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9 Jazz Waltz Tunes You Should Know

As jazz musicians, we need to be learning lots of jazz standards. It's incredibly important to know the standard repertoire so that you can fully understand the jazz language. But jazz music covers a fairly...

2 Jazz Practicing Tips That Will 2X Your Results

Here's the deal: jazz musicians spend a lot of time practicing but end up wasting a lot of it. In fact, I'd like to go out on a limb and say that 50% of...

18 Ways to Make Big Money as a Jazz Musician

(Editors Note: This is a guest post by Chad Lefkowitz-Brown) If you Google "How much money does a jazz musician make?", an NPR article will come up headlined, "Do Jazz Musicians Really Make $23,000 A...

How to Improvise Over “Giant Steps”

Giant Steps looms large in the jazz repertoire as one of the most challenging tunes on which jazz musicians cut their musical teeth. The iconic title track from Giant Steps helped cement saxophonist John Coltrane’s...

6 Common Endings All Jazz Musicians Should Know

How do you end a jazz standard? As jazz musicians, we spend so much time and energy working on learning jazz standards and developing the craft of improvisation that we sometimes forget to address very...

How to Drastically Improve Your Jazz Solos in 3 Simple Steps

Everybody wants to improve their jazz solos. For many musicians, soloing is one of the main elements that attracted them to jazz in the first place. That's why so many of our readers and podcast...

How to Stay Motivated to Practice Your Instrument

I've been on both sides. I've had seasons where I was absolutely obsessed with playing my instrument and practicing. Practicing everyday was no problem for me, and hours felt like minutes. I suppose it feels...

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...

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...

5 Hard Bop Albums You Need to Listen To

One thing we always encourage our readers to do is listen to jazz. This is obviously important if you want to become a better jazz musician. At the end of the day, the best...

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