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Hexatonic/Pentatonic Jazz Improvisation Workout

We’ve talked about pentatonics on LJS in the past both on the blog and on the podcast. In this post, I want to build on the concepts surrounding pentatonic scales and...

“Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer’s Guide” by Bill Anschell

Visit: www.billanschell.com Ready to check out your first jam session?  There’s much more to jazz music - and to the “session” in particular - than meets the eye.  This primer will help you better appreciate...

Spice Up Your Jazz Solos with Asymmetrical Melodies

Once we’ve mastered some of the basic types of jazz vocabulary, we’re always striving to find new and interesting ways of breaking up and varying our improvised melodies. One of the most effective ways to...

Encyclopedia of Left-Hand Jazz Piano Voicings

This PDF will be a BIG help to many jazz pianists and other instrumentalists who want to get better at voicing chords in their left hand! Many players could benefit from having this reference sheet,...

17 Important Jazz Scales in Tetrachords

It's important for jazz musicians to learn their scales.  While the major scales are important, they are only the beginning. Tetrachords are a wonderful way to learn your scales.  Once you understand the basic tetrachords, you...

LJS 104: 11 Listeners Give Their Jazz Tips and Advice

Welcome to episode 104 of the LJS Podcast where today we are celebrating our 2 year podcast birthday! To do that we are having on 11 different special guests on the show. They are special because they are listeners just like you! They all give excellent jazz tips and advice and have great stories to share. Listen in!

3 Game-Changing Rhythmic Secrets to Make Your Solos Swing Harder

Making improvised lines truly swing is one of the biggest challenges jazz musicians face at all levels of their musical development. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro, a young player just starting...

How To Learn The Melody Of A Jazz Standard By Ear

If you've been following us on Learn Jazz Standards for any given amount of time, it's likely you've heard us talk about the importance of learning things by ear. Learning how to play musical...

How to Improvise Using “Constant Structures”

A “constant structure” is a fixed set of relationships between pitches. It is related to the ideas of a “pitch cell” that can be transposed and/or sequenced. Constant structures are great for creating motivic units...

How to Build Chord Extensions and Alterations

It’s important that you understand that all 7th chords can be extended and altered. This is not only important to comprehend if you play a chordal instrument, like a piano or guitar, but it’s...

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