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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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How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing

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...
3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode201 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

LJS 200: Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

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! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode200 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

LJS 199: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode199 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

LJS 198: 3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode198 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

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