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3 Types of Tritone Substitution with Lick Examples

An important technique that jazz musicians use to create harmonic movement is tritone substitution. This technique can add some great color to your jazz solos. In this lesson, I'm going to talk about tritone substitution, what...

LJS 54: How to Organize Balanced Jazz Practice Sessions

Welcome to episode 54 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to organize balanced jazz practice sessions. At the same time, we are answering the question of what jazz musicians should be practicing in the first place. Balanced practice routines are one of the keys to musical success. Listen in!

How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting

We usually play from start to finish, song after song, and it can be tough to sustain creativity as the choruses continue. But that’s no excuse for lazy bass line construction! All you’ve got...

How Long and How Often Should I Practice?

The year I had between high school and college I would practice an average of 6 hours a day, sometimes more sometimes less. My first two years of college I kept up similar practice regiments....

Jazz Drumming: Mastering The Ride Cymbal Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second part of our lesson series: Mastering The Ride Cymbal. In Part 1, we solely focused on listening to jazz records to get the feel of the ride cymbal for jazz...

LJS 53: How to Improve Your Jazz Solos By Using Guide Tones

Welcome to episode 53 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can improve your jazz solos by using guide tones. One of the big questions students have is how do I navigate chord changes in my improvisation? Guide tones are a great springboard into identifying the important chord tones to focus on. Listen in!

How to Use the Melody of a Jazz Standard to Develop Solo Ideas

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 around your house, driving in your car, taking a shower,...

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 want to try to offer an additional perspective on how...

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 States. It came straight out of the oppression of the...
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