5 Ways to Play “Outside” on the Blues

The 12-bar blues is one of the most simple, short, and iconic standard jazz forms. As jazz musicians, we all are used to playing...

LJS 83: How to Improve Speed and Accuracy in Your Jazz...

Welcome to episode 83 of the LJS Podcast where today we are answering a question from a caller who asked how to improve speed and accuracy in his jazz solos. Brent goes over a great exercise that you can start working on today to develop your time and rhythm feel, as well as technique. Listen in!

How to Add Chromaticism Into Your Jazz Lines

One question I get asked about from time to time from beginner jazz students is "how do I get my solos to have that...

How to Play the Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale

In addition to learning the major scale in all 12 keys and the 7 diatonic or “church” modes derived from the major scale, the...

LJS 82: How to Set Game-Changing Goals for Your Musicianship

Welcome to episode 82 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Christopher Sutton, the founder of Musical-U, to talk to us about how to set game-changing goals for our musicianship. Christopher shares with us his MAGIC process for setting up result-oriented goals, and then go out and actually accomplish them. Listen in!

Why Jazz Musicians Should Practice Along With Records

Listening to records (and by that I mean albums) can have many benefits for all jazz musicians. We can get a lot of information...

LJS 81: How to Translate What You Hear to Your Instrument

Welcome to episode 81 of the LJS Podcast where today we are concluding Ear Training Month with a very important topic: how to translate what you hear to your instrument. We've been talking about the fundamentals of ear training, and this is the last step to connect the dots. Listen in!

3 Tips To Improve Your Rhythmic Sight-Reading Skills

Rhythmic accuracy when reading is highly important. You might get your pitches right but if they are out of tempo or off the rhythm,...

LJS 80: Chord Progressions and How to Identify Them By Ear

Welcome to episode 80 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about hearing chord progressions by ear. We are in the middle of Ear Training Month where we are delving deep into training our ears to hear on a deeper level. Chord progressions are an important next step. Listen in!

How to Play 7th Chords Like a Pro

One of the characteristics of jazz standards are the lush, colorful chords that populate their harmonies. Jazz musicians often use chords that offer more harmonic...

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