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LJS 176: Leveling Up Your Jazz Improvisation by Thinking Slow (feat. Nick Mainella)

Welcome to episode 176 of the LJS Podcast where today our special guest Nick Mainella from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast discusses how we can improve our jazz improv by thinking slow. To be a great jazz improviser you need to think fast and effectively, and in order to do that you need to start by doing the opposite. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode176 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


LJS 175: Using Pitch Collections to Create Jazz Lines Over Static Chords

Welcome to episode 175 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about using pitch collections to create jazz lines over static chords. I personally don't enjoy thinking about playing scales over chords. I think a better way to think about scales is as "pitch collections" which can be especially helpful when learning to improvise over different qualities of chords. I go over the concept and demonstrate some licks. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode175 Sign up for the...


LJS 174: How to Learn Chord Progressions By Ear (Step-by-Step)

Welcome to episode 174 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through a step-by-step process for learning chord progressions by ear. Learning chord progressions by ear is usually the more challenging aspect of learning jazz standards by ear, and the benefits of learning by ear are numerous. I show you how the power of ear training, a tiny bit of harmony knowledge, and some practice will have you unlocking chord progressions. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode174...


LJS 173: Taking the Blues Through All 12 Keys (How and Why to Do It)

Welcome to episode 173 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the importance of blues, and why you should take it into all 12 keys. Jazz is a music that emerged from the blues and therefore jazz language is steeped in it. If you can play the blues in any key your jazz improv skills will be miles ahead. In this episode, I demonstrate myself taking the blues through all 12 keys and how you can too! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode173 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 172: 5 Things I Did to Jump-Start My Jazz Playing

Welcome to episode 172 of the LJS Podcast where today I share my personal story of how I jump-started my jazz skills. When I first became interested in jazz I felt like I was way behind compared to my peers. I wanted to become a great jazz improviser and so I invested my time and energy into it. I go over 5 things that had a big impact on my jazz playing and will have a big impact on yours as well. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode172 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 171: 10 Jazz Standards That Will Expand Your Understanding of Jazz Harmony

Welcome to episode 171 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about 10 jazz standards that will expand your knowledge of jazz harmony. My philosophy is that if we learn jazz repertoire all of the lessons we need to learn about improvising will fall into place. These particular 10 jazz standards start exploring jazz harmony past a basic level of understanding, and will help you know hundreds more. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode171 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 170: Limiting Beliefs are Crushing Your Jazz Potential

Welcome to episode 170 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about limiting beliefs and how they can dictate the success or failure of our jazz improvement. Often times musicians are their own worse enemy. We choose to diminish our true capabilities, and believe that our potential is limited. This episode is about taking a look in the mirror and breaking free from the shackles of our musical limiting beliefs. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode170 Sign up for the...


LJS 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes (Over There Will Never Be Another You)

Welcome to episode 169 of the LJS Podcast where we conclude "Jazz Standards Month." This lesson goes over composing target notes over the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You and then using those target notes to create a jazz solo. This is a great way to start developing improv skills by slowing things down and intentionally composing jazz lines under the parameter of target notes. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode169 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 168: Making Rhythms the Foundation of Your Jazz Solos (Someday My Prince Will Come Study)

Welcome to episode 168 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Standards Month." Oftentimes in jazz education, we place an emphasis on harmonic and melodic elements. We typically don't place enough emphasis on rhythm. However, rhythm is important for understanding jazz music and becoming a better jazz improviser. In this episode, we learn how to apply rhythmic motivic development to the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come. View Show Notes:...


LJS 167: Making Pentatonic Scales Musical Over Just Friends (Analysis and Improv Lesson)

Welcome to episode 167 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Standards Month." My subscribers often wonder what scales to play over jazz standards to help them improvise. However, scales are rarely the answer to creating great melodic solos. With that being said, they should not be discarded and in the right hands can be used to create great music. In this episode, we take the pentatonic scale and apply it over the jazz standard Just Friends. View Show Notes:...


LJS 166: Simplifying Jazz Standards to Make Them Easy (Tune Up Analysis)

Welcome to episode 166 of the LJS Podcast where we kick off "Jazz Standards Month." This month we are exploring jazz standards and digging into different concepts to see how we can learn, understand, and improvise over them better. In this episode, I go over the jazz standard Tune Up by Miles Davis, and demonstrate how to simplify these chord changes to make them easier to understand. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode166 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 165: Improvising Over the LJS Podcast Theme Song (feat. Listener Improvisations)

Welcome to episode 165 of the LJS Podcast where today we have a fun show where we discuss how to improvise over the LJS Podcast theme song. It's an episode mixed with a bit of education, and just plain having fun. Best yet, we listen to several recordings of LJS community members improvising over the theme. Listen in! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode165 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


LJS 164: Warming Up the Body and Mind for Killer Musical Performances (feat. Michael Lake)

Welcome to episode 164 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest trombonist, author, and educator Michael Lake to talk about warming up the body and mind for musical performance. Warming up is important for avoiding injury, and physically being able to play to your best ability, but it's also good for your mental game as well. We get inside Michael's head and learn his best practices and tips. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode164 Sign up for the...


LJS 163: 5 Things to Do When You Feel Un-Motivated to Practice

Welcome to episode 163 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about what to do when you feel un-motivated to practice. Sometimes we are burnt out, sometimes we just don't want to and don't have a good reason. It can be confusing especially since deep inside we know we want to become better jazz musicians. Don't panic, here are 5 things you can do. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode163 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


LJS 162: Developing an Engaging Story Line for Your Jazz Solos (feat. Aimee Nolte)

Welcome to episode 162 of the LJS Podcast where today we have on special guest Aimee Nolte on the show to share with us how to develop an engaging solo that tells a story. Aimee thinks the biggest mistake she sees jazz improvisers make is coming out of the gate playing a slew of notes and run-on lines. She shows us how she develops a great jazz solo and let's loose and some amazing tips. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode162 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 161: Understanding the Jazz Standard There Will Never Be Another You (Chords Analysis)

Welcome to episode 161 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over an in-depth analysis of the jazz standard "There Will Never Be Another You." This is a fantastic tune that has a lot to teach us about traditional diatonic jazz harmony, with a few fun surprises along the way. Learn how to start approaching this great jazz standard. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode161 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


LJS 160: 1 Month Practice Plan For Learning 1-2 Jazz Solos by Ear

Welcome to episode 160 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through how to learn a jazz solo (or possibly two) by ear in 1 month. This practice plan breaks things down and makes things easy, even if you've never learned a jazz solo by ear before. Having a plan is important, and this one will set you up for success. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode160 Learn more about my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing Course:...


LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding Up Your Jazz Improv Success (feat. Rodney Brim)

Welcome to episode 159 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Rodney Brim on the show to talk about how to properly "hack" your brain for bigger, faster improvement in the practice room. Rodney is a psychologist and professional musician and knows the inner workings of the brain and how it works. He walks us through 4 huge tips for brain hacking in the practice room. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode159 Sign up for the newsletter:...


1,000,000+ Downloads of the LJS Podcast!

Special announcement! The Learn Jazz Standards Podcast has passed 1,000,000 total downloads over the past 3 years with 4 new episodes a month. It's a big mile marker, so here's a short episode to share some gratitude to the most important people who make this show a success: my listeners. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/onemillion Subscribe to the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/join


LJS 158: Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines

Welcome to episode 158 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to add chromaticism into your jazz lines. Chromaticism is one of the characteristics of a classic "jazz sound" and so we take a close look at how to implement it. We go over 5 different licks and gradually introduce chromaticism into them. View the show notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode158 Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter