Learn Jazz Standards https://www.learnjazzstandards.com Jazz advice and Jazz tips for Jazz musicians Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:01:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 The LJS Podcast is the podcast where you get weekly jazz tips, interviews, stories and advice for becoming a better jazz musician! Hosting the show is the jazz musician behind learnjazzstandards.com, author, and entrepreneur Brent Vaartstra, whose one goal is to answer any question about playing jazz music you may have. Jazz can be a challenging music to learn and play, but it doesn't have to be so hard. Each episode features a specific musical challenge that jazz students may come across, where it is discussed and answered. Special jazz guests frequent the show, sharing their expertise on an array of different musical subject matter. Join thousands of listeners getting free jazz education every week! Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur clean episodic Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur brent@learnjazzstandards.com brent@learnjazzstandards.com (Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur) All rights reserved Weekly jazz tips, interviews, and advice for becoming a better jazz musician Learn Jazz Standards http://feed.learnjazzstandards.com/img/ljs-logo2.jpg https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/ TV-G New York, New York Weekly LJS 246: 5 Important Lessons I Learned From My Jazz Teachers https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-246-5-important-lessons-i-learned-from-my-jazz-teachers/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-246-5-important-lessons-i-learned-from-my-jazz-teachers/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:01:25 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186253 Welcome to episode 246 where today I discuss 5 lessons I learned from my jazz teachers that had a profound effect on my musicianship and mindset. Whether it’s by example or by the actual words said, I’ve been lucky to study with some world-class teachers who taught me a lot. Here’s some of the best […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-246-5-important-lessons-i-learned-from-my-jazz-teachers/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 246 where today I discuss 5 lessons I learned from my jazz teachers that had a profound effect on my musicianship and mindset. Whether it's by example or by the actual words said, I've been lucky to study with some world-class teache... Welcome to episode 246 where today I discuss 5 lessons I learned from my jazz teachers that had a profound effect on my musicianship and mindset. Whether it's by example or by the actual words said, I've been lucky to study with some world-class teachers who taught me a lot. Here's some of the best stuff that I'll share with you.



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I've had the great fortune of studying with some world-class musicians and jazz musicians over the years. 



And I've learned so many lessons from these teachers that have not only impacted my jazz playing and the way I think about music but the way I actually think about life.



Here in the US this week, we have a little holiday called Thanksgiving. Now, of course, this holiday is much more about just eating food and getting together with family and friends, but the basis of the holiday is to remind yourself what you are grateful for and thankful for. 



I am thankful for some of these amazing lessons from these teachers that I'm about to share with you and I hope will have a positive impact on you as well. 



In this episode:



1. A lesson about playing with passion from Justin Nielsen



2. A lesson about playing from where you are at from Bruce Forman



3. A lesson about the never-ending pursuit of learning from John Pattitucci



4. A lesson about utilzing jazz standards from Peter Bernstein



5. A lesson about your emotions from Vic Juris



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 21:35
LJS 245: How Much Do I Need to Practice to Make Meaningful Improvement? https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-245-how-much-do-i-need-to-practice-to-make-meaningful-improvement/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-245-how-much-do-i-need-to-practice-to-make-meaningful-improvement/#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:39:13 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186137 Welcome to episode 245 where today I discuss how long you actually need to practice in order to make meaningful improvement in your jazz playing. While there is no one size fits all answer, it may surprise you to find out that you don’t need to practice as much as you think. Listen to episode […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-245-how-much-do-i-need-to-practice-to-make-meaningful-improvement/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 245 where today I discuss how long you actually need to practice in order to make meaningful improvement in your jazz playing. While there is no one size fits all answer, it may surprise you to find out that you don't need to practic... Welcome to episode 245 where today I discuss how long you actually need to practice in order to make meaningful improvement in your jazz playing. While there is no one size fits all answer, it may surprise you to find out that you don't need to practice as much as you think.



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One of the main things I hear from people is that they just don't have enough time to practice. There's just not enough hours in the day, they have busy lives and because of that, they worry that they will never become a better musician or jazz improviser.



And there is a myth out there that you do need to practice long hours in order to improve as a musician or jazz improviser. 



And while there is some truth in the fact that if you do practice long hours you have more opportunities for growth, it does not necessarily mean that you will improve and improve quickly.



So, in today's episode, I'm going to answer the question, how long do you need to practice in order to improve as a jazz musician and we'll dig a little bit deeper. 



In this episode:



1. The myth about practicing for long hours



2. How smarter practice is better than longer practice



3. Examples of practice sessions that pack a lot in a short period of time



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 13:04
LJS 244: 3 Roadblocks Intermediate Jazz Musicians Face (And How to Overcome) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-244-3-roadblocks-intermediate-jazz-musicians-face-and-how-to-overcome/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-244-3-roadblocks-intermediate-jazz-musicians-face-and-how-to-overcome/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2020 14:13:26 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186133 Welcome to episode 244 where today I go over 3 common roadblocks I hear about from intermediate jazz musicians. These roadblocks can make these musicians feel like they are stuck on a plateau and unable to move forward in their progress. I discuss one action item for each roadblock to help you move past them. […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-244-3-roadblocks-intermediate-jazz-musicians-face-and-how-to-overcome/feed/ 2 Welcome to episode 244 where today I go over 3 common roadblocks I hear about from intermediate jazz musicians. These roadblocks can make these musicians feel like they are stuck on a plateau and unable to move forward in their progress. Welcome to episode 244 where today I go over 3 common roadblocks I hear about from intermediate jazz musicians. These roadblocks can make these musicians feel like they are stuck on a plateau and unable to move forward in their progress. I discuss one action item for each roadblock to help you move past them.



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If you've been at this jazz thing for a while and would consider yourself in the intermediate range as far as skill level as a jazz musician, you've likely come across roadblocks in your playing and have felt like you are stuck on a plateau, like you are just not improving the way you want to.



Well, I've certainly felt that way many times in my playing.



And I've noticed with my students in my courses and my Inner Circle members that I hear the same things over and over again when it comes to frustrations from intermediate players with their jazz playing.



So in today's episode, I like to share with you the top three roadblocks that I hear about and give you one thing that you can do for each one to start moving past those roadblocks so that you can move up in your jazz playing and become a better jazz improviser.



In this episode:



1. Unable to apply jazz language they've learned



2. Know the chord tones and notes to play but not able to target them in their solos when improvising



3. Practice a lot but feel like they aren't improving



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 19:59
LJS 243: My Top 10 Favorite Jazz Albums (Old and Modern) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-243-my-top-10-favorite-jazz-albums-old-and-modern/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-243-my-top-10-favorite-jazz-albums-old-and-modern/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186112 Welcome to episode 243 where today I reveal my top 10 favorite jazz albums of all time. These albums are ones that I have come back to time and time again, and think you should check out as well. I go over 5 older jazz albums and 5 modern jazz albums I absolutely love. Listen […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-243-my-top-10-favorite-jazz-albums-old-and-modern/feed/ 1 Welcome to episode 243 where today I reveal my top 10 favorite jazz albums of all time. These albums are ones that I have come back to time and time again, and think you should check out as well. I go over 5 older jazz albums and 5 modern jazz albums I... Welcome to episode 243 where today I reveal my top 10 favorite jazz albums of all time. These albums are ones that I have come back to time and time again, and think you should check out as well. I go over 5 older jazz albums and 5 modern jazz albums I absolutely love.



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I had someone in our Learn Jazz Standards Facebook group recently ask me, "Hey Brent, what are your favorite jazz albums of all time? Have you done a podcast episode about that?"



And at that time, the answer was no. But today, I am gearing to fix that.



In today's episode, I'm going to go over my 10 favorite jazz albums, the ones that I just always kept coming back to over the years. I'm going to do five old ones and five more modern jazz ones that I really love. 



And hopefully, you'll also learn some great albums that you can start listening to this week.



In this episode:



1. Sonnyside Up by Dizzy Gillespie



2. Soul Station by Hank Mobley



3. The Bridge by Sonny Rollins



4. Smokin' at the Half Note by Wynton Kelly



5. Someday My Prince Will Come by Miles Davis



6. Strangers in Paradise by Peter Bernstein



7. Deep Song by Kurt Rosenwinkel



8. It's You I Like by John Ellis



9. Art of the Trio 4 by Brad Mehldau Trio



10. Ultrahang by Chris Potter



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 28:48
LJS 242: [Practice Plan] How to Master a Minor Blues and Accelerate Your Progress https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-242-practice-plan-how-to-master-a-minor-blues-and-accelerate-your-progress/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-242-practice-plan-how-to-master-a-minor-blues-and-accelerate-your-progress/#respond Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:30:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186095 Welcome to episode 242 where today we conclude with our final episode of Minor Blues Month! In this episode, I share with you my in-depth practice plan for mastering a minor blues. I’ll walk you through all of the material I work through, how to organize it, and a step-by-step practice plan. Get our your […]

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Today is the final episode of Minor Blues Month on the LJS podcast where we've been working through 3 strategies for improvising over minor blues in the last 3 episodes.



This episode is really special because I will be revealing my masterplan for mastering a minor blues, for having a very high proficiency at playing over the song form by the time you are done, and also feeling confident in your minor jazz playing, playing over minor chord progressions, and of course on jazz standards. 



So important. This is going to be a fun episode. It's one that's really important. 



It's always the most important episodes, the ones where I actually give you an action plan that you can take action on, that you can start implementing into your practice because practice is what gets results.



And this masterplan here is definitely going to get you results.



In this episode:



1. My Recycling Jazz Practice Plan and how it works



2. Mapping Exercises and how they work



3. Blues Heads and why they are important



4. Etudes and what they are useful for



5. How to recycle minor blues material in all 12 keys



Important Links



1. Minor Blues Accelerator course



2. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 44:03
LJS 241: [Strategy #3] Sky-rocketing a Minor Blues with Bebop Language https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-241-strategy-3-sky-rocketing-a-minor-blues-with-bebop-language/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-241-strategy-3-sky-rocketing-a-minor-blues-with-bebop-language/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:49:51 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186089 Welcome to episode 241 where today we are diving into Strategy #3 of Minor Blues Month! In the last episode we pick up where we left off with an etude that was re-composed to add chord tones and scales. This time we implement bebop language utilizing enclosure and chromaticsm to take it to the next […]

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It's episode 3 of Minor Blues Month here on the LJS podcast where I've been going over 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues, an important song form in jazz.



And the last episode, of course, #4 next week, is going to be all about my strategy, my plan for mastering "a minor blues".



But in today's episode, we're going to be talking about strategy #3 which is all about bebop language and applying that over a blues.



You'll be composing an etude. We've applied blues language. We've applied chord tones and scales. Now, we are going to take that same etude and add some bebop into it and it's going to be really awesome. 



In this episode:



1. A review of last episodes etude



2. Adding an extra chord change to the minor blues form



3. 3 characteristics of bebop and how to utilze them



4. I re-compose the etude adding bebop language



Important Links



1. Minor Blues Accelerator course



2. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 37:38
LJS 240: [Strategy #2] Elevating a Minor Blues with Chord Tones and Scales https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-240-strategy-2-elevating-a-minor-blues-with-chord-tones-and-scales/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-240-strategy-2-elevating-a-minor-blues-with-chord-tones-and-scales/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2020 13:58:52 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186079 Welcome to episode 240 where today we are diving into Strategy #2 of Minor Blues Month! In the last episode we composed a 12 bar minor blues using the minor pentatonic and blues scale almost exclusively. This time we build on that etude by incorporating chord tones and a few scales to level-up the jazz […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-240-strategy-2-elevating-a-minor-blues-with-chord-tones-and-scales/feed/ 3 Welcome to episode 240 where today we are diving into Strategy #2 of Minor Blues Month! In the last episode we composed a 12 bar minor blues using the minor pentatonic and blues scale almost exclusively. This time we build on that etude by incorporatin... Welcome to episode 240 where today we are diving into Strategy #2 of Minor Blues Month! In the last episode we composed a 12 bar minor blues using the minor pentatonic and blues scale almost exclusively. This time we build on that etude by incorporating chord tones and a few scales to level-up the jazz in our minor blues.



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This is our second episode for Minor Blues Month here where we are going over 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues, as well as the last 4th episode being my practice plan for really mastering and diving deep into a minor blues.



In the last episode, we talked about strategy #1 which was using minor pentatonics and the blues scale to improvise. 



And on that episode, I basically composed on the spot an etude over a 12-bar minor blues using almost exclusively just those two tools. 



Now, in today's episode, we are going to take that exact same etude and add strategy number 2 to it, and start doing a little bit of recomposition.



And strategy #2 is all about using chord tones and modes and scales to start adding some more color and dimension to this important song form. 



In this episode:



1. A review of last episodes etudes



2. Adding some chords to the minor blues form



3. Chord tones and scales to use over a minor blues



4. I re-compose the etude while implementing the new strategy



Important Links



1. Minor Blues Accelerator course



2. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 42:05
LJS 239: [Strategy #1] Crushing a Minor Blues with Minor Pentatonics https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-239-strategy-1-crushing-a-minor-blues-with-minor-pentatonics/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-239-strategy-1-crushing-a-minor-blues-with-minor-pentatonics/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186070 Welcome to episode 239 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off “Minor Blues Month” on the podcast! We’ll be uncovering 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues and then my master practice plan for dominating a minor blues. Today is Strategy #1: Minor Pentatonics and “Blues Scales.” Listen to episode 239 October […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-239-strategy-1-crushing-a-minor-blues-with-minor-pentatonics/feed/ 6 Welcome to episode 239 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off "Minor Blues Month" on the podcast! We'll be uncovering 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues and then my master practice plan for dominating a minor blues. Welcome to episode 239 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off "Minor Blues Month" on the podcast! We'll be uncovering 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues and then my master practice plan for dominating a minor blues. Today is Strategy #1: Minor Pentatonics and "Blues Scales."



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October 2020 is Minor Blues Month here on the LJS podcast where I will be going over 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues followed by the final episode 4 of the series where I'm going to give you my plan for mastering a minor blues.



Now today's episode is strategy number 1 where we're going to talk about using the minor pentatonic and the blues scale.



What's going to be fun about this series is each strategy is going to go over something new. A new kind of approach to the minor blues but I'm going to be composing a solo, it's a 12-bar minor blues solo today on this show, only using those tools.



And in the next episode, I'm going to be taking that exact same solo but changing it and morphing it up a little bit to add the new strategy. And in the next episode, strategy number 3, adding more to the solo to start developing it and making it more complex.



In this episode:



1. Minor Blues Month and what you will learn



2. The chords to a basic minor blues form



3. How to play minor pentatonics and the "blues" scale



4. I compose a solo using these scales on a minor blues



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 34:20
LJS 238: I Learn Part of a Jazz Solo by Ear (My Process) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-238-i-learn-part-of-a-jazz-solo-by-ear-my-process/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-238-i-learn-part-of-a-jazz-solo-by-ear-my-process/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:21:37 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186061 Welcome to episode 238 of the LJS Podcast where today I sit down and learn the first A section of a jazz etude I’ve been wanting to learn. Listen in as I walk through my process for learning a jazz solo by ear off of a recording. You’ll find observing the process helpful as well […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-238-i-learn-part-of-a-jazz-solo-by-ear-my-process/feed/ 1 Welcome to episode 238 of the LJS Podcast where today I sit down and learn the first A section of a jazz etude I've been wanting to learn. Listen in as I walk through my process for learning a jazz solo by ear off of a recording. Welcome to episode 238 of the LJS Podcast where today I sit down and learn the first A section of a jazz etude I've been wanting to learn. Listen in as I walk through my process for learning a jazz solo by ear off of a recording. You'll find observing the process helpful as well as learn some awesome jazz lines to try out for yourself.



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Have you ever heard a jazz solo and after you heard it, you just knew you had to learn it, or at least learn a part of it?



Because if only you could learn that musical information then somehow it would unlock something that you were missing in your jazz playing. You just want to know like how did they do that?



Well, I've been feeling like that a lot lately, and here is a particular solo that I've heard recently and have become accustomed to that I just really want to learn a part of it. 



Now, I often just feel like I don't have enough time to properly practice these days. I'm just so busy with all these different things. So I'm going to be stealing a little bit of time here on the podcast to learn this solo.



But at the same time, I know that you're going to get this in your ears and learn some things along the way as well and get inside of my process for how I go about learning a jazz solo by ear.  



