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How Alexander Technique Can Help You As a Musician

LJS 138: How Alexander Technique Can Help You as a Musician (feat. Christian Steineder)

Welcome to episode 138 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking with Alexander Technique teacher and guitarist Christian Steineder. He talks all about Alexander Technique, what it is, and how it can...
Chord Progression Hacks to Make Playing Jazz Simple

LJS 137: Chord Progression Hacks to Make Playing Jazz Simple (feat. Steve Nixon)

Welcome to episode 137 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest Steve Nixon to talk about the three categories of chord progressions you need to know. Steve has a great way of making music seem simple and we talk about a lot of other fun stuff too. Listen in!
jazz standard There is Not Greater Love

“There is No Greater Love” Workout

I’ve talked about voice leading with guide-tones and using chromatic surrounding/approach tones here on LJS before, and now I want to combine these two concepts and apply them to “There is No Greater Love.” The...
LJS 136: I Critique My Jazz Playing From 7 Years Ago

LJS 136: I Critique My Jazz Playing From 7 Years Ago

Welcome to episode 136 of the LJS Podcast where today I listen back to a recording of myself from 2011 and give myself some honest feedback and critique. It's a great practice to record yourself and listening to old recordings can help you gain insight into where you were, where you are now, and how you can improve. Listen in!
Exotic 7th Chord Workout for Advanced Jazz Musicians

Exotic 7th Chord Workout for Advanced Jazz Musicians

7th chords have been covered here before on LJS, so in this post, I want to expand our ideas about 7th chords and offer up a fun way to practice 7th chords in all...
How to Learn Difficult Jazz Standards

LJS 135: How to Learn Difficult Jazz Standards

Welcome to episode 135 of the LJS Podcast where today we are exploring how to learn, understand, and memorize complex jazz standards. We take a look at Wayne Shorter's "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" and extract lessons we can apply to others. Listen in! Start understanding standards with The Jazz Standards Playbook: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/the-jazz-standards-playbook/
10 myths about playing jazz you need to stop believing

LJS 134: 10 Myths About Playing Jazz You Need to Stop Believing

Welcome to episode 134 of the LJS Podcast where today we are debunking 10 common myths about playing jazz. These myths are limiting beliefs that are holding us back from our full potential and improving as jazz musicians. You may resonate with some of these. Listen in!
Creating Smooth Transitions When Improvising Over Odd Time Signatures

Creating Smooth Transitions When Improvising Over Odd Time Signatures

There is nothing scarier than coming to a gig, and suddenly the band leader pulls out a chart, and the first thing you see is a bunch of different time signatures all over it. I remember...
Why jazz musicians should practice ear training

LJS 133: The Sad Truth About Ear Training Fundamentals (Why You Should Practice Them)

Welcome to episode 133 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about ear training fundamentals and why you should be working on them as a jazz musician. The sad truth is they are being ignored by so many. But I want you to recognize their importance and allow them to level-up your skills. Listen in!
Spice Up Your Jazz Solos With Asymmetrical Melodies

Spice Up Your Jazz Solos with Asymmetrical Melodies

Once we’ve mastered some of the basic types of jazz vocabulary, we’re always striving to find new and interesting ways of breaking up and varying our improvised melodies. One of the most effective ways to...

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