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Ultimate Guide to Jazz Theory

Let me tell you one of the biggest myths I hear about learning how to play jazz: You need to know a ton of music theory. WRONG. You don't. You only need to know a little bit...
A Beginner's Guide to Playing Jazz

A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Jazz [UPDATED]

Okay, so you want to learn how to play jazz but you just don't know where to start. That's perfectly understandable! There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. In fact, jazz can...

The 16 Most Important Scales in Jazz [UPDATED]

Here is a list of the 16 most important scales for jazz improvisation and the harmonic contexts in which they can be used for improvisation. It doesn't matter whether you play guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet,...
3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs

LJS 190: 3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs

Welcome to episode 190 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about how to get jazz gigs. One of the big goals for most musicians is to get out there and play. That's where the real fun and learning can happen. But how do you acquire those gigs? I go over three ways with different strategies for each to help you get out there and start performing. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode190 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

20 Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar [UPDATED]

So you're a guitarist and you want to start getting your jazz chops together. Awesome! Here's the great news: Contrary to what you may have heard, you don't need to know a million shapes, chords, or scales...

9 Important Jazz Chord Progressions You Need to Master [UPDATED]

For some, learning jazz can be a daunting task. It's harmonically complex, and because of this, there is a demand for a certain level of virtuosity. I often find that those who love jazz but...

28 Jazz Blues Heads You Need to Know [UPDATED]

The blues has always played a central role in jazz music from the very beginning and is without a doubt one of the most important forms in jazz. It's important for every jazz musician to...
Finding More Time to Practice and Skyrocketing Your Jazz Potential (feat. Brett Pontecorvo)

LJS 189: Finding More Time to Practice and Skyrocketing Your Jazz Potential (feat. Brett...

Welcome to episode 189 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest pianist and educator Brett Pontecorvo to talk about making time to practice and setting up a masterplan to achieve your musical goals. Not having time to practice is a common complaint, but this episode crushes that limiting belief and shows you a path to achieve more in your musical life. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode189 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Inside Look on a Pro Jazz Musicians Development

LJS 188: Inside Look on a Pro Jazz Musicians Development

Welcome to episode 188 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest jazz pianist Keelan Dimick to discuss the transformational moments in his musical development. Keelan is a jazz piano phenom and he opens up and shares his journey as a musician and the key points in his development. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode188 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
[Strategy #3] The Secret Sauce for Mastering a Jazz Blues

LJS 187: [Strategy #3] The Secret Sauce for Mastering a Jazz Blues

Welcome to episode 187 of the LJS Podcast where we conclude "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover my philosophy on mastering musical material, and it especially applies to a jazz blues. No, it's not a bunch of fancy licks, short cuts, and hacks. It's real process. I dig into that and how you can start taking action. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode187 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

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