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Today, we're talking about the 6 lies of jazz success. Things that you've probably heard before are good things, but it turns out they actually aren't and could be holding you back from reaching your goals in your jazz playing, and becoming the musician that you want to be.So, let's get ready to do this. Pay attention and grab your notebook.In this episode: The 6 lies about jazz success and the alternative ways to turn it aroundLie #1:  Everything you practice mattersLie #2:  Practicing a lot of things gets more resultsLie #3:  We must practice the same thingsLie #4:  Willpower to practice can be summoned easilyLie #5:  We must have balanced practice sessionsLie #6:  Thinking big is badImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
So, we just got our Inner Circle Retreat this last weekend, and my friends, it was an absolutely amazing time. So motivating and so inspiring. A lot of our Inner Circle members came together. We did workshops, we did masterclasses, and we did group breakout sessions. It was an amazing time and we learned a lot together. I want to share with you one little thing that we did talk about during the retreat 'cause I think it will be helpful for you as well, And that's this concept about playing "B.A.D" jazz solos and how playing "B.A.D" jazz solos all-year long could be the secret to massively and exponentially improving your jazz skills this year. In this episode:1.  What B.A.D. stands for2.  Characteristics of a Brave solo3.  What is an Audited solo4.  Steps to Audit a solo5.  Listen to my own jazz solo and how I audit it6.  The Directional solo7.   Looking at B.A.D. solos in a different perspective Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Hey, listen, there are a lot of jazz standards out there and it can be pretty overwhelming which ones to learn, how often should you learn a new one?But if we can take all that pressure away and instead you are only responsible for becoming an expert in just one jazz standard? What would that look like? How would that work and how would that actually help you become a much better jazz player at all the other jazz standards out there as well?So, I'm going to dive into that today. We're going to be talking about discovering your tune of destiny and how to utilize this strategy.In this episode: 1. The concept of the "Tune of Destiny" by Justin Nielsen2. The 3-Track System for Skyrocketing Your Jazz Playing3. Criteria for picking a song of your destiny      a) one that you really enjoy playing      b) it contains a lot of common chord progressions in most jazz standards      c) level of difficulty 4. How learning your song of destiny contributes to your progress at learning the     other jazz standards and vice-versa. 5. Call to action Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
400 episodes of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast, wow! So, I'm going to talk about this episode today, everything that I've learned over the last 400 episodes of recording and producing the show.In this episode:What I've learned over the course of creating 400 podcast episodes: 1.  Musically2.  Personally3.  About teaching music4.  About content creation5.  The future of Learn Jazz Standards PodcastImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
We are 2 days away from the year 2023, and if you're listening to this episode it very well could be the year 2023. And a lot of people like to use the new year as a new beginning, or perhaps, a new chapter.So, regardless of whether you're into the idea of new year's resolutions or the traditional sense of what that actually means, I do think it's a good idea to create a plan for what you're trying to achieve within the next year.You listen to this podcast because you want to become a better jazz musician. You're excited about it, you enjoy playing jazz, and you want to sound like the musicians that you look up to and admire.So, in this episode, we're going to talk about how to become a great jazz musician in the year 2023. I got a lot of important tips for you.In this episode:Important tips on how to become a great jazz musician in 20231) Make a goal to learn 1 jazz standard per month.2) Improvise and record a lot 3) Continuously audit your jazz playingImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today, on the podcast I'm going to be sitting down and improvising a little bit over a jazz standard that I like to play and just giving myself an opportunity to explore some new ideas, to allow myself to get musically creative.I like you to join me in the process and see what you can discover along the way as well. In this episode:How I improvise on East of the Sun in 6 different ways1. 1st jam session:  Improvising freely with no constraints2. 2nd jam session: Focusing more on improving melodic direction3. 3rd jam session: Expanding my improv throughout the range of my instrument4. 4th jam session: Do a solo using more chord voicings 5. 5th jam session: Applying motivic development 6. 6th jam session: Making the lines more bluesy Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Alright, my friends, today's episode is going to be a bit cringy for me, but I'm going to do it anyways. We're going to be back to episode 1 of the Learn Jazz Standards podcast and it was called 4 Habits for Better Practicing. And I'm going to look through those 4 habits, that advice that I gave all the way back in 2016, and show you what's changed and what stayed the same as far as my advice goes with jazz practicing and improvement and all that good stuff. In this episode:- What has changed and what I think should stay the same about my advice in 2016 on the following:1. Practicing Habit #1: Set goals and write them down 2. Practicing Habit #2: Remove distractions 3. Practicing Habit #3: Practice what is ailing you, not what you are already good at4. Practicing Habit #4: Be consistent Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Have you ever heard of "binge practicing" before? So, binge practicing is kind of what it sounds like, it's where you are practicing for large amounts at a time. And you can also binge practice often, so you are binge practicing frequently. It's kind of like binge-watching Netflix. It's like you watch 5 hours one day and 5 hours the next day, and it keeps on going on like that.Well, today, I want to talk about the pros of binge practicing and the cons of binge practicing for your jazz playing.In this episode:The pros of binge practicing1.  