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Brent Vaartstra: Jazz Musician, Author, and Entrepreneur

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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, w ...
 
A monumental, ongoing project to release mixtapes for every year of recorded sound, piecing together the entire history of sound from lampblack to shellac then vinyl and onward - part found audio project, part historical documentary, a listening experience that’s as pleasurable as it is educational.
 
Barry Finnerty is an internationally known guitarist, having played with such jazz luminaries as Miles Davis (The Man With The Horn), the Crusaders (Street Life) and the Brecker Bros. (Heavy Metal Bebop). He is also the author of two acclaimed "Serious Jazz" educational books. He now lives in Oakland, California with his wife Clarita and several dogs. "START" is his first literary work. Synopsis: In New York City in the mid-1990's, internationally known guitar player Barry Finnerty found him ...
 
Creative Strings is for musicians and music-lovers, especially violin, viola, and cello players, looking to live creatively, whether in your musical education, projects, music career, in the practice room, classroom, onstage, or on tour. Each interview is edited carefully and mixed with a blend of musical clips from the Creative Strings community curated by jazz violinist Christian Howes. . Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outrea ...
 
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Welcome to episode 292 where today we listen to a recording of me improvising over a popular jazz standard and try to understand what I'm thinking as I improvise. Improvisation can be a mysterious thing, and it can feel difficult to connect the dots between the scales, licks, and patterns you are practicing to actually improvising great solos. This…
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 4.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible witho…
 
Today I'm going to show you a tasty jazz lick that's going to make you sound like a bebop pro over minor 2-5-1 chord progressions.Listen to episode 291In this episode:1. What's a minor 2-5-1 2. How to get that bebop sound 3. What a Minor Bebop Altered Lick sounds like 4. What makes this lick so great 5. What are target notes 6. Importance of 3rds 7…
 
Welcome to episode 290 where today I talk about 6 powerful reasons why you should record your jazz playing. You may have heard people suggest recording yourself, but have you ever fully understood why it can be helpful? In this episode, I go over in detail how this simple regular practice could reap great rewards in your jazz playing.Listen to epis…
 
So how do you play sick bluesy licks over top of minor 2-5-1 chord progressions? Well, I'm going to show you a very simple tool to make this really easy.Listen to episode 289In this episode:1. What is a minor 2-5-1 chord progression 2. What is tritone substitution 3. How to use tritone substitution 4. Comparing to a Minor Blues Scale 5. The Importa…
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is one of the ten chapters in the full version of Centuries of Sound 1938 To get the whole mix as a podcast, and a load of other extras, sign up for five dollars per month at http://patreon.com/centuriesofsound MP3 preview download | Patreon | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify …
 
In this episode I'll be continuing the talk of Playbooks. We will be releasing our brand new Playbooks on Black Friday, along with our amazing offer and discount. In today's episode I'll be going through bits and pieces of the voicings playbook. Enjoy!Di Brenden Lowe : Professional Jazz Pianist and Jazz Piano Educator
 
Welcome to episode 288 where today I talk about how to go from a beginner jazz player to intermediate, and finally to advanced jazz musician. I teach you exactly what I would do if I was starting all over, and how to speed up the process and cut back on practice time.Listen to episode 288How do we go from a beginner to intermediate, to advanced jaz…
 
Knowing what what to work on in order to systematically improve certain parts of your jazz piano performance is a HUGE advantage. But how do you know what to work on? What skills are you missing? What is your sound lacking? I'll go over how to get the blues sound you want and what to work on in this episode. Enjoy!…
 
Welcome to episode 287 where today I talk about musical "failure" - how to think about it, how to deal with it, and ultimately how to appropriately use it to your advantage. In this episode, I talk about how there is only really one type of true failure, and how to adopt a mindset that sets you up to win everytime.Listen to episode 287Inevitably, s…
 
MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Another journey back in time with James Errington bringing you original historic recordings, this time from 1906, the year of the San Francisco earthquake. We have a brace of songs from the brilliant Bert Williams, plenty of music hall and vaudeville, and a performance of Scott…
 
You can only sit at your piano, playing and practicing for yourself for so long. Eventually you're going to need some human connection and interaction. That's the beauty of music! It brings people together and connects humanity. But, if you never share, or open up, how can you ever connect? In this podcast I'll give you a quick update, and share so…
 
