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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Trading 4's Like Elving Jones- Style and Analysis for jazz drummers

Trading Fours Like Elvin Jones: Style And Analysis

A few months ago, I shared with you a lesson on Elvin Jones, entitled How To Comp On The Drums Like Elvin Jones, in which I discussed the comping side of the great late Elvin...
How to Improvise Over Inner Urge by Joe Henderson

How to Improvise Over “Inner Urge”

Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” from his iconic 1965 record also entitled Inner Urge is one of the most frequently called tunes at jam sessions when jazz musicians want to play a fast and challenging...
How to Practice Walking Bass Lines for All Instruments

How to Practice Walking Bass Lines for All Jazz Instrumentalists

Here on Learn Jazz Standards, there are a few great posts on walking bass lines for bass players: How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting and How to Write a Walking Bass Line. In this post,...
How to Make Pro Drum Charts for Small Jazz Ensembles

How to Make Pro Drum Charts For Small Jazz Ensembles

One of the biggest pet peeves of being a drummer is to deal with poorly made charts. For some strange reason, musicians tend to neglect drum charts. I believe it has to do with the lack of...
Practicing Using Upper Structures Over Solar

Practicing Using Upper Structures on “Solar”

As jazz musicians, we’re always trying to find ways to hear and come up with different types of melodic lines while improvising. One strategy that can help break up a hyper scale-focused approach to building...

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