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Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo (What Makes a Good Solo)

LJS 183: Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo (What Makes a Good Solo)

Welcome to episode 183 of the LJS Podcast where today we listen to two solos I've recorded in the past. We'll listen to one that I'm proud of and checks off the boxes of a good jazz solo, and we'll also listen to one I'm not so proud of. I analyze what made the good one good, and the bad one bad. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode183 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

LJS 177: Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

Welcome to episode 177 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate a solo I composed over a minor blues. Composing jazz solos is one of the best ways to solidify the jazz language you already know and get it to come out in your playing. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode177 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Using Pitch Collections to Create Jazz Lines Over Static Chords

LJS 175: Using Pitch Collections to Create Jazz Lines Over Static Chords

Welcome to episode 175 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about using pitch collections to create jazz lines over static chords. I personally don't enjoy thinking about playing scales over chords. I think a better way to think about scales is as "pitch collections" which can be especially helpful when learning to improvise over different qualities of chords. I go over the concept and demonstrate some licks. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode175 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes (Over There Will Never Be Another You)

LJS 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes (Over There Will Never Be Another...

Welcome to episode 169 of the LJS Podcast where we conclude "Jazz Standards Month." This lesson goes over composing target notes over the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You and then using those target notes to create a jazz solo. This is a great way to start developing improv skills by slowing things down and intentionally composing jazz lines under the parameter of target notes. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode169 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Making Rhythms the Foundation of Your Jazz Solos

LJS 168: Making Rhythms the Foundation of Your Jazz Solos (Someday My Prince Will...

Welcome to episode 168 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Standards Month." Oftentimes in jazz education, we place an emphasis on harmonic and melodic elements. We typically don't place enough emphasis on rhythm. However, rhythm is important for understanding jazz music and becoming a better jazz improviser. In this episode, we learn how to apply rhythmic motivic development to the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode168 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Making Pentatonic Scales Musica Over Just Friends (Analysis and Improv Lesson)

LJS 167: Making Pentatonic Scales Musical Over Just Friends (Analysis and Improv Lesson)

Welcome to episode 167 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Standards Month." My subscribers often wonder what scales to play over jazz standards to help them improvise. However, scales are rarely the answer to creating great melodic solos. With that being said, they should not be discarded and in the right hands can be used to create great music. In this episode, we take the pentatonic scale and apply it over the jazz standard Just Friends. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode167 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Improvising Over the LJS Podcast Theme Song (feat. Listener Improvisations)

LJS 165: Improvising Over the LJS Podcast Theme Song (feat. Listener Improvisations)

Welcome to episode 165 of the LJS Podcast where today we have a fun show where we discuss how to improvise over the LJS Podcast theme song. It's an episode mixed with a bit of education, and just plain having fun. Best yet, we listen to several recordings of LJS community members improvising over the theme. Listen in! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode165 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Developing an Engaging Story Line for Your Jazz Solos (feat. Aimee Nolte)

LJS 162: Developing an Engaging Story Line for Your Jazz Solos (feat. Aimee Nolte)

Welcome to episode 162 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest Aimee Nolte on the show to share with us how to develop an engaging solo that tells a story. Aimee thinks the biggest mistake she sees jazz improvisers make is coming out of the gate playing a slew of notes and run-on lines. She shows us how she develops a great jazz solo and let's loose and some amazing tips. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode162 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/ Aimee's website: https://www.aimeenolte.com/
Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines

LJS 158: Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines

Welcome to episode 158 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to add chromaticism into your jazz lines. Chromaticism is one of the characteristics of a classic "jazz sound" and so we take a close look at how to implement it. We go over 5 different licks and gradually introduce chromaticism into them. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode158 Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter
Using Musical Playgrounds For Better Improvisation (Feat. Christopher Sutton)

LJS 155: Using “Musical Playgrounds” For Better Improvisation (feat. Christopher Sutton)

Welcome to episode 155 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Christopher Sutton back on the show to talk to us about improvisation. What I love about this interview is Christopher is not a jazz musician, and he offers some unique perspectives on improvisation that are really refreshing. Learn about musical playgrounds and how thinking this way will enlighten your improv. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode155 Christopher Sutton's website: https://www.musical-u.com/ Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter

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