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LJS 26: Jazz Challenge #1 Write Your Own Contrafact

Welcome to episode 26 of the LJS Podcast where today we are introducing Jazz Challenge #1 of a 4 part series of jazz challenges. These challenges will be leading up to the release of our first eCourse 30 Days to Better Jazz Playing in October 2016. Today's challenge is to write your own contrafact. Listen in!

LJS 25: 4 Fears That Jazz Musicians Face (And How to Overcome Them)

Welcome to episode 25 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 4 fears that jazz musicians face and how to overcome them. Jazz musicians (and musicians in general) tend to be especially hard on themselves. They are constantly upset with their playing and worried about what others think about them. It's time to overcome these fears. Listen in!

LJS 24: Why Jazz is Unpopular and What We Can Do About It

Welcome to episode 24 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about why jazz is unpopular and what we can do about it. According to Nielsen's 2014 Year End Report, jazz is one of the most unpopular genres of music in the United States. In this episode we take a closer look at these details, try to figure out why, ask some questions, and reflect on what we can do about it. Listen in!

LJS 23: Gig Etiquette 101 for Musicians

Welcome to episode 23 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about some gig etiquette 101. These are some really helpful tips for acting professional, keeping your gig, and setting it up for success. We point out some classic mistakes musicians make on the gig and more. Listen in!

LJS 22: How to Play at Fast Tempos and Not Get Burned

Welcome to episode 22 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to play at fast tempos and not get burned. Up tempos tunes are something that all jazz musicians must confront, and we've all been burned by them before! In this episode we go over some tips for playing fast tempos and how we can start getting better control over them. Listen in!

LJS 21: 4 Steps to Finding More Time to Practice

Welcome to episode 21 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 4 steps to finding more time to practice. We get a lot of emails about this, and since practicing is such an important thing for musicians (especially in jazz), it is important we talk about it. Find out how you can squeeze practice into your regular schedule. Listen in!

LJS 20: How Studying Jazz Can Make You a Better Musician

Welcome to episode 20 of the LJS Podcast where today we are joined by special guest Nathaniel Schroeder to talk about how studying jazz can help you play other styles of music better, and vice versa. Nathaniel is primarily an upright and electric bassist, but also a multi-instrumentalist and has his feet in multiple genres. Listen in!

LJS 19: Jazz Talk With Larry Koonse (Part 2)

Welcome to episode 19 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk with internationally renowned jazz guitarist Larry Koonse. LJS guest blogger Peter Rubie conducts Part 2 of this interview, and they talk about Larry’s career, jazz, music and host of other stuff. Listen to Part 1 if you haven't yet, otherwise onward!

LJS 18: Jazz Talk With Larry Koonse (Part 1)

Welcome to episode 18 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk with internationally renowned jazz guitarist Larry Koonse. LJS guest blogger Peter Rubie conducts Part 1 of this interview, and they talk about Larry's musical beginnings and much more. Listen in!

LJS 17: 8 Jazz Records You Need To Listen To

Welcome to episode 17 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 8 jazz records you need to listen to. Our host of the LJS Podcast, Brent Vaartstra, talks about his favorite jazz albums that have stood the test of time, and invites you to chime in with yours. Listen in!

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