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LJS 148: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2018 Year Review)

Welcome to episode 148 of the LJS Podcast where today we are taking a look back at the year 2018 and everything that has happened in the Learn Jazz Standards community. It’s been an eventful year, and lots of great content, courses, and eBooks have come out. We talk about the top 5 downloaded episodes as well as my top 2 favorites!

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At the time this episode is published, it is New Years Eve 2018, just about to launch into 2019.

It’s common to reflect at the end of the year and see what happened. I thought it would be a great idea to take a look back at what happened at Learn Jazz Standards and all of the great stuff we came out with.

2018 was a massive year for Learn Jazz Standards and I want to thank all of the podcast listeners and members of our community for being a part of it. You guys are what makes LJS awesome!

Whether it was podcast episodes, videos, blog posts, eBooks, or courses, a lot has happened and I want to make sure you didn’t miss any of it.

Here’s what I talk about in today’s episode:

1. New things that happened on the podcast.

2. New things that happened on our YouTube channel.

3. The Facebook Group for the LJS community.

4. New eBooks and courses we came out with.

5. Top 5 downloaded podcast episodes of 2018.

6. My personal favorite 2 episodes of 2018.

Below are links to everything I mentioned in this podcast episode. Feel free to check them out, and make sure that you didn’t miss any of our top stuff before moving into 2019.

Important Links

YouTube Channel

Facebook Group

The Jazz Standards Playbook

30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing


Top 5 Downloaded Episodes in 2018

#1: LJS 124- The Only Big 3 Things You Need to Be Practicing As a Jazz Musician

#2: LJS 110- How to Start Crushing It On the Blues

#3: LJS 97- Using the 80/20 Rule for Productive 30 Minute Practice

#4: LJS 100- My Jazz Mentor Gives You His Best Jazz Tips and Advice

#5: LJS 114- Minor Tonality and How to Build Minor Chord Progressions

Brent’s Top 2 Episodes of 2018

LJS 127: How to Maintenance Practice to Keep Up Your Jazz Skills

LJS 98: Beating the Brain Game For Musical Freedom

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. What else to do on NYE but to listen to my favorite podcast. Gonna go back and re-listen to those favorites. Happy New Year to the entire to you Brent, your family, and the entire LJS community.
    See you next year.


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