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Learn Jazz Standards Podcast

Welcome to the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast! This is the show where you get weekly interviews, tips and advice for becoming a better jazz musician. I do a lot of teaching episodes as well as have special guests come on from time to time to share their knowledge.

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Brent Vaartstra
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5 Things I Did to Jump-Start My Jazz Playing

LJS 172: 5 Things I Did to Jump-Start My Jazz Playing

Welcome to episode 172 of the LJS Podcast where today I share my personal story of how I jump-started my jazz skills. When I first became interested in jazz I felt like I was way behind compared to my peers. I wanted to become a great jazz improviser and so I invested my time and energy into it. I go over 5 things that had a big impact on my jazz playing and will have a big impact on yours as well. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode172 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
10 Jazz Standards That Will Expand Your Understanding of Jazz Harmony

LJS 171: 10 Jazz Standards That Will Expand Your Understanding of Jazz Harmony

Welcome to episode 171 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about 10 jazz standards that will expand your knowledge of jazz harmony. My philosophy is that if we learn jazz repertoire all of the lessons we need to learn about improvising will fall into place. These particular 10 jazz standards start exploring jazz harmony past a basic level of understanding, and will help you know hundreds more. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode171 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

LJS 170: Limiting Beliefs are Crushing Your Jazz Potential

Welcome to episode 170 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about limiting beliefs and how they can dictate the success or failure of our jazz improvement. Often times musicians are their own worse enemy. We choose to diminish our true capabilities, and believe that our potential is limited. This episode is about taking a look in the mirror and breaking free from the shackles of our musical limiting beliefs. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode170 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes (Over There Will Never Be Another You)

LJS 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes (Over There Will Never Be Another...

Welcome to episode 169 of the LJS Podcast where we conclude "Jazz Standards Month." This lesson goes over composing target notes over the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You and then using those target notes to create a jazz solo. This is a great way to start developing improv skills by slowing things down and intentionally composing jazz lines under the parameter of target notes. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode169 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Making Rhythms the Foundation of Your Jazz Solos

LJS 168: Making Rhythms the Foundation of Your Jazz Solos (Someday My Prince Will...

Welcome to episode 168 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Standards Month." Oftentimes in jazz education, we place an emphasis on harmonic and melodic elements. We typically don't place enough emphasis on rhythm. However, rhythm is important for understanding jazz music and becoming a better jazz improviser. In this episode, we learn how to apply rhythmic motivic development to the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode168 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

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