Welcome to episode 2 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to properly learn a jazz standard. In this episode we talk about why learning jazz standards is so important and 5 great steps to learning a jazz standard so you can really own it. Find out how!
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In this episode
Why learning jazz standards is important.
Listen to the tune.
Listen to a variety of different versions and take your time.
Buy different versions or use resources like Youtube or Spotify to research the song.
Learn the melody by ear.
Learn it by ear, not with sheet music.
Be able to sing it before bringing it to your instrument.
Listen to artists who play/sing the melody straight such as Frank Sinatra.
Learn the harmony by ear.
Learn it by ear before checking with a fakebook or sheet music.
Use the bass as your guide to find the roots, and the accompany instrument to identify the quality of the chord.
Practice the tune in different keys.
Put what you learned to the test by being able to play it outside of the original key.
Helps you develop your ear and understand how the chords relate to each other.
Find someone to jam with.