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The LJS Podcast is the podcast where you get weekly jazz tips, interviews, stories and advice for becoming a better jazz musician! Hosting the show is the jazz musician behind learnjazzstandards.com, author, and entrepreneur Brent Vaartstra, whose one goal is to answer any question about playing jazz music you may have. Jazz can be a challenging music to learn and play, but it doesn't have to be so hard. Each episode features a specific musical challenge that jazz students may come across, where it is discussed and answered. Special jazz guests frequent the show, sharing their expertise on an array of different musical subject matter. Join thousands of listeners getting free jazz education every week!

Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur

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The LJS Podcast is the podcast where you get weekly jazz tips, interviews, stories and advice for becoming a better jazz musician! Hosting the show is the jazz musician behind learnjazzstandards.com, author, and entrepreneur Brent Vaartstra, whose one goal is to answer any question about playing jazz music you may have. Jazz can be a challenging music to learn and play, but it doesn't have to be so hard. Each episode features a specific musical challenge that jazz students may come across, where it is discussed and answered. Special jazz guests frequent the show, sharing their expertise on an array of different musical subject matter. Join thousands of listeners getting free jazz education every week!

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

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

    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.

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    It's the beginning of the year and if there's one thing that I know is going to hold us back from improving our jazz skills this year, it's a negative mindset.

    That self-loathing, self-criticizing, self-conscious behavior that we experience when we go up to play in a jam or a gig or even listen back to ourselves on a recording and feel absolutely disgusted with what we are hearing.

    We feel embarrassed for the way we play, we compare ourselves to other musicians and we leave feeling absolutely horrible.

    Now, it goes without saying, this is a complete waste of our time. This is not really going to help us move forward. It's only helping us stay right where we are right now. We need to move past that.

    So in today's episode, I will be going over 6 things that we can do to start overcoming this negative mindset, start succeeding, start getting into a better place with our mental game and start enjoying music more.















    In this episode:

    1. Establish your "why"

    2. Develop a growth mindset

    3. Listen back and give positive affirmation

    4. Practice positive self talk

    5. Practice things that help you reach a "flow state"

    6. Accept your current skill level















    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

    Important Links

    LJS 98: How to Beat the Brain Game for Musical Freedom (feat. Matt Vaartstra)

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

    LJS 131: The Neuroscience Behind Radical Musical Improvement (feat. Marc Gelfo)

    • 37 min
    LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

    LJS 201: 3 Ways to Start Improvising Organically

    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.

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    So it's the beginning of 2020 and in last episode 200 we heard from podcast listeners all about their 2020 jazz and musical goals.

    And one of the goals that I heard come up time and time again is the feeling of wanting to be able to improvise freely and organically without having to think about, without being stuck in resorting to licks and scales that they already know.

    So, in today's podcast episode, I will be going over 3 ways to start improvising organically. Actual things that you can start doing right now, at the beginning of the year, to start setting you up for success in your musical goals and start taking your jazz improvisation to the next level.















    In this episode:

    1. Practice improvising free melodies

    2. Re-composing licks

    3. Composing your own jazz solos















    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

    Important Links

    Jazz Blues Accelerator (course mentioned in episode)

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

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

    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!

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    Today is a very special episode of Learn Jazz Standards podcast as we are at episode 200 today. Episode 200 of the podcast - I am just so excited about that!

    To celebrate, I have a bunch of very special guests on the show today. And those special guests are you, the podcast listeners.

    Since this episode is coming out on December 30th of 2019, we are looking into 2020 and we all want to accomplish a lot in our jazz playing, in our other musical goals.

    So, what better way to do that than to hear all of the goals that Learn Jazz Standards podcast listeners have for 2020.

    It's going to be a great show. We are going to be hearing from a lot of people. I am really excited!















    In this episode:

    1. Listeners share their goals!

    2. I give feedback.















    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

    Important Links

    Jazz Blues Accelerator

    30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing

    The Jazz Standards Playbook

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

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

    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.

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    Alright, Learn Jazz Standards community, the end of the year is right around the corner. It has been an amazing 2019 on the Learn Jazz Standards podcast, on our blog, on our YouTube channel. So many amazing things have happened.

    So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over some of the great, awesome things that happened to Learn Jazz Standards this year.

    Also, I'll be going over the top 5 downloaded podcast episodes as well as a few of my favorite personal episodes this year that you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

    I'm also going to be giving you a little sneak preview of some of the really cool stuff that's happening next year with Learn Jazz Standards. This is the official Learn Jazz Standards geek podcast episode, where you can truly be a fan.















    In this episode:

    1. Big milemarkers of 2019

    2. Top 5 downloaded podcast episodes of 2019

    3. My top 3 favorite episodes

    4. Sneak peak into what's next in 2020















    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

    Important Links

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

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

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

    LJS 183: Analyzing a Good and Bad Jazz Solo

    LJS 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes over There Will Never Be Another You

    LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding up Your Jazz Improv Su...

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

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

    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.

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    When it comes to becoming a great jazz improviser, we need to have awesome rock solid ears. And when it comes to becoming a great jazz improviser, we need to learn jazz standards so that we can improvise over them.

    To learn jazz standards, we need to be able to hear chord progressions and recognize chord progressions. And in order to be able to hear chord progressions, we need to be able to recognize what individual chords sounds like.

    So in today's episode, I want to be diving deep into my 3-step process for training our ears to hear any chord.















    In this episode:

    1. Step 1: Chord Recognition

    2. Step 2: Singing the arpeggios with a reference note

    3. Step 3: Singing chord tones with a reference chord















    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

    Important Links

    LJS YouTube Channel

    How to Play What You Hear (ear training course)

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

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

    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.

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    Have a really fun podcast episode for you today.

    Recently had my good friends Diego Maldonado and Wallace Stelzer, a great drummer, great bassist and some of my best friends over the last decade, to just come over to my studio here in New York City, to hang out, have some drinks, have some of NYC's best cookies -- I mean, no, the best cookies in the world!

    And we just chilled and absolutely geeked out on jazz and music and had a great time for a little over an hour. And guess what, we recorded it just for you to listen in.

    Lots of fun and good stuff in here. Lots of great antidotes on music and philosophy on music. A lot of us just goofing around.

    So, get your favorite beverage because we are going to be drinking along with you. It's the holidays, have some fun and let's do this thing!















    In this episode:

    1. Introduction to Wallace and Diego

    2. John Patittuci stories

    3. Passive and active listening

    4. Favorite albums

    5. Albums that got us into jazz

    6. Philosophies on jazz

    7. Technique and what its good for

    8. What makes a "magical" musical moment















    Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren't already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

    Important Links

    Wallace Stelzer's website

    Wallace Stelzer's Instagram 

    Diego Maldonado's website

    Diego Maldonado's Instagram

    • 1h 10 min

Opiniões de clientes

Nunesthebest ,

Greatest Educational Jazz Podcast

That's amazing the importance of the subjects addressed! Listen to it makes easier become a better Jazz Musician...
LJS is the best resource at the internet to learn about the importance of the Jazz Standards!

Dankast ,

5 stars!! For sure!!!

Never been a podcast listener. Actually, I didn't know that apple had an app for podcast at all. I've started listening to LJS podcast because I knew the website and blog. And wow, the podcast is real game changer for me. Been only a reader I was missing so much stuff. Cause now, instead of listening to news and music in my car radio , I can get jazz tips and advices!! That's wonderful!!
Keep going Brent....
Cheers from Brazil!!!

mad_fiddler ,

The best of the best

This podcast is just brilliant ! Every person interested in jazz should listen to it. Thanks Brent Vaartstra for putting this all together.

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