50 Jazz Standards You Need To Know

There are hundreds and even thousands of jazz standards to learn. Playing jazz requires a reasonable amount of repertoire ready to be played at a moment's notice (no pun intended).  It can be overwhelming! We get...

One Thing The Best Jazz Musicians Do That Others Don’t

Since the very first day I started getting serious about jazz, I've pondered over and over again what it is exactly that made the jazz greats so great. Whenever I go to shows of...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Jazz

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,...
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Why You Should Learn Jazz By Ear and Not Sheet Music

When it comes to learning jazz standards, solos and licks, there isn’t a wrong or right way. But there is the easy way and the better way. The easy way is just to buy some...
Step-by-Step Guide for Becoming a Great Jazz Improviser

Jazz Improvisation Made Simple: A Step-By-Step Guide

You and I are not that different. We both want to become better jazz improvisers. We both have a passion for jazz music and we daydream about taking killer solos the next time we...
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How to Navigate Autumn Leaves

One of the most popular jazz standards of all time is "Autumn Leaves" by Joseph Kosma. It's often one of the first jazz standards that aspiring jazz musicians learn to play and for many...
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21 Quick-fire Jazz Skills to Practice Today

Not sure what to practice? Perhaps you just feel lost and unsure of what things a jazz musician should be working on to improve their jazz improvisation skills. Or maybe there is just so much...

10 Jazz Ballads You Should Learn

I believe one of the things that make jazz music unique and different from some other styles of music, is its incredible repertoire of ballads. In my opinion, these are some of the most...
30 Jazz Solos

30 Jazz Solos You Need To Hear

Recently we asked our newsletter subscribers and our followers on Facebook and Twitter what their absolute favorite jazz solos are.  We received a lot of really great submissions and were pleasantly surprised to discover some...
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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...

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