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Playing the Changes Using Target Notes

When I was a beginner jazz improviser, the thing that I wanted more than anything else was to be able to play...

LJS 185: [Strategy #1] Mapping out a Jazz Blues for Improv...

Welcome to episode 185 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover the first of 3 strategies I'll be covering on crushing it on a jazz blues. Strategy #1 is "Mapping", and I go over 3 phases of mapping over a jazz blues. After mapping, the mystery of what notes to play will be completely solved. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode185 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Can I Transcribe Jazz Solos Too Much? (Q&A)

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LJS 184: 3 Reasons You NEED to Master the Jazz Blues

Welcome to episode 184 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I discuss 3 reasons why you need to master the jazz blues. If you go deep into understanding and navigating a jazz blues it will unlock countless secrets for becoming a great jazz improviser. Here's why! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode184 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

ONLY 2 Scales You NEED to Know for Jazz

My job as a teacher is always to make jazz simpler, not harder. And sometimes around the concept of scales, we make...

LJS 183: Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo (What Makes...

Welcome to episode 183 of the LJS Podcast where today we listen to two solos I've recorded in the past. We'll listen to one that I'm proud of and checks off the boxes of a good jazz solo, and we'll also listen to one I'm not so proud of. I analyze what made the good one good, and the bad one bad. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode183 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

LJS 182: Understanding Diminished 7th Chords and How to Improvise Over...

Welcome to episode 182 of the LJS Podcast where today I have special guest Adam Levy on the show to talk about diminished harmony and how to start improvising over diminished 7th chords. If you've ever felt confused by diminished chords and how to approach them, consider this a must-listen episode. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode182 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Improvise Using Music Theory OR by Ear?

One common question I get is, should I ever have to improvise using music theory or should I do it mainly by...

LJS 181: I’m Taking a Break from Jazz

Welcome to episode 181 of the LJS Podcast where today I announce that I'm taking a break from jazz...for two weeks. But the fact that I'm taking a break does have some significance, and I want to explain the benefit of taking breaks for you and your musicianship. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode181 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

4 Patterns for Jazz Improvisation Technique

One thing that I think is important to jazz improvisation is having technical proficiency on your instrument because jazz improvisation calls for...

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