Learn Jazz Standards Podcast podcast

Learn Jazz Standards Podcast

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!

300 Episoder

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    Quick Win: How to Go From Jazz Beginner to Intermediate, to Advanced

    19:48

    So how do we go from beginner jazz player, to intermediate, and even advanced? Well, today I'm going to show you exactly how to level up your jazz playing. Listen to episode 297 In this episode: 1. Level #1 Complete Jazz Beginner 2. Level #2 Jazz Beginner 3. Level #3 Jazz Intermediate 4. Level #4 Jazz Advanced 5. #1 Tip for Leveling Up Your Jazz Playing Important Links 1. Subscribe to the Podcast - Apple Podcasts - Spotify 2. Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way 3. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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    5 Personality Traits of My Most Successful Jazz Students

    28:18

    Welcome to episode 304 where today I talk about 5 personality traits that some of my most successful students possess. There are certain members of my Inner Circle community and course students that I see improve faster than everyone else. When I take a deeper look, these general traits they have tend to give them the upper hand. Learn what they are and how you can embrace them. Main Points 1. Resilience to Failure 2. Willing to Change (coachable) 3. Longterm Mindsets 4. Focused 5. Transparent with Their Progress (vulnerable) ***Important Links*** Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode304 LJS Inner Circle Membership https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-inner-circle Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/op/learn-jazz-standards-the-smart-way/
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    Quick Win: How to Overcome Jazz Performance Anxiety

    10:38

    So you get up to play a song at the jam session and you're terrified, sweaty, and nervous. You just don't feel good. You're afraid you're gonna mess up, screw up, and embarrass yourself. In this video, we will talk about how to get over performance anxiety so we feel confident and fearless. Listen to episode 303 In this episode: 1. Intro 2. Overcoming Jazz Performance Anxiety Tip #1 3. Overcoming Jazz Performance Anxiety Tip #2 4. Overcoming Jazz Performance Anxiety Tip #3 5. Overcoming Jazz Performance Anxiety Tip #4 6. Overcoming Jazz Performance Anxiety Tip #5 Important Links LJS Inner Circle Membership https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-inner-circleFree Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/op/learn-jazz-standards-the-smart-way/
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    Beginner’s Guide to Learning Chord Progressions By Ear

    42:10

    Welcome to episode 302 where today I walk you through a in-depth process for how to learn chord progressions by ear. For some learning any music by ear is difficult, but when it comes to hearing chords and chord progressions, it can be even more challenging. You'll learn some tips to make it easier and a step-by-step process for how to get started. Main Points 1. Using backing tracks instead of recordings 2. Using a slow-downer to make things easier 3. Step 1: The Bass Notes 4. Step 2: The Chord Qualities ***Important Links*** Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode302 LJS Inner Circle Membership https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-inner-circle Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/op/learn-jazz-standards-the-smart-way/
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    Quick Win: 10 Must-Know Jazz Standards for Jam Sessions

    12:33

    There's some jazz standards that are so commonly called the jam sessions that you cannot get away with not knowing them. So, today I'm going to go over ten jazz standards from beginner to advanced. Listen to episode 301 In this episode: 1. Jazz Standard # 1 2. Jazz Standard # 2 3. Jazz Standard # 3 4. Jazz Standard # 4 5. Jazz Standard # 5 6. Jazz Standard # 6 7. Jazz Standard # 7 8. Jazz Standard # 8 9. Jazz Standard # 9 10. Jazz Standard # 10 Important Links LJS Inner Circle Membership https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-inner-circleFree Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/op/learn-jazz-standards-the-smart-way/
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    Behind the Scenes of Learn Jazz Standards (feat. Brett Pontecorvo and Justin Kellerer)

    1:17:06

    Welcome to episode 300 where today we're celebrating this huge milestone of the podcast with two very special guests, both members of team LJS - Brett Pontecorvo and Justin Kellerer. We recorded this episode live for our Inner Circle members and go behind the scenes and reveal the history of LJS and how it works. Listen to episode 300 Learn Jazz Standards started back in 2010 as a simple blog. Today it's something much bigger and different, and it's been quite a ride. Looking back over the years it's incredible to see how the Learn Jazz Standards community has changed and grown into something far more amazing than we could ever have imagined. We recorded this episode live to celebrate the 300th episode milestone with two core members of team LJS to dive into the history and the inner workings of Learn Jazz Standards. In this episode: The History of Learn Jazz Standards How we built Learn Jazz StandardsSome of our biggest failures and biggest winsHow we've refined our production and processes over the yearsThe future of Learn Jazz Standards Important Links LJS Inner Circle Membership Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way
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    Quick Win: How to Play Scales Over Jazz Chords (Without Sounding Like Scales)

    9:42

    How do you play scales over jazz chords so that you are playing the right notes but not making it sound like you are just playing scales? Well, today I'm going to show you a melodic approach to making scales musical. Listen to episode 299 In this episode: 1. Intro 2. The Big Problem with Scales 3. Taking Scales into Context 4. The Right Way to Think About Scales in Jazz 5. First Step to Making Scales Musical 6. Using Scales to "Fill In The Gaps" 7. The Locrian #2 Lick 8. Identifying Chord Tones in the Lick 9. Filling in the Gaps With Scales in the Lick Important Links 1. LJS Inner Circle Mem LJS Inner Circle Membership https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-inner-circleFree Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/op/learn-jazz-standards-the-smart-way/
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    From the Vault: My Interview With The Great Peter Bernstein

    34:22

    Welcome to episode 298 where we go back in the vault to 2016 with an interview by the renowned jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein. This was one of the first shows of the LJS Podcast, and a tremendously amazing opportunity to sit down with one of the jazz guitar greats. Peter shares his musical knowledge and insights about being a jazz musician.
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    Quick Win: How to Play Instant Bebop (On Any Instrument)

    9:39

    So how do you play killer bebop solos like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie? Well, today I'm going to show you a simple bebop hack that will help you start playing amazing bebop solos instantly. Listen to episode 297 In this episode: 1. Intro 2. Target Notes and Approach Notes 3. 2 Different Kinds of Approach Tones 4. Using Enclosure 5. Chromatic Approach Tone Exercise 6. Analyzing the Approach Tone Exercise 7. #1 Tip for Improvising Bebop Solos Important Links 1. Subscribe to the Podcast - Apple Podcasts - Spotify 2. Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way 3. LJS Inner Circle Membership
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    5 Filters for How to Know What You Should Practice

    38:04

    Welcome to episode 295 where today I discuss 5 "filters" for knowing what you should practice. There are so many things out there to practice, and sometimes when told what to practice it can seem generic and not catered specifically to you. So in this episode, you'll learn 5 filters to help you assess what to practice to shorten your jazz learning curve. Main Points: 1. Your Master Goal Filter 2. Your Technique Filter 3. The 3 Pillars Filter 4. Jazz Standards Filter 5. Fun Filter 6. Your Practice Strategy Filter ***Important Links*** Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode296 LJS Inner Circle Membership https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-inner-circle Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way https://members.learnjazzstandards.com/op/learn-jazz-standards-the-smart-way/

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