Welcome to episode 237 of the LJS Podcast where today I share a masterclass I am taking out of the vault about listening to jazz. The way we listen to jazz can dictate how much we actually get out of it when we listen. As jazz musicians, listening can be one of our best forms of practice if we approach it mindfully.
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When you listen to jazz, what are you hearing? What are you listening for?
What kind of things are going through your head as you hear the different instruments play? As you hear the melody played? As you hear the comping being played? The drumming being played?
What are you listening for?
Well, listening to jazz is one of the most important things you can do if you want to become a better jazz musician.
But I find that if we really do some mindful listening, some critical listening, and understand what we’re listening for, it can be incredibly helpful for not only appreciating jazz more but for getting as much out of it as possible that we can start implementing into our playing.
So, in today’s episode, I’m going to be sharing with you part of a masterclass I did once for mindful jazz listening and we’re going to listen to a couple of tracks, dig deep into them, and see what we can find out.
In this episode:
1. A listen through “Blues Up and Down”
2. A listen through “Someday My Prince Will Come”