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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 253: How to Know Which Scales to Play Over Jazz Standards

    LJS 253: How to Know Which Scales to Play Over Jazz Standards

    Welcome to episode 253 where today we talk about scales and how to know which ones to play over chords and chord progressions within jazz standards. When it comes to scales, there are so many options to choose from, and it can be a bit overwhelming. Learn how to boil it down to the essentials and choose the most common ones first.







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    Once you learn the jazz standard, it can be helpful to understand what notes you have available to play to start improvising over that tune.







    While scales are not the first place I normally go to, scales can be very helpful to start identifying some notes that you can use to start navigating it.







    Now, there are so many different scales out there, it is kind of hard to know what are the right ones to play over chords in chord progressions.







    And so in today's episode, I'm going to be cutting the fact, making things very simple and easy for you to understand, and talk about what scales to play over jazz standards in different contexts. 







    In this episode:







    1. Using the modes as your primary context







    2. Common scales over dominant 7th chords







    3. Which scales to play over Autumn Leaves







    4. Examples of more advanced chord/scale application







    Important Links







    1. Learn Jazz Live 2021 Virtual Summit







    2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

    • 28分
    LJS 252: How to Start Improvising Effortlessly and Unleash Your Inner Musician (feat. Mike Casey)

    LJS 252: How to Start Improvising Effortlessly and Unleash Your Inner Musician (feat. Mike Casey)

    Welcome to episode 252 where today we have on special guest saxophonist and recording artist Mike Casey to talk about his experience with achieving effortlessness in improvisation. We all have heard our favorite musicians play and wonder how they achieve a level of "effortlessness" in their playing, and Mike helps break down the things that have worked for him.







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    When I see some of the best jazz musicians in the world play their instrument, it almost seems like it is effortless. 







    Like there's this stream of musical creative ideas flowing out of their consciousness into the world through their horn, through their piano, through their guitar -- whatever instrument they are playing and it's just this magical experience.







    And I don't know about you but I often find myself wanting more of that. Wanting to feel that freedom, that effortless that seems to be transpiring in front of me.







    So on today's show, I have a very special guest, Mike Casey, who is a professional saxophonist and recording artist.







    And when I asked him the question, how do you play what seems to be so effortlessly, I was surprised that he actually had a series of answers for me.







    In this episode:







    1. How playing by ear was the corner stone of Mike's jazz education







    2. How life education translates to jazz education







    3. Becoming comfortable with your playing so you can truly express







    4. Allowing creative freedom during your practice







    Important Links







    1. Learn Jazz Live 2021 Virtual Summit







    2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

    • 43分
    LJS 251: Internalizing Licks with Jam Tracks and Improving Your Musicality (feat. Quist)

    LJS 251: Internalizing Licks with Jam Tracks and Improving Your Musicality (feat. Quist)

    Welcome to episode 251 where today we have on special guest guitarist and professional musician Quist. He shares with us his tips for internalizing jazz licks using jam tracks as a tool, as well as a host of other topics and insights to how he developed his musicianship to a high level.







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    Now, for many of us sitting at home, who are trying to learn how to play this jazz thing better and become better musicians, we find that backing tracks can be really helpful to practice along with, to stay motivated, to have fun while practicing. 







    And on today's episode, I have a special guest, Quist, who is a Danish-born jazz guitar player. He is a recording artist and he also makes quite a few backing tracks himself to help his audience practice.







    And he gives some great tips on how to practice along with backing tracks, the most effective ways to do that, along with a bunch of other awesome, really cool topics that we talk about, and his tips and tricks for musical improvement.







    In this episode:







    1. How Quist became interested in jazz and improvisation







    2. How to use jam tracks to internalize licks







    3. 3 questions to ask yourself to "get in the zone" when you are ready to improvise







    Important Links







    1. Learn Jazz Live 2021 Virtual Summit







    2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

    • 44分
    LJS 250: How to ACTUALLY Achieve Your 2021 Jazz New Years Resolutions

    LJS 250: How to ACTUALLY Achieve Your 2021 Jazz New Years Resolutions

    Welcome to episode 250 where today I talk about what makes a great jazz New Year Resolution that you will actually see through to the end. Most of us want to become better jazz improvisers in 2021, but that's about where it ends. In this episode I break down 3 characteristics of achievable resolutions and a really good one you should commit to in 2021.







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    In this podcast episode, I'm going to be presenting you a simple strategy that could pay dividends in your jazz playing in 2021. 