In this episode:



1. I learn the first part of a jazz etude on "Misty"



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 37:13
LJS 237: How to Listen to Jazz Mindfully https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-237-how-to-listen-to-jazz-mindfully/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-237-how-to-listen-to-jazz-mindfully/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:45:19 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186055 Welcome to episode 237 of the LJS Podcast where today I share a masterclass I am taking out of the vault about listening to jazz. The way we listen to jazz can dictate how much we actually get out of it when we listen. As jazz musicians, listening can be one of our best forms […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-237-how-to-listen-to-jazz-mindfully/feed/ 3 Welcome to episode 237 of the LJS Podcast where today I share a masterclass I am taking out of the vault about listening to jazz. The way we listen to jazz can dictate how much we actually get out of it when we listen. As jazz musicians, Welcome to episode 237 of the LJS Podcast where today I share a masterclass I am taking out of the vault about listening to jazz. The way we listen to jazz can dictate how much we actually get out of it when we listen. As jazz musicians, listening can be one of our best forms of practice if we approach it mindfully.



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When you listen to jazz, what are you hearing? What are you listening for? 



What kind of things are going through your head as you hear the different instruments play? As you hear the melody played? As you hear the comping being played? The drumming being played?



What are you listening for? 



Well, listening to jazz is one of the most important things you can do if you want to become a better jazz musician. 



But I find that if we really do some mindful listening, some critical listening, and understand what we're listening for, it can be incredibly helpful for not only appreciating jazz more but for getting as much out of it as possible that we can start implementing into our playing. 



So, in today's episode, I'm going to be sharing with you part of a masterclass I did once for mindful jazz listening and we're going to listen to a couple of tracks, dig deep into them, and see what we can find out.



In this episode:



1. A listen through "Blues Up and Down"



2. A listen through "Someday My Prince Will Come"



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 41:20
My Jazz Improv STRATEGY Revealed (All Instruments) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/my-jazz-improv-strategy-revealed-all-instruments/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/my-jazz-improv-strategy-revealed-all-instruments/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:50:49 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186048 Alright, so today, I’m cutting to the chase. I’m going to be revealing the exact strategy that I’ve taught thousands of online students to become great jazz improvisers in exactly the way I suggest everyone work on jazz no matter what instrument you play. Important Links and Resources Suggested Resource: Learn more and join the […]

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LJS 236: Spice Up Your Jazz Ballad Playing with Side Step 2-5’s https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-236-spice-up-your-jazz-ballad-playing-with-side-step-2-5s/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-236-spice-up-your-jazz-ballad-playing-with-side-step-2-5s/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:23:26 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186042 Welcome to episode 236 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you a simple technique that will help you take your jazz ballad playing to the next level. One of the challenges of playing ballads is the slow tempo and chords that seem to last forever. Side step 2-5’s will help you add more […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-236-spice-up-your-jazz-ballad-playing-with-side-step-2-5s/feed/ 3 Welcome to episode 236 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you a simple technique that will help you take your jazz ballad playing to the next level. One of the challenges of playing ballads is the slow tempo and chords that seem to last forever. Welcome to episode 236 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you a simple technique that will help you take your jazz ballad playing to the next level. One of the challenges of playing ballads is the slow tempo and chords that seem to last forever. Side step 2-5's will help you add more harmonic movement and have you sounding like a pro.



Listen to episode 236







Ballads can be some of the more difficult jazz standards to solo over top of because they're typically played at fairly slow tempos and there's usually a lot of space in between each chord. 



And now that may seem like a bit of a luxury for those who struggle with playing over up-tempos but believe me when I say that soloing over top of slow tempos on ballads can be just as difficult if not more difficult than playing on uptempos. 



So in today's episode, I'm going to be giving you a cool little technique called side step 2-5's that can actually help you fill in more of that space, create more harmonic movement and therefore, give you more options and more creativity in your jazz ballad playing.



In this episode:



1. Side Step #1: 2-5 replacing the V



2. Side Step #2: 2-5 replacing the vi



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership (Access to ear training course)



2. LJS 59: 5 Tips for Playing Jazz Ballads Like an Expert
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 22:10
LJS 235: Take This Ear Training Intervals Quiz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ear-training-ljs-podcast/ljs-235-take-this-ear-training-intervals-quiz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ear-training-ljs-podcast/ljs-235-take-this-ear-training-intervals-quiz/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186033 Welcome to episode 235 of the LJS Podcast where today I put you to the test. Instead of the regular format of tips and tricks for becoming a better jazz musician, we’re doing an ear training intervals quiz and I want to see how well you do. Listen to episode 235 Today’s episode is a […]

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Listen to episode 235







Today's episode is a bit more of an experimental episode where I am going to be putting you to the test. 



We are going to be going outside of our normal format of tips and tricks for becoming a better jazz improviser and we are going to instead be doing an ear training interval recognition quiz.



I want to see how well you do at recognizing intervals, ascending and descending.



Now, ultimately as jazz improvisers, we want to be able to play what we're hearing in our head. That's really the goal. 



But that doesn't come naturally to everybody. Certainly, it doesn't come naturally to me. 



And ear training fundamentals such as interval recognition are ways that we can work out our ears, help us become more critical listeners, and help us know what we are actually hearing. 



So, this is a great skill to have. Ear training is something that everybody should do a little bit of and so, we're going to see how well you do and see if you need to be doing a little bit more of it.



In this episode:



1. Intervals Ascending



2. Intervals Descending



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership (Access to ear training course)



2. Video: How to Train Your Ears to Hear Intervals



3. LJS 78: How to Master Hearing Intervals and Level-Up Your Ears
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 18:36
LJS 234: Are You Having Fun While You Practice? https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-234-are-you-having-fun-while-you-practice/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-234-are-you-having-fun-while-you-practice/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:00:25 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186026 Welcome to episode 234 of the LJS Podcast where today I give a quick lecture on the importance of having fun when you practice. Of course, having fun should be the center of why we practice and want to improve. But having fun when you practice can also lead to quicker results in your jazz […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-234-are-you-having-fun-while-you-practice/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 234 of the LJS Podcast where today I give a quick lecture on the importance of having fun when you practice. Of course, having fun should be the center of why we practice and want to improve. Welcome to episode 234 of the LJS Podcast where today I give a quick lecture on the importance of having fun when you practice. Of course, having fun should be the center of why we practice and want to improve. But having fun when you practice can also lead to quicker results in your jazz playing.



Listen to episode 234







Today's episode is probably the shortest in LJS podcast history, but that's because I want to share a short but powerful message with you.



Now, I want to ask you a question first before we jump into it though.



When you sit down to practice your instrument, when you sit down to improve your jazz playing, are you having fun?



Are you having fun more often than you are frustrated? More often than you are feeling held back? Are you enjoying yourself when you are playing? 



Because if you're not, you could be holding yourself back immensely from improving and becoming a better jazz musician quicker.



So, in today's episode, I want to give a short lecture all about having fun and why that is so important.



In this episode:



1. A short lecture on having fun and how it will help you improve faster



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership



2. LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding Up Your Jazz Improv Success (feat. Rodney Brim)
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LJS 233: Learn These 4 Jazz Blues Licks (You’ll Thank Me Later) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-233-learn-these-4-jazz-blues-licks-youll-thank-me-later/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-233-learn-these-4-jazz-blues-licks-youll-thank-me-later/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186016 Welcome to episode 233 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you 4 jazz blues licks that I know you’re going to love. We listen to them and I explain what makes them work and sound so great. Prepare to have your face melted. Listen to episode 233 Now if you’re an avid listener […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-233-learn-these-4-jazz-blues-licks-youll-thank-me-later/feed/ 2 Welcome to episode 233 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you 4 jazz blues licks that I know you're going to love. We listen to them and I explain what makes them work and sound so great. Prepare to have your face melted. Welcome to episode 233 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you 4 jazz blues licks that I know you're going to love. We listen to them and I explain what makes them work and sound so great. Prepare to have your face melted.



Listen to episode 233







Now if you're an avid listener of the LJS podcast, you may have heard me talk a lot about the blues before and how I believe that the blues is a really great song form to master in order to make all the rest of learning jazz standards easier.



It just contains so many important chord progressions, a lot of important concepts, and of course, blues. 



It's kind of the foundation of jazz as far as the origin story, of course, coupled with European marching music and all of that. But I digress.



So, wouldn't it be great to learn some jazz blues language? Of course, it would. 



Let's go over some jazz blues licks that are really going to melt your face off, to be quite honest with you, and that you're going to love. 



I'll do a little bit of showing you what they sound like, a little bit of explaining, and hopefully, you'll come across some great ideas that you can start implementing into your playing right away.



In this episode:



Lick #1







Lick #2







Lick #3







Lick #4








https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al-H5R335cw&t=




Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 16:34
Play Pro Sounding Jazz Lines With Intervals and Steps https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/play-pro-sounding-jazz-lines-with-intervals-and-steps/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/play-pro-sounding-jazz-lines-with-intervals-and-steps/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:28:36 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186011 We all want to play really melodic beautiful sounding jazz lines but I don’t know about you, sometimes I just need a process or a breakdown of how to actually go about doing that. So, in today’s video, you’re going to learn how to use intervals and steps to create great jazz lines that have […]

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LJS 232: 6 Biggest Mistakes Beginner Jazz Improvisers Make https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-232-6-biggest-mistakes-beginner-jazz-improvisers-make/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-232-6-biggest-mistakes-beginner-jazz-improvisers-make/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:02:30 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186007 Welcome to episode 232 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the 6 biggest mistakes I see beginner jazz musicians make. Having helped thousands of students through Learn Jazz Standards, I’ve discovered common mistakes that come up time and time again. Intermediate and advanced players make these mistakes too. I reveal them as […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-232-6-biggest-mistakes-beginner-jazz-improvisers-make/feed/ 4 Welcome to episode 232 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the 6 biggest mistakes I see beginner jazz musicians make. Having helped thousands of students through Learn Jazz Standards, I've discovered common mistakes that come up time and time a... Welcome to episode 232 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the 6 biggest mistakes I see beginner jazz musicians make. Having helped thousands of students through Learn Jazz Standards, I've discovered common mistakes that come up time and time again. Intermediate and advanced players make these mistakes too. I reveal them as well as some alternatives to correct your course.



Listen to episode 232







Over the last 9 years as a musician, teacher, and online jazz educator, I've had the opportunity to help thousands and thousands and thousands of musicians learn how to play jazz and improve. 



And over that time, I've been able to witness lots of different kinds of issues that these musicians come across in their journey to becoming a better jazz improviser.



I've noticed common mistakes that many of them make that only hold them back from reaching their true potential and improving quicker.



So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over the 6 most common biggest mistakes I see beginner jazz improvisers make and even some that I see intermediate and even advanced players make as well.



So you might want to check in on yourself no matter where you are in your journey to see if any of these fit with you.



In this episode:



1. They don't listen to jazz enough.



2. They use scales as plug-and-play tools.



3. They learn standard and solos primarily from sheet music.



4. They try to copy-and-paste licks into their solos.



5. They consume too much content.



6. They don't have a practice plan.



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership



2. LJS 229: How to Turn Scales Into Killer Jazz Solos



3. LJS 216: By the End of This Episode You'll Have Learned a Jazz Blues Solo
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 27:01
DOMINATE a Jazz Standard in 1 Month https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/dominate-a-jazz-standard-in-1-month/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/dominate-a-jazz-standard-in-1-month/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:36:27 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=186001 When it comes to learning jazz we need to be learning jazz standards. And I find that the most important part is how we actually go about learning them. So in today’s video, I’m going to share with you an awesome practice itinerary to learn a jazz standard in one month and really crush it. […]

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LJS 231: Defining Your “Why” and Setting Goals for Jazz Acceleration https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-231-defining-your-why-and-setting-goals-for-jazz-acceleration/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-231-defining-your-why-and-setting-goals-for-jazz-acceleration/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:46:05 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185995 Welcome to episode 231 of the LJS Podcast where today I feature a chapter reading from my book “Jazz Improvisation Made Simple” where I discuss establishing your “why” and setting goals for your jazz playing. Establishing your why will help you keep anchored when the going gets tough or you feel like you are in […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-231-defining-your-why-and-setting-goals-for-jazz-acceleration/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 231 of the LJS Podcast where today I feature a chapter reading from my book "Jazz Improvisation Made Simple" where I discuss establishing your "why" and setting goals for your jazz playing. Welcome to episode 231 of the LJS Podcast where today I feature a chapter reading from my book "Jazz Improvisation Made Simple" where I discuss establishing your "why" and setting goals for your jazz playing. Establishing your why will help you keep anchored when the going gets tough or you feel like you are in a plateau.



Listen to episode 231







If you're a long-term listener of the LJS podcast, today's subject is probably not something that you haven't heard before from me. But this is one of my favorite topics to talk about. 



And no, it's not a sexy episode. It's not learning the next music theory trick. It's not you learn a new solo by the time you end this episode. It's not a plethora of other things that I notice that a lot of people love to listen to and for good reasons because they are great things.



However, today's episode is really getting down to the bottom of why you're actually learning jazz. Defining your why. 



Why you want to actually be doing this so that if you're tapping into that at all times, it will motivate you to keep going further and then after that, defining your actual roles.



Now, if you don't think this is important, I hope that by the end of this episode, you will be convinced because I do believe that this is the number one thing that can move the needle in your jazz playing. Trust me on this.



In this episode:



1. Establishing your "why"



2. Establishing Master Goals



3. Establishing Project Goals



4. Establishing Micro Goals



Important Links



1. Jazz Improvisation Made Simple book
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 21:59
How to Make SCALES Musical (feat. Brett Pontecorvo) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/learn-jazz-theory-video/how-to-make-scales-musical-feat-brett-pontecorvo/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/learn-jazz-theory-video/how-to-make-scales-musical-feat-brett-pontecorvo/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:17:10 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185991 Got a very special video for you today.  I recently recorded an interview with a great musician and educator Brett Pontecorvo about making scales musical on my podcast, the LJS podcast. Thought I’d also share it here with you on YouTube as well. If you like stuff like this and you want me to post […]

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LJS 230: 3 Steps to Playing Licks Organically in Your Jazz Improv https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-230-3-steps-to-playing-licks-organically-in-your-jazz-improv/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-230-3-steps-to-playing-licks-organically-in-your-jazz-improv/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185984 Welcome to episode 230 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over my 3 step LIT Process for learning and applying jazz licks. Learning licks and then copy/pasting them into your solos rarerly sounds natural, so we need to learn and apply them in a way that allows them to come out organically and […]

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Listen to episode 230







I've got a question for you.



Have you ever learned a jazz lick, maybe off of a record, or from some other resource? You were really excited about it, practiced it, it's a great new idea that you can use in your jazz improv. 



But when it finally came to actually applying it, maybe at a jam session or gig or just by yourself in a practice jam session, you weren't really able to do it very well. 



It just sort of sounded contrived, you're basically copying and pasting it, maybe you couldn't really time it right, couldn't really fit it into what you are trying to do. It just didn't sound very good and you sort of felt like, oh, that went to waste!



Well, we don't really want to be using licks that way. Yes, we want to learn them, we want to learn new jazz language. But how do we actually play licks and learn licks so they come out organically in our solos?



That's exactly what we are going to talk about in today's episode. I'm going to teach you my LIT process for learning and applying licks in your jazz improv. 



In this episode:



1. Learn



2. Internalize



3. Transform



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 12:49
Create COHESIVE Jazz Solos With This Technique https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/create-cohesive-jazz-solos-with-this-technique/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/create-cohesive-jazz-solos-with-this-technique/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:13:52 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185980 When we improvise jazz solos we want to sound like we are playing something cohesive that works together, that tells a story. We don’t want our solos to sound disjointed random notes that don’t really make sense together. So, in today’s video, I’m going to be sharing with you a really great tool that you […]

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LJS 229: How to Turn Scales Into Killer Jazz Solos https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-229-how-to-turn-scales-into-killer-jazz-solos/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-229-how-to-turn-scales-into-killer-jazz-solos/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:29:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185973 Welcome to episode 229 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest Brett Pontecorvo to teach us how to properly use scales to build great solos. Scales are useful tools, but if applied in an un-musical way, can be problematic. Brett walks us through some solid tips for taking vanilla scales and […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-229-how-to-turn-scales-into-killer-jazz-solos/feed/ 11 Welcome to episode 229 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest Brett Pontecorvo to teach us how to properly use scales to build great solos. Scales are useful tools, but if applied in an un-musical way, can be problematic. Welcome to episode 229 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest Brett Pontecorvo to teach us how to properly use scales to build great solos. Scales are useful tools, but if applied in an un-musical way, can be problematic. Brett walks us through some solid tips for taking vanilla scales and developing them into melodic masterpieces.



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Scales are a classic way to get started with improvising over a jazz standard and they can be quite useful. 



However, in the wrong hands and used the wrong way, they just end up sounding like scales. Very unmusical, very vanilla, and it just sort of sounds like you are playing notes overtop of jazz standards.



