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3 Important Skills for Becoming Great Rhythm Section Player

If you are a pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, vibraphonist, or any other designated chordal or rhythmic instrument, you are a part of the rhythm section family. You are a vital part of what makes...

LJS 160: 1 Month Practice Plan For Learning 1-2 Jazz Solos by Ear

Welcome to episode 160 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through how to learn a jazz solo (or possibly two) by ear in 1 month. This practice plan breaks things down and makes things easy, even if you've never learned a jazz solo by ear before. Having a plan is important, and this one will set you up for success. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode160 Learn more about my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing Course: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/30-steps-to-better-jazz-playing/

How to Get Started as a Jazz Composer

The emphasis on musicians composing and improvising their own music has been a central part of jazz culture since the music’s inception. When jazz musicians write their own music, it greatly contributes to their...
Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes

LJS 148: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2018 Year Review)

Welcome to episode 148 of the LJS Podcast where today we are taking a look back at the year 2018 and everything that has happened in the Learn Jazz Standards community. It's been an eventful year, and lot's of great content, courses, and eBooks have come out. We talk about the top 5 downloaded episodes as well as my top 2 favorites!

LJS 53: How to Improve Your Jazz Solos By Using Guide Tones

Welcome to episode 53 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can improve your jazz solos by using guide tones. One of the big questions students have is how do I navigate chord changes in my improvisation? Guide tones are a great springboard into identifying the important chord tones to focus on. Listen in!
Learning Jazz By Ear or With Sheet Music (Which One is Better)

LJS 139: Learning Jazz by Ear or Sheet Music (Which One is Better?)

Welcome to episode 139 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about learning jazz by ear and with sheet music. Which one is better and what are the benefits of each? Listen in!

Personalities and Jazz

Normal 0 Think about it: there are so many great players out there.  It always baffles me that no matter where you go in the world, there are a plethora of incredible musicians hiding in...

24 Places to Use the Diminished Scale

The Diminished Scale is often misunderstood. It is symmetrical, unlike the major scale, and this alone gives it a certain mystery. When you consider its exotic sound, the mystery grows. Many people first learn to...

20 Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar

So you're a guitarist and you want to start getting your jazz chops together. Awesome! When it comes down to it, the main thing you need to focus in on is learning jazz language. You...

LJS 74: How to Improvise Over Sus Chords

Welcome to episode 74 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to improvise over suspended chords. Specifically, we are covering the Dominant 7 Sus 4 chord, which shows up a lot in jazz music. These chords can sometimes stump an improviser when they come up and this lesson digs into some different ways to approach them. Listen in!

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