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LJS 180: I Answer Your Jazz Questions (Ask Me Anything)

Welcome to episode 180 of the LJS Podcast where today I answer questions from the Learn Jazz Standards Community Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Lots of great jazz questions are answered over a wide range of topics. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode180 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


LJS 179: Intros to Play on Jazz Standards (7 Options)

Welcome to episode 179 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over 7 different options for playing an intro on a jazz standard. While you can just count off a tune and start playing the head on beat one, it can be nice to set up a song with an intro. I walk you through some options and give you a call to action at the end. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode179 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


LJS 178: Becoming Your Own Jazz Teacher by Recording Yourself (feat. Jens Larsen)

Welcome to episode 178 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest jazz guitarist and Youtuber, Jens Larsen to talk about recording yourself. I frequently get comments from my course students that the power of recording themselves has become a game-changer. Jens goes into detail about overcoming fears, and what to look out for when you listen back to yourself. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode178 Sign up for the Newsletter:...


LJS 177: Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

Welcome to episode 177 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate a solo I composed over a minor blues. Composing jazz solos is one of the best ways to solidify the jazz language you already know and get it to come out in your playing. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode177 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/


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/