Welcome to episode 15 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 5 steps to learning jazz language by ear. In this episode we talk about why it’s important to learn jazz language by ear rather than from sheet music, and 5 practical steps to do it. Learning music by ear is certainly the road less traveled, but the rewards are well worth it! Listen in.
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In this episode
- Why you should learn language by ear rather than sheet music
- Listen. Familiarize yourself with the material before picking up your instrument.
- Be able to sing it. Make sure you can sing the material before you pick up your instrument.
- Learn the music on your instrument, small phrases at a time. Break it down into small, focused portions.
- Learn the harmony. Regardless of whether you are learning a song or a solo, it’s important to understand the context of the music you are playing.
- Focus on listening to the bass line to find the roots.
- Focus on listening to the comping instrument to hear the quality of the chords.
- Repetition. Listen, learn, practice and repeat.