LJS 56: 8 Reasons Why Jazz Musicians Should Shed Classical

Welcome to episode 56 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 8 reasons why jazz musicians should shed classical. That's right, classical music. How can classical music help you become a better jazz musician? Special guest Josiah Boornazian gives us the pitch. Listen in!

Why You Should Learn Jazz By Ear and Not Sheet Music

When it comes to learning jazz standards, solos and licks, there isn’t a wrong or right way. But there is the easy way and...

3 Melodic Secrets I Learned from the Jazz Masters

In my early years as a musician, I explored what I think is a pretty common approach to learning jazz improvisation. I was taught...

LJS 55: 4 Important Jazz Chord Progressions You Need to Master

Welcome to episode 55 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 4 important jazz chord progressions you need to master. You will come across these progressions often in jazz standards. Lick examples are demonstrated for each. Listen in!

3 Types of Tritone Substitution with Lick Examples

An important technique that jazz musicians use to create harmonic movement is tritone substitution. This technique can add some great color to your jazz solos. In...

LJS 54: How to Organize Balanced Jazz Practice Sessions

Welcome to episode 54 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to organize balanced jazz practice sessions. At the same time, we are answering the question of what jazz musicians should be practicing in the first place. Balanced practice routines are one of the keys to musical success. Listen in!

How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting

We usually play from start to finish, song after song, and it can be tough to sustain creativity as the choruses continue. But that’s...

How Long and How Often Should I Practice?

The year I had between high school and college I would practice an average of 6 hours a day, sometimes more sometimes less. My first...

Jazz Drumming: Mastering The Ride Cymbal Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second part of our lesson series: Mastering The Ride Cymbal. In Part 1, we solely focused on listening to jazz records...

LJS 53: How to Improve Your Jazz Solos By Using Guide...

Welcome to episode 53 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can improve your jazz solos by using guide tones. One of the big questions students have is how do I navigate chord changes in my improvisation? Guide tones are a great springboard into identifying the important chord tones to focus on. Listen in!
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