    But first, I have to be honest with you. I hate New Years Resolutions. 







    And to be clear, I don't have a problem with the goal-setting aspect of it or the idea of a New Year being a new chapter. All those things actually resonate with me quite a bit. 







    It's more the I'm-going-to-do-this-but-I-don't-have-a-plan part. You know, it's this idea that I'm going to achieve my goals whether it would be jazz music or anything else, but I don't really have anything that constitutes a good plan, a good goal, a good action plan for success.







    So, in today's episode, I'm going to be going over how you can start setting yourself up for 2021, your jazz playing to accelerate, to grow more than it ever has.







    I'm also going to share with you what I think could be a good goal for you that will really pack a huge punch in your jazz playing next year. 







    In this episode:







    1. Make sure your goal is measurable and realistic







    2. Make sure along with the right tools you have the right strategy







    3. Make sure you have a community to help motivate you and hold you accountable when the going gets tough







    Important Links







    1. LJS Inner Circle Membership







    2. Dominate a Jazz Standard in One Month (video mentioned in the episode)

    • 27分
    LJS 249: Using the Concepts You Already Know to Play Great Jazz Solos (feat. Matt Warnock)

    LJS 249: Using the Concepts You Already Know to Play Great Jazz Solos (feat. Matt Warnock)

    Welcome to episode 249 where we have special guest guitarist Matt Warnock from Matt Warnock Guitar to talk jazz and all things improv. We discuss a number of topics including using the concepts you already know to start improvising, the three most powerful concepts he's worked on to gain traction in his playing, and his philosophies on learning jazz and enjoying the process.







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    You know, I don't know about you but I have this tendency to always want to learn more and more stuff.







    Like I learn one jazz improv tool or trick or concept and I just want to go on to the next one because maybe that next one has the answer that I'm looking for to start cracking the code, to start playing the jazz solos that I've always dreamed of. 







    But sometimes, we actually can just use the tools that we already know, the scale we already know, the chord tones we already know. Whatever it happens to be for you, there are million different ways to just use the tools you already have available to you to create really awesome music







    Now this is just only one of the many concepts that I talk about with my guest today, Matt Matt Warnock from Matt Warnock Guitar.







    And we just had a great time talking and there's just so many golden nuggets in this episode, including about his 3 things that he really feels has packed a big punch in his jazz playing and taking him to the next level over the years and kept him really nice and busy.







    In this episode:







    1. Matt's classical training and how that helped him play jazz







    2. How to use simple tools like scales you know to begin improvising well







    3. How to enjoy the process of learning so you enjoy the benefits of the long game







    4. Matt's top 3 most effective things he's practiced







    Important Links







    1. Matt Warnock Guitar and his courses







    2. LJS Inner Circle Membership







    3. Learn Jazz Live 2021 Virtual Summit

    • 53分
    LJS 248: How to Speed Up Your Musical Progress By Focusing On What Matters (feat. Mark Morley-Fletcher)

    LJS 248: How to Speed Up Your Musical Progress By Focusing On What Matters (feat. Mark Morley-Fletcher)

    Welcome to episode 248 where today we have special guest Mark Morley-Fletcher from Play In The Zone on to talk about how to focus on what really matters in your jazz playing to expedite your improvement. Mark is an incredible educator, and combining his background in analytics and his interest in performance psychology, delivers some incredible tips and tricks for hacking your jazz progress.







    Listen to episode 248















    What if I told you that if you could identify exactly the way you want to sound like in your jazz playing and you were to distill it down to just a few different items and cast away everything else, that you could improve much quicker, especially if you approached it in a goal-oriented fashion.







    And what if I told you that if you develop the right mindsets and the right frames of mind, and understood the way your brain works, you could also increase your potential as a jazz musician.







    Well, my guest today Mark Morley-Fletcher from Play In The Zone is going to help us with exactly that -- show us how we can focus on the things that really matter, cast away the things that don't and use psychology in order to help us improve even quicker. 







    In this episode:







    1. Defining what you want to sound like and distilling what elements you should work on







    2. The importance of effective learning and how to know when to move on from something you're stuck on







    3. Surrounding yourself with the right community to support your success







    4. Mark's upcoming Learn Jazz Live 2021 workshop







    Important Links







    1. Sign up for Learn Jazz Live 2021







    2. Mark's playinthezone.com

    • 47分

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