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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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I'm Taking a Break from Jazz

LJS 181: I’m Taking a Break from Jazz

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode181 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
I Answer Your Jazz Questions (Ask Me Anything)

LJS 180: I Answer Your Jazz Questions (Ask Me Anything)

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode180 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Intros to Play on Jazz Standards (7 Options)

LJS 179: Intros to Play on Jazz Standards (7 Options)

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode179 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Becoming Your Own Jazz Teacher by Recording Yourself

LJS 178: Becoming Your Own Jazz Teacher by Recording Yourself (feat. Jens Larsen)

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode178 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/
Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

LJS 177: Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

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. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode177 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

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