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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
4.8 stars from 748 ratings
Jazz Made Possible
As a public school band director of 33 years, I know the difficulty of teaching jazz. Brent has practical solutions or pathways to and through the roadblocks of real jazz playing that many people experience. He has a low-key approach that is ironically very motivating! Check it out!
VRWC1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/22
A Classic
All of Brent’s podcasts are super and he’s such a generous soul for providing these to the community (even those who have a little trouble coughing up the cash for full LJS inner circle membership, though I’m sure that’s worth it’s weight in gold !). But even given all that, I couldn’t help...Read full review »
Kyoung21b via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/26/22
Great podcast
Great advice for aspiring jazz musicians.
Ian Saylor via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/27/21
Recent Episodes
Today, we're talking about the classic minor jazz standard, "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise". We'll take a look at the chords to figure out the most efficient way to learn it as well as some harmonic secrets within the tune that will help us improvise over it. in this episode: 1. Short demo 2....
Published 08/12/22
Published 08/08/22
Today on the podcast I have a member of my team, Brett Pontecorvo, to the show with me to discuss 2 questions.  And those questions are: - What is one musical skill you are/were lacking that caused you some trouble in your career?    and - If you could start over, what would be the one musical...
Published 08/08/22
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