The Two Most Important Pages on LJS

We offer a lot of things here at Learn Jazz Standards, but in my opinion, the two most important pages on Learn Jazz Standards are the Index of Jazz Standards and the central list...

The 16 Most Important Scales in Jazz

Here is a list of the 16 most important scales for jazz improvisation and the harmonic contexts in which they can be used for improvisation.  While we do not want to sound like we...
Coltrane Changes 2

Understanding Coltrane Changes Part 2

In the last lesson we took an in-depth look at Coltrane Changes and how they work. We talked about two types of systems that Coltrane used: the Three Tonic System and the Four Tonic...
Chord Progression Workouts

Chord Progression Workouts

This is the complete list of all of our Chord Progression Workouts.  These exercises help you practice important chord progressions you will find in jazz repertoire.  Each workout includes a play-along to help you...
#1V-Vii-iii

#iv-VII-iii-VI-ii-V-I Chord Progression Workout

This is our #iv-VII-ii-VI-ii-V-I Chord Progression Workout.  You can find a similar progression as this in Dizzy Gillespie's tune Woody'n You.  This progression cycles by fourths starting on the #iv7(b5).  You can also think of the...
Tadd Dameron Turnaround

Tadd Dameron Turnaround Chord Progression Workout

This is our Tadd Dameron Turnaround Chord Progression Workout.  This turnaround is used quite commonly in jazz as a replacement for a I-VI-ii-V utilizing tritone substitution.  Dameron was the first to use this turnaround in his composition Lady...
1-#1dim-ii-V

I-#Idim-ii-V Chord Progression Workout

This is our I-#Idim-ii-V Chord Progression Workout. You will see throughout jazz repertoire the VI7 chord being replaced by the #Idim (or biidim) chord.  A classic example is Have You Met Miss Jones. Play along...
V13(b9)-I

V13(b9)-I Chord Progression Workout

This is our V13(b9)-I Chord Progression Workout.  The V to I chord progression is incredibly important in any kind of music, so knowing how to navigate it goes much further than just jazz.  The...
I7-IV7

I7-IV7 Chord Progression Workout

This is our I7-IV7 Chord Progression Workout.  You probably recognize this progression from playing a blues, which is probably the most common scenario you would see a dominant I chord followed by a dominant...
ii-V-I (Tritone)

ii-V-I (With Tritone Sub) Chord Progression Workout

This is our ii-V-I (With Tritone Sub) Chord Progression Workout in our our series of Chord Progression Workouts. The difference between this progression and a regular ii-V-I, is that the V7 chord is being...
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