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LJS 49: 3 Ways Practicing in all 12 Keys Will Make You a Better Musician

Welcome to episode 49 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 3 ways practicing in all 12 keys will make you a better jazz musician. This is a practice that can have profound effects on your playing. Be sure to take the challenge at the end of the episode! Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Ask LJS: a listener asks a question about learning language for jazz comping.
  2. Practicing in all 12 keys helps you improve your ear.
  3. Practicing in all 12 keys helps you become an expert transposer.
  4. Practicing in all 12 keys helps you internalize the music you are learning. Repetition is key!
  5. The Challenge: Take a jazz standard or a jazz lick into all 12 keys over the course of a week.

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Brent Vaartstra
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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