And that's not really what we want. We want to play actual music, actual melodies. 



So the real big question here is how do we make scales musical?



How do we take something that is a linear pattern and turn it into something that actually has great melodic value, yet still helps you identify notes and get ideas and sounds in your head that you can use in your jazz improv?



Well, on today's show, I have very special guest Brett Pontecorvo, who is my music production manager at Learn Jazz Standards, a phenomenal pianist and educator. He is going to teach us exactly how to take scales and make them musical so that you can play killer jazz solos with them.



In this episode:



1. How to choose which scales to play over chords



2. Mapping scales to connect them together



3. Using rhythms as a starting point



4. Intervals and leaps to begin developing melody



5. How chromaticism can help emphasize important scale tones



Important Links


1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 42:28
By the End of This Video You’ll Know a Jazz Blues Solo https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/by-the-end-of-this-video-youll-know-a-jazz-blues-solo/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/by-the-end-of-this-video-youll-know-a-jazz-blues-solo/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:53:59 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185969 What if I told you by the end of this video that you are going to know a new 12 bar jazz blues solo and you’re going to have learned it by ear? Now that is something that’s completely new or foreign to you, you may be a little bit skeptical but there’s really only […]

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LJS 228: How to Play “Outside” and Sound Good https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-228-how-to-play-outside-and-sound-good/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-228-how-to-play-outside-and-sound-good/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:04:15 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185961 Welcome to episode 228 of the LJS Podcast where today I teach you a few principles and techniques that will help you play “outside” of the changes without it sounding avante garde or playing wrong notes. I use a lick from an etude in our Inner Circle membership as an example. Listen to episode 228 […]

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Listen to episode 228







Have you ever listened to a jazz recording and suddenly the soloist that you're listening to starts going outside of the changes like it sounds dissonant, it doesn't sound completely stable, feels unstable, and feels a little shaky. 



But then all of a sudden they brilliantly resolve it back into the key center again and everything sounds like it came home and it sounds great and they end up sounding like a genius, right? You're like, wow, how do they do that?



And sometimes we might want to start going outside of the "changes" so that we can create some different colors, some different sounds, and then resolve back to where we want to be in the diatonic changes.



So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over some ways to do that by looking at a particular lick that goes through this exact idea of playing outside the changes and then resolving back into the harmony again and see what lessons we can learn from that and take away from it.



In this episode:



1. When going out, remember that you need to come back in



2. Use repeated patterns



3. Use melodic direction towards resolutions







Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Blue Bossa Chords Analysis (Understanding the Changes) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/blue-bossa-chords-analysis-understanding-the-changes/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/blue-bossa-chords-analysis-understanding-the-changes/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:20:02 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185955 Blue Bossa is a really popular jazz standard that a lot of musicians like to jam on and I know this because one of my top viewed videos on this channel is my backing track for Blue Bossa with 1.5 million views. But I believe understanding the chord progressions is the secret to unlocking your […]

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LJS 227: 3 Practice Habits for Retaining Musical Material https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-227-3-practice-habits-for-retaining-musical-material/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-227-3-practice-habits-for-retaining-musical-material/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185950 Welcome to episode 227 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover 3 practice habits for retaining musical material. It can be frustrating when you learn a jazz standard, solo, or lick, only to forget it later. In this episode, I introduce some practice habits that can be helpful for long term retention and set […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-227-3-practice-habits-for-retaining-musical-material/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 227 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover 3 practice habits for retaining musical material. It can be frustrating when you learn a jazz standard, solo, or lick, only to forget it later. In this episode, Welcome to episode 227 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover 3 practice habits for retaining musical material. It can be frustrating when you learn a jazz standard, solo, or lick, only to forget it later. In this episode, I introduce some practice habits that can be helpful for long term retention and set you up for success.



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It can be tough when we are learning a new jazz language, new jazz standards, to retain all of the information that we are learning. 



I mean, there is so much out there that we are learning. We're learning licks. We're learning jazz standards. We're learning melodies. We're learning chord changes to multiple different things.



And eventually, we could possibly forget all of those things and it would feel like a lot of hard work has been wasted. But we don't want any of that to happen. 



So, what are some of the best practices that we can put into place in order to retain the information that we are learning so that we can get out there and play the best music we possibly can?



Well, that's exactly what we are going to talk about in today's episode. Three different practice habits that I want you to adapt in order to be able to retain information better. 



In this episode:



1. Consistency (different from repetition)



2. Limiting Material (not overloading)



3. Breaks (to allow your subconscious to absorb information)



Important Links



1. LJS 181: I'm Taking a Break from Jazz



2. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 16:52
LJS 226: How to End a Jazz Standard https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-226-how-to-end-a-jazz-standard/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-226-how-to-end-a-jazz-standard/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:02:26 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185945 Welcome to episode 226 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover the very important topic of ending jazz standards. Ever come to the end of jamming on a standard only for things to fall apart at the end? We all need some stock endings in our arsenal, and in today’s episode, I go over 7 different endings you can use to conclude jazz standards.

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-226-how-to-end-a-jazz-standard/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 226 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover the very important topic of ending jazz standards. Ever come to the end of jamming on a standard only for things to fall apart at the end? We all need some stock endings in our arsenal, Welcome to episode 226 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover the very important topic of ending jazz standards. Ever come to the end of jamming on a standard only for things to fall apart at the end? We all need some stock endings in our arsenal, and in today's episode, I go over 7 different endings you can use to conclude jazz standards.



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When playing jazz standards, it's important to have a number of stock endings that you already know, that you've already planned out, so you have some options when you're trying to end a jazz standard and so you can avoid the awkward in not really knowing how to end a song situation.



So in today's episode, I will be going over 7 different endings for jazz standards. 



In this episode:



1. Take the A Train Ending



2. Count Basie Ending



3. Ritardando Ending



4. bIImaj7 Ending



5. Altered I Chord Ending



6. ii-IV-iii-VI Tag Ending



7. b5 Chromatic Descending Ending




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFGZsW29GAg




Important Links



1. LJS 179: Intros to Play on Jazz Standards



2. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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LJS 225: When to Stop Practicing Something and Move On https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-225-when-to-stop-practicing-something-and-move-on/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-225-when-to-stop-practicing-something-and-move-on/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:15:35 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185924 Welcome to episode 225 of the LJS Podcast where today I answer a question that I get asked quite often: when do I stop practicing something I’m working on and move on to something else? Often we get overly concerned about mastery and perfection, which can lead to getting stuck. Learn when you know something […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-225-when-to-stop-practicing-something-and-move-on/feed/ 5 Welcome to episode 225 of the LJS Podcast where today I answer a question that I get asked quite often: when do I stop practicing something I'm working on and move on to something else? Often we get overly concerned about mastery and perfection, Welcome to episode 225 of the LJS Podcast where today I answer a question that I get asked quite often: when do I stop practicing something I'm working on and move on to something else? Often we get overly concerned about mastery and perfection, which can lead to getting stuck. Learn when you know something "good enough" and why you may want to move on even if things aren't perfect.



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There's that famous Winston Churchill quote that goes, "Perfection is the enemy of progress". And when it comes to playing jazz and becoming a better musician, this can't be more true in my opinion. 



When we get stuck trying to "master things", we don't move on to the next lesson that we need to learn. We get stuck in one place, we over-obsess over something. We're not allowing ourselves to learn all of the multitudes of things that could be learned and refined when we move on to other material.



But at the same time, how do we know when we've learned something well enough? We don't want to move on to the next thing if we really haven't gotten any control over a particular musical concept.



So, in today's episode, I'm going to dive in deep with that. I want to help us answer this question: how do we know when to move on to the next thing in our jazz playing?



In this episode:



1. Why moving on is sometimes the path to quicker improvement



2. Q1: On a scale of 1-10 how comfortable do I feel with the material?



3. Q2: How long have you been working on this material?



4. Q3: Does the material you are working on occur often in other jazz concepts you will work on?



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 20:37
LJS 224: By the End of This Episode You’ll Know a New Jazz Standard https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-224-by-the-end-of-this-episode-youll-know-a-new-jazz-standard/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-224-by-the-end-of-this-episode-youll-know-a-new-jazz-standard/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:01:05 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185906 Welcome to episode 224 of the LJS Podcast where today I learn a new jazz standard in real-time on the show. If you’ll join with me you’ll know a new jazz standard by the end as well. You’ll see how I approach learning a jazz standard by ear, no filters, no edits. Listen to episode […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-224-by-the-end-of-this-episode-youll-know-a-new-jazz-standard/feed/ 2 Welcome to episode 224 of the LJS Podcast where today I learn a new jazz standard in real-time on the show. If you'll join with me you'll know a new jazz standard by the end as well. You'll see how I approach learning a jazz standard by ear, Welcome to episode 224 of the LJS Podcast where today I learn a new jazz standard in real-time on the show. If you'll join with me you'll know a new jazz standard by the end as well. You'll see how I approach learning a jazz standard by ear, no filters, no edits.



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You know, I love a lot of things about jazz music, like I love the improv, I love the creativity, I love the challenge it provides to us as individual musicians. Just a lot of things are great about it that I enjoy playing and listening to it.



But what a lot of people don't know is, my favorite part about jazz is the ballads. I just love ballads! I love playing the ballads. I think it's just some of the most beautiful music. It's all tunes! Oh man, it's so great! 



And so, I've been thinking to myself for a while, there's this particular ballad that I've really been wanting to learn and still don't know it.



So in today's episode, I am going to learn that jazz standard for the very first time. And I think in the process, you might learn it as well just by going along this with me and maybe at least get inside of my head of what I think about when I learn a jazz standard by ear. 



In this episode:



1. I walk through a Brad Meldau recording of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and learn it by ear



Important Links



1. LJS 212: Improv Hacking Jazz Standards (3 Step Process)



2. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 47:01
How to Analyze Jazz Standards (Step-by-Step) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/how-to-analyze-jazz-standards-step-by-step/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/how-to-analyze-jazz-standards-step-by-step/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:17:05 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185902 Being able to analyze jazz standards with Roman numeral analysis can be incredibly helpful when it comes to improvising. Just understanding how the chord progressions work, how they connect together, and where they are ultimately leading can be really insightful. So, in today’s video, I’m going to be going over a jazz standard from scratch, […]

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LJS 223: 3 Jazz Theory Lessons from On the Sunny Side of the Street https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-223-3-jazz-theory-lessons-from-on-the-sunny-side-of-the-street/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-223-3-jazz-theory-lessons-from-on-the-sunny-side-of-the-street/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185893 Welcome to episode 223 of the LJS Podcast where today we go over three music theory concepts in the jazz standard On the Sunny Side of the Street that can be helpful for improvising on standards in general. I discuss the three concepts as well as a few different ideas on how to approach them […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-223-3-jazz-theory-lessons-from-on-the-sunny-side-of-the-street/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 223 of the LJS Podcast where today we go over three music theory concepts in the jazz standard On the Sunny Side of the Street that can be helpful for improvising on standards in general. Welcome to episode 223 of the LJS Podcast where today we go over three music theory concepts in the jazz standard On the Sunny Side of the Street that can be helpful for improvising on standards in general. I discuss the three concepts as well as a few different ideas on how to approach them in your solos.



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I don't know about you, but whenever I work on a jazz standard or learn a new jazz standard, I'm always looking for little nuggets of wisdom, little tidbits that are going to help me in my jazz improv, not just with that song but with all other jazz standards. 



Because each jazz standard really is a treasure trove of new explorations, new opportunities for different kinds of improvisation and to spark new creative ideas for ourselves.



So, in today's podcast episode, I'm going to look at a really awesome jazz standard called On the Sunny Side of the Street and we are going to look at 3 different jazz theory takeaways and some different ways to approach them in an improvisational standpoint.



In this episode:



1. Deceptive Cadence



2. Diminished replacing a dominant 7



3. Dominant II7 chord (Secondary Dominant)



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 30:54
LJS 222: Jazz, Racial Injustice, and What This Music Really Means (feat. Kyle Younger) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-222-jazz-racial-injustice-and-what-this-music-really-means-feat-kyle-younger/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-222-jazz-racial-injustice-and-what-this-music-really-means-feat-kyle-younger/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185887 Welcome to episode 222 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest Kyle Younger on the show to discuss the history of jazz and its ties to the racial oppression of the African American community. Jazz is African American music, and we cannot understand or play this music without recognizing the oppression […]

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When we play jazz music and when we practice jazz music, it's important that we remember that it is African American music and it was born out of slavery. It was born out of racism, injustice, oppression, and it developed under injustice and oppression. 



And music is always the reflection of the times. It's always the reflection of the people who are playing the music. And we can never untie jazz and playing jazz, or not connect the two together. They are so intertwined. 



And so it's important that when we play this music, we have a reverence, we have an understanding of what this music really means, just even outside of the notes and the theory and how to play it. 



Now, I am not the right person to deliver this message, obviously. So I've got a very special guest on the show today, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and jazz aficionado, Kyle Younger, to share what jazz music means. 



Not only what it means to the African American community, but what it should mean to us, and what we should think about when we play this music.



In this episode:



1. Jazz is a music born out of slavery, injustice, and oppression.



2. When we play this music we need to understand the context of which the music was created.



3. Jazz is music created by African Americans but shared with all. Jazz is love.



Important Links



1. Kyle's Book Suggestions: Beneath the Underdog



2. Music is My Mistress



3. The Jazz Life
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 41:30
My New Jazz Membership Revealed (Behind the Scenes)! https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/get-help-with-practicing-jazz-video/my-new-jazz-membership-revealed-behind-the-scenes/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/get-help-with-practicing-jazz-video/my-new-jazz-membership-revealed-behind-the-scenes/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185883 Hey, what’s up guys, Brent here! If you have been watching my YouTube channel for a while, you probably have recognized that I’ve been a little bit absent lately over the last month, not posting new jazz lesson tutorials every single week like I religiously do. And the reason that is, and I feel like […]

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LJS 221: Improv Hacking Jazz Standards (3 Step Proven Process) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-221-improv-hacking-jazz-standards-3-step-proven-process/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-221-improv-hacking-jazz-standards-3-step-proven-process/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:07:50 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185875 Welcome to episode 221 of the LJS Podcast where today in celebration of the launch of my new LJS Inner Circle Membership, I go over my 3 step proven process for “improv hacking” jazz standards. This is one of those episode that has so much value packed into it, I know you’ll be reaching for […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-221-improv-hacking-jazz-standards-3-step-proven-process/feed/ 1 Welcome to episode 221 of the LJS Podcast where today in celebration of the launch of my new LJS Inner Circle Membership, I go over my 3 step proven process for "improv hacking" jazz standards. This is one of those episode that has so much value packed... Welcome to episode 221 of the LJS Podcast where today in celebration of the launch of my new LJS Inner Circle Membership, I go over my 3 step proven process for "improv hacking" jazz standards. This is one of those episode that has so much value packed into it, I know you'll be reaching for your notepad!



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From time to time on this podcast, I like to come out with a super high-value episode like one that just really packs a punch. 



And in my opinion, when it comes to becoming a better jazz improviser, it's all about frameworks. It's all about step-by-step processes for actually getting better. Not fancy tricks, not new little licks or solos to learn. These are the things that really matter to me in our practicing. 



So when a lot of us look at jazz standards and we're confused, we don't know where to start, we're not sure how to take our jazz improv on a jazz standard from one place to the next level, we need frameworks.



And so, in today's episode, I'm going to be talking about improv hacking jazz standards. My 3 step proven (and I mean that when I say that) process for really starting to crush it on jazz standards and start getting better at jazz improv. 



In this episode:



1. Step 1: Learning Jazz Standards by Ear the Right Way



2. Step 2: Mapping Out Jazz Standards for Improv Success



3. Step 3: Creating Killer Jazz Solos in 2 Phases



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 48:24
LJS 220: Less is More (Reduce Overwhelm While Skyrocketing Your Jazz Skills) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-220-less-is-more-reduce-overwhelm-while-skyrocketing-your-jazz-skills/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-220-less-is-more-reduce-overwhelm-while-skyrocketing-your-jazz-skills/#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 13:02:22 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185840 Welcome to episode 220 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about how working on less is oftentimes the best way to improve as a jazz musician quickly. It seems counterintuitive to many that practicing less stuff (or even for less time) will produce greater results in your playing. But in this episode I […]

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Have you ever been going through YouTube or maybe a podcast like this or blogs collecting a bunch of jazz lessons? Just learning a bunch of different concepts, working on them, going to the next thing, and to the next thing, and to the next thing, and to the next thing.



And then before you know it, you're not really quite sure what you've been learning, what you've been doing, what direction you're going in. You just kind of feel overwhelmed. 



