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Hexatonic Pentatonic Jazz Improvisation Workout

Hexatonic/Pentatonic Jazz Improvisation Workout

We’ve talked about pentatonics on LJS in the past both on the blog and on the podcast. In this post, I want to build on the concepts surrounding pentatonic scales and...
How to Avoid Meandering Jazz Solos with Jeff Schneider

LJS 154: How to Avoid Meandering Jazz Solos (feat. Jeff Schneider)

Welcome to episode 154 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Jeff Schneider back on the show to talk to us about avoiding meandering jazz solos. Jeff talks about how to create jazz lines that sound more like a conversation than just a stream of notes. This one is packed full of jazz truth nuggets. Listen in! View the shownotes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode154 Jeff Schneider's website: https://www.jeffschneidermusic.com/ Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
3 Improvisation Strategies from John Coltrane on Oleo

3 Rhythm Changes Strategies from John Coltrane on Oleo

In the 1950's, Miles Davis released a series of iconic recordings of jazz standards with his “first great quintet,” which, in its most classic format, featured Miles on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone,...
28 Jazz Skills to Practice (by Category)

LJS 153: 28 Jazz Skills to Practice (by Category)

Welcome to episode 153 of the LJS Podcast where today we are covering 28 different jazz skills that you can start practicing today. No more excuses of not knowing what to practice! I break them down by category and list a lot of resources we have on Learn Jazz Standards to help you accomplish them. List of all resources mentioned in this episode: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode153
Combining Rate Shift and Odd Groupings to Spice Up Your Rhythms

Combining Rate Shift and Odd Groupings to Spice Up Your Rhythms

There are many ways to make your solos more interesting utilizing rhythm. In previous lessons, Using Rests and Odd Groupings to Spice Up Your Rhythms and Accents and...
Music Theory Checklist For Understanding Jazz Improvisation

LJS 152: Music Theory Checklist for Understanding Jazz Improvisation

Welcome to episode 152 of the LJS Podcast where today we are covering my music theory checklist for understanding jazz improvisation. If you are wondering what step-by-step building blocks you need in place for understanding jazz harmony and improv, this is a solid list. Take notes on which ones you need to work on. Listen in! This list is based off of my eBook and companion course "Zero to Improv": https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/zerotoimprov/
3 Altered Licks All Jazz Musicians Should Know

3 Altered Licks All Jazz Musicians Should Know

There are some melodic lines that are so iconic that, despite my outspoken general opposition to the idea of “lick playing,” I believe every jazz musician should practice and memorize them in all 12...
Applying Patterns to Scales For Jazz Improv Flexibility

LJS 151: Applying Patterns to Scales for Jazz Improv Flexibility

Welcome to episode 151 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can apply different pattern exercises over scales. Patterns are great technical exercises that can help us become more flexible on our instrument. I give several different examples that you can put to use. Listen in! This lesson comes out of my jazz theory and improv eBook and companion course "Zero to Improv": https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/zerotoimprov/
Altered Pentatonic scales

How to Use Altered Pentatonics

I’ve discussed the major pentatonic scale here on LJS before and some of its uses. In this post I want to briefly review the major pentatonic scale and then talk about what I call...
Using Enclosures to Create Bebop Lines Over a Jazz Blues

LJS 150: Using Enclosure to Create Bebop Lines Over a Jazz Blues

Welcome to episode 150 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about a technique called "enclosure." Enclosure is a way to conceptualize bebop language, and how jazz musicians approach important chord tones. We learn the basics of enclosure and then apply it over a jazz blues. Listen in!

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