Drastic improvement in technical proficiency 2.  Sheer exposure 3.  Gain more confidence in playingThe cons of binge practicing1.  Tendency to get burned-out2.  Inability to sustain binge practicing which leads to frustration 3.  Inability to notice one's progress4.  Tendency to practice mindlessly5.  Exposure to possible injury- RecommendationImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today, on the podcast, I'll be talking about 32 jazz standards that I had my students in my Inner Circle membership learn for very specific reasons that I want to share with you. And I want you to also see, out of these jazz standards, which one do you know and which ones would you be interested in learning so that they can help you improve your jazz playing. In this episode:- Short demo and reasons why I chose these jazz standards for my students:1) On The Sunny Side of the Street2) Out of Nowhere3) Recorda Me4) Song for My Father5) Misty6) Doxy7) Bye, Bye, Blackbird8) Blues for Alice9) Wave10) Beautiful Love11) In A Mellow Tone12) Oleo13) Impressions14) Georgia On My Mind15) Four16) Beatrice17) Softly, As In The Morning Sunrise18) There Is No Greater Love 19) Corcovado20) Yardbird Suite21) My Shining Hour22) Up Jumped Spring23) Yesterdays24) Darn That Dream25) St. Thomas26) But Not For Me27) Black Orpheus28) Giant Steps29) Sandu30) How High the Moon31) Blue In Green32) East of the Sun (West of the Moon)- Call to Action Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today's episode is what I would consider to be probably the most valuable episode I've ever come out with. And I hope that it becomes one of the most popular episodes I've ever come up with because I truly believe this is really important information that you need to be paying attention to.We're gonna be talking about the 4 elements of mastering a jazz standard. Being able to play a jazz standard comfortably, being proficient at it, improvising great solos over it. Exactly what you need to do step-by-step.In this episode:1. Element #1: Mastering the melody2. The L.I.S.T process3.  Element #2: Mastering the chord tones4.  Element #3:  Mastering memorization5.  How spaced repetition helps6.  The "secret sauce"7,  Element #4:  Mastering improvisation8.  Options for acquiring musical language9.  Practicing improvisation10. The Bonus Element Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today on the podcast, I wanna show you 2 ways you can start improving your jazz improvisation today. And I wanna share with you a few different people that I know who recently have implemented these things and have made clear progress in their jazz playing. In this episode:1. How 2 LJS Inner Circle members applied concepts to improve their jazz improv2. Isolating a musical concept learned and experimenting with it3. Addressing roadblocks to desired progress4. Good tools for looping sections of a backing trackImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast  Get 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
So,  what is the secret to playing more creative jazz solos, playing more creative melodies, playing more creative comping, more creative basslines?You name them. How do we become creative and tap into our inner creativity so it doesn't just sound like we're playing formulated music or regurgitated music, but something that comes from us, sounds original, sounds organic, and exciting? Well, that's exactly what I'm going to talk about in today's episode.  In this episode:1. How do we become more creative musically? 2.  Secrets to tapping our inner creativity3,  Restrictive practicing4.  Drawing inspiration from things that are musical and non-musical 5. The act of composition6.  Frequency is the key7.  The leap of faithImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
So, it's the year 2009, I'm in college at that time, going to school in Seattle, Washington. And in Seattle, there is a jazz jam session at this bar called the Owl N' Thistle. Cool little dive bar, exactly what you want in a jam session, kinda smells like stale booze, all the good stuff, right?So, I go for the first time, even the second time, third time, fourth time, fifth time. Honestly, it really doesn't matter at this point in my life. The same feeling inside of my body was always the same, it was just always the same, and that was terrified, tightness, stress, and anxiety before I went up to play. I was scared, I was horrified to play.  I had serious problems with performance anxiety. Now, also at the same time, some of my colleagues within the school, players that were a little bit older than me, a little bit more experienced than me, noticed that I was playing really tensely. They would look at my body when I was playing, when I was jamming with them and they would see that my shoulders would crunch up, that my hands were very tense and rigid.And they point that out to me and said, "Brent, you know I feel like there's a lot of stress and tension in your body when you're playing, and even though you play a lot of good stuff, it's kinda coming across that way." So, the problem, my friends, is I had not figured out how to play music in a calm state.So, in today's episode, what I wanna do is I wanna talk about the two sides of things. A- the performance anxiety side, but B - a secret to learning how to play calmly that we all can be working on and has helped me make a lot of improvements in this right now.In this episode:1.  How do we feel calm when we perform?  2. 5 Tips for overcoming/avoiding  performance anxiety 4. Addressing the root cause and finding some tangible results5. The secret to learning how to play calmlyImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
