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Learn Jazz Standards Podcast

By Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur

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, who’s 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. Listeners are invited to call in with their jazz questions to the podcast hotline, where it could get answered on a future LJS Podcast episode. Join thousands of other listeners getting free jazz education every week!

  1. 1.
    LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding Up Your Jazz Improv Success (feat. Rodney Brim)03/18/2019
    43:28
  2. 2.
    1,000,000+ Downloads of the LJS Podcast!03/13/2019
    4:59
  3. 3.
    LJS 158: Using Chromaticism to Develop Your Jazz Lines03/11/2019
    14:35
  4. 4.
    LJS 157: 4 Scales to Play Over a Half-Diminished Chord03/04/2019
    21:51
  5. 5.
    LJS 156: How to Memorize Chord Changes and Not Get Lost02/25/2019
    22:43
  6. 6.
    LJS 155: Using “Musical Playgrounds” For Better Improvisation (feat. Christopher Sutton)02/18/2019
    39:52
  7. 7.
    LJS 154: How to Avoid Meandering Jazz Solos (feat. Jeff Schneider)02/11/2019
    37:59
  8. 8.
    LJS 153: 28 Jazz Skills to Practice (by Category)02/04/2019
    27:08
  1. 9.
    LJS 152: Music Theory Checklist for Understanding Jazz Improvisation01/28/2019
    32:44
  2. 10.
    LJS 151: Applying Patterns to Scales for Jazz Improv Flexibility01/21/2019
    20:52
  3. 11.
    LJS 150: Using Enclosure to Create Bebop Lines Over a Jazz Blues01/14/2019
    24:25
  4. 12.
    LJS 149: Setting Up a Game-Changing Practice Plan for Your Jazz Playing01/07/2019
    28:07
  5. 13.
    LJS 148: Top 5 Learn Jazz Standards Podcast Episodes (2018 Year Review)12/31/2018
    28:34
  6. 14.
    LJS 147: Writing Tunes With Non-Functional Jazz Harmony (My Composition Analysis)12/24/2018
    32:00
  7. 15.
    LJS 146: 3 Strategies for Improvising Over a Jazz Blues12/17/2018
    31:07
  8. 16.
    LJS 145: How to Listen to a Jazz Recording (And Learn From It)12/10/2018
    32:04
  9. 17.
    Bonus Episode! My New Podcast On Making Money Teaching Music Online12/05/2018
    8:45
  10. 18.
    LJS 144: How to Know When to Move On From Something You Are Practicing (feat. Brent Arnold)12/03/2018
    50:03
  11. 19.
    LJS 143: Learning Jazz by Ear and Putting Away Fakebooks (feat. Ina Dennekamp)11/26/2018
    28:27
  12. 20.
    LJS 142: Creating Melodic Jazz Solos and the Art of Not Thinking (Coaching Call with Dan Sich)11/19/2018
    39:23
  13. 21.
    LJS 141: What I Think About When I Take a Jazz Solo11/12/2018
    28:05
  14. 22.
    LJS 140: 3 Hip 1-6-2-5 Licks to Practice11/05/2018
    11:44
  15. 23.
    LJS 139: Learning Jazz by Ear or Sheet Music (Which One is Better?)10/29/2018
    23:47
  16. 24.
    LJS 138: How Alexander Technique Can Help You as a Musician (feat. Christian Steineder)10/22/2018
    34:21
  17. 25.
    LJS 137: Chord Progression Hacks to Make Playing Jazz Simple (feat. Steve Nixon)10/15/2018
    54:22
  18. 26.
    LJS 136: I Critique My Jazz Playing From 7 Years Ago10/08/2018
    28:55
  19. 27.
    LJS 135: How to Learn Difficult Jazz Standards10/01/2018
    35:29
  20. 28.
    LJS 134: 10 Myths About Playing Jazz You Need to Stop Believing09/24/2018
    31:13
  21. 29.
    LJS 133: The Sad Truth About Ear Training Fundamentals (Why You Should Practice Them)09/17/2018
    22:53
  22. 30.
