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How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing

LJS 202: How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing

Welcome to episode 202 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about improving your mental health as a jazz musician. All of us have felt those bad feelings of self-consciousness, insecurity, and self-loathing...
3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

Welcome to episode 201 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about 3 ways to start improvising organically when you play jazz solos. A common problem I hear from subscribers is the struggle to let go of pre-meditating or thinking about what they need to play. It can be tough to let go, "forget" what you've been practicing, and just improvise freely. I share some simple ways you can start training yourself to do this better. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode201 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

LJS 200: Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

Welcome to episode 200 of the LJS Podcast where today we celebrate the big 200 episode mile marker! To do that, I have a lot of special guests today, you, the podcast listeners, to share your 2020 jazz and music goals. We go through each goal and I give some feedback. Get inspired and get ready to take action! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode200 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

LJS 199: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

Welcome to episode 199 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back on 2019. A lot of really great stuff happened with Learn Jazz Standards in 2019 and I go over some of the big mile markers, as well as the top 5 downloaded episodes of the year. I also share my favorite episodes, and a sneak peak into what's coming next year. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode199 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

LJS 198: 3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

Welcome to episode 198 of the LJS Podcast where I go over my 3 step process for learning to hear chords. Being able to hear different chord qualities is important for being able to hear chord progressions, which of course is important for learning jazz standards. It's also important for our improvisation as well, so I show you a great method for training your ears to hear any chord. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode198 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
A Jazz Geek Hang with Wallace Stelzer and Diego Maldonado

LJS 197: A Jazz Geek Hang with Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer

Welcome to episode 197 of the LJS Podcast where I have my good buddies drummer Diego Maldonado and bassist Wallace Stelzer over to the studio to hang out and geek out on jazz. This is a fun episode full of jazz nerdery, music philosophy, a little bit of alcohol, NYC's best cookies, and some shenanigans. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode197 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Recycling Jazz Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #2)

LJS 196: Recycling Jazz Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #2)

Welcome to episode 196 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over jazz practice plan #2, the last in a series of 2 episodes. This practice plan is called the Recycling Jazz Practice Plan which is having a powerful effect on my Jazz Blues Accelerator course students, which is based on this framework. Learn how this practice plan works and how to start taking action. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode196 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Stair Step Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #1)

LJS 195: Stair Step Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #1)

Welcome to episode 195 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over a jazz practice plan in a series of two episodes we'll be going through. This practice plan is called the Stair Step Practice Plan, and this has been highly effective for students in my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course, which uses this exact framework. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode195 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Understanding the Jazz Eras (Jazz History Made Simple)

LJS 194: Understanding the Jazz Eras (Jazz History Made Simple)

Welcome to episode 194 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back in time at jazz history. We look into the different eras of jazz, the important musicians to listen to from them, and how the music evolved over time. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode194 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Jazz Theory Made Simple (Only Theory You Need to Know)

LJS 193: Jazz Theory Made Simple (Only Theory You Need to Know)

Welcome to episode 193 of the LJS Podcast where today I take the often overwhelming and confusing world of jazz theory and make it simple. Jazz theory is often overcomplicated with way too much information and concepts that are unnecessary. I boil things down to the basics and help make things more understandable. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode193 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

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