the LJS Podcast where today our special guest, performance psychologist Noa Kageyama, talks to us about how to beat performance anxiety and quiet the inner critic in our heads. Noa is the face behind the website bulletproofmusician.com and teaches at the Julliard School in New York City. Listen in!

How to Start Playing Jazz With 3 Easy Steps

I get emails quite often from our readers and podcast listeners who come to Learn Jazz Standards looking for answers. In fact, just about...

How to Play Drum Rudiments In A Musical Way

Ever since I was a kid learning to play the drums, I've been aware of the debate about rudiments. Many drummers argue that rudiment...

LJS 71: Why The “Vibing” Culture In Jazz Has to Go

Welcome to episode 71 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about why the "vibing" culture in jazz has to go. Vibing is best defined as a mean-spirited attitude towards another musician and the way they play the music. It's a toxic environment that sometimes exists at jam sessions, gigs, and in jazz communities. It's time for it to go. Listen in!

3 Steps for Training Your Ear to Hear Any Chord

Ear training is of utmost importance for those of us who want to become better jazz improvisers. When it comes down to it, it's...

How to Simplify Your Lines With Major Pentatonic Scales

Though pentatonic scales have been mentioned on the LJS site before, I want to look specifically at major pentatonic scales more in depth in...

LJS 70: Bossa Nova Basics with Livio Almeida

Welcome to episode 70 of the LJS Podcast where today we have a very special guest on the show, Brazilian saxophonist, and composer, Livio Almeida. In today's episode, Livio gives us a great lesson on Bossa Nova, important artists, songs, and rhythms that we need to know. If you are new or want to know more about Bossa Nova and Brazilian music, this episode is for you!

4 Reasons Why Every Musician Should Study Jazz

Musicians spanning all kinds of genres across the world all have one thing in common: they want to become better at their craft. They...
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