“Minor” Issues: 4 Strategies for Tackling Minor ii-V-i’s

As jazz educators and learners, we focus a lot on major II-V-I’s, but we don’t often address the challenges of tackling those ubiquitous and...

LJS 61: How to Use Scales In Your Jazz Solos the...

Welcome to episode 61 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to use scales in your jazz solos the right way. You'll learn what scales are good and bad for, how to think about scales as pitch collections, and examples of how to convert them into actual melodies. Listen in!

Jazz Lick of the Week #14: Altered Lick over a V7-Imaj7

Here's a Lick of the Week for you to practice today! This one is an altered lick over a V7-Imaj7 chord progression. This also...

Stuck On One Chord: Strategies to Improve Your Modal Jazz Solos

Very often iconic modal jazz tunes, such as Miles Davis’s “So What,” are among the first songs young, inexperienced, and newly aspiring musicians learn...

LJS 60: How to Develop Relative Pitch (Feat. Aimee Nolte)

Welcome to episode 60 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest jazz pianist and vocalist Aimee Nolte on the show to talk about developing relative pitch. Wouldn't it be awesome to hear a note being played and know exactly what it is, even if you don't have perfect pitch? Aimee teaches us how. Listen in!

How to Become a Professional Musician

I get emails from readers from time to time, asking me if they should pursue music as a profession. They always start by telling...

How to Write a Walking Bass Line

In my previous post, How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting, we defined what a bass line is and what its functions are, and...

LJS 59: 5 Tips for Playing Jazz Ballads Like an Expert

Welcome to episode 59 of the LJS Podcast where today we are dishing out 5 tips for playing jazz ballads like an expert. Jazz ballads can be tricky, largely because slow tempos can open up a number of challenges. Treat these tips like a checklist the next time you play a ballad. Listen in!

How to Improvise Over All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is a popular jazz standard by Jerome Kern, and is one of those songs that every jazz musician needs to...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Drum Solo Transcriptions...

Back in my college years, I used to spend countless hours transcribing drum solos, trading solos and comping phrases from all the jazz master...
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