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3 Reasons Why You Should Be the Worst Musician

I was playing a gig the other night at a club in Greenwich Village, New York City when suddenly I realized I was the worst. Everyone in the band was just absolutely killing it.  Every...

Dominant 7(#11) Chord Workout

This post in our Jazz Workouts series is our Dominant 7(#11) Chord Workout.  This will help you practice your 7(#11) chords in all 12 keys.  The exercise goes through the Circle of 4ths (C-F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B-E-A-D-G) and each...

Where Do Double Sharps and Double Flats Come From?

I write lots of jazz theory articles for the LJS blog, but I haven't really written a straight-up music theory article that doesn't talk about jazz at all.  Until now.  This article is essentially a...

The Mandy Walk: An Inside Look With John Stowell

Today we're getting a rare inside look at one of internationally renowned jazz guitarist John Stowell's compositions, The Mandy Walk. In case you aren't familiar with John's work, he is a recording artist on the...
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Seven Steps to Heaven by Brent Jensen, Step 3

Here is part 3 of Brent Jensen's Video series on learning tunes. Brent Jensen's Seven Steps to Heaven (.pdf) SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN by Brent Jensen (with thanks to Jiggs Whigham) 1. Memorize the melody. Listen to a...

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...

Take 5: Strategies to Improve Your 5/4 Playing

In this post, I want to begin to tackle the challenge of playing in odd meters. I’ll start by zeroing in on 5/4 time here. We spend so much time playing jazz standards in 3/4...

Using Scales to Approach Tritone Substitution

Yesterday I gave some detailed examples of common places you can use a tritone substitution, including some tunes that use tritone substitution in different ways.  Today we are going to discuss some scales that you...

We Don’t Improvise Scales

As a jazz educator, I try to be careful to not say "use this scale over this chord."   Using scales over chords sounds harmless enough, but we don't want to be guilty of...

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