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5 Things to Do When You Feel Un-Motivated to Practice

LJS 163: 5 Things to Do When You Feel Un-Motivated to Practice

Welcome to episode 163 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about what to do when you feel un-motivated to practice. Sometimes we are burnt out, sometimes we just don't want to and don't have a good reason. It can be confusing especially since deep inside we know we want to become better jazz musicians. Don't panic, here are 5 things you can do. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode163 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Developing an Engaging Story Line for Your Jazz Solos (feat. Aimee Nolte)

LJS 162: Developing an Engaging Story Line for Your Jazz Solos (feat. Aimee Nolte)

Welcome to episode 162 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest Aimee Nolte on the show to share with us how to develop an engaging solo that tells a story. Aimee thinks the biggest mistake she sees jazz improvisers make is coming out of the gate playing a slew of notes and run-on lines. She shows us how she develops a great jazz solo and let's loose and some amazing tips. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode162 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/ Aimee's website: https://www.aimeenolte.com/
2 Jazz Improv Concepts and an Etude Over Solar

2 Jazz Improv Concepts and an Etude Over “Solar”

“Solar” is a jazz standard written by one of the most famous jazz musicians of all time, trumpeter Miles Davis. The best-known Miles recording of “Solar” is probably from his iconic 1957 Prestige album...
Understanding the Jazz Standard There Will Never Be Another You

LJS 161: Understanding the Jazz Standard There Will Never Be Another You (Chords Analysis)

Welcome to episode 161 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over an in-depth analysis of the jazz standard "There Will Never Be Another You." This is a fantastic tune that has a lot to teach us about traditional diatonic jazz harmony, with a few fun surprises along the way. Learn how to start approaching this great jazz standard. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode161 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

LJS 160: 1 Month Practice Plan For Learning 1-2 Jazz Solos by Ear

Welcome to episode 160 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through how to learn a jazz solo (or possibly two) by ear in 1 month. This practice plan breaks things down and makes things easy, even if you've never learned a jazz solo by ear before. Having a plan is important, and this one will set you up for success. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode160 Learn more about my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing Course: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/

LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding Up Your Jazz Improv Success (feat. Rodney Brim)

Welcome to episode 159 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Rodney Brim on the show to talk about how to properly "hack" your brain for bigger, faster improvement in the practice room. Rodney is a psychologist and professional musician and knows the inner workings of the brain and how it works. He walks us through 4 huge tips for brain hacking in the practice room. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode159 Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/join
Double Your Practicing Efficiency With This Bebop-Diminished Pattern

Double Your Scale Practicing Efficiency with this Bebop-Diminished Pattern

All musicians must practice scales at some point in their musical development. Scales are some of the most fundamental building blocks of Western styles of music, including jazz. As musicians, indeed we’re often told how...

1,000,000+ Downloads of the LJS Podcast!

Special announcement! The Learn Jazz Standards Podcast has passed 1,000,000 total downloads over the past 3 years with 4 new episodes a month. It's a big mile marker, so here's a short episode to share some gratitude to the most important people who make this show a success: my listeners. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/onemillion Subscribe to the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/join
Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines

LJS 158: Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines

Welcome to episode 158 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to add chromaticism into your jazz lines. Chromaticism is one of the characteristics of a classic "jazz sound" and so we take a close look at how to implement it. We go over 5 different licks and gradually introduce chromaticism into them. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode158 Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter

3 Lessons I Learned From Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman”

Though it is practically a cliché in the jazz world today, it is nonetheless true to remark that 1959 was a profoundly significant year in jazz history. In an astonishing creative outpouring, at least five...

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