How to Substitute a Diminished 7 for a Dominant 7

As a jazz musician, I love learning new jazz theory tricks to apply to my playing. While learning jazz language by ear should be the primary way we learn to play, conceptualizing different ideas through...

Why You Should Learn The Lyrics to Jazz Standards

When learning a jazz standard, you should spend considerable time investigating the composition. If you want to learn it thoroughly, you'll need to learn the melody and the chord progressions by ear. You'll want...

How Jazz Masters Practice Licks

(Guest post by Josiah Boornazian) I’m sure most (if not all) of you have experienced a situation like this before: you’re at a gig or jam session and someone gets up to solo and proceeds to...

5 Essential Skills That Every Jazz Musician Should Develop [Infographic]

We all want to become better jazz musicians, but what are the essential skills we need to be developing? If you're wondering what you need to be working on and practicing, this infographic is for...

4 Dexter Gordon Licks Over Lady Bird

We often preach here on Learn Jazz Standards to learn solos and licks by the jazz greats. It's important to be studying and listening to the great jazz musicians who came before us to...

4 Tips For Being a Great Jazz Accompanist

Jazz is music that is all about communicating in the moment. Anything can happen, and so you have to be prepared to listen and respond to the musicians around you. An important role is...

4 Ways to Stay a Mediocre Jazz Musician

I don't know about you, but I don't wake up in the morning with aspirations for mediocrity. I much prefer to try my best to excel at whatever I do. So when it comes...

7 Day Jazz Practice Routine

We often get emails from our readers and listeners wondering what they should practice. While we have plenty of answers to that in our archives such as our 21 quick-fire jazz skills and our beginner's...

Ear Training 101: Hearing 2 Intervals In a Row

For this next test in our Ear Training 101 series, we are going to be turning up the heat a little bit with our interval recognition skills. It's one thing to be able to recognize...

3 Important Jazz Chord Progressions You Need to Master

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...
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