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LJS 20: How Studying Jazz Can Make You a Better Musician

Welcome to episode 20 of the LJS Podcast where today we are joined by special guest Nathaniel Schroeder to talk about how studying jazz can help you play other styles of music better, and vice versa. Nathaniel is primarily an upright and electric bassist, but also a multi-instrumentalist and has his feet in multiple genres. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. How jazz can make you more harmonically competent.

  2. What Brent and Nathaniel have learned about practicing from studying jazz.

  3. How other styles can have an impact on your jazz playing.

  4. The importance of groove and rhythm.

  5. Cross over jazz artists influenced by other styles of music.

Listen to episode 20: Jazz Talk by Larry Koonse (Part 2)

Show music

Check out Nathaniel Schroeders tracks at his soundcloud page.


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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."


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