Welcome to episode 286 where today I talk about 3 different ways to spice up minor 2-5-1 chord progressions. Minor 2-5-1s can be found everywhere in jazz standards, so how do we make our comping, bass lines, and improv more interesting over them? I give several different ways we can utilize harmonic movement in our favor.Listen to episode 286Minor …
 
Maybe you’ve experienced Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera The Marriage of Figaro before – but probably never like this. This Saturday in downtown Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre plays host to the Mozart masterpiece in a startling new way. WRCJ’s Dave Wagner speaks with MOT Artistic Director Yuval Sharon and new Director of Innovation, Matthe…
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is one of the ten chapters in the full version of Centuries of Sound 1938 To get the whole mix as a podcast, and a load of other extras, sign up for five dollars per month at http://patreon.com/centuriesofsound MP3 preview download | Patreon | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify …
 
Welcome to episode 285 where today I talk about how to play more melodic jazz solos. What separates the amateurs from the experts is how melodic a jazz solo is. So if you are stuck with boring solos, or solos that sound like scales, this episode will give you actionable steps for transforming your solos into memorable ones.Listen to episode 285If y…
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 3.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible witho…
 
Welcome to episode 284 where today I talk about how to know whether you are ready to start learning jazz. I hear from musicians who wonder if their skills on their instrument are up to par, ears good enough, or in general, have the talent necessary to learn and play jazz. I discuss how to know if you are ready, and several things you can do to set …
 
Welcome to episode 283 where today I talk about 3 powerful mindsets that you need to adopt to start improving faster while practicing less, and setting yourself up to win everytime. If you can start recognizing the less helpful mindsets that many of us musicians have, and then replacing them with these, it could be huge for you.Listen to episode 28…
 
Have you ever heard the phrase "Let the melody be your guide" but wondered how to practically apply it to your playing? In this podcast, I show you how to use the melody as a springboard for melodic development in your solos. If you don't want to sound like a robot, this episode is for you.Di Brenden Lowe : Professional Jazz Pianist and Jazz Piano Educator
 
Welcome to episode 282 where today I talk with a member of team LJS, Brett Pontecorvo, about the 3 Pillars of Bebop. Bebop is a style of jazz that has greatly influenced the way jazz improvisers play today. But bebop is no walk in the park. It requires a degree of virtuosity and strong knowledge of navigating chord changes. How do we break it down …
 
Welcome to episode 281 where today I talk with a musical mentor of mine, Justin Nielsen, all about his 3 track system for accelerating your jazz growth. Justin has taught hundreds of students, some of which have gone on to be world-class jazz musicians, and his powerful 3 track system will make sure you are practicing the right things and moving th…
 
Welcome to episode 280 where today we talk about jazz gig set lists and how to create ones that keep you and the audience inspired. A great set list can make a huge difference in both how you and the audience feel about your gig. I talk about 3 guidelines to consider when creating your set lists, and then I walk you through a 7 song set list that I…
 
Welcome to episode 279 where today I share with you 6 reasons your jazz solos may sound bad. These are things I commonly witness in the playing of beginner and intermediate players, and even with some slight changes and focus on these areas, you can start taking your jazz solos from bad to mediocre, to great.Listen to episode 279Alright, I am back …
 
Thursday, July 29th at 1:00pm, PUBLIQuartet begins its residency through virtual events that will be free to the community through the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Wright Museum. The first event is "Reflections on Beauty" a multimedia project about the life of entrepreneur, activist and America's first African-American women millionaire - Mada…
 
MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Another sonic adventure through time with James Errington, this time joined by guests Dominic, Joanne & Adam to listen to the sounds of 1905 and discuss such pressing topics as skeleton xylophones, the hubris of Dick Dastardly, melancholy in Spanish music, the latter-day lack o…
 
Fiddlers Casey Driessen and Christian Howes discuss extensive clips from Casey’s album Otherlands. We talk about chopping/rhythm, and other aspects of musical collaboration for fiddlers and string players who want to expand their creative voice, musical community, and career or lifestyle. We play a tune together as well in this hour-long interview.…
 
Welcome to episode 278 where today I share with you 4 important lessons I learned from learning 100 jazz standards over the course of a year. Struggle with remembering standards? Maybe you learn them but feel like