How to Use the Melody of a Jazz Standard to Develop...

One of the most valuable parts of a piece of music is the melody. That may seem obvious, right? Think about it. When you're walking...

The Right Way to Use the Diminished Scale

The diminished scale is one of the most useful and versatile tools for jazz improvisers. It has been covered on LJS before, but I...

LJS 52: Birthday Episode feat. 8 Special Guests with Musical Failures

Happy 1 year Birthday LJS Podcast! On today's episode we celebrate one year of successful podcast episodes. On the show we have a record setting 8 guests joining us to talk about their musical failures, how they overcame them, and what they learned from them. This is a value packed episode, so listen in!

4 Blues Chord Progressions You Need to Know

One of the most important song forms in jazz is the blues. The blues was born out of the African slave trade in the United...

What’s the True Meaning Behind Jazz Music?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you love jazz. Deep down, many of us know why we love jazz, even if we can’t...

LJS 51: Everything You Need to Know About Jazz Jam Sessions

Welcome to episode 51 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about everything you need to know about jazz jam sessions. Learn why they are important, how to be prepared, and how to network. Listen in!

24 Places to Use the Diminished Scale

The Diminished Scale is often misunderstood. It is symmetrical, unlike the major scale, and this alone gives it a certain mystery. When you consider its...

How to Drastically Improve Your Jazz Solos in 3 Simple Steps

Everybody wants to improve their jazz solos. For many musicians, soloing is one of the main elements that attracted them to jazz in the first...

LJS 50: How to Become an Expert Jazz Comper

Welcome to episode 50 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about being a jazz accompanist and how to comp like a pro. No matter what instrument you play, this is an important topic. Special guest, jazz pianist Keelan Dimick, gives us some of his best tips and advice. Listen in!

Jazz Drumming: Mastering the Ride Cymbal Part 1

In jazz music, the ride cymbal is king. It shapes the feeling and rhythmic subdivision of the tune, and creates a foundation for everyone...
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