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7 Ways to Break Free From a Musical Rut

As a jazz musician, there is nothing worse than feeling like you aren't improving. You may spend a lot of time in the practice room honing your craft, earnestly trying to crack the code of...

How to Write a Walking Bass Line

In my previous post, How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting, we defined what a bass line is and what its functions are, and looked at a few ways in which we can creatively...

Mastering The Fretboard: Augmented Triads

In our previous two Mastering The Fretboard lessons we went over major triads and minor triads. If you haven't checked out those I would highly suggest you go back and review those first!  Both of...

Learning to Solo In The Style Of Max Roach

Max Roach was an American jazz drummer and composer. He was born on January 10, 1924, in New Land, North Carolina. He was raised in Brooklyn and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He worked...
Improvising Over the LJS Podcast Theme Song (feat. Listener Improvisations)

LJS 165: Improvising Over the LJS Podcast Theme Song (feat. Listener Improvisations)

Welcome to episode 165 of the LJS Podcast where today we have a fun show where we discuss how to improvise over the LJS Podcast theme song. It's an episode mixed with a bit of education, and just plain having fun. Best yet, we listen to several recordings of LJS community members improvising over the theme. Listen in! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode165 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

The Rhythm Changes in all 12 Keys Challenge

Some of you may have taken The Blues in all 12 Keys Challenge. This time we are doing another important one: The Rhythm Changes in all 12 Keys Challenge. Along with the blues, rhythm changes...
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Why You Should Learn Jazz By Ear and Not Sheet Music

When it comes to learning jazz standards, solos and licks, there isn’t a wrong or right way. But there is the easy way and the better way. The easy way is just to buy some...

How to Substitute a Dominant 7 for a Diminished 7

As a jazz musician, I love learning new jazz theory tricks to apply to my playing. While learning jazz language by ear should be the primary way we learn to play, conceptualizing different ideas through...
7 Steps to heaven by Brent Jensenvideo

Seven Steps to Heaven by Brent Jensen, Step 2

Brent Jensen, Origin Saxophone Recording Artist and Professor of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho, tells us how he approaches learning tunes.  This is his third video in the series (Part 1...

Bernstein Goldings Stewart “Live At Smalls”

  Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote guitarist Peter Bernstein, B3 organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart's 2011 release of "Live At Smalls". Those who are familiar with these musicians will know that they...

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