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,...

3 Pivotal Exercises to Improve Technique on Your Instrument

As jazz musicians, we are all on a lifelong journey to constantly improve our technique on our instruments. Anyone who has tried to master a bebop tune or improvise at a fast tempo knows...

The Truth About Getting A Jazz Degree

         Every year, thousands of music students eagerly pack their bags, relieved to have survived those treacherous high school years, and head off to college to pursue their musical dreams.  It seems to be...
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How to Avoid Getting Lost While Playing a Jazz Standard

You're at a gig or a jam session, playing with a group of great jazz musicians. You're waiting to take your solo, or perhaps you're in the middle of your solo when that terrible feeling...

3 Game-Changing Rhythmic Secrets to Make Your Solos Swing Harder

Making improvised lines truly swing is one of the biggest challenges jazz musicians face at all levels of their musical development. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro, a young player just starting...

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...
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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,...

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...
How To Practice With a Metronome

How to Practice With a Metronome and Get Results

One of the biggest practicing tips I give my students is to practice with a metronome. Now this advice may seem over used or even slightly bland, but if used correctly, practicing with a...
Using Chord Arpeggios as Jazz Blues Practice Tools

Using Chord Arpeggios as Jazz Blues Practice Tools

When I’m learning a new song, one of the most important things I do is repeatedly play through the harmony of a tune. Repetition is a key component for committing new tunes to long-term...

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