Jazz Advice

Jazz Advice

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...

2 Jazz Improvisation Exercises Over Bluesette

Bluesette, composed by jazz legend harmonica player Toots Thielemans in 1964, is to harmonica players what Hey Joe is to guitarists. It is a staple for jazz chromatic harmonica and a challenging jazz waltz...

How to Avoid Musical Burnout as a Jazz Musician

It happens to all of us who are serious about music. We get passionate, practice hard, practice even harder and then we get exhausted and hit a plateau. It's our own musical version of...

5 Ways to Play “Outside” on the Blues

The 12-bar blues is one of the most simple, short, and iconic standard jazz forms. As jazz musicians, we all are used to playing blues tunes frequently, which can be both a blessing and...

Why Jazz Musicians Should Practice Along With Records

Listening to records (and by that I mean albums) can have many benefits for all jazz musicians. We can get a lot of information just by listening to them. Records are also the best...

How Teaching Music Has Made Me a Better Musician

I have a very vivid memory from when I was in high school. One of those memories that sticks out among others, but I can't exactly place why. Let me give you the back...

3 Mistakes Musicians Make Learning Licks

One of the most important things a jazz musician can do is learn jazz language. Jazz language is simply the vocabulary used by jazz improvisers, and there are many ways to go about learning...

How to Start Playing Jazz With 3 Easy Steps

I get emails quite often from our readers and podcast listeners who come to Learn Jazz Standards looking for answers. In fact, just about all of our jazz community is here for this reason,...

4 Reasons Why Every Musician Should Study Jazz

Musicians spanning all kinds of genres across the world all have one thing in common: they want to become better at their craft. They want to become better players within their genre, and they...

How to Improvise Over Rhythm Changes Like a Pro

Like the Blues, “rhythm changes” is one of the most common song forms in jazz music. This 32-bar AABA form and its accompanying chord progression is derived from George Gershwin’s iconic composition “I Got...

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