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Why You Should Practice In All 12 Keys

If you've been following us on Learn Jazz Standards for a while now, you probably know that we always preach the importance of practicing in all 12 keys.  We commonly suggest learning licks, songs, and...
18 Ways To Make Big Money as a Jazz Musician

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 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...

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...

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...

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...
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How to Use the Melody of a Jazz Standard to Develop Solo Ideas

One of the most valuable parts of a piece of music is the melody. That may seem obvious, right? Think about it. When you're walking around your house, driving in your car, taking a shower,...

3 Melodic Secrets I Learned from the Jazz Masters

In my early years as a musician, I explored what I think is a pretty common approach to learning jazz improvisation. I was taught (or read somewhere) that the key to improvisation is to...

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...
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...

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