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Blues in All 12 Keys

The Blues is one of the most common forms in jazz music and is essential to know for a competent jazz musician. The tradition of jazz is steeped in the blues and certainly evolved...

How to Improvise Over “Giant Steps”

Giant Steps looms large in the jazz repertoire as one of the most challenging tunes on which jazz musicians cut their musical teeth. The iconic title track from Giant Steps helped cement saxophonist John Coltrane’s...

Joel Frahm “Don’t Explain”

  Learn Jazz is proud to promote saxophonist Joel Frahm's 2003 release of "Don't Explain". Joining Frahm on this duo recording is his long-time friend and pianist Brad Mehldau. The two musicians grew up in...

Stop Beating Yourself Up!

I had a great conversation today with Brent Vaartstra, who works with me on LJS, about the inner game of the musician. We got to talking about the ways in which different musicians handle...
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If You Ain’t Stealin’, You Ain’t Tryin’

Transcribe, transcribe, transcribe. Then transcribe some more. Listen to recordings. Watch jazz dvds and youtube videos. If you like someone’s solo, learn it! Learn to play with the recording. Write down if you want....

4 Reasons Why Every Musician Should Study Jazz

Musicians spanning all kinds of genres across the world all have one thing in common: they want to become better at their craft. They want to become better players within their genre, and they...

Bebop Blues Lick in all 12 Keys

  Practice this bebop blues lick in all 12 keys. As a jazz musician, it's important to have a good handle on the blues and know how to improvise over it well. This lick incorporates blues...

How to Listen to Music With Intention

Most people who listen to music are listening passively, meaning the music is playing in the background and it isn't the center of focus. And while musicians naturally tend to focus on music they...

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!

LJS 08: 2 Exercises For Hearing Chord Changes In Your Solos

Welcome to episode 8 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 2 exercises for hearing chord changes in your solos. As jazz musicians, we want to be able to clearly hear the harmony of the tune we are playing in our solos. This is a skill that can really take your solos from sounding amateur and bland to professional and full of life. Listen in!


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