Or here's a different scenario. Maybe you learn a tune one week and then you learn another tune in the next week, and you learn a solo for that tune. 



So you keep learning a bunch of things really quickly and maybe you're reading it off a piece of sheet music so you just blow in through it and you're thinking to yourself, I'm doing all the right things. This is what everybody tells me to do but it's just a lot of stuff. 



Right. So you don't really get a lot out of each one. 



Well, I don't know about you. I've definitely felt like this before. I'm sure that you can relate to this as well. And my message in today's podcast episode is less is more.



So, today we're going to learn about what we should be doing, and some different methods for applying the less is more strategy. 



In this episode:



1. The 80/20 rule applied to jazz



2. Working the 3 Pillars of Jazz Improvisation



3. The Single Project Method



4. The Batching Method



5. The 1 Big, 1 Small Method



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership VIP Waitlist
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 34:56
LJS 219: How to Apply Scales to Jazz Standards https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-219-how-to-apply-scales-to-jazz-standards/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-219-how-to-apply-scales-to-jazz-standards/#respond Mon, 18 May 2020 12:13:42 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185818 Welcome to episode 219 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk through an exercise for applying scales to jazz standards and song forms such as the blues. Scales are a great way of mapping out note choices over chords. But we want to be able to do this in a way that connects chords […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-219-how-to-apply-scales-to-jazz-standards/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 219 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk through an exercise for applying scales to jazz standards and song forms such as the blues. Scales are a great way of mapping out note choices over chords. Welcome to episode 219 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk through an exercise for applying scales to jazz standards and song forms such as the blues. Scales are a great way of mapping out note choices over chords. But we want to be able to do this in a way that connects chords together melodically. You'll learn how to do this over a 12 bar blues.



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Imagine you are planning a cross country road trip in whatever country you live in. And before you go on your trip, you want to map out all the different possible attractions you could possibly see on the way to your final destination.



And even though you are not going to end up seeing all of them, at least you know what's available to you.



Sometimes it's just going to look like a zigzag. It's going to go way off course. It's going to be taking twists and turns but eventually, you will get to your final destination.



But when it comes to jazz improvisation, sometimes we want to map out all the different note choices we have available to us before we start trying to create actual melodies. And this is where scales can be helpful when applied in exercises.



So, in today's episode, I'm going to talk about how to start applying scales to jazz, in a way that we can start mapping out note choices but connecting them together so that we end up getting to our final destination at the end of the song form. 



In this episode:



1. Scale choices over a concert C blues



2. Scale tone map over a concert C blues



Episode Images:











Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership VIP Waitlist



2. LJS 214: 16 Scales to Know for Jazz
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LJS 218- Practicing with Intention and Growing Through Consistency (feat. Trent Jordan) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-218-practicing-with-intention-and-growing-through-consistency-feat-trent-jordan/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-218-practicing-with-intention-and-growing-through-consistency-feat-trent-jordan/#comments Mon, 11 May 2020 13:00:30 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185794 Welcome to episode 218 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with LJS course member and saxophonist Trent Jordan. Trent is a hobbyist musician living in Brisbane, Australia who enjoys spending his downtime practicing his saxophone and honing his jazz improv skills. In this episode, Trent shares what’s working for him in the practice […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-218-practicing-with-intention-and-growing-through-consistency-feat-trent-jordan/feed/ 4 Welcome to episode 218 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with LJS course member and saxophonist Trent Jordan. Trent is a hobbyist musician living in Brisbane, Australia who enjoys spending his downtime practicing his saxophone and honing his jazz i... Welcome to episode 218 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with LJS course member and saxophonist Trent Jordan. Trent is a hobbyist musician living in Brisbane, Australia who enjoys spending his downtime practicing his saxophone and honing his jazz improv skills. In this episode, Trent shares what's working for him in the practice room and get inside what he's doing to improve.



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One of the most enjoyable things for me as an online jazz educator is getting to watch my students in my courses post video and audio assignments of the different things that we do in those courses, a video and audio of them practicing, of them playing and improvising.



It's just really fun for me to see people making progress and it's also really fun for the rest of the community to see each other working on things. It's very motivating and I feel like everybody gets to learn from each other by just seeing what each other is doing in the practice room. 



So on today's episode, I'm going to have on a special guest, Trent Jordan from Brisbane, Australia. He is a member of a few of my different courses and he is an avid practicer, someone who is very engaged in the community.



I'm just excited to learn alongside with you what he's doing, what's working best for him, and we will all learn from him together.



In this episode:



1. How Trent got started playing jazz



2. Why Trent plays jazz and what keeps him motivated



3. What Trent is working on in the practice room and what is working best



4. I help Trent with a few exercises to help him start connecting his lines together



Important Links



1. LJS Inner Circle Membership VIP Waitlist
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LJS 217: Learn Music Faster with Community (feat. Christopher Sutton) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-217-learn-music-faster-with-community-feat-christopher-sutton/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-217-learn-music-faster-with-community-feat-christopher-sutton/#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 13:07:37 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185765 Welcome to episode 217 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with the founder and director of Musical-U, Christopher Sutton. Musical-U is a music education membership with a focus on training and community learning. Christopher shares the impact he’s seen with learning music within his own community, and the power of musical social connection […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-217-learn-music-faster-with-community-feat-christopher-sutton/feed/ 0 Welcome to episode 217 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with the founder and director of Musical-U, Christopher Sutton. Musical-U is a music education membership with a focus on training and community learning. Welcome to episode 217 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with the founder and director of Musical-U, Christopher Sutton. Musical-U is a music education membership with a focus on training and community learning. Christopher shares the impact he's seen with learning music within his own community, and the power of musical social connection for your jazz playing.



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It's been my personal experience with learning jazz that when I do it in a community with other musicians who are trying to accomplish the same things that I'm trying to accomplish, I learn much faster and much more efficiently.



This is because I'm looking at other musicians taking action. I'm watching them do something that I want to do. I get motivated, and I get to ask questions and learn from them. 



And when we pull all of our knowledge and resources together, it can become a powerful force in our jazz education. 



I've seen this as well in my students in all of my courses, and how much of a powerful effect this can truly have to get together as a community, even an online community, and learn together and grow as jazz musicians faster and more efficiently together.



So, that's what we are going to talk about today. Today we have special guest Christopher Sutton from Musical-U, to talk to us about the power of learning in community. 



In this episode:



1. Musical-U and the community it provides



2. Why introverts should buy the idea of community learning



3. The psychology behind learning music in community



4. How to benefit from being a part of a musical community



Important Links



1. Musical-U



2. The Musicality Podcast



3. Inner Circle Waitlist
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LJS 216: By the End of This Episode You’ll Have Learned a Jazz Blues Solo https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-216-by-the-end-of-this-episode-youll-have-learned-a-jazz-blues-solo/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-216-by-the-end-of-this-episode-youll-have-learned-a-jazz-blues-solo/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:23:32 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185752 Welcome to episode 216 of the LJS Podcast where today I go walk you through a 12 jazz blues etude I’ve composed, and help you learn it by ear. Learning jazz solos by ear is important, so instead of talking about it and giving strategies, we actually do it on the episode. Listen to episode […]

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What if I told you that by the time this episode is over, you are going to be able to play a 12 bar jazz blues solo by ear by memory? 



Would you believe me?



Well, that's exactly what we are going to do today in this episode. I'm going to walk you through 12 bars of a jazz blues solo, a little etude that I've composed, and I want you to learn it, and we are going to do it on the podcast. 



So, even if you are new to learning music by ear and you've heard people talk about doing it and how important it is, and how it's going to help you become a better jazz improviser, and you are feeling a little bit nervous or anxious right now, don't worry.



We are going to go slow and I think that you are going to surprise yourself by the time this episode over. And if you are a veteran of this stuff, you are going to know some great new jazz language and this is going to be well worth it for all parties involved. 



In this episode:



1. Why learning solos by ear is important



2. I teach you the 12 bar jazz blues solo



Important Links



1. Boost Your Jazz Blues free Masterclass
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LJS 215: Apps, Software, and Technology for Practicing Jazz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-215-apps-software-and-technology-for-practicing-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-215-apps-software-and-technology-for-practicing-jazz/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:10:27 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185740 Welcome to episode 215 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over different apps, software and technology that I and other members of the LJS community recommend for practicing jazz. Apps and software shouldn’t be used as crutches, but if they are used as aids to help the learning process they can be a […]

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One thing we're lucky to have as jazz musicians here in the 21st century is lots of apps, software, and technology to help aid us in our jazz practicing and learning the music more efficiently. 



Now, some would say that's not so much of an advantage. I mean, if you look back at the jazz greats, they had to put in the hard work and really train their ears by picking up that needle on the record player, by going to gigs, and listening and picking things up on the fly.



And absolutely, sometimes, things made easier are not made better.



On the other hand, we have all these great tools at our disposal, at our fingertips, and they can be really helpful for us if used as tools and not crutches. 



So, in today's episode, I'm going to be sharing some different apps, software, and technology that you can use to help you on your jazz education journey.



In this episode:



1. iReal Pro



2. Chord Bot



3. Tonaly



4. Band-in-a-Box



5. Amazing Slow Downer



6. Transcribe



7. iPhone or recorder



8. Spotify



Important Links



1. iReal Pro



2. Chord Bot



3. Tonaly



4. Band-in-a-Box



5. Amazing Slow Downer



6. Transcribe



7. iPhone or recorder



8. Spotify
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LJS 214: 16 Scales to Know for Jazz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-214-16-scales-to-know-for-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-214-16-scales-to-know-for-jazz/#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2020 12:44:06 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185731 Welcome to episode 214 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over 16 scales that can be useful when it comes to conceptualizing jazz improv. Scales are never to be used exclusively to improvise, but the 16 I cover in this episode can be helpful to map out note choices over many different chords […]

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When it comes to jazz improvisation, scales can be really great ways to organize pitches or note choices over top of chords in chord progressions.



Now, I don't think scales should be used exclusively by any means to improvise. If we do that, they often become crutches and not tools, and it sounds more like you are playing scales than actual musical melodic lines. 



But that doesn't mean we should throw out scales altogether. Not at all. We need to know them in order to know our instruments better, to explore them, to navigate them, and they can also be super helpful for helping us identify those note choices. 



So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over the 16 most important scales that I think you should know for jazz. 



In this episode:



1. Ionian or Major



2. Dorian



3. Phrygian



4. Lydian



5. Mixolydian



6. Aeolian



7. Locrian and Locrian #2



8. Half Whole Diminished



9. Whole Half Diminished



10. Altered scale



11. Whole Tone Scale



12. Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scale



13. Lydian Dominant



14. Major Bebop Scale



15. Minor Bebop Scale



16. Mixolydian Bebop Scale



Important Links



Blog Post: 16 Most Important Scales in Jazz



LJS 67: How to Use Pentatonics Over Any Chord
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Favorite Jazz Lick of All Time https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/favorite-jazz-lick-of-all-time/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/favorite-jazz-lick-of-all-time/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:53:25 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185726 Learning some micro language over jazz standards a.k.a. licks can be really helpful to get some musical ideas to guide you along so that you can further create your own musical ideas over chords in chord progressions. So in today’s video, I’m going to share with you my favorite lick that I’ve ever learned and […]

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LJS 213: How to Comp Over Jazz Standards Like a Pro https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-213-how-to-comp-over-jazz-standards-like-a-pro/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-213-how-to-comp-over-jazz-standards-like-a-pro/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:34:55 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185715 Welcome to episode 213 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about all thing comping. This isn’t just an episode for the guitarists and pianists – everyone can get benefit out of the concepts discussed in this episode. You learn 3 things to keep in mind while you are comping so that you are […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-213-how-to-comp-over-jazz-standards-like-a-pro/feed/ 1 Welcome to episode 213 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about all thing comping. This isn't just an episode for the guitarists and pianists - everyone can get benefit out of the concepts discussed in this episode. Welcome to episode 213 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about all thing comping. This isn't just an episode for the guitarists and pianists - everyone can get benefit out of the concepts discussed in this episode. You learn 3 things to keep in mind while you are comping so that you are serving the musicians you are playing with as best as possible.



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In my personal opinion, one of the hardest things to teach in jazz is comping. 



Now, if you are a guitar player or a piano player or a vibes player, you understand that comping is hard to put a method to,  hard to put inside of a box. There are so many different things that are involved in comping.



And if you are a saxophone player or a trumpet player, or any horn player, I don't want you to tune this episode out, because indeed, it is also important for you to understand the art of comping.



However, I, today, on the podcast, will give you 3 important things that you need to keep in mind as a comper when you are accompanying other musicians on the bandstand over jazz standards.



In this episode:



1. Be a rhythmic time keeper



2. Offer supportive harmony



3. Use logical voiceleading in your voicings



Important Links



LJS 50: How to Become and Expert Comper (feat. Keelan Dimick)
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4 Steps for Learning Jazz Improvisation https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/4-steps-for-learning-jazz-improvisation/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/4-steps-for-learning-jazz-improvisation/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:47:28 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185699 So you want to learn jazz improvisation but you may not know exactly where to start. It”s pretty overwhelming if you think about it especially when you are coming into jazz from the outside. So, In today’s video, I’m going to break things down, make things simple and give you four steps to learn jazz […]

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LJS 212: Harnessing Pure Musical Expression (Improv Session with Brent) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-212-harnessing-pure-musical-expression-improv-session-with-brent/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-212-harnessing-pure-musical-expression-improv-session-with-brent/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:20:35 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185665 Welcome to episode 212 of the LJS Podcast where today I get behind my guitar and have an improv session. During trying times, it can be helpful to use music as an outlet to express things that you may not be able to in words or thoughts. In this episode, I perform an improvisation for […]

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-212-harnessing-pure-musical-expression-improv-session-with-brent/feed/ 5 Welcome to episode 212 of the LJS Podcast where today I get behind my guitar and have an improv session. During trying times, it can be helpful to use music as an outlet to express things that you may not be able to in words or thoughts. Welcome to episode 212 of the LJS Podcast where today I get behind my guitar and have an improv session. During trying times, it can be helpful to use music as an outlet to express things that you may not be able to in words or thoughts. In this episode, I perform an improvisation for you that I hope not only you will enjoy, but feel inspired to do the same.



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During times of uncertainty, music has the potential to be a healing force and to help us express our emotions, to get things out unto the table that maybe we just wouldn't be able to do otherwise through the written word or through language. 



There's something about music and the expression through music that reaches some part of our soul that as musicians, we are very lucky and fortunate to be able to tap into.



But sometimes music and studying jazz, all the things we talked about in this podcast, can be a little stressful, too. Like you are actually diving deep into concepts and putting pressure on yourself to get better and better.



But today I want to live by example here and I just want to create freely for you and hopefully, you will do the same at the end of this episode as well. 



In this episode:



1. How music can be a powerful outlet during trying times



2. I perform an improvisation session



Important Links



Join the LJS Newsletter



Sign up for a course
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 33:50
ONLY Jazz Standard I Would Play for the REST OF MY LIFE https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/only-jazz-standard-i-would-play-for-the-rest-of-my-life/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/only-jazz-standard-i-would-play-for-the-rest-of-my-life/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:11:23 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185659 So let’s imagine for a second that for some odd reason, you are stuck on an island for the rest of your life, and unfortunately, the rules of the island are that you can only play one jazz standard and that’s it. You can’t play more than one. There’s no supply of other jazz standards. […]

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Bonus Episode: Special Message from Brent About COVID-19 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/bonus-episode-special-message-from-brent-about-covid-19/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/bonus-episode-special-message-from-brent-about-covid-19/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2020 13:12:43 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185646 Today’s episode is a special message from me to the Learn Jazz Standards family about how we can get through these trying times together, and come out the other side stronger and more motivated than ever before. Listen to this bonus episode Hey, what’s up, Learn Jazz Standards family! I wanted to record this bonus […]

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Listen to this bonus episode







Hey, what's up, Learn Jazz Standards family! I wanted to record this bonus episode today just to say, hey listen, we are all in this together. 



I know that we are going through a hard time here in the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. For a lot of us, life has changed quite dramatically. From my listeners in Japan, from my listeners in the UK, from my listeners in the United States, in Canada and all over the world.



It's something that affected all of us and I know it is a time where we are feeling a lot of anxiety, some pain, some hurt, and a lot of fear about what the future holds.



And what I want to do and use this platform today is not necessarily to talk about music and all that stuff that I always talk about on this show. But rather to say, in solidarity, I am here for you. 



In this episode:



1. Default to Gratitude



2. Default to Generosity



3. Default to Community



4. Default to Goal Setting



Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.



