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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
How to Avoid Meandering Jazz Solos with Jeff Schneider

LJS 154: How to Avoid Meandering Jazz Solos (feat. Jeff Schneider)

Welcome to episode 154 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Jeff Schneider back on the show to talk to us about avoiding meandering jazz solos. Jeff talks about how to create jazz lines that sound more like a conversation than just a stream of notes. This one is packed full of jazz truth nuggets. Listen in! View the shownotes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode154 Jeff Schneider's website: https://www.jeffschneidermusic.com/ Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Applying Patterns to Scales For Jazz Improv Flexibility

LJS 151: Applying Patterns to Scales for Jazz Improv Flexibility

Welcome to episode 151 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can apply different pattern exercises over scales. Patterns are great technical exercises that can help us become more flexible on our instrument. I give several different examples that you can put to use. Listen in! This lesson comes out of my jazz theory and improv eBook and companion course "Zero to Improv": https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/zerotoimprov/
Using Enclosures to Create Bebop Lines Over a Jazz Blues

LJS 150: Using Enclosure to Create Bebop Lines Over a Jazz Blues

Welcome to episode 150 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about a technique called "enclosure." Enclosure is a way to conceptualize bebop language, and how jazz musicians approach important chord tones. We learn the basics of enclosure and then apply it over a jazz blues. Listen in!
3 Strategies For Improvising Over a Jazz Blues

LJS 146: 3 Strategies for Improvising Over a Jazz Blues

Welcome to episode 146 of the LJS Podcast where today we are covering 3 awesome strategies for improvising over a jazz blues. The blues is an important song form in jazz that every aspiring jazz musician needs to be proficient at. These strategies will help set a strong foundation for improvising freely over the blues. Listen in! Sign up for my free mini-course "Accelerate Your Jazz Skills": https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/accelerate-your-jazz-skills/

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