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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...

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...
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...

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...

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...
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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,...

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...

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...

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