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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur
Learn Jazz Standards Podcast
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...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 707 ratings
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Brent and his team are doing a great job to help musicians improve on their journey. The focus is set on Jazz, but musicians of every style will get a lot out of it.
deepstring via Apple Podcasts · Austria · 05/25/21
Love LJS! Very helpful.
I am an amateur player with mid level skills, but I have loved Jazz since my childhood. Lessons did not get me where I want to go with my playing. I find that this podcast and all the other content created by Brent are just what I need to move forward in my own way. I will probably join the LJS...Read full review »
Ramayana7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/28/21
Solid
Not annoying.
Zhah Zhah via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/21
Recent Episodes
Welcome to episode 273 where I discuss the only thing I would practice for jazz if I could only pick three. Most of us don't have a lot of time to practice, but we want to improve our jazz skills quickly. We need to be focusing on the most impactful things and discarding the rest. I share with...
Published 06/07/21
Welcome to episode 272 where I discuss an array of different jazz gigs I've played over my career as a performing jazz musician. I talk about the worst gigs I've played, the best ones, the worst paying, the best paying, the ones where I learned the most, and I share all the lessons I've learned...
Published 05/31/21
Welcome to episode 271 where today we are exploring the question of how to know what the correct chord changes are for a jazz standard. Because jazz musicians have often manipulated original chord changes, and often take liberties with chordal harmony, it can be difficult to know exactly what the...
Published 05/24/21
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