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How to Identify 7th Chord Extensions By Ear

If you want to become an excellent improviser, you need to have a solid ear. You need to have ears trained to hear anything that comes your way and ready to react quickly to...

LJS 76: 5 Huge Benefits of Playing With Musicians Better Than You

Welcome to episode 76 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about the huge benefits of playing with musicians who are better than you. If you want to improve and improve quickly, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to play with musicians with more experience and ability than you. Listen in!

How to Level Up Your Odd Meter Playing

Back in my formative years, I thought I was good at playing odd meters. However, when I had to deal with it in a more professional context, later on, I realized my language and...

LJS 75: How to Internalize Jazz Language

Welcome to episode 75 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to internalize jazz language. At the end of the day, we don't want to just learn new musical information. We want to keep it forever and we want it to make a lasting impact on our playing. Today's show breaks down 4 important processes for internalization. Listen in!

5 Sonny Rollins Licks Over “Tenor Madness”

One of my favorite jazz albums is Sonny Rollins' "Tenor Madness." It was recorded in 1956 and is especially notable because it's the only known recording that features both Sonny and John Coltrane. I used...

Odd Times: Strategies to Improve Your 7/4 Playing

In my first odd meter post, I talked about some of the ways you can approach learning how to play better in 5/4 time. In this follow-up, I want to take some of those...

LJS 74: How to Improvise Over Sus Chords

Welcome to episode 74 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to improvise over suspended chords. Specifically, we are covering the Dominant 7 Sus 4 chord, which shows up a lot in jazz music. These chords can sometimes stump an improviser when they come up and this lesson digs into some different ways to approach them. Listen in!

How Teaching Music Has Made Me a Better Musician

I have a very vivid memory from when I was in high school. One of those memories that sticks out among others, but I can't exactly place why. Let me give you the back...

How to Improvise Over “All of Me”

All of Me was written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simon in 1931 and has subsequently become one of the most recorded songs from that era. Popular versions of All of Me were immortalized...

LJS 73: 4 Strategies For Improvising Over Major 2-5-1’s

Welcome to episode 73 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about the major 2-5-1 chord progression and 4 strategies for how to improvise over it. The 2-5-1 (ii-V-I) is one of the most common chord progression in jazz and other styles of music. You will see it come up all of the time in jazz standards so it's important you have a good handle on it. Listen in!
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