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LJS 207: 3 Strategies for Melodic Improv on Jazz Standards

2/24/2020
Welcome to episode 207 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate three strategies you can practice to help you develop more melodic jazz solos. Often, we are tempted to jump straight to bebop lines and complex theory applications when improvising. But simple melodies are often skipped, and therefore missing an important aspect of making meaningful solos. Learn how to start practicing this. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode207 Sign up for the Newsletter:...

Duration:00:20:03

LJS 206: Jazz Improvisation Made Simple (A Preview Reading of My New Book)

2/17/2020
Welcome to episode 206 of the LJS Podcast where today I have a special podcast episode planned. My new book, "Jazz Improvisation Made Simple" is launching on Amazon on March 8, 2020. The Kindle eBook version is now available for pre-order and to celebrate, I do a reading of the Introduction and first chapter of the book. I know you'll enjoy this. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode206 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:31:31

LJS 205: Learning from the Greats and Embracing the Joy of Musical Growth (feat. Shirley Jansen)

2/10/2020
Welcome to episode 205 of the LJS Podcast where today I have special guest and 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing alumni, Shirley Jansen on the show. Shirley is a tenor saxophone player who exudes the joy of musical growth. She shares what has been working for her in her jazz playing, the power of learning solos from the jazz greats, and how community is helping her grow. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode205 Sign up for the Newsletter:...

Duration:00:38:26

LJS 204: How to Prepare for Jam Sessions and Group Playing (feat. Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer)

2/3/2020
Welcome to episode 204 of the LJS Podcast where today I have professional jazz musicians Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer on the show to talk all about preparing to play live with other people. One of the top musical goals I hear among the LJS Community is to be able to play with other musicians, whether that be at the local jazz jam or with some friends. In this episode we discuss what you need to do to prepare, and how to know when you are ready. View Show Notes:...

Duration:00:50:45

LJS 203: Practicing with a Plan and Crushing Musical Weaknesses (feat Bob Petix)

1/27/2020
Welcome to episode 203 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk with special guest and LJS community member, Bob Petix about his journey as a jazz bassist. He talks about getting started playing bass in his late 40's and how he has developed in his musicianship since then. We talk what's working for him in the practice room and some of the key things that has stimulated his musical improvement. Listen to episode 203 Enjoy listening to this podcast?If you get value from the LJS Podcast, help us...

Duration:00:36:27

LJS 202: How to Overcome Negative Self-Criticism and Start Loving Your Playing

1/20/2020
Welcome to episode 202 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about improving your mental health as a jazz musician. All of us have felt those bad feelings of self-consciousness, insecurity, and self-loathing of our playing. We struggle with comparing ourselves to others and are constantly unsatisfied with our music. In this episode, I go over 6 tips for overcoming these negative mindsets so we can grow as jazz musicians and have fun at the same time. Listen to episode 202 Enjoy listening to...

Duration:00:37:27

LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

1/13/2020
Welcome to episode 201 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about 3 ways to start improvising organically when you play jazz solos. A common problem I hear from subscribers is the struggle to let go of pre-meditating or thinking about what they need to play. It can be tough to let go, "forget" what you've been practicing, and just improvise freely. I share some simple ways you can start training yourself to do this better. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode201 Sign...

Duration:00:26:54

LJS 200: Podcast Listeners Share Their 2020 Jazz Goals (Celebration Episode)

12/30/2019
Welcome to episode 200 of the LJS Podcast where today we celebrate the big 200 episode mile marker! To do that, I have a lot of special guests today, you, the podcast listeners, to share your 2020 jazz and music goals. We go through each goal and I give some feedback. Get inspired and get ready to take action! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode200 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:33:21

LJS 199: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2019 Year End Review)

12/23/2019
Welcome to episode 199 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back on 2019. A lot of really great stuff happened with Learn Jazz Standards in 2019 and I go over some of the big mile markers, as well as the top 5 downloaded episodes of the year. I also share my favorite episodes, and a sneak peak into what's coming next year. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode199 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:30:30

LJS 198: 3 Steps for Hearing Chords (Ear Training Masterclass)

12/16/2019
Welcome to episode 198 of the LJS Podcast where I go over my 3 step process for learning to hear chords. Being able to hear different chord qualities is important for being able to hear chord progressions, which of course is important for learning jazz standards. It's also important for our improvisation as well, so I show you a great method for training your ears to hear any chord. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode198 Sign up for the Newsletter:...