I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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LJS 211: Making Jazz Standards Your Own and Developing Your Musical Voice (feat. Mike Casey) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-211-making-jazz-standards-your-own-and-developing-your-musical-voice-feat-mike-casey/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-211-making-jazz-standards-your-own-and-developing-your-musical-voice-feat-mike-casey/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:08:10 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185640 Welcome to episode 211 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Mike Casey on the show to talk to us about arranging jazz standards so you can make them your own unique expression. Mike lays down the value with lots of practical tips for improving your jazz improv, gives us insight to […]

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Once you've learned the jazz standard and feel comfortable with it, you may think to yourself, well, I know how to play the melody, I know how to play the changes. I can go to a jam session or even a gig and play it with other musicians.



But then, what do I with it after that? How do I make it my own? How do I give it my own voice and how can I develop that voice through these jazz standards so it sounds like me playing it so that there is something special I'm bringing to the table. 



Well on today's episode, I have special guest saxophonist, Mike Casey, who is going to lay down a lot of really value-packed tips today. Full of stuff on how to become a better jazz improviser and a great musician in general.



But he also talks a lot about taking jazz standards, arranging them to be that your own and to have your own original voice. You are going to really love this episode. I know you are going to learn tons from it today. 



In this episode:



1. How Mike got started playing music



2. How Mike learned every Charlie Parker head



3. A solo that Mike learned and got a lot out of



4. How to arrange jazz standards to make them your own



Mike Casey's "Unforgettable" Arrangement




https://youtu.be/JFg3jYZcs_w




Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.



I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!



Important Links



Mike's website



Enter to win a free lesson with Mike
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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 1 34:25
Make Chords Sound Like Jazz (4 Levels) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/make-chords-sound-like-jazz-4-levels/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/make-chords-sound-like-jazz-4-levels/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:16:03 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185633 So, how do we make chords in chord progressions sound like jazz? Or for lack of better terms, jazzy? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to be covering in today’s video: four levels of making chords sound like jazz. Important Links and Resources Suggested Resource: If you want to dive deeper into jazz chords and […]

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LJS 210: 1-6-2-5 Licks Over Rhythm Changes (Learning From Dexter Gordon) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-210-1-6-2-5-licks-over-rhythm-changes-learning-from-dexter-gordon/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-210-1-6-2-5-licks-over-rhythm-changes-learning-from-dexter-gordon/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:12:03 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=185613 Welcome to episode 210 of the LJS Podcast where today I take out my guitar and do a little bit of practicing with you. We explore some incredible jazz language over 1-6-2-5 chord progressions while listening to a Dexter Gordon recording of a rhythm changes. I learn and pick apart licks from scratch to help […]

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We are going to have some fun on the podcast today. 



I have not been able to pick up my guitar in a little while. I've been traveling. I've been doing a lot of work for a new membership that we have coming up here later on in the year for Learn Jazz Standards. 



And so, I'm going to be practicing with you today. We are going to learn some 1-6-2-5 material with the help of our good friend Dexter Gordon, to show us the light, to show us the way on some killer jazz language to play over 1-6-2-5 chord progressions. 



This is going to be fun. I'm excited to learn and I hope that you are excited to learn along with me. 



In this episode:



1. How Dexter Gordon uses minimalism to play powerful melody over fast-moving chord changes.



2. How Dexter Gordon plays great bebop lines over 1-6-2-5's.



3. How Dexter Gordon makes the major pentatonic scale musical over a 1-6-2-5.



4. The power of resolving to the 3rds of different chords in the progression.



Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts



I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!



Important Links



How to Improvise on Rhythm Changes Like a Pro



Jazz Improvisation Made Simple (book)
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LJS 209: 4 Secrets for Jazz Improv Success https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-209-4-secrets-for-jazz-improv-success/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-209-4-secrets-for-jazz-improv-success/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 04:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-209-4-secrets-for-jazz-improv-success/ Welcome to episode 209 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about 4 secrets for jazz improv success. I find that jazz is often overcomplicated, so in this episode, I do my best to simplify with these 4 secrets so that you can have a great path forward and a good idea of what to work on to make the most progress in the shortest amount of time.

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One of the things that drive me nuts about traditional jazz education is just how complicated it is made up to be.



And for people trying to come into the jazz world to learn how to improvise, it can be very intimidating and it can be very confusing. There is just too much music theory, there's too much everything.



So, what I've really tried to do on this podcast and everything with Learn Jazz Standards, is try to make jazz a little bit simpler. I just came out with a new book Jazz Improvisation Made Simple, which is just completely all about this.



In the spirit of that new book and to celebrate its launch, I want to go over four secrets for jazz improv, like how to really accelerate your jazz growth and get started down the right path, and the things you really should be doing and you can strip everything else away.



You don't have to get confused. You don't have to get overwhelmed. I'm here to help.
In this episode:
1. Understand Jazz as a Language
2. Know the basics of jazz theory
3. Understand and practice the "3 Pillars of Jazz Improvisation"
4. Have a practice plan that gets real results
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
1. LJS 145: How to Listen to a Jazz Recording and Learn from It

2. LJS 194: Understanding the Jazz Eras (Jazz History Made Simple)

3. LJS 193: Jazz Theory Made Simple

4. LJS 124: The Only Big 3 Things You Need to Be Practicing as a Jazz Improviser

5. LIST Process for Learning Jazz Standards the Smart Way

6. LJS 195: Stair-step Practice Plan

7. LJS 196: Recycling Jazz Practice Plan




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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur 1 35:41
Jazz Blues Mastery Practice Plan https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/jazz-blues-mastery-practice-plan/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/jazz-blues-mastery-practice-plan/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/jazz-blues-mastery-practice-plan/ The jazz blues is one of the most important song forms in jazz and it is my belief that if we master jazz blues, we’ll have an unfair advantage with all the rest of jazz improv in learning jazz standards. So in today’s video, I want to share with you a powerful practice plan for […]

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LJS 208: Making Good Musical Decisions Through Effective Practice (feat. Dani Rabin of Marbin) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-208-making-good-musical-decisions-through-effective-practice-feat-dani-rabin-of-marbin/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-208-making-good-musical-decisions-through-effective-practice-feat-dani-rabin-of-marbin/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-208-making-good-musical-decisions-through-effective-practice-feat-dani-rabin-of-marbin/ Welcome to episode 208 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest Dani Rabin from the prog jazz-rock band Marbin. Dani is not only a phenominal musician, but a great musical mind and educator. We discuss his philosophy on learning jazz improvisation, and effective strategies to practice towards making great musical decisions when improvising.

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When we have to play a jazz solo, we are making musical choices in the moment.

What will determine whether we play a great jazz solo is the quality of those musical choices, and also how fast we are able to come up with them.

And this all starts with effective practice. That's how we learn to make great musical choices.

So on today's show, I have a very special guest, Dani Rabin from the prog jazz-rock band Marbin, to talk all about that, his philosophy behind learning jazz improvisation, his philosophy behind effective practice and making great musical choices.
In this episode:
1. How Marbin got started and became a world touring band
2. Dani's definition of practicing jazz improvisation
3. The power of reduction, induction and deduction
4. Dani's definition of music theory and scales
5. Growing from feeling unsatisfied with your playing
6. About Marbin's latest album "Strong Thing"
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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LJS 207: 3 Strategies for Melodic Improv on Jazz Standards https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-207-3-strategies-for-melodic-improv-on-jazz-standards/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-207-3-strategies-for-melodic-improv-on-jazz-standards/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-207-3-strategies-for-melodic-improv-on-jazz-standards/ Welcome to episode 207 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate three strategies you can practice to help you develop more melodic jazz solos. Often, we are tempted to jump straight to bebop lines and complex theory applications when improvising. But simple melodies are often skipped, and therefore missing an important aspect of making meaningful solos. Learn how to start practicing this.

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As a jazz musician and an educator, I'm often looking for new ways to practice improvising over jazz standards, whether it be for myself or for you guys.

And oftentimes, we over-complicate the improvisation process thinking that we have to come straight out of the gate playing complex bebop lines or "hip lines" in order to really sound great playing over jazz standards.

But the truth of it is, the most important thing to include in our improvisation is melody.

And so in today's episode, I'm going to be going over 3 strategies that you can start practicing today, that will help you play more melodic jazz solos and also give you a great starting point to start building your jazz solos.
In this episode:
1. Strategy #1: Use the melody as a basis for improv
2. Strategy #2: Improvise a melody based on the standard you are playing
3. Strategy #3: Base your solo off of a composed theme
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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Modal Soloing: So What Solo in the Style of Miles Davis https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/modal-soloing-so-what-solo-in-the-style-of-miles-davis/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/modal-soloing-so-what-solo-in-the-style-of-miles-davis/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/modal-soloing-so-what-solo-in-the-style-of-miles-davis/ When we play tunes like So What by Miles Davis, at first we think it’s going to be easy to play because there’s only two chords you have to deal with. However, you may find in the process that it’s actually hard to be creative. And so, in today’s video, I want to talk about […]

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LJS 206: Jazz Improvisation Made Simple (A Preview Reading of My New Book) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-206-jazz-improvisation-made-simple-a-preview-reading-of-my-new-book/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-206-jazz-improvisation-made-simple-a-preview-reading-of-my-new-book/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-206-jazz-improvisation-made-simple-a-preview-reading-of-my-new-book/ Welcome to episode 206 of the LJS Podcast where today I have a special podcast episode planned. My new book, "Jazz Improvisation Made Simple" is launching on Amazon on March 8, 2020. The Kindle eBook version is now available for pre-order and to celebrate, I do a reading of the Introduction and first chapter of the book. I know you'll enjoy this.

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I've got a really special episode planned for you today, and a real special treat if you don't mind me saying so.

My new book, Jazz Improvisation Made Simple, is going to be available for Kindle eBook and physical paperback on Amazon on March 8th. But as of yesterday, Sunday, February 16th, 2020, the eBook (just the eBook) is available for pre-order.

And so I thought I'd celebrate that as we lead up to the launch on March 8th by reading two chapters of the book, the Introduction and Chapter 1 of the book.

So I'm totally just going to be giving you a sneak preview inside of this book today because I know you are going to get a lot out of it and I'd love for you to see what's inside of this.
In this episode:
1. About my new book "Jazz Improvisation Made Simple" and the launch date
2. A special preview reading of the Introduction and Chapter 1 of the book
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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4 Face Melting Jazz Blues Licks to Learn https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/4-face-melting-jazz-blues-licks-to-learn/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/4-face-melting-jazz-blues-licks-to-learn/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/4-face-melting-jazz-blues-licks-to-learn/ When it comes to learning jazz, it can be really helpful to know some of the micro jazz language or a lot of people like to call these licks. Licks are little ideas you can play over chords or chord progressions and I find that the blues is one of the best places to start […]

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LJS 205: Learning from the Greats and Embracing the Joy of Musical Growth (feat. Shirley Jansen) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-205-learning-from-the-greats-and-embracing-the-joy-of-musical-growth-feat-shirley-jansen/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-205-learning-from-the-greats-and-embracing-the-joy-of-musical-growth-feat-shirley-jansen/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-205-learning-from-the-greats-and-embracing-the-joy-of-musical-growth-feat-shirley-jansen/ Welcome to episode 205 of the LJS Podcast where today I have special guest and 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing alumni, Shirley Jansen on the show. Shirley is a tenor saxophone player who exudes the joy of musical growth. She shares what has been working for her in her jazz playing, the power of learning solos from the jazz greats, and how community is helping her grow.

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One thing that has become clear to me over the years getting to know the community here at Learn Jazz Standards is that a big reason that a lot of us play music and a lot of us play jazz is because of that infectious joy that it brings to our everyday lives.

There is just something about music that I would say, especially jazz, that just gives you this sense of freedom and this real sense of accomplishment as long as you view it as a journey and something to be constantly learning from.

And so I want to introduce to you today a really special guest. Someone who is an alumni of my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course and a podcast listener, Shirley Jansen, who is just someone that gives a lot of great energy, someone who really exudes the joy of music, exudes the joy of learning.

And we are going to get inside of her head how she learns best, what she's doing in the practice room and what she is doing to continually improve as jazz musician.
In this episode:
1. How Shirley got into playing saxophone after a serious injury
2. Learning from the greats and how its helped her playing
3. How community playing has helped her grow
4. What she's struggling with right now and some tips to overcome that
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing

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Interval Ear Training Quiz (See How You Do) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/interval-ear-training-quiz-see-how-you-do/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/interval-ear-training-quiz-see-how-you-do/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/interval-ear-training-quiz-see-how-you-do/ Ear training is something that jazz musicians should be working on because having a great ear is ultimately what’s going to help you become a great improviser. And the fundamentals of ear training, like intervals, can be very helpful for having the building blocks of ear training under our control. So in today’s video, I’m […]

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LJS 204: How to Prepare for Jam Sessions and Group Playing (feat. Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-204-how-to-prepare-for-jam-sessions-and-group-playing-feat-diego-maldonado-and-wallace-stelzer/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-204-how-to-prepare-for-jam-sessions-and-group-playing-feat-diego-maldonado-and-wallace-stelzer/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-204-how-to-prepare-for-jam-sessions-and-group-playing-feat-diego-maldonado-and-wallace-stelzer/ Welcome to episode 204 of the LJS Podcast where today I have professional jazz musicians Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer on the show to talk all about preparing to play live with other people. One of the top musical goals I hear among the LJS Community is to be able to play with other musicians, whether that be at the local jazz jam or with some friends. In this episode we discuss what you need to do to prepare, and how to know when you are ready.

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Those who are enrolled in some of my online jazz courses know that I like to ask, "What is your ultimate goal? What are you really trying to accomplish?"

And a lot of people say, "I want to be able to play at my local jam session or even just start playing with other people in general". That is a big goal for a lot of people.

And I also get a lot of questions from Learn Jazz Standards community members asking me, "How do I know when I am prepared to go to a jam session? How do I get in the door?"

Maybe you feel a little unconfident with your skill level or where you need to be in your jazz playing before you can go out and start playing live, or just start getting together with a buddy and playing with others.

Well, in today's episode, I have special guest Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer, some incredible professional jazz musicians who were in the show just recently back in December.

Got them coming back on to help us answer these questions, to talk all about playing out live, some skills you need to have in place, and how you can get started right away.
In this episode:
1. What are some of the basics you need down to play live?
2. Watching jam sessions and taking notes
3. Using playing with others to practice vs. perform
4. How to know when you are ready to start going to jam sessions
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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Wallace Stelzer's website

Wallace Stelzer's Instagram

Diego Maldonado's website

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I Learned 100 Jazz Standards in a Year (What I Learned) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/i-learned-100-jazz-standards-in-a-year-what-i-learned/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/i-learned-100-jazz-standards-in-a-year-what-i-learned/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/i-learned-100-jazz-standards-in-a-year-what-i-learned/ That’s right, you probably saw the title of this video. I did, indeed, learn 100 jazz standards in one year in one point in my life. And while I wouldn’t necessarily advocate learning that many jazz standards so quickly to any of my students, the important thing is learning lots of jazz standards will help […]

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LJS 203: Practicing with a Plan and Crushing Musical Weaknesses (feat Bob Petix) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-203-practicing-with-a-plan-and-crushing-musical-weaknesses-feat-bob-petix/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-203-practicing-with-a-plan-and-crushing-musical-weaknesses-feat-bob-petix/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-203-practicing-with-a-plan-and-crushing-musical-weaknesses-feat-bob-petix/ Welcome to episode 203 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with special guest and LJS community member, Bob Petix about his journey as a jazz bassist. He talks about getting started playing bass in his late 40’s and how he has developed in his musicianship since then. We talk what’s working for him […]

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One of the biggest themes for Learn Jazz Standards this year 2020 is community.

This is really the year of community where we are building community and we are learning from each other as a community because I do believe that this is the best way that we can truly learn — it's from each other.

And so one thing that I will be doing a lot more often on this podcast is have guests that are listeners of the podcast, who are members of my online jazz courses so that we can listen and find out what's working well for them in their practice room, what's working well, the things that are making the highest impact in their jazz playing at the moment.

And in general, getting to know them and their stories because I do believe that we can learn in so much from each other's stories, so much from each other's experiences as jazz musicians, and this will help us all learn and grow together.

