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LJS 185: [Strategy #1] Mapping out a Jazz Blues for Improv Success

9/16/2019
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Welcome to episode 185 of the LJS Podcast where we continue "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I cover the first of 3 strategies I'll be covering on crushing it on a jazz blues. Strategy #1 is "Mapping", and I go over 3 phases of mapping over a jazz blues. After mapping, the mystery of what notes to play will be completely solved. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode185 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:34:40

LJS 184: 3 Reasons You NEED to Master the Jazz Blues

9/9/2019
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Welcome to episode 184 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off "Jazz Blues Month!" In this episode, I discuss 3 reasons why you need to master the jazz blues. If you go deep into understanding and navigating a jazz blues it will unlock countless secrets for becoming a great jazz improviser. Here's why! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode184 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:26:28

LJS 183: Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo (What Makes a Good Solo)

9/2/2019
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Welcome to episode 183 of the LJS Podcast where today we listen to two solos I've recorded in the past. We'll listen to one that I'm proud of and checks off the boxes of a good jazz solo, and we'll also listen to one I'm not so proud of. I analyze what made the good one good, and the bad one bad. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode183 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:29:57

LJS 182: Understanding Diminished 7th Chords and How to Improvise Over Them (feat. Adam Levy)

8/26/2019
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Welcome to episode 182 of the LJS Podcast where today I have special guest Adam Levy on the show to talk about diminished harmony and how to start improvising over diminished 7th chords. If you've ever felt confused by diminished chords and how to approach them, consider this a must-listen episode. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode182 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:54:23

LJS 181: I’m Taking a Break from Jazz

8/19/2019
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Welcome to episode 181 of the LJS Podcast where today I announce that I'm taking a break from jazz...for two weeks. But the fact that I'm taking a break does have some significance, and I want to explain the benefit of taking breaks for you and your musicianship. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode181 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:08:08

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

8/12/2019
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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/

Duration:00:37:01

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

8/5/2019
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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/

Duration:00:13:21

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

7/29/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:36:53

LJS 177: Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

7/22/2019
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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/

Duration:00:15:15

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

7/15/2019
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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/

Duration:00:39:44

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

7/8/2019
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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...

Duration:00:17:04

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

7/1/2019
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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...

Duration:00:37:46

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

6/24/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:17:34

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

6/17/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:38:01

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

6/10/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:30:13

LJS 170: Limiting Beliefs are Crushing Your Jazz Potential

6/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:15:12

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

5/27/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:30:42

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

5/20/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:21:52

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

5/13/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:31:27

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

5/6/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:30:00