I got a question for you: Have you ever felt intimidated to learn jazz, or intimidated to play jazz with others, or perhaps you're someone on the outside looking in and it all looks a little bit overwhelming?But, perhaps you're someone who is working on jazz right now, you're an avid practicer, but you feel often frustrated.Well, there's a good chance that some of the reasons you're feeling that way are because of the culture of the jazz scene itself. the culture of the way this music is taught, the culture in which this music is played. And I wanna talk about those problems today, break them down. But have hope you're one of those people I just described because I'm gonna talk a little bit of mind philosophies and how I believe things should work and just how we can create a more inclusive environment for those who want to learn how to play this music. In this episode:1. Jazz doesn't have to be that complicated: Feedback on a YouTube video comment2. The easy ways to start learning jazz3.  How important is learning music by ear to jazz playing4.  Is there a best way to learn jazz?5.  Breaking down some huge turn-offs in learning jazz6.  Surviving in the intimidating jazz culture7.  How we can help in creating a more inclusive environment for a better jazz cultureImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today, on the show, we're talking about 3 elements that make up really, really, really good jazz solos. These are things I'm hearing from the best jazz musicians in the world, things that we wanna start implementing in our own solos. So, let's talk about those. Grab your favorite drink and snacks.In this episode:1. Creating Amazing Melodies2. Creating Rhythmic Interest3. How to Play The ChangesImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today, on the podcast, I'm talking about 3 questions that I find myself continually asking our Inner Circle members that I want you to start asking yourself as well. And I believe that if you start asking these 3 questions, you're going to start making faster improvements in your jazz playing. In this episode:1. Why I'm letting you ask these questions to yourself 2. The difference between coaching and teaching and which role I take 3. The importance of critical thinking in learning music4. Frustrations that lead to cycles and how to overcome them5. How self-evaluation leads to better progress Important Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today, on the podcast I wanna talk about the future of jazz. We're gonna talk about the future of jazz education, the future of the genre, the style, where it's going. We're going to, of course, have to deal with the age-old question, "Is jazz dead?". And many of my thoughts about the state of jazz and the enthusiasm for the genre in this episode today. So, grab your favorite beverage, grab your favorite snacks. Sit back and relax!In this episode:1. Is Jazz Dead?2. Why Jazz Education Is Here to Stay3. Where the genre of jazz is going musically 4. Why jazz doesn't need to be evangelizedImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipListen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Today, I wanna show you how you take a simple song, like, "You Are My Sunshine", and turn it into jazz. We'll take up 4 levels of reharmonization.In this episode:1. The basic chord changes of You Are My Sunshine2. How I play the tune with the basic chord changes3. Level #1 - How to turn the tune into jazz4. Level #2 - Spicing it up a little bit5. Level #3 - How to get rid of redundancy and add twists6. Level #4 - Use this specific tactic to add more harmonic movement and color7. A cool thing you can do for endingsImportant Links and Resources:LJS Inner Circle MembershipFree Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way Listen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet our Amazon Best Selling bookGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
So, because I know the audience that generally listens to this podcast, I know that a majority of you, or at least a good percentage of you have never been to a music school before, and so, you may be wondering, what was it that I missed in music school that would help me become a better jazz musician.So, in today's episode, what I wanna do is just talk about my experience in music school and things that it really helped me with and how I was able to improve. But I also do wanna share some things that did not help me at all, I wanna let you all on the inside, save you the 4 1/2 years it took me to get my degree, as well as some of the lessons.In this episode:1. Being Exposed to Advanced Players2. Music Theory3. Repertoire 4. The gaps that music school filledImportant Links:Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart WayLJS Inner Circle MembershipGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
So, what's the best way to learn and memorize the melodies to jazz standards?Well, today, I'm gonna just walk you through me learning the melody to a jazz standard that I actually don't know and show you my exact process.In this episode:1. What I prepare ahead of time2. This is how I start3. Why my guitar and the recording are not on the same pitch4. The pick-up to the next section5. How chord charts become helpful6. The pick-up to the 2nd A section7. The second ending8. The final result - playing along with the recordingImportant Links and Resources:LJS Inner Circle MembershipFree Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way Listen to the Learn Jazz Standards PodcastGet our Amazon Best Selling bookGet 50% off your first month of Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle membership: CLICK HERE
Comments (11)

Jack Hesse

thank you so much for this <3

Jun 12th
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Zank Frappe

enjoyed this episode!

Nov 7th
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Fred Z

Facebook sensation Kevon Carter is an amazing gospel musician who shows support for all the musicians in his clips. If his posts are meant to belittle (which is what I thought it was) there is an equal amount of support and encouragement that he gives to all of his video subjects that is mind blowing.

Oct 21st
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Jeremy Jones

I like this type of podcast episode over it's YouTube equivalent because it encourages listening rather than watching you play the changes. It's too easy to watch the player today, rather than hearing the notes.

Apr 3rd
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Rich Petrucci

This is amazing. I hope to see more these in the future. A book on this would be incredible

Mar 7th
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Mike Bennett

interesting... although stating the obvious it sometimes needs reminding.

Apr 18th
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Andy Cole

Great episode!

Apr 10th
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Simon Van Roij

amazing

Feb 12th
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Miguel Madeira

Melodic dictation exercise at min 14:00

Oct 19th
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