So, I have Bob Petix on the show today, who is an attorney, who is a bass player from Jackson, Wyoming, who is going to share with us today and we are going to learn a lot from him.
In this episode:
1. How Bob got started playing bass and jazz
2. Why Bob plays jazz and what keeps him motivated
3. What Bob is working on in the practice room and what is working best
4. I help Bob with an exercise he can work on for developing better time feel and longer lines
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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How to Improvise Over All the Things You Are (Tutorial) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/how-to-improvise-over-all-the-things-you-are-tutorial/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/how-to-improvise-over-all-the-things-you-are-tutorial/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/how-to-improvise-over-all-the-things-you-are-tutorial/ One great jazz standard that is packed full of musical and harmonic lessons is All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern. There is just so much we can learn just from this one tune. And a lot of my students and subscribers wonder how to get started with improvising over tunes like this. They […]

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LJS 202: How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-202-how-to-overcome-negative-self-criticism-and-start-loving-your-playing/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ljs-202-how-to-overcome-negative-self-criticism-and-start-loving-your-playing/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/uncategorized/ljs-202-how-to-overcome-negative-self-criticism-and-start-loving-your-playing/ Welcome to episode 202 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about improving your mental health as a jazz musician. All of us have felt those bad feelings of self-consciousness, insecurity, and self-loathing of our playing. We struggle with comparing ourselves to others and are constantly unsatisfied with our music. In this episode, I […]

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When to Use iReal Pro to Learn Jazz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/when-to-use-ireal-pro-to-learn-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/when-to-use-ireal-pro-to-learn-jazz/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=184687 This is iReal Pro. It’s an app that thousands of jazz musicians use to look up chord changes and even practice. So, when I came up with the video recently where I said that using iReal Pro with fake books to learn jazz standards is bad advice, you can imagine not everybody liked hearing that. […]

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LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-201-3-ways-to-start-improvising-organically/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-201-3-ways-to-start-improvising-organically/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:00:50 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=184429 Welcome to episode 201 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about 3 ways to start improvising organically when you play jazz solos. A common problem I hear from subscribers is the struggle to let go of pre-meditating or thinking about what they need to play. It can be tough to let go, "forget" what you've been practicing, and just improvise freely. I share some simple ways you can start training yourself to do this better.

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So it's the beginning of 2020 and in last episode 200 we heard from podcast listeners all about their 2020 jazz and musical goals.

And one of the goals that I heard come up time and time again is the feeling of wanting to be able to improvise freely and organically without having to think about, without being stuck in resorting to licks and scales that they already know.

So, in today's podcast episode, I will be going over 3 ways to start improvising organically. Actual things that you can start doing right now, at the beginning of the year, to start setting you up for success in your musical goals and start taking your jazz improvisation to the next level.
In this episode:
1. Practice improvising free melodies
2. Re-composing licks
3. Composing your own jazz solos
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Jazz Blues Accelerator (course mentioned in episode)]]>
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LJS 200: Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-200-podcast-listeners-share-their-2020-jazz-goals-celebration-episode/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-200-podcast-listeners-share-their-2020-jazz-goals-celebration-episode/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=181903 Welcome to episode 200 of the LJS Podcast where today we celebrate the big 200 episode mile marker! To do that, I have a lot of special guests today, you, the podcast listeners, to share your 2020 jazz and music goals. We go through each goal and I give some feedback. Get inspired and get ready to take action!

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Today is a very special episode of Learn Jazz Standards podcast as we are at episode 200 today. Episode 200 of the podcast - I am just so excited about that!

To celebrate, I have a bunch of very special guests on the show today. And those special guests are you, the podcast listeners.

Since this episode is coming out on December 30th of 2019, we are looking into 2020 and we all want to accomplish a lot in our jazz playing, in our other musical goals.

So, what better way to do that than to hear all of the goals that Learn Jazz Standards podcast listeners have for 2020.

It's going to be a great show. We are going to be hearing from a lot of people. I am really excited!
In this episode:
1. Listeners share their goals!
2. I give feedback.
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Jazz Blues Accelerator

30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing

The Jazz Standards Playbook]]>
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Worst Advice for Learning Jazz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/worst-advice-for-learning-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/worst-advice-for-learning-jazz/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2019 14:43:16 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=181027 There’s a lot of people giving you advice on how to learn jazz on the internet and elsewhere, that sometimes it’s just, quite frankly, not good. So, in today’s video, I’m going to go over some of the worst advice I’ve heard for learning jazz so that you can avoid it and do the right […]

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LJS 199: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-199-top-5-learn-jazz-standards-podcast-episodes-2019-year-end-review/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-199-top-5-learn-jazz-standards-podcast-episodes-2019-year-end-review/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2019 17:39:20 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=180625 Welcome to episode 199 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back on 2019. A lot of really great stuff happened with Learn Jazz Standards in 2019 and I go over some of the big mile markers, as well as the top 5 downloaded episodes of the year. I also share my favorite episodes, and a sneak peak into what's coming next year.

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Alright, Learn Jazz Standards community, the end of the year is right around the corner. It has been an amazing 2019 on the Learn Jazz Standards podcast, on our blog, on our YouTube channel. So many amazing things have happened.

So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over some of the great, awesome things that happened to Learn Jazz Standards this year.

Also, I'll be going over the top 5 downloaded podcast episodes as well as a few of my favorite personal episodes this year that you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

I'm also going to be giving you a little sneak preview of some of the really cool stuff that's happening next year with Learn Jazz Standards. This is the official Learn Jazz Standards geek podcast episode, where you can truly be a fan.
In this episode:
1. Big milemarkers of 2019
2. Top 5 downloaded podcast episodes of 2019
3. My top 3 favorite episodes
4. Sneak peak into what's next in 2020
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
LJS 182: Understanding Diminished 7th Chords and How to Improvise Over Them (Feat. Adam Levy)

LJS 174: How to Learn Chord Progressions by Ear (Step-by-Step)

LJS 185: [Strategy #1] Mapping out a Jazz Blues for Improv Success

LJS 183: Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo

LJS 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes over There Will Never Be Another You

LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding up Your Jazz Improv Success (feat. Rodney Brim)

LJS 189: Finding More Time to Practice and Skyrocketing Your Jazz Potential

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How to Master a Jazz Standard https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/how-to-master-a-jazz-standard/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/how-to-master-a-jazz-standard/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:06:42 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=180258 So you’re learning in jazz standard and you want to be able to crush it. You want to be able to go up on the bandstand and take awesome solos. You don’t ever want to forget it later on. You don’t want to get lost in the form. Well, in today’s video, I’m going to […]

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LJS 198: 3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ear-training-ljs-podcast/ljs-198-3-steps-for-hearing-chords-ear-training-masterclass/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ear-training-ljs-podcast/ljs-198-3-steps-for-hearing-chords-ear-training-masterclass/#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:21:14 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=179880 Welcome to episode 198 of the LJS Podcast where I go over my 3 step process for learning to hear chords. Being able to hear different chord qualities is important for being able to hear chord progressions, which of course is important for learning jazz standards. It's also important for our improvisation as well, so I show you a great method for training your ears to hear any chord.

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When it comes to becoming a great jazz improviser, we need to have awesome rock solid ears. And when it comes to becoming a great jazz improviser, we need to learn jazz standards so that we can improvise over them.

To learn jazz standards, we need to be able to hear chord progressions and recognize chord progressions. And in order to be able to hear chord progressions, we need to be able to recognize what individual chords sounds like.

So in today's episode, I want to be diving deep into my 3-step process for training our ears to hear any chord.
In this episode:
1. Step 1: Chord Recognition
2. Step 2: Singing the arpeggios with a reference note
3. Step 3: Singing chord tones with a reference chord
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
LJS YouTube Channel

How to Play What You Hear (ear training course)]]>
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Girl From Ipanema Chords (Bridge Analysis) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/girl-from-ipanema-chords-bridge-analysis/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/girl-from-ipanema-chords-bridge-analysis/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:02:07 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=179350 The Girl From Ipanema is a beloved jazz standard by Antonio Carlos Jobim and lots of people like to play this song. It has a beautiful melody but the bridge is really complicated to understand. So, in today’s video, I’m going to be going over a full-on chords analysis of the bridge of the Girl […]

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LJS 197: A Jazz Geek Hang with Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-197-a-jazz-geek-hang-with-diego-maldonado-and-wallace-stelzer/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-197-a-jazz-geek-hang-with-diego-maldonado-and-wallace-stelzer/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:56:08 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=179005 Welcome to episode 197 of the LJS Podcast where I have my good buddies drummer Diego Maldonado and bassist Wallace Stelzer over to the studio to hang out and geek out on jazz. This is a fun episode full of jazz nerdery, music philosophy, a little bit of alcohol, NYC's best cookies, and some shenanigans.

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Have a really fun podcast episode for you today.

Recently had my good friends Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer, a great drummer, great bassist and some of my best friends over the last decade, to just come over to my studio here in New York City, to hang out, have some drinks, have some of NYC's best cookies -- I mean, no, the best cookies in the world!

And we just chilled and absolutely geeked out on jazz and music and had a great time for a little over an hour. And guess what, we recorded it just for you to listen in.

Lots of fun and good stuff in here. Lots of great antidotes on music and philosophy on music. A lot of us just goofing around.

So, get your favorite beverage because we are going to be drinking along with you. It's the holidays, have some fun and let's do this thing!
In this episode:
1. Introduction to Wallace and Diego
2. John Patittuci stories
3. Passive and active listening
4. Favorite albums
5. Albums that got us into jazz
6. Philosophies on jazz
7. Technique and what its good for
8. What makes a "magical" musical moment
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Wallace Stelzer's website

Wallace Stelzer's Instagram 

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Basic Jazz Guitar Chord Voicings https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/basic-jazz-guitar-chord-voicings/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/basic-jazz-guitar-chord-voicings/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:12:02 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=178540 In my YouTube channel and Learn Jazz Standards, the brand is really not at all just for guitar players. But since I am a guitar player myself, I thought it’s about time that I do a video just for the guitar players out there. So in today’s video, I’ll be going over the basic jazz […]

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LJS 196: Recycling Jazz Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #2) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-196-recycling-jazz-practice-plan-jazz-practice-plan-2/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-196-recycling-jazz-practice-plan-jazz-practice-plan-2/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2019 14:34:03 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=176890 Welcome to episode 196 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over jazz practice plan #2, the last in a series of 2 episodes. This practice plan is called the Recycling Jazz Practice Plan which is having a powerful effect on my Jazz Blues Accelerator course students, which is based on this framework. Learn how this practice plan works and how to start taking action.

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Today's episode is part 2 in a series of 2 episodes that I'm doing on practice plans. Jazz practice plans that will give you real results that will really help you excel in your jazz skills.

Last week we talked about the Stair Step Practice Plan, which is really an all-encompassing practice plan to hone in on all of the different aspects of becoming a better jazz musician.

And on today's episode, I want to go over one that dives a little bit deeper, that kind of isolates certain aspects of practicing jazz and refining them deeply.

This practice plan is called the Recycling Practice Plan. This one is all about taking information and internalizing it. So we are going to dive deep into that today. Looking forward to this.
In this episode:
1. The role the Recycling Practice Plan plays in learning micro concepts
2. Importance of using all 12 keys in the practice plan
3. Recycling material and how its done
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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Scale Mapping Jazz Standards to Create Solos (Stella by Starlight) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/scale-mapping-jazz-standards-to-create-solos-stella-by-starlight/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/scale-mapping-jazz-standards-to-create-solos-stella-by-starlight/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2019 14:31:13 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=174960 Using scales can be a really great way to start mapping out the note choices you have available to you over jazz standards so that you can start taking great solos. So, in today’s video, I’m going to be going over a scale map over the jazz standard Stella by Starlight and then I’m going […]

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LJS 195: Stair Step Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #1) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-195-stair-step-practice-plan-jazz-practice-plan-1/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-195-stair-step-practice-plan-jazz-practice-plan-1/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:00:16 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=173939 Welcome to episode 195 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over a jazz practice plan in a series of two episodes we'll be going through. This practice plan is called the Stair Step Practice Plan, and this has been highly effective for students in my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course, which uses this exact framework.

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If you know anything about what I teach here on Learn Jazz Standards it's that if we want to become better jazz musicians, it comes down to practicing.

It's not about fancy music theory tricks that we learn. It's not about special licks and knots. It's not about any hacks or shortcuts. It all comes down to practicing.

And it's not just practicing a lot. It is practicing in a goal-oriented, effective way that will actually produce results.

So, over the next couple of episodes, I'm going to be sharing with you 2 different practice plans that I believe are highly effective, that I use in my courses, and that worked for my students, that have worked for me as well.

So in today's episode, we'll be going over the Stair Step Practice Plan. I'm going to go in-depth with how it works, what you need to do to actually take action on it.
In this episode:
1. 3 Topics worked on in the practice plan
2. Batching and why it works
3. Overview of the Stair Step Practice Plan
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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7 Endings to Play On Jazz Standards https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/7-endings-to-play-on-jazz-standards/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/7-endings-to-play-on-jazz-standards/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:03:07 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=173466 When playing jazz standards it’s important to have a number of stock endings that you already know, that you’ve already planned out, so you have some options when you’re trying to end a jazz standard and so you can avoid the awkward not-really-knowing-how-to-end-the-song situation. So, in today’s video, I’m going to be going over 7 […]

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LJS 194: Understanding the Jazz Eras (Jazz History Made Simple) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-194-understanding-the-jazz-eras-jazz-history-made-simple/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-194-understanding-the-jazz-eras-jazz-history-made-simple/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:17:09 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=172669 Welcome to episode 194 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back in time at jazz history. We look into the different eras of jazz, the important musicians to listen to from them, and how the music evolved over time.

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The most essential thing you can do for learning how to play jazz or any style of music is simply to listen to it. And I think a lot of us understand that on a basic level.

But when it comes to jazz, there is so much to listen to. There are many different eras of jazz history and there are so many musicians to listen to.

So, in today's episode, I want to go over the different eras of jazz history and what's made this music what it is today and talk about some of the most important influential jazz musicians that you need to listen to and you need to discover.
In this episode:
1. The different eras of jazz
2. Early Jazz/Dixie
3. Swing Era
4. Bebop Era
5. Cool Jazz
6. Hard Bop
7. Free Jazz
8. Fusion
9. Modern Jazz
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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Bebop Melody Over It Could Happen to You https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/bebop-melody-over-it-could-happen-to-you/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/bebop-melody-over-it-could-happen-to-you/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:27:12 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=172022 When I was a beginner jazz improviser, one of the main things I wanted to accomplish was to be able to hear the chord changes come out in my solos. So, in today’s video, I’m going to be showing you a bebop melody I’ve composed over the jazz standard It Could Happen to You and […]

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LJS 193: Jazz Theory Made Simple (Only Theory You Need to Know) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-193-jazz-theory-made-simple-only-theory-you-need-to-know/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-193-jazz-theory-made-simple-only-theory-you-need-to-know/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:24:21 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=171544 Welcome to episode 193 of the LJS Podcast where today I take the often overwhelming and confusing world of jazz theory and make it simple. Jazz theory is often overcomplicated with way too much information and concepts that are unnecessary. I boil things down to the basics and help make things more understandable.

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One thing that bothers me about a lot of other jazz education out there is just how difficult it is made out to be.

And this isn't helpful, especially because for a lot of those looking from the outside in on jazz, it already seems like a complex and difficult music.

And then when it is taught with so many different scales you have to learn and a million different music theory ideas, it just makes it even more intimidating and I find that this is not helpful.

So, in today's episode, what I want to do is basically give you essentials of jazz theory and only the essentials, make it simple, boil it down to the only jazz theory that I believe you need to know, so that we can have a better chance at moving forward with this music and learning it, improving and getting better.
In this episode:
1. What theory is good for and not good for
2. Step 1: Basic 7th Chords
3. Step 2: Scales
4. Step 3: Guidetones and Voiceleading
5. Step 4: Chord Progressions
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Ultimate Guide to Jazz Theory (Blog Post Mentioned)

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LJS 192: I Compose a Jazz Tune on the Spot https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-192-i-compose-a-jazz-tune-on-the-spot/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-192-i-compose-a-jazz-tune-on-the-spot/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2019 17:07:19 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=170687 Welcome to episode 192 of the LJS Podcast where today I put my self on the spot and compose a jazz tune on the podcast. I had no pre-conceived ideas before recording, I just start going in real time. See how I did and the tune I came up with in the end.

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On today's episode, I am putting myself on the spot, friends. I am stepping out onto the stage, the spotlight is glaring on me right now.

And I am going to compose a tune on this podcast today, on the spot, and no, I have not pre-meditated anything. In fact, I am feeling particularly uninspired today.

However, I am going to compose a jazz tune for you all and go through the process and just see what happens.

