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A Guide for Which Scales to Use Over 7th Chords

When it comes to jazz improvisation, it's all about learning the jazz language. We do that by learning jazz solos, licks, and just listening to jazz. These are of the utmost importance and should be...

LJS 98: How to Beat the Brain Game for Musical Freedom (feat. Matt Vaartstra)

Welcome to episode 98 of the LJS Podcast where today we are joined by sports and performance psychologist Matt Vaartstra to talk about how to channel your mindset towards musical freedom. At the end of the day, music is a brain game. There are so many negative voices that hinder our progress, and Matt teaches us how to train your brain for optimal performance. Listen in!

6 Jazz Licks Over Dominant 7 Chords

Sometimes I like to take chord qualities out of the context of a chord progression and work out musical ideas over them. It's a way to explore different avenues and approaches without having to...

Trey Wright’s Songs from Oak Avenue

We haven't promoted new jazz albums on the LJS Blog for a few months now, but we are bringing back our jazz album reviews!  It is vitally important that jazz lovers continue to support current...

Easy Jazz Piano Voicings

Jazz piano voicings seem like a mysterious thing to many people.  If you know your scales, however, you can construct jazz piano voicings. There is some very basic math involved, but it's just counting...

How to Master the “Backdoor” Jazz Chord Progression

Jazz’s harmonic language features a lot of common chord progressions that appear often in different jazz standards. For example, jazz musicians frequently encounter II-V-I’s, dominant 7th chords through the cycle of fourths, and III-VI-II-V’s...
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Lick of the Week #5 – Learn 16 Variations of “The Lick”

"The Lick" is extremely popular, and MANY artists have used this lick.  If you don't know about "The Lick," check out the videos below or do a search for "The Lick Jazz" on YouTube....

The Jazz Mindset

Why do we play jazz? Why do we play music? I hope the main reason why we spend so much time practicing, playing, and performing is that we love it. However I have seen some musicians...

John Ellis “It’s You I Like”

Click above to purchase John Ellis' "It's You I Like" Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote tenor saxophonist John Ellis' 2012 release of "It's You I Like". Joining Ellis for his premiere record on Criss-Cross...

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...

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