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How to Become a Professional Musician

I get emails from readers time to time, asking me if they should pursue music as a profession. They always start by telling me how passionate they are about music and how they long...

How to Write a Walking Bass Line

In my previous post, How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting, we defined what a bass line is and what its functions are, and looked at a few ways in which we can creatively...

LJS 59: 5 Tips for Playing Jazz Ballads Like an Expert

Welcome to episode 59 of the LJS Podcast where today we are dishing out 5 tips for playing jazz ballads like an expert. Jazz ballads can be tricky, largely because slow tempos can open up a number of challenges. Treat these tips like a checklist the next time you play a ballad. Listen in!

How to Improvise Over All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is a popular jazz standard by Jerome Kern, and is one of those songs that every jazz musician needs to know. It's often called at jam sessions and gigs and has...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Drum Solo Transcriptions (Part 1)

Back in my college years, I used to spend countless hours transcribing drum solos, trading solos and comping phrases from all the jazz master drummers such as Elvin Jones (one of my favorites to...

LJS 58: How to Use Triads to Improve Your Jazz Improvisation

Welcome to episode 58 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can use triads to improve your jazz improvisation. Today's lesson comes straight out of our brand new eBook "Zero to Improv". Exercises are given out for this lesson. Listen in!

How to Become a Great Jazz Improviser

When I was a year or two into being really serious about jazz, I used to lay in bed at night and wonder how I could improve quicker. Even though I had teachers telling...

LJS 57: Why I Stopped Hating My Playing

Welcome to episode 57 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to turn around our mentalities about our music. Podcast host, Brent Vaartstra, tells us his story about how he stopped hating his jazz playing and started having fun again. If you find yourself constantly upset with your playing, this is for you. Listen in!

How to Avoid Getting Lost While Playing a Jazz Standard

You're at a gig or a jam session, playing with a group of great jazz musicians. You're waiting to take your solo, or perhaps you're in the middle of your solo when that terrible feeling...

3 Game-Changing Rhythmic Secrets to Make Your Solos Swing Harder

Making improvised lines truly swing is one of the biggest challenges jazz musicians face at all levels of their musical development. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro, a young player just starting...
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