So, get yourself ready. I appreciate your sympathy in advance. Let's jump to it.
In this episode:
1. I start composing a jazz tune!
2. The final product revealed
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Jazz Blues Accelerator Course (mentioned at end of episode)

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5 Most Important Jazz Musicians of All Time https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/5-most-important-jazz-musicians-of-all-time/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/5-most-important-jazz-musicians-of-all-time/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:28:55 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=169964 When it comes down to it, there are so many great jazz musicians out there that you need to be listening to. There’s so many that have so much to offer, so much inspiration, and had such a big impact on jazz history. But in today’s video, I want to boil it down to what […]

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LJS 191: Understanding All the Things You Are https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-191-understanding-all-the-things-you-are/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-191-understanding-all-the-things-you-are/#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:51:49 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=169593 Welcome to episode 191 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through a chords analysis of the popular jazz standard All the Things You Are. This tune is packed full of valuable lessons that will help you understand other jazz standards better and ultimately improve your improvisation skills.

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I'm all about learning jazz standards that are packed full of lessons that will help us with exponentially more jazz standards as a result.

And one of those jazz standards that really does a lot for helping us understand jazz harmony and jazz language and ultimately jazz improv, is All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern.

And while most of us are familiar with this jazz standard, understanding it and how the chords work is pivotal in my mind for becoming a great improviser over top of it.

So, that's what we are going to talk about in today's episode. We are going to do a chords analysis of the jazz standard All the Things You Are, dig in deep and see what we can learn from this tune.
In this episode:
1. Analysis of All the Things You Are
2. Accidental impromptu rambling about what's happening in the future with Learn Jazz Standards (forgive me)
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I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
All The Things You Are Analysis

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10 Beginner Jazz Standards https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/10-beginner-jazz-standards/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/10-beginner-jazz-standards/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2019 13:29:26 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=169103 If you are just getting started with jazz, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of standards there are to learn and may not know where to start. So, in today’s video, I’m going to make things simple and give you 10 beginner jazz standards to learn that will give you a great entry […]

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Ultimate Guide to Jazz Theory https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-jazz-theory/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-jazz-theory/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2019 19:43:22 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=168894 Let me tell you one of the biggest myths I hear about learning how to play jazz: You need to know a ton of music theory. WRONG. You don’t. You only need to know a little bit about music theory to get started with jazz improvisation and start learning jazz standards. You’ll learn more naturally […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Jazz [UPDATED] https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/learning-jazz/jazz-advice/beginners-guide-playing-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/learning-jazz/jazz-advice/beginners-guide-playing-jazz/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:00:48 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=32000 Okay, so you want to learn how to play jazz but you just don’t know where to start. That’s perfectly understandable! There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. In fact, jazz can be a very overwhelming style of music to learn. There is a great deal of musical knowledge and skill […]

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The 16 Most Important Scales in Jazz [UPDATED] https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/the-16-most-important-scales-in-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/the-16-most-important-scales-in-jazz/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:15:42 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=19834 Here is a list of the 16 most important scales for jazz improvisation and the harmonic contexts in which they can be used for improvisation. It doesn’t matter whether you play guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, bass, or the kazoo. These scales are important for all instruments to know. While we do not want to sound […]

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LJS 190: 3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-190-3-ways-to-get-jazz-gigs/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-190-3-ways-to-get-jazz-gigs/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:00:35 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=168664 Welcome to episode 190 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about how to get jazz gigs. One of the big goals for most musicians is to get out there and play. That's where the real fun and learning can happen. But how do you acquire those gigs? I go over three ways with different strategies for each to help you get out there and start performing.

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On this podcast, I talk a lot about practicing, improving our skills in the practice room, but at the end of the day, if we really want to put ourselves to the test and take things to the next level, we need to get out there and perform live.

Now, obviously, this is a goal for many of us to perform live, to play with other musicians. That's kind of the end goal, the gratification that we are working towards. But it also is crucially important if we want to improve as musicians.

But the big question always comes in: how do we actually get those gigs? Sometimes it may seem hard to find them or how do you even get into the scene?

Well, on today's episode, I'm going to answer that. I'm going to go over 3 different ways you can start getting jazz gigs.
In this episode:
1. Networking and two strategies for making connections
2. Hustling (aka hitting the streets) and how to think less like a musician and more like a business person
3. Creating your own gig and two kinds of events you can host
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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20 Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar [UPDATED] https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/20-basic-jazz-chords-for-guitar/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/20-basic-jazz-chords-for-guitar/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:18:07 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=1184 So you’re a guitarist and you want to start getting your jazz chops together. Awesome! Here’s the great news: Contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t need to know a million shapes, chords, or scales on your guitar. In fact, if you know just the basic shapes, you can play them anywhere on the […]

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9 Important Jazz Chord Progressions You Need to Master [UPDATED] https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/learning-jazz/jazz-theory/3-important-jazz-chord-progressions-need-master/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/learning-jazz/jazz-theory/3-important-jazz-chord-progressions-need-master/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:47:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=36253 For some, learning jazz can be a daunting task. It’s harmonically complex, and because of this, there is a demand for a certain level of virtuosity. I often find that those who love jazz but are too afraid to try to learn it become deterred by the sheer overwhelming nature of the task at hand. […]

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Scales to Play Over a Jazz Blues https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/scales-to-play-over-a-jazz-blues/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/scales-to-play-over-a-jazz-blues/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:01:45 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=168123 When working on a jazz blues, it can be helpful to have some note choices available to you and mapped out, so that you can navigate the changes efficiently and well. So in today’s video, I’m going to go over some common scales that can help you get started not only with mapping out a […]

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28 Jazz Blues Heads You Need to Know [UPDATED] https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/28-jazz-blues-heads-you-need-to-know/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/blog/28-jazz-blues-heads-you-need-to-know/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:40:20 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=28863 The blues has always played a central role in jazz music from the very beginning and is without a doubt one of the most important forms in jazz. It’s important for every jazz musician to know a good handful of blues heads, and even variations on the typical 12 bar form. The blues has so […]

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LJS 189: Finding More Time to Practice and Skyrocketing Your Jazz Potential (feat. Brett Pontecorvo) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-189-finding-more-time-to-practice-and-skyrocketing-your-jazz-potential-feat-brett-pontecorvo/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-189-finding-more-time-to-practice-and-skyrocketing-your-jazz-potential-feat-brett-pontecorvo/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:33:40 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=167604 Welcome to episode 189 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest pianist and educator Brett Pontecorvo to talk about making time to practice and setting up a masterplan to achieve your musical goals. Not having time to practice is a common complaint, but this episode crushes that limiting belief and shows you a path to achieve more in your musical life.

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I get emails from subscribers of Learn Jazz Standards all the time, saying that:

I really want to become a better jazz musician. I really want to reach my goals. I want to reach the potential that I know I have as a musician, but I just simply don't have time to practice and I don't have time to practice the amount that I think I need to practice.

Well, in today's episode, I have a returning guest, Brett Pontecorvo, who is a brilliant musical mind and a brilliant teacher, to show us that yes, indeed, we do have time, how to start prioritizing our practice and to find the spaces where we can thrive and grow as a musician.

This is a powerhouse episode. It's one of those episodes that is the real deal. This is the real stuff that is going to help you improve. It's not the fancy tricks, licks and all those things. It's all about this.
In this episode:
1. Establish your vision and get specific
2. Write down all of your daily activities and quit the ones that don't align with your vision
3. Set up a calendar
4. Establish your reflection questions
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Brett's LiveKeyboardist

LJS 63: How to Become an Expert Sight Reader (feat. Brett Pontecorvo)

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Mastering a Jazz Blues Will Help You CRUSH Jazz Improv https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/mastering-a-jazz-blues-will-help-you-crush-jazz-improv/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/mastering-a-jazz-blues-will-help-you-crush-jazz-improv/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:12:58 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=166116 Believe me when I say it, mastering a jazz blues will give you an unfair advantage of all of the rest of jazz improv. If you just get down this 12-bar form and you really get inside of it, really can navigate it, everything else in jazz will feel so much easier. That’s what I’m […]

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LJS 188: Inside Look on a Pro Jazz Musicians Development https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-188-inside-look-on-a-pro-jazz-musicians-development/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-188-inside-look-on-a-pro-jazz-musicians-development/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:00:14 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=164760 Welcome to episode 188 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest jazz pianist Keelan Dimick to discuss the transformational moments in his musical development. Keelan is a jazz piano phenom and he opens up and shares his journey as a musician and the key points in his development.

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Learn Jazz Standards community, do I have a treat for you today!

On the podcast, I have my good friend and phenomenal jazz pianist Keelan Dimick on the show and we are going to just dive in deep and have an inside look on his development as a musician, how he became so absolutely awesome.

And this is a great episode, a really fun conversation. I personally had a great time and I know you're going to dig in through so many lessons packed inside this conversation today.
In this episode:
1. Keelan shares key points of growth when he first started playing piano.
2. Keelan talks about the power of finding a mentor
3. Keelan talks about the big wakeup call he had when he went to music school
4. Keelan's philosophy on the power of learning jazz by ear
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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Hip Bebop Blues Lick and Analysis https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/hip-bebop-blues-lick-and-analysis/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/hip-bebop-blues-lick-and-analysis/#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:00:29 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=163706 As jazz musicians, I believe it is important that we are proficient at playing a jazz blues. And I believe there are 3 pillars of jazz blues language we need to be working on: bluesy language, playing the changes, and bebop language. So, in today’s video, I want to dive into bebop language, show you […]

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LJS 187: [Strategy #3] The Secret Sauce for Mastering a Jazz Blues https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-187-strategy-3-the-secret-sauce-for-mastering-a-jazz-blues/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-187-strategy-3-the-secret-sauce-for-mastering-a-jazz-blues/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:37:05 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=163152 Welcome to episode 187 of the LJS Podcast where we conclude "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover my philosophy on mastering musical material, and it especially applies to a jazz blues. No, it's not a bunch of fancy licks, short cuts, and hacks. It's real process. I dig into that and how you can start taking action.

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For the first time in the Learn Jazz Standards podcast history, I am re-recording an episode. This episode.

This is not the original version of the episode that I had planned and there's a few reasons for that, I'll go over a little bit later. But I wanted to be sure to make this episode special.

And I wanted to do it the right way to conclude "Jazz Blues Month!" here on the podcast, so I'm going to dive in today on the secret sauce for mastering a jazz blues.

This is really what it comes down for me, not just for the jazz blues, but with all the stuff that I do for becoming a better jazz musician. But it's really going to tie together for jazz blues and we are going to close this thing up right.
In this episode:
1. Find a Community
2. Find a Mentor
3. Have a Process (THIS IS THE KEY)
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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Fast Way to Play “Bluesy” Lines Over a Jazz Blues https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/fast-way-to-play-bluesy-lines-over-a-jazz-blues/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/fast-way-to-play-bluesy-lines-over-a-jazz-blues/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:23:15 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=162540 It is my belief that if we want to learn how to play jazz really well, we also have to understand the blues because that’s really where jazz is coming out of and it is saturated in the music. So, how do we start crushing jazz solos over top of the jazz blues and start […]

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LJS 186: [Strategy #2] 3 Pillars of Jazz Blues Language https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-186-strategy-2-3-pillars-of-jazz-blues-language/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-186-strategy-2-3-pillars-of-jazz-blues-language/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:43:51 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=162123 Welcome to episode 186 of the LJS Podcast where we continue onto week 3 of "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover the 2nd strategy of this series which is understanding the 3 pillars of jazz blues language. Not only do we discuss what they are, I tell you what to practice and a few tools that can help for each.

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We're on week 3 of "Jazz Blues Month" here on the LJS podcast but we are diving in deep to jazz blues and ultimately learning how to master it to become a great jazz blues improvisers because if we know how to play the jazz blues inside and out, we have an unfair advantage at playing all other jazz standards.

So, in today's episode, I want to be talking about the 3 pillars of jazz blues language that you need to know, that you need to dive deep in, in order to proficiently improvise over a jazz blues and take killer jazz blues solos.
In this episode:
1. Blues language
2. Playing the chord changes
3. Bebop language
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Jazz Blues Accelerator Course

LJS 184: 3 Reasons You NEED to Master a Jazz Blues

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Playing the Changes Using Target Notes https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/playing-the-changes-using-target-notes/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/playing-the-changes-using-target-notes/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:00:35 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=161687 When I was a beginner jazz improviser, the thing that I wanted more than anything else was to be able to play the changes. In my mind, that was the thing that distinguished me from my jazz heroes. They were playing amazing jazz solos and spelling out the changes flawlessly. So, in today’s video, I […]

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LJS 185: [Strategy #1] Mapping out a Jazz Blues for Improv Success https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-185-strategy-1-mapping-out-a-jazz-blues-for-improv-success/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-185-strategy-1-mapping-out-a-jazz-blues-for-improv-success/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:00:07 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=161380 Welcome to episode 185 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover the first of 3 strategies I'll be covering on crushing it on a jazz blues. Strategy #1 is "Mapping", and I go over 3 phases of mapping over a jazz blues. After mapping, the mystery of what notes to play will be completely solved.

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We are continuing Jazz Blues Month here on the LJS podcast where we are diving in deep to the jazz blues, the importance of it and of course, how to improvise over it and master the jazz blues.

In week 1, last week of the podcast, I gave you 3 reasons why you need to master the jazz blues, how important this is and how powerful this is and how it can give you an unfair advantage in your jazz playing if you are highly proficient at it.

And in this week, we are starting our first of 3 strategies we are going over here. We are talking about how to map out a jazz blues for improv success and how important I believe this is in the several different phases of the mapping process that will start to unlock this important chord form in jazz.
In this episode:
1. Mapping and why it's so important
2. A Basic Jazz Blues Form run-through
3. Phase 1: Chord Tone Mapping
4. Phase 2: Guide Tone Mapping
5. Phase 3: Scale Mapping
6. How to take Mapping to the next level on a jazz blues
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Jazz Blues Accelerator Course

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Can I Transcribe Jazz Solos Too Much? (Q&A) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/can-i-transcribe-jazz-solos-too-much-qa/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/can-i-transcribe-jazz-solos-too-much-qa/#comments Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:17:05 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=160848 Important Links and Resources Suggested Resource: If you want to hear more questions like these, check out this podcast episode. Further Reading: Jazz Improvisation Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

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LJS 184: 3 Reasons You NEED to Master the Jazz Blues https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-184-3-reasons-you-need-to-master-the-jazz-blues/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-184-3-reasons-you-need-to-master-the-jazz-blues/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:35:37 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=160438 Welcome to episode 184 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I discuss 3 reasons why you need to master the jazz blues. If you go deep into understanding and navigating a jazz blues it will unlock countless secrets for becoming a great jazz improviser. Here's why!

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We are starting "Jazz Blues Month" here on the LJS podcast, but we are going to be digging in deep into a jazz blues strategies for learning, strategies for improvising over it and strategies for mastering it.

But I cannot think of a better way to start than to try to impress upon you the importance of mastering a jazz blues — getting this song form under your belt, being able to play it backwards, forwards, sideways, up, down. Because if you know a jazz blues, it is going to make jazz, in general, so much easier.

So, in today's episode, we are going to be digging into 3 reasons why you absolutely need to master a jazz blues. But first, a story of the first jazz standard I ever learned.
In this episode:
1. A story about the first jazz standard I learned
2. Reason #1: If you want to understand the tradition of jazz, you need to understand the blues
3. Reason #2: A jazz blues contains most of the crucial harmonic movements in jazz
4. Reason #3: The jazz blues is the perfect platform for developing improv skills
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
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ONLY 2 Scales You NEED to Know for Jazz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/only-2-scales-you-need-to-know-for-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/only-2-scales-you-need-to-know-for-jazz/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:05:19 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=159902 My job as a teacher is always to make jazz simpler, not harder. And sometimes around the concept of scales, we make things too complicated. We give ourselves too many choices. We place too much importance on it. So, in today’s video, I’m going to boil things down to the basic 2 scales you need […]

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LJS 183: Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo (What Makes a Good Solo) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-183-analyzing-a-good-and-bad-jazz-solo-what-makes-a-good-solo/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-183-analyzing-a-good-and-bad-jazz-solo-what-makes-a-good-solo/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=159292 Welcome to episode 183 of the LJS Podcast where today we listen to two solos I've recorded in the past. We'll listen to one that I'm proud of and checks off the boxes of a good jazz solo, and we'll also listen to one I'm not so proud of. I analyze what made the good one good, and the bad one bad.

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I talk a lot about in this podcast analyzing your own jazz playing, listening back to recordings of yourself and analyzing and digging in to what you can work on and what you can do better.

One thing to do is to listen to a jazz solo you play that you really are proud of, one that you really think defines what you are going after musically, and also listening to one that you feel a little bit disappointed with, maybe even slightly embarrassed to show to others.

