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Jazz Improvisation Made Simple (a Preview Reading of My New Book)

LJS 206: Jazz Improvisation Made Simple (A Preview Reading of My New Book)

Welcome to episode 206 of the LJS Podcast where today I have a special podcast episode planned. My new book, "Jazz Improvisation Made Simple" is launching on Amazon on March 8, 2020. The Kindle eBook version is now available for pre-order and to celebrate, I do a reading of the Introduction and first chapter of the book. I know you'll enjoy this. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode206 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Learning from the Greats and Embracing the Joy of Musical Growth (feat. Shirley Jansen)

LJS 205: Learning from the Greats and Embracing the Joy of Musical Growth (feat....

Welcome to episode 205 of the LJS Podcast where today I have special guest and 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing alumni, Shirley Jansen on the show. Shirley is a tenor saxophone player who exudes the joy of musical growth. She shares what has been working for her in her jazz playing, the power of learning solos from the jazz greats, and how community is helping her grow. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode205 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
How to Prepare for Jazz Jams and Group Playing (feat. Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer)

LJS 204: How to Prepare for Jam Sessions and Group Playing (feat. Diego Maldonado...

Welcome to episode 204 of the LJS Podcast where today I have professional jazz musicians Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer on the show to talk all about preparing to play live with other people. One of the top musical goals I hear among the LJS Community is to be able to play with other musicians, whether that be at the local jazz jam or with some friends. In this episode we discuss what you need to do to prepare, and how to know when you are ready. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode204 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Practicing with a Plan and Crushing Musical Weaknesses (feat. Bob Petix)

LJS 203: Practicing with a Plan and Crushing Musical Weaknesses (feat Bob Petix)

Welcome to episode 203 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with special guest and LJS community member, Bob Petix about his journey as a jazz bassist. He talks about getting started playing...
How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing

LJS 202: How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing

Welcome to episode 202 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about improving your mental health as a jazz musician. All of us have felt those bad feelings of self-consciousness, insecurity, and self-loathing...
3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

Welcome to episode 201 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about 3 ways to start improvising organically when you play jazz solos. A common problem I hear from subscribers is the struggle to let go of pre-meditating or thinking about what they need to play. It can be tough to let go, "forget" what you've been practicing, and just improvise freely. I share some simple ways you can start training yourself to do this better. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode201 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

LJS 200: Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

Welcome to episode 200 of the LJS Podcast where today we celebrate the big 200 episode mile marker! To do that, I have a lot of special guests today, you, the podcast listeners, to share your 2020 jazz and music goals. We go through each goal and I give some feedback. Get inspired and get ready to take action! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode200 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

LJS 199: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

Welcome to episode 199 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back on 2019. A lot of really great stuff happened with Learn Jazz Standards in 2019 and I go over some of the big mile markers, as well as the top 5 downloaded episodes of the year. I also share my favorite episodes, and a sneak peak into what's coming next year. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode199 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

LJS 198: 3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

Welcome to episode 198 of the LJS Podcast where I go over my 3 step process for learning to hear chords. Being able to hear different chord qualities is important for being able to hear chord progressions, which of course is important for learning jazz standards. It's also important for our improvisation as well, so I show you a great method for training your ears to hear any chord. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode198 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
A Jazz Geek Hang with Wallace Stelzer and Diego Maldonado

LJS 197: A Jazz Geek Hang with Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer

Welcome to episode 197 of the LJS Podcast where I have my good buddies drummer Diego Maldonado and bassist Wallace Stelzer over to the studio to hang out and geek out on jazz. This is a fun episode full of jazz nerdery, music philosophy, a little bit of alcohol, NYC's best cookies, and some shenanigans. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode197 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

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