How to Make Pro Drum Charts For Small Jazz Ensembles

One of the biggest pet peeves of being a drummer is to deal with poorly made charts. For some strange reason, musicians tend to neglect drum...

LJS 143: Learning Jazz by Ear and Putting Away Fakebooks (feat....

Welcome to episode 143 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking to 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing student, Ina Dennekamp, about her journey in learning jazz. Ina is an inspirational character and someone who loves learning more about music. She shares her tips and what's working for her. Listen in! If you're interested, you can sign up for 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing here: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/

LJS 142: Creating Melodic Jazz Solos and the Art of Not...

Welcome to episode 142 of the LJS Podcast where today we are sitting in on a coaching call with 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing student, Dan Sich. Dan asks how he can better outline chord tones, guide tones and other techniques without losing focus and getting off track. Brent gives out some exercises that take things in a slightly different direction. Listen in! If you're interested in joining 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing, go here: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/

Practicing Using Upper Structures on “Solar”

As jazz musicians, we’re always trying to find ways to hear and come up with different types of melodic lines while improvising. One strategy that...

LJS 141: What I Think About When I Take a Jazz...

Welcome to episode 141 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about what I am thinking when I take a jazz solo. This is a question I get a lot so we talk about what the end goal should be and I record a solo and analyze it. Listen in!

Using Chord Arpeggios as Jazz Blues Practice Tools

When I’m learning a new song, one of the most important things I do is repeatedly play through the harmony of a tune. Repetition...

LJS 140: 3 Hip 1-6-2-5 Licks to Practice

Welcome to episode 140 of the LJS Podcast where today we have a short but sweet episode demonstrating 3 hip I-VI-ii-V licks. This is an important chord progression found in jazz and it's important to learn some jazz language over it. Listen in! Sign up for our free eCourse "Accelerate Your Jazz Skills": https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/accelerate-your-jazz-skills/

Developing Your Hi-Hat Technique: More on The Third Voice Concept

A few months ago, I started this series of articles to develop our coordination with the left foot on the hi-hat cymbals. In the previous lesson, Developing...

LJS 139: Learning Jazz by Ear or Sheet Music (Which One...

Welcome to episode 139 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about learning jazz by ear and with sheet music. Which one is better and what are the benefits of each? Listen in!

LJS 138: How Alexander Technique Can Help You as a Musician...

Welcome to episode 138 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking with Alexander Technique teacher and guitarist Christian Steineder. He talks all about Alexander Technique, what it is, and how it can help you as a musician. Listen in!

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