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LJS 130: Ask Me Anything- Listener Jazz Questions Answered

Welcome to episode 130 of the LJS Podcast where today we are having a special show where Brent answers questions from podcast listeners. Some are musical questions and some are more personal. It’s a fun episode and lots of great tips for all. Listen in!

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Today’s episode is a fun one! On this show, I have listeners of the podcasts on to ask me any questions they have on their mind, both musical or otherwise.

It was a lot of fun putting together this episode and hearing different questions. They covered a wide range of different topics, and the result was a value-packed episode.

Here are the questions covered on today’s show:

  1. Which alterations are common for Secondary Dominants?

  2. How do I know if I know a tune well enough to perform it?

  3. How do I keep track of the form on modal tunes?

  4. What should I do to warm up before playing a song?

  5. What non-music related jobs have you (Brent) had?

  6. Do you ever use guitar tabs in your music?

  7. How do you transpose melodies of jazz standards into different keys?

  8. What do you do when you don’t feel motivated to practice?

  9. Do you ever collaborate with other online music educators? Do you hire people in your business?

  10. How do I balance thinking while I’m improvising vs. just being creative?

  11. How do you create great bebop lines?

  12. What jazz improvisation tips for jazz flute can you give?

  13. How do I convince bar owners to hire my jazz group?

Do you have any answers to give to some of these questions? Share your opinion in the comments below!

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Neil's question was monumental. I read in various forums guys talking about playing this and that chord extension or this or that mode over this and that which leads me to feel very deficient.
    After thinking about it for months I came to think the talk belongs in the practice room and for experimentation as in, how would this mode sound over this A part? When something is found that sounds good, drill it in hopes it will find its way into the improv. I enjoy the theory learning but, I have to keep it simple in the moment.


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