    LJS 132: Avoiding “Avoid Notes” and When Not to Avoid Them09/10/2018
    27:55
  23. 31.
    LJS 131: The Neuroscience Behind Radical Musical Improvement (Feat. Marc Gelfo)09/03/2018
    45:25
  24. 32.
    LJS 130: Ask Me Anything- Listener Jazz Questions Answered08/27/2018
    42:15
  25. 33.
    LJS 129: Using Musical Parameters for Next Level Jazz Practice (feat. Josiah Boornazian)08/20/2018
    43:48
  26. 34.
    LJS 128: 3 Hip 2-5-1 Licks for You to Practice08/13/2018
    13:28
  27. 35.
    LJS 127: How to Maintenance Practice to Keep Up Your Jazz Skills08/06/2018
    24:56
  28. 36.
    LJS 126: Practicing Away from the Instrument Effectively and Using Jazz as Therapy (feat. Joyce Kettering)07/30/2018
    33:39
  29. 37.
    LJS 125: The Power of Structured Jazz Practice (Coaching Call with Francis Belanger)07/23/2018
    36:38
  30. 38.
    LJS 124: The Only Big 3 Things You Need to Be Practicing as a Jazz Musician07/16/2018
    28:43
  31. 39.
    LJS 123: 5 Powerful Results That Come From Focused, Goal-Oriented Jazz Practicing07/09/2018
    28:51
  32. 40.
    LJS 122: How to Use Target Notes to Create Melodic Jazz Lines (Feat. Jens Larsen)07/02/2018
    36:48
  33. 41.
    LJS 121: Understanding Secondary and Backdoor Dominant 7 Chords06/25/2018
    28:21
  34. 42.
    LJS 120: How to Practice Towards Fail-Proof Musical Performances (Feat. Diego Maldonado)06/18/2018
    37:53
  35. 43.
    LJS 119: How to Get Unstuck From a Musical Slump and Start Improving06/11/2018
    33:41
  36. 44.
    LJS 118: Top 13 Jazz Lessons From Our Podcast Guests06/04/2018
    45:32
  37. 45.
    LJS 117: How to Practice Licks in all 12 Keys05/28/2018
    28:14
  38. 46.
    LJS 116: Dominating a Learning Mindset and Transcending Musical Limits (Feat. Kobie Watkins)05/21/2018
    45:22
  39. 47.
    LJS 115: How to Balance Music Theory and Playing by Ear05/14/2018
    27:29
  40. 48.
    LJS 114: Minor Tonality and How to Build Minor Chord Progressions (feat. Dan Carillo)05/07/2018
    49:03
  41. 49.
    LJS 113: How Play-Alongs Could Be Hurting Your Jazz Playing04/30/2018
    25:30
  42. 50.
    LJS 112: Mastering the Art of Transcribing (feat. Greg Fishman)04/23/2018
    34:43
  43. 51.
    LJS 111: Learning Songs on the Bandstand and Other Lessons From My Gig04/16/2018
    24:22
  44. 52.
    LJS 110: How to Start Crushing It On the Blues (Feat. Nick Mainella)04/09/2018
    50:54
  45. 53.
    LJS 109: Pro Tips on Proper Music Notation, Formatting and Phrasing (feat. Brett Pontecorvo)04/02/2018
    51:44
  46. 54.
    LJS 108: Using Motivic Development to Create Musical Themes03/26/2018
    23:18
  47. 55.
    LJS 107: Composing Contrafacts to Develop Melodic Ideas03/19/2018
    28:09
  48. 56.
    LJS 106: Mapping Out a Jazz Standard for Improv Success03/12/2018
    27:16
  49. 57.
    LJS 105: Analyzing Jazz Standards With Roman Numerals for Max Results03/05/2018
    39:56
  50. 58.
    LJS 104: 11 Listeners Give Their Jazz Tips and Advice02/26/2018
    45:10
  51. 59.
    LJS 103: Playing Along vs. Knowing a Jazz Tune02/22/2018
    18:55
  52. 60.