Duration:00:17:42

LJS 197: A Jazz Geek Hang with Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer

12/9/2019
Welcome to episode 197 of the LJS Podcast where I have my good buddies drummer Diego Maldonado and bassist Wallace Stelzer over to the studio to hang out and geek out on jazz. This is a fun episode full of jazz nerdery, music philosophy, a little bit of alcohol, NYC's best cookies, and some shenanigans. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode197 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:01:10:48

LJS 196: Recycling Jazz Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #2)

12/2/2019
Welcome to episode 196 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over jazz practice plan #2, the last in a series of 2 episodes. This practice plan is called the Recycling Jazz Practice Plan which is having a powerful effect on my Jazz Blues Accelerator course students, which is based on this framework. Learn how this practice plan works and how to start taking action. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode196 Sign up for the Newsletter:...

Duration:00:27:16

LJS 195: Stair Step Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #1)

11/25/2019
Welcome to episode 195 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over a jazz practice plan in a series of two episodes we'll be going through. This practice plan is called the Stair Step Practice Plan, and this has been highly effective for students in my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course, which uses this exact framework. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode195 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:41:10

LJS 194: Understanding the Jazz Eras (Jazz History Made Simple)

11/18/2019
Welcome to episode 194 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back in time at jazz history. We look into the different eras of jazz, the important musicians to listen to from them, and how the music evolved over time. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode194 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:49:50

LJS 193: Jazz Theory Made Simple (Only Theory You Need to Know)

11/11/2019
Welcome to episode 193 of the LJS Podcast where today I take the often overwhelming and confusing world of jazz theory and make it simple. Jazz theory is often overcomplicated with way too much information and concepts that are unnecessary. I boil things down to the basics and help make things more understandable. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode193 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:01:51:09

LJS 192: I Compose a Jazz Tune on the Spot

11/4/2019
Welcome to episode 192 of the LJS Podcast where today I put my self on the spot and compose a jazz tune on the podcast. I had no pre-conceived ideas before recording, I just start going in real time. See how I did and the tune I came up with in the end. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode192 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:38:51

LJS 191: Understanding All the Things You Are

10/28/2019
Welcome to episode 191 of the LJS Podcast where today I walk you through a chords analysis of the popular jazz standard All the Things You Are. This tune is packed full of valuable lessons that will help you understand other jazz standards better and ultimately improve your improvisation skills. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode191 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:27:09

LJS 190: 3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs

10/21/2019
Welcome to episode 190 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about how to get jazz gigs. One of the big goals for most musicians is to get out there and play. That's where the real fun and learning can happen. But how do you acquire those gigs? I go over three ways with different strategies for each to help you get out there and start performing. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode190 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:23:05

LJS 189: Finding More Time to Practice and Skyrocketing Your Jazz Potential (feat. Brett Pontecorvo)

10/14/2019
Welcome to episode 189 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest pianist and educator Brett Pontecorvo to talk about making time to practice and setting up a masterplan to achieve your musical goals. Not having time to practice is a common complaint, but this episode crushes that limiting belief and shows you a path to achieve more in your musical life. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode189 Sign up for the Newsletter:...

Duration:00:45:02

LJS 188: Inside Look on a Pro Jazz Musicians Development

10/7/2019
Welcome to episode 188 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest jazz pianist Keelan Dimick to discuss the transformational moments in his musical development. Keelan is a jazz piano phenom and he opens up and shares his journey as a musician and the key points in his development. View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode188 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Duration:00:51:00