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How to Listen to a Jazz Recording (And Learn Something From It)

LJS 145: How to Listen to a Jazz Recording (And Learn From It)

Welcome to episode 145 of the LJS Podcast where today we are listening to some jazz together and doing some critical listening. We take Miles Davis' rendition of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and pick a section of it apart by honing in on each instrument individually. Lot's to learn from this recording. Listen in!

Bonus Episode! My New Podcast On Making Money Teaching Music Online

This is a short bonus episode where I announce a new podcast I've recently come out with that could be helpful for LJS Podcast listeners who teach music. If you're someone who makes money off of music at all, whether it be gigging or teaching, you may wonder how I make a living teaching music online. The Passive Income Musician Podcast is where I'm sharing the deets! You can check out the Passive Income Musician Podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passive-income-musician/id1445082195
How to Practice Walking Bass Lines for All Instruments

How to Practice Walking Bass Lines for All Jazz Instrumentalists

Here on Learn Jazz Standards, there are a few great posts on walking bass lines for bass players: How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting and How to Write a Walking Bass Line. In this post,...
How to Know When to Move On From Something You Are Practicing for jazz musicians

LJS 144: How to Know When to Move On From Something You Are Practicing...

Welcome to episode 144 of the LJS Podcast where today we are closing up a series of coaching calls with one of my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing students, Brent Arnold. Brent asks a lot of really great questions, including how to know when to move on to something new. We talk through them one by one. Listen in! Sign up for my jazz practicing course 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/
How to Make Pro Drum Charts for Small Jazz Ensembles

How to Make Pro Drum Charts For Small Jazz Ensembles

One of the biggest pet peeves of being a drummer is to deal with poorly made charts. For some strange reason, musicians tend to neglect drum charts. I believe it has to do with the lack of...
Learning Jazz by Ear and Getting Rid of Fakebooks

LJS 143: Learning Jazz by Ear and Putting Away Fakebooks (feat. Ina Dennekamp)

Welcome to episode 143 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking to 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing student, Ina Dennekamp, about her journey in learning jazz. Ina is an inspirational character and someone who loves learning more about music. She shares her tips and what's working for her. Listen in! If you're interested, you can sign up for 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing here: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/
Creating Melodic Jazz Solos and The Art of Not Thinking

LJS 142: Creating Melodic Jazz Solos and the Art of Not Thinking (Coaching Call...

Welcome to episode 142 of the LJS Podcast where today we are sitting in on a coaching call with 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing student, Dan Sich. Dan asks how he can better outline chord tones, guide tones and other techniques without losing focus and getting off track. Brent gives out some exercises that take things in a slightly different direction. Listen in! If you're interested in joining 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing, go here: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/
Practicing Using Upper Structures Over Solar

Practicing Using Upper Structures on “Solar”

As jazz musicians, we’re always trying to find ways to hear and come up with different types of melodic lines while improvising. One strategy that can help break up a hyper scale-focused approach to building...
LJS 141: What I Think About When I Take a Jazz Solo

LJS 141: What I Think About When I Take a Jazz Solo

Welcome to episode 141 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about what I am thinking when I take a jazz solo. This is a question I get a lot so we talk about what the end goal should be and I record a solo and analyze it. Listen in!
Using Chord Arpeggios as Jazz Blues Practice Tools

Using Chord Arpeggios as Jazz Blues Practice Tools

When I’m learning a new song, one of the most important things I do is repeatedly play through the harmony of a tune. Repetition is a key component for committing new tunes to long-term...

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