    LJS 102: Blazing Your Own Trail Towards Musical Success02/19/2018
    19:43
  53. 61.
    LJS 101: Learn How to Play “My Shining Hour”02/12/2018
    26:58
  54. 62.
    LJS 100: My Jazz Mentor Gives You His Best Tips and Advice (feat. Justin Nielsen)02/05/2018
    55:07
  55. 63.
    LJS 99: Which Scales You Can Play Over Different Kinds of 7th Chords01/29/2018
    30:15
  56. 64.
    LJS 98: How to Beat the Brain Game for Musical Freedom (feat. Matt Vaartstra)01/22/2018
    47:23
  57. 65.
    LJS 97: Using the 80/20 Rule for Productive 30 Minute Practice01/15/2018
    30:13
  58. 66.
    LJS 96: Important Jazz Chord Substitutions You Need to Know01/08/2018
    29:52
  59. 67.
    LJS 95: 10 Tips for Successful Jazz Gigs and Jam Sessions01/01/2018
    26:38
  60. 68.
    LJS 94: How I’m Planning for Musical Success in 201812/25/2017
    21:54
  61. 69.
    LJS 93: How to Unlock Bebop Language (feat. Chad Lefkowitz-Brown)12/18/2017
    46:49
  62. 70.
    LJS 92: How to Use Tritone Substitution In Your Jazz Improv12/11/2017
    28:42
  63. 71.
    LJS 91: Understanding African Music and the Origins of Jazz (feat. Joe Agu)12/04/2017
    34:05
  64. 72.
    LJS 90: How to Get the Very Most Out of Your Jazz Solo Transcriptions11/27/2017
    23:11
  65. 73.
    LJS 89: How to Develop Time Feel and Up Your Rhythm Game11/20/2017
    42:02
  66. 74.
    LJS 88: Using the LIST Method to Learn Jazz Solos by Ear11/13/2017
    28:51
  67. 75.
    LJS 87: Inside the Development of a Jazz Musician (feat. Chris Davis)11/06/2017
    41:10
  68. 76.
    LJS 86: 7 Chords You Can Play the Melodic Minor Scale Over10/30/2017
    27:10
  69. 77.
    LJS 85: How to Practice Smart and Improve Quickly (feat. Steve Nixon)10/23/2017
    36:45
  70. 78.
    LJS 84: Important Jazz Standards You Need to Learn10/16/2017
    32:18
  71. 79.
    LJS 83: How to Improve Speed and Accuracy in Your Jazz Solos10/09/2017
    28:55
  72. 80.
    LJS 82: How to Set Game-Changing Goals for Your Musicianship10/02/2017
    41:29
  73. 81.
    LJS 81: How to Translate What You Hear to Your Instrument09/25/2017
    27:45
  74. 82.
    LJS 80: Chord Progressions and How to Identify Them By Ear09/18/2017
    30:07
  75. 83.
    LJS 79: The Power of Training Your Ear to Hear Chords09/11/2017
    31:21
  76. 84.
    LJS 78: How to Master Hearing Intervals and Level-Up Your Ears09/04/2017
    29:39
  77. 85.
    LJS 77: How to Navigate Major 1-6-2-5 Chord Progressions08/28/2017
    30:46
  78. 86.
    LJS 76: 5 Huge Benefits of Playing With Musicians Better Than You08/21/2017
    24:47
  79. 87.
    LJS 75: How to Internalize Jazz Language08/14/2017
    16:32
  80. 88.
    LJS 74: How to Improvise Over Sus Chords08/07/2017
    27:48
  81. 89.
    LJS 73: 4 Strategies For Improvising Over Major 2-5-1’s07/31/2017
    28:48
  82. 90.
    LJS 72: How to Beat Performance Anxiety and Quiet Your Inner Critic07/24/2017
    37:12
  83. 91.
    LJS 71: Why The “Vibing” Culture In Jazz Has to Go07/17/2017
    19:38
  84. 92.
    LJS 70: Bossa Nova Basics with Livio Almeida07/10/2017
    31:09
  85. 93.