And that's exactly what I'm going to do in today's episode. I'm going to show you a jazz solo that I'm proud of and a jazz solo I kind of don't want anyone to listen to.
In this episode:
1. My 3 elements of what makes a good jazz solo
2. My "good" jazz solo with a vocal, bass, guitar trio
3. My "bad" jazz solo over my original composition
4. 3 things I could do to improve my solo and make it better
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
LJS 178: Becoming Your Own Jazz Teacher by Recording Yourself (feat. Jens Larsen)

LJS 141: What I Think About When I Take a Jazz Solo

LJS 136: I Critique My Jazz Playing from 7 Years Ago]]>
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LJS 182: Understanding Diminished 7th Chords and How to Improvise Over Them (feat. Adam Levy) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-182-understanding-diminished-7th-chords-and-how-to-improvise-over-them-feat-adam-levy/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-theory/ljs-182-understanding-diminished-7th-chords-and-how-to-improvise-over-them-feat-adam-levy/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:31:39 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=156734 Welcome to episode 182 of the LJS Podcast where today I have special guest Adam Levy on the show to talk about diminished harmony and how to start improvising over diminished 7th chords. If you've ever felt confused by diminished chords and how to approach them, consider this a must-listen episode.

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Have you ever been improvising over a jazz standard and everything was going fine but then suddenly you ran into a big bad scary diminished 7th chord and you just didn't know what to do?

Well, I'll be the first to raise my hand and say, yes, diminished chords have often confused me when it comes to improvising. And sometimes I felt very limited with my knowledge and ability of how to improvise over them and what context they were playing.

On today's episode, I have a very special guest, musician, jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter, Adam Levy, to talk all about diminished theory, diminished harmony and some tools for how to improvise over them.
In this episode:
1. Adam Levy and his vibrant musical career
2. 4 common diminished harmonic contexts to know
3. Improvising over diminished 7ths starting with the chord tones
4. Thinking of auxilary notes to approach chord tones rather than diminished scales
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Adam's Guitar Tips Pro

Adam's new album "Accidental Courage"

Adam's TrueFire Courses

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Improvise Using Music Theory OR by Ear? https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/improvise-using-music-theory-or-by-ear/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/improvise-using-music-theory-or-by-ear/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:24 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=156070 One common question I get is, should I ever have to improvise using music theory or should I do it mainly by learning stuff by ear? Jazz solos, licks, all these sorts of stuff? Well, in today’s video, I’m going to go over some pros and cons of each approach and help answer that question. […]

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LJS 181: I’m Taking a Break from Jazz https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-181-im-taking-a-break-from-jazz/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-181-im-taking-a-break-from-jazz/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=155341 Welcome to episode 181 of the LJS Podcast where today I announce that I'm taking a break from jazz...for two weeks. But the fact that I'm taking a break does have some significance, and I want to explain the benefit of taking breaks for you and your musicianship.

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So, as you can hear, I'm laying here on the beach in Greece, visiting my wife's family, on vacation.

And there's not going to be any intro music today. There's not going to be a music theory lesson. There's not going to be a practice routine that I'm going to share with you. I'm not going to be taking out my guitar. I'm not going to be doing any of those things today.

Because today is just an episode where I want to talk about taking a break. Taking a break from playing jazz, and taking a break from our everyday lives, of course.

But in specific, I want to talk today about taking a break from playing music and why you should do that. And that's exactly what I'm doing right now, well, at least at the time you are listening to this episode.
In this episode:
1. I talk about why I'm taking a break
2. Why you should take a break from jazz too
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Mindset by Carol Dweck

30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing]]>
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4 Patterns for Jazz Improvisation Technique https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/4-patterns-for-jazz-improvisation-technique/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/4-patterns-for-jazz-improvisation-technique/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:31:40 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=154819 One thing that I think is important to jazz improvisation is having technical proficiency on your instrument because jazz improvisation calls for you to act and react in the moment and we don’t want our instruments holding us back. So, in today’s video, I’m going to go over 4 easy patterns that will help build […]

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LJS 180: I Answer Your Jazz Questions (Ask Me Anything) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-180-i-answer-your-jazz-questions-ask-me-anything/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-180-i-answer-your-jazz-questions-ask-me-anything/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:00:51 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=154151 Welcome to episode 180 of the LJS Podcast where today I answer questions from the Learn Jazz Standards Community Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Lots of great jazz questions are answered over a wide range of topics.

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We've got a special episode on the podcast today. It's an Ask Me Anything episode where you are asking jazz questions and I am answering them for you.

I went into our Facebook community group, as well as the YouTube community, asked for some questions and you guys gave me some great questions to answer today. So, I am excited to answer these, to dive right into them.
In this episode:
1. What is the best way to improvise over different rhythms?
2. Can a sus4 chord voicing include the 3rd as well as the 4th?
3. How do you play fast long phrases that sound great?
4. How do you go from improvising over one chord to a chord progression?
5. What are the pros and cons of sight reading?
6. What is your favorite gypsy jazz guitarist?
7. What are target notes and how to I implement them?
8. How do you build a solo so it tells a story?
9. Is it more important to learn music theory or improve my ear?
10. How do I transition from playing licks and tricks to melodic ideas?
11. Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you sit down to practice?
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Episode 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes

Episode 168: Making Rhythms the Foundations of Your Jazz Solos

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Intro to Improvising Over Jazz Standards https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/intro-to-improvising-over-jazz-standards/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/intro-to-improvising-over-jazz-standards/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2019 12:00:27 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=153500 Let’s face it. Improvising over jazz standards will not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life. Especially if you are a beginner, or someone trying to get started with jazz, it can be overwhelming. Maybe you’ve heard me say stuff like “learn jazz solos by ear”, “take licks in all 12 keys” […]

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LJS 179: Intros to Play on Jazz Standards (7 Options) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-179-intros-to-play-on-jazz-standards-7-options/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/learn-jazz-standards/ljs-179-intros-to-play-on-jazz-standards-7-options/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 12:00:16 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=152898 Welcome to episode 179 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over 7 different options for playing an intro on a jazz standard. While you can just count off a tune and start playing the head on beat one, it can be nice to set up a song with an intro. I walk you through some options and give you a call to action at the end.

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One basic question that you might have when starting to play a jazz standard is exactly that. How do I start the jazz standard? How do I introduce it when playing at a jam session, a gig, or just with another friend?

Well, of course, there's the obvious one which is, just count it off and start playing the head on beat one. But sometimes, it can be appropriate to have an introduction to a song, it can be more creative and even there are times where certain jazz standards have composed intros that are appropriate to play before getting started on the head.

So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over some different options for playing introductions to jazz standards. I'm going to go over 7 of them for you to give you some options.
In this episode:
1. Pedal on the V chord
2. Play the last 8 bars
3. Two chord vamp
4. Improvise a chorus up front
5. I-VI-ii-V
6. I-ii-V
7. Composed intro
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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The ONLY Jazz Standards You Need to Know https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/the-only-jazz-standards-you-need-to-know/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/the-only-jazz-standards-you-need-to-know/#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:00:52 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=151886 If you’re trying to learn jazz standards and become a better jazz improviser, the sheer amount of jazz standards there are out there can be incredibly overwhelming. Which ones do you learn? Which ones are going to help you accelerate your jazz skills? Well, in today’s video, I’m going to go over the only 3 […]

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LJS 178: Becoming Your Own Jazz Teacher by Recording Yourself (feat. Jens Larsen) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-178-becoming-your-own-jazz-teacher-by-recording-yourself-feat-jens-larsen/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-178-becoming-your-own-jazz-teacher-by-recording-yourself-feat-jens-larsen/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:00:25 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=151414 Welcome to episode 178 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest jazz guitarist and Youtuber, Jens Larsen to talk about recording yourself. I frequently get comments from my course students that the power of recording themselves has become a game-changer. Jens goes into detail about overcoming fears, and what to look out for when you listen back to yourself.

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What if I told you that when you are practicing, you are leaving a lot on the table.

And what I mean by that is you may be working on a bunch of great jazz improvisation stuff, techniques, music theory, maybe you're learning some standards, but you're not really able to analyze yourself, to hear what you're doing right or doing wrong.

At the end of the day, we can be our own best teachers. We can analyze and listen to ourselves to identify the weak points that we need to improve upon.

And so, on today's show, I have a very special guest, Jens Larsen, to talk to us all about recording yourself, how to do it, why to do it, and why it could be possibly the best thing you've done for your musicianship all year.
In this episode:
1. How to overcome your fear of listening back to your jazz playing
2. How often should you record yourself?
3. What should you be listening for when listening back to yourself?
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Jen's new book Modern Jazz Guitar Concepts

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LJS 177: Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-177-composing-a-jazz-solo-over-a-minor-blues/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-177-composing-a-jazz-solo-over-a-minor-blues/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:00:28 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=150368 Welcome to episode 177 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate a solo I composed over a minor blues. Composing jazz solos is one of the best ways to solidify the jazz language you already know and get it to come out in your playing.

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-177-composing-a-jazz-solo-over-a-minor-blues/feed/ 7 Welcome to episode 177 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate a solo I composed over a minor blues. Composing jazz solos is one of the best ways to solidify the jazz language you already know and get it to come out in your playing. - Listen to episode 177
For today's episode, I want to give you a very actionable episode. Something that you can take action on today.

One of the best ways that I think that you can start improving your jazz solos and take the jazz language that you already know and get it to come out on your instrument, is to compose a jazz solo. And I've done this before in the podcast.

But doing this action can really help solidify ideas that you already have. And since I don't talk enough about minor harmony on this podcast, today's example is going to be over a minor blues.

So, I'm going to show you a solo that I have composed over a minor blues and challenge you to do the same.
In this episode:
1. I demonstrate my jazz solo over a minor blues
2. A few quick points on writing a good jazz solo
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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Ultimate Jazz Improvisation Practice Plan (3 Things to Do) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/get-help-with-practicing-jazz-video/ultimate-jazz-improvisation-practice-plan-3-things-to-do/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/get-help-with-practicing-jazz-video/ultimate-jazz-improvisation-practice-plan-3-things-to-do/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=150083 If you’re going through YouTube right now just trying to find the next cool chord scale theory idea or the next hip lick to apply to your jazz improv, stop right now! None of that stuff really matters if you’re not practicing the right things and you’re not practicing it in an effective way. So, […]

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LJS 176: Leveling Up Your Jazz Improvisation by Thinking Slow (feat. Nick Mainella) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-176-leveling-up-your-jazz-improvisation-by-thinking-slow-feat-nick-mainella/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/get-help-with-practicing-jazz/ljs-176-leveling-up-your-jazz-improvisation-by-thinking-slow-feat-nick-mainella/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:00:51 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=149045 Welcome to episode 176 of the LJS Podcast where today our special guest Nick Mainella from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast discusses how we can improve our jazz improv by thinking slow. To be a great jazz improviser you need to think fast and effectively, and in order to do that you need to start by doing the opposite.

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Have you ever felt stuck in your jazz playing? You've reached this certain level but you're really not sure how to get to the next one above that?

Maybe it's a particular jazz standard you are working on right now and you are not able to play the chord changes the way you want.

Or maybe it's too fast of a tempo, and you're not able to create great musical ideas at that speed.

Whatever it happens to be for you in your playing right now, it could be that you just need to rethink how you approach the practice room and the things that you actually do. It could just be a shift of mindset that will help you.

To help us with that today is a special guest, Nick Mainella from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast, who is going to lay down the value and help us get over these hurdles.
In this episode:
1. Understanding how thinking fast means we first need to think slow.
2. System 1: Thinking on your feet and in the moment
3. System 2: Deeper, higher-level thinking
4. How to apply these systems to your jazz improv practice
5. How to improve your jazz solos simply by thinking about them
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
Nick Mainella's 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast

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Learn and Use Jazz Licks the Smart Way https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/learn-and-use-jazz-licks-the-smart-way/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/learn-and-use-jazz-licks-the-smart-way/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:45:08 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=145554 I got this comment on another one of my videos this week and it really got me thinking. And it says, “But when you learn licks in isolation it’s hard to fit them into your solo without it sounding awkward. Some licks are only good because they were previously developed by the soloist.” And I […]

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LJS 175: Using Pitch Collections to Create Jazz Lines Over Static Chords https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-175-using-pitch-collections-to-create-jazz-lines-over-static-chords/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-175-using-pitch-collections-to-create-jazz-lines-over-static-chords/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:00:41 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=143977 Welcome to episode 175 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about using pitch collections to create jazz lines over static chords. I personally don't enjoy thinking about playing scales over chords. I think a better way to think about scales is as "pitch collections" which can be especially helpful when learning to improvise over different qualities of chords. I go over the concept and demonstrate some licks.

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https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/play-better-jazz-solos/ljs-175-using-pitch-collections-to-create-jazz-lines-over-static-chords/feed/ 2 Welcome to episode 175 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about using pitch collections to create jazz lines over static chords. I personally don't enjoy thinking about playing scales over chords. I think a better way to think about scales is as "pi... Listen to episode 175
Sometimes in jazz, we come across chords that deserve a little bit of extra attention. These chords may have extensions and alterations in them, like a Major 7(b5) or a (#5) or a dominant 7(#11), the list goes on and on.

But by taking this outside of a chord progression context, honing in on them and mapping out the note choices we have available to us, we can start creating jazz lines and start exploring these chords individually.

So, in today's episode, I want to be talking about pitch collections -  how do you use pitch collections to map out chords like this, so that we can take our jazz improv to the next level.
In this episode:
1. Understanding the concept of pitch collections
2. Formula for a dominant 7(#11) chord
3. How to play a Lydian Dominant pitch collection
4. Different lick examples using the Lydian Dominant pitch collection
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I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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Fastest Way to Improve Your Jazz Solos https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/fastest-way-to-improve-your-jazz-solos/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/video/play-better-jazz-solos-video/fastest-way-to-improve-your-jazz-solos/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:45:52 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=133492 So, we all want to become better jazz improvisers and we want to become better quickly. We want to take those kinds of solos that when we hear them we’re like, “Yes, that was awesome! I want to play and sound just like that.” But how do we get there? How do we get there […]

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LJS 174: How to Learn Chord Progressions By Ear (Step-by-Step) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ear-training-ljs-podcast/ljs-174-how-to-learn-chord-progressions-by-ear-step-by-step/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/ear-training-ljs-podcast/ljs-174-how-to-learn-chord-progressions-by-ear-step-by-step/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2019 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=133649 Welcome to episode 174 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through a step-by-step process for learning chord progressions by ear. Learning chord progressions by ear is usually the more challenging aspect of learning jazz standards by ear, and the benefits of learning by ear are numerous. I show you how the power of ear training, a tiny bit of harmony knowledge, and some practice will have you unlocking chord progressions.

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Whenever I tell people how to learn jazz standards, I always tell them to learn them by ear. And naturally, those who are a little less experienced with learning music by ear, and are more comfortable with reading music, are a little bit skeptical at first.

Maybe they can wrap their heads around the idea of learning the melody by ear, that might be a little bit easier to latch on to, but they have a harder time imagining actually hearing chord progressions by ear. That's so much harder than simply learning a melody.

So, in today's episode, I want to go over my method for learning chord progressions by ear, from scratch, and technically, you don't even need your instrument in order to be able to do this.
In this episode:
1. Identifying cadences and resolution points
2. Identifying the root notes of the resolution points
3. Figuring out the root notes and qualities of the chords in between
4. The power of interval and chord quality ear training
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
Important Links
How to Play What You Hear (Ear Training Course)

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LJS 173: Taking the Blues Through All 12 Keys (How and Why to Do It) https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-173-taking-the-blues-through-all-12-keys-how-and-why-to-do-it/ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/jazz-tips-and-advice/ljs-173-taking-the-blues-through-all-12-keys-how-and-why-to-do-it/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:00:19 +0000 https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/?p=124650 Welcome to episode 173 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the importance of blues, and why you should take it into all 12 keys. Jazz is a music that emerged from the blues and therefore jazz language is steeped in it. If you can play the blues in any key your jazz improv skills will be miles ahead. In this episode, I demonstrate myself taking the blues through all 12 keys and how you can too!

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One of the most important song forms in jazz is the 12 bar blues.

And this is because jazz came out of the blues. It was birthed from it. And that's why you hear so much blues language in jazz throughout the different eras, throughout the history of the music.

And the great thing about the blues is that it contains all of the most important harmonic elements of most jazz standards.

So, if you know the blues, forwards and backwards, and are versed in it, you are going to be able to improvise well over many other jazz standards.

It is important that we spend some time on these song forms, so in today's episode, we are going to talk about how I take the blues through all 12 keys. I'm going to take you through all 12 keys so you can hear it and we are going to dig deeper into this stuff.
In this episode:
1. Why the blues form is important to know
2. The benefits of taking the blues into all 12 keys
3. I improvise over the blues in all 12 keys
4. My challenge for you: take the blues into 3 keys you aren't as familiar with this week
Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!
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