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Rhythmic tool to develop your jazz solos like the pros

Killer Rhythmic Tool to Develop Your Solos Like the Pros

When we improvise or solo, rhythmic variety and development are as important as the melodic and harmonic content we are putting out. However, for some reason, the rhythmic aspect of soloing or improvising is...
How to Practice Towards Fail Proof Musical Performances

LJS 120: How to Practice Towards Fail-Proof Musical Performances (Feat. Diego Maldonado)

Welcome to episode 120 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest Diego Maldonado to talk about how to practice towards fail-proof musical performances. If you've ever practiced a piece of music only for it to go completely wrong during a performance (like all of us), this episode will help you avoid this from happening. Listen in!
Why Jazz Isnt Defined By Your Personal Taste

Why Jazz Isn’t Defined By Your Personal Taste

In recent years I’ve noticed what I feel is a troubling trend among some – but, to be fair, not all – jazz musicians and enthusiasts. Sometimes, when someone hears a style, sub-genre, or...
How to Get Unstuck from a musical slump

LJS 119: How to Get Unstuck From a Musical Slump and Start Improving

Welcome to episode 119 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about a common problem that plagues all musicians from time to time: musical slumps. We all go through periods where we feel like we aren't improving or even motivated to play. Sometimes it's hard to break free from those plateaus but this episode goes over some great antidotes. Listen in!

How to Master the “Backdoor” Jazz Chord Progression

Jazz’s harmonic language features a lot of common chord progressions that appear often in different jazz standards. For example, jazz musicians frequently encounter II-V-I’s, dominant 7th chords through the cycle of fourths, and III-VI-II-V’s...

LJS 118: Top 13 Jazz Lessons From Our Podcast Guests

Welcome to episode 118 of the LJS Podcast where today we are featuring some of the greatest hits of our guest episodes so far. Over the last few years, we've developed a big catalog of episodes with special guests sharing their best jazz tips and advice. We listen to important clips from those episodes and some additional commentary. Listen in!
Jazz drums

Jazz Drumset Language: Resolution Points

Have you ever wondered why Jazz drums sound the way they do? What exactly makes them have that particular sound and feel? In this lesson, I'll be discussing one of the essential characteristics of jazz...

LJS 117: How to Practice Licks in all 12 Keys

Welcome to episode 117 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about learning licks in all 12 keys and how to do it. Learning small pieces of jazz language is a great way to start developing vocabulary over chords and progressions. Taking them through all 12 keys adds even more value to that material and your musicianship. Listen in!

LJS 116: Dominating a Learning Mindset and Transcending Musical Limits (Feat. Kobie Watkins)

Welcome to episode 116 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on a very special guest, drummer, composer and teacher, Kobie Watkins. Kobie has played with the who's who on the jazz scene, and in this show, he shares his story and talks about his mindset of continuous growth and learning. Listen in!

Why Jazz Musicians Should Practice Slowly

If we go around and ask every professional and accomplished musician, I believe they will all agree on one thing, and that is that slow-practice routines are an essential part of their development and...

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