    LJS 69: 4 Awesome Tools For Jazz Musicians07/03/2017
    19:31
  86. 94.
    LJS 68: How to Compose a Jazz Solo From Scratch06/26/2017
    25:22
  87. 95.
    LJS 67: How to Use Pentatonic Scales Over Any Chord06/19/2017
    20:13
  88. 96.
    LJS 66: 5 Most Important Jazz Musicians You Need to Listen To06/12/2017
    27:52
  89. 97.
    LJS 65: How to Create Killer Jazz Solos By Thinking Like a Composer (Feat. Jeff Schneider)06/05/2017
    34:08
  90. 98.
    LJS 64: 5 Tips for Never Losing Your Place In a Jazz Standard05/29/2017
    23:15
  91. 99.
    LJS 63: How to Become an Expert Sight Reader (feat. Brett Pontecorvo)05/22/2017
    33:49
  92. 100.
    LJS 62: 4 Steps for Playing What You Hear In Your Jazz Improv05/15/2017
    24:42
  93. 101.
    LJS 61: How to Use Scales In Your Jazz Solos the Right Way05/08/2017
    26:21
  94. 102.
    LJS 60: How to Develop Relative Pitch (Feat. Aimee Nolte)05/01/2017
    27:17
  95. 103.
    LJS 59: 5 Tips for Playing Jazz Ballads Like an Expert04/24/2017
    21:43
  96. 104.
    LJS 58: How to Use Triads to Improve Your Jazz Improvisation04/17/2017
    22:57
  97. 105.
    LJS 57: Why I Stopped Hating My Playing04/10/2017
    24:23
  98. 106.
    LJS 56: 8 Reasons Why Jazz Musicians Should Shed Classical04/03/2017
    28:53
  99. 107.
    LJS 55: 4 Important Jazz Chord Progressions You Need to Master03/29/2017
    23:31
  100. 108.
    LJS 54: How to Organize Balanced Jazz Practice Sessions03/20/2017
    22:27
  101. 109.
    LJS 53: How to Improve Your Jazz Solos By Using Guide Tones03/13/2017
    26:21
  102. 110.
    LJS 52: Birthday Episode feat. 8 Special Guests with Musical Failures03/06/2017
    44:54
  103. 111.
    LJS 51: Everything You Need to Know About Jazz Jam Sessions02/27/2017
    31:32
  104. 112.
    LJS 50: How to Become an Expert Jazz Comper02/20/2017
    31:42
  105. 113.
    LJS 49: 3 Ways Practicing in all 12 Keys Will Make You a Better Musician02/13/2017
    23:49
  106. 114.
    LJS 48: Why You Should Stop Practicing02/06/2017
    20:16
  107. 115.
    LJS 47: 3 Ways to Develop an Original Sound On Your Instrument01/30/2017
    24:51
  108. 116.
    LJS 46: How to Make Extra Money From a Jazz Side Hustle01/23/2017
    22:06
  109. 117.
    LJS 45: Should I Go to College For Jazz?01/17/2017
    35:05
  110. 118.
    LJS 44: How to 2X The Results of Your Practice Sessions01/09/2017
    26:56
  111. 119.
    LJS 43: Why We Play Jazz01/03/2017
    25:52
  112. 120.
    LJS 42: How to Keep Your Jazz New Years Resolutions12/26/2016
    23:51
  113. 121.
    LJS 41: How to Become a Better Jazz Musician Just By Listening12/19/2016
    25:37
  114. 122.
    LJS 40: An Important Jazz Improv Technique and How to Use It12/12/2016
    22:39
  115. 123.
    LJS 39: A Jazz Master You’ve Probably Never Heard of Before12/05/2016
    27:06
  116. 124.
    LJS 38: 5 Questions I Ask Myself During My Jazz Gigs11/30/2016
    17:42
  117. 125.
    LJS 37: How to Tell Stories With Your Jazz Solos11/21/2016
    19:59
  118. 126.
    LJS 36: 14 Jazz Practicing Ideas11/15/2016
    22:48
  119. 127.
