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How to jazz improvise over Unrelated Chords

How to Improvise Over Unrelated Chords

One of the biggest challenges of improvisation involves coming up with melodies that make sense over chord changes that are highly chromatic. Much of the standard jazz repertoire from the post-bebop era includes songs with...

LJS 128: 3 Hip 2-5-1 Licks for You to Practice

Welcome to episode 128 of the LJS Podcast where today we are exploring 3 hip 2-5-1 licks. Learning licks is always a good practice for learning jazz language, and 2-5-1 chord progressions are arguably the most common in jazz harmony. This is a great episode to help you take action and practice. Listen in!
Constant structures for jazz improvisation

How to Improvise Using “Constant Structures”

A “constant structure” is a fixed set of relationships between pitches. It is related to the ideas of a “pitch cell” that can be transposed and/or sequenced. Constant structures are great for creating motivic units...
How to Maintenance Practice to Keep Up Your Jazz Skills

LJS 127: How to Maintenance Practice to Keep Up Your Jazz Skills

Welcome to episode 127 of the LJS Podcast where today I spend some time maintenance practicing. Maintenance practicing is a great way to keep up your skills even when you have very little time to spend practicing. I play through my quick routine and let you know how I keep my fingers fresh. Listen in!
Step-by-Step Guide for Becoming a Great Jazz Improviser

Jazz Improvisation Made Simple: A Step-By-Step Guide

You and I are not that different. We both want to become better jazz improvisers. We both have a passion for jazz music and we daydream about taking killer solos the next time we...
Practicing Away from the Instrument Effectively and Using Jazz as Therapy

LJS 126: Practicing Away from the Instrument Effectively and Using Jazz as Therapy (feat....

Welcome to episode 126 of the LJS Podcast where today we are doing a coaching call with current 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing student, Joyce Kettering. Joyce has an inspiring reason why she started learning jazz. We spend some time talking about that, and how she can effectively practice even when she doesn't have access to her instrument. Listen in!
How to Consistently Play to Your Full Potential on the Jazz Gig

How to Consistently Play to Your Full Potential on the Gig

(This is a guest post by Mark Morely-Fletcher.) Bird said it best. At least, I don’t know of anyone who’s said it better since. “You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then,...
The Power of Structured Jazz Practice

LJS 125: The Power of Structured Jazz Practice (Coaching Call with Francis Belanger)

Welcome to episode 125 of the LJS Podcast where today we sit in on a coaching call with 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course alumni Francis Belanger. Francis took our jazz practicing course last year and Brent checks up on post-course life. Listen in!
2 Pro Tips for Maximizing Your Jazz Practice Routine Results

2 Pro Tips For Maximizing Your Jazz Practice Routine Results

As jazz musicians, we dream of becoming great soloists. For the vast majority of musicians that is the ultimate goal to achieve. However, it is not an easy task, and very few get to...
LJS 124: The Only Big 3 Things You Need to Be Practicing As a Jazz Musician

LJS 124: The Only Big 3 Things You Need to Be Practicing as a...

Welcome to episode 124 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about the Big 3 things you need to be practicing in order to improve as a jazz musician. This episode piggy-backs off of last week's episode where we talked about focused, goal-oriented practicing. Learn what to practice so you don't get overwhelmed and how to do it. Listen in!

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