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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

LJS 26: Jazz Challenge #1 Write Your Own Contrafact

Welcome to episode 26 of the LJS Podcast where today we are introducing Jazz Challenge #1 of a 4 part series of jazz challenges. These challenges will be leading up to the release of our first eCourse 30 Days to Better Jazz Playing in October 2016. Today's challenge is to write your own contrafact. Listen in!

LJS 28: Jazz Challenge #3 Write Your Own Jazz Solo

Welcome to episode 28 of the LJS Podcast where today we are introducing Jazz Challenge #3 of a 4 part series of jazz challenges. These challenges will be leading up to the release of our first eCourse 30 Days to Better Jazz Playing in October 2016. Today’s challenge is to write your own jazz solo. Listen in!
[Strategy #2] 3 Pillars of Jazz Blues Language

LJS 186: [Strategy #2] 3 Pillars of Jazz Blues Language

Welcome to episode 186 of the LJS Podcast where we continue onto week 3 of "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover the 2nd strategy of this series which is understanding the 3 pillars of jazz blues language. Not only do we discuss what they are, I tell you what to practice and a few tools that can help for each. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode186 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
LJS 132: Avoiding Avoid Notes And When Not to Avoid Them for Jazz Musicians

LJS 132: Avoiding “Avoid Notes” and When Not to Avoid Them

Welcome to episode 132 of the LJS Podcast where today we are answering a question from a podcast listener who asked about avoid notes. Avoid notes are used in music academia to help identify which notes to not play over given chords or chords in the context of chord progression. But should you really "avoid" avoid notes? Listen in!

LJS 07: How Playing Free Can Make You a Better Improviser

Welcome to episode 7 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how playing free can make you a better improviser. Our special guest saxophonist and composer Josiah Boornazian walks us through some enlightening ways to bring free improvisation into the practice room, rehearsals, and even gigs. Listen in!

LJS 73: 4 Strategies For Improvising Over Major 2-5-1’s

Welcome to episode 73 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about the major 2-5-1 chord progression and 4 strategies for how to improvise over it. The 2-5-1 (ii-V-I) is one of the most common chord progression in jazz and other styles of music. You will see it come up all of the time in jazz standards so it's important you have a good handle on it. Listen in!

LJS 40: An Important Jazz Improv Technique and How to Use It

Welcome to episode 40 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about an important jazz improvisation technique called enclosure, and how to use it. This a great technique to help you conceptualize jazz language. Listen in!
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

LJS 37: How to Tell Stories With Your Jazz Solos

Welcome to episode 37 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to tell stories with your jazz solos. If you think about it, some of the best solos out there tell captivating stories. Each phrase has a trajectory, and we want to learn how to do this. Listen in!

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