    LJS 35: How Mastering Tempo and Rhythm Can Transform Your Jazz Playing11/10/2016
    29:19
  120. 128.
    LJS 34: How Playing Gigs For Free is Destroying the Music Economy11/01/2016
    17:13
  121. 129.
    LJS 33: How Charlie Parker and John Coltrane Became Great10/25/2016
    26:39
  122. 130.
    LJS 32: Music Advice I Wish Someone Had Told Me10/17/2016
    20:38
  123. 131.
    LJS 31: Ear Training For Jazz Musicians10/11/2016
    22:45
  124. 132.
    LJS 30: 5 Jazz Solos You Should Learn and Why10/04/2016
    21:56
  125. 133.
    LJS 29: Jazz Challenge #4 Learn a New Jazz Lick09/26/2016
    13:40
  126. 134.
    LJS 28: Jazz Challenge #3 Write Your Own Jazz Solo09/19/2016
    17:28
  127. 135.
    LJS 27: Jazz Challenge #2 Practice the Blues in all 12 Keys09/12/2016
    19:16
  128. 136.
    LJS 26: Jazz Challenge #1 Write Your Own Contrafact09/06/2016
    17:28
  129. 137.
    LJS 25: 4 Fears That Jazz Musicians Face (And How to Overcome Them)08/30/2016
    25:27
  130. 138.
    LJS 24: Why Jazz is Unpopular and What We Can Do About It08/23/2016
    27:28
  131. 139.
    LJS 23: Gig Etiquette 101 for Musicians08/15/2016
    20:36
  132. 140.
    LJS 22: How to Play at Fast Tempos and Not Get Burned08/08/2016
    25:58
  133. 141.
    LJS 21: 4 Steps to Finding More Time to Practice08/01/2016
    21:01
  134. 142.
    LJS 20: How Studying Jazz Can Make You a Better Musician07/25/2016
    36:00
  135. 143.
    LJS 19: Jazz Talk With Larry Koonse (Part 2)07/18/2016
    36:25
  136. 144.
    LJS 18: Jazz Talk With Larry Koonse (Part 1)07/11/2016
    31:15
  137. 145.
    LJS 17: 8 Jazz Records You Need To Listen To07/06/2016
    18:22
  138. 146.
    LJS 16: Practicing With a Metronome06/27/2016
    15:40
  139. 147.
    LJS 15: 5 Steps to Learning Jazz Language By Ear06/20/2016
    18:34
  140. 148.
    LJS 14: 10 Important Jazz Standards You Need To Know and Why06/13/2016
    22:43
  141. 149.
    LJS 13: The Art of Playing Duo06/07/2016
    42:28
  142. 150.
    LJS 12: Social Music, Bus Drivers and Jazz Musicians with Peter Bernstein06/01/2016
    33:57
  143. 151.
    LJS 11: 4 Ingredients to Becoming a Better Jazz Musician05/23/2016
    28:35
  144. 152.
    LJS 10: Interview With Bruce Forman05/16/2016
    44:17
  145. 153.
    LJS 09: The How and Why of Jazz Composing05/09/2016
    32:12
  146. 154.
    LJS 08: 2 Exercises For Hearing Chord Changes In Your Solos05/03/2016
    17:32
  147. 155.
    LJS 07: How Playing Free Can Make You a Better Improviser04/27/2016
    32:37
  148. 156.
    LJS 06: Why Jazz Is Important to Society04/18/2016
    26:26
  149. 157.
    LJS 05: How to Play Well With Others, Gig Etiquette and More04/12/2016
    50:27
  150. 158.
    LJS 04: 3 Things Every Jazz Musician Should Practice04/04/2016
    22:54
  151. 159.
    LJS 03: How to Overcome Low Self-Esteem as a Musician03/29/2016
    16:24
  152. 160.
    LJS 02: How to Properly Learn a Jazz Standard03/22/2016
    27:21
  153. 161.
    LJS 01: 4 Habits For Better Practicing03/18/2016
    22:54

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