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7 Steps to heaven by Brent Jensenvideo

Learning to Play Authentic Jazz Licks by Brent Jensen (B)

This is part two of Brent Jensen's series on learning licks and creating authentic-sounding jazz lines. This two-part series shows us how a beginning jazz player should approach learning to improvise convincingly in the...
7 Steps to heaven by Brent Jensenvideo

Seven Steps to Heaven by Brent Jensen, Step 4

Here's Brent's video on Step 4. He's done a wonderful job preparing these incredible videos for us! Thank you Brent. Video's Handout Brent Jensen's Seven Steps to Heaven (.pdf) SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN by Brent Jensen (with...

The Right Way to Use the Diminished Scale

The diminished scale is one of the most useful and versatile tools for jazz improvisers. It has been covered on LJS before, but I want to try to offer an additional perspective on how...

Charlie Austin “Homage”

Charlie Austin's latest album, "Homage," is a very enjoyable take on the classic piano trio.  Canadian jazz pianist Charlie Austin, from Edmonton, AB, is joined by bassist Rene Worst and drummer Mike Gillespie for the project. It...

12 Major Scales

Learning the 12 Major Scales in one of the most important things fledgling jazz musicians (or any musician) can do. The 12 Major Scales are one the very basic fundamentals of music, and it's...

Tempo Vs. Time Feel and Tips On Improving Them

As a professional drummer and educator, I’ve taught many students and I’ve noticed that many of them are concerned about their tempo. They always ask for advice on how to improve or overcome their...
Top 13 Jazz Lessons From Our Podcast Guests

LJS 118: Top 13 Jazz Lessons From Our Podcast Guests

Welcome to episode 118 of the LJS Podcast where today we are featuring some of the greatest hits of our guest episodes so far. Over the last few years, we've developed a big catalog of episodes with special guests sharing their best jazz tips and advice. We listen to important clips from those episodes and some additional commentary. Listen in!
Using Motivic Development to Create Musical Themes

LJS 108: Using Motivic Development to Create Musical Themes

Welcome to episode 108 of the LJS Podcast where today we are concluding "Jazz Standards Month" with the topic of motivic development and how we can utilize it to develop musical themes, and structure into our jazz solos. Brent tells you what motivic development is and gives some examples. Listen in!

How to Write Out a Jazz Lead Sheet

Making a lead sheet of a song isn't the easiest task for jazz musicians, but it becomes easier with a some patience and some experience.  While I recommend memorizing standards and your originals whenever...
How to Start Crushing It On the Blues

LJS 110: How to Start Crushing It On the Blues (Feat. Nick Mainella)

Welcome to episode 110 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking with Nick Mainella from The 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast all about the Blues and how to start playing it with confidence. Blues is a foundational element of jazz music and Nick teaches you the ins and outs and everything you need to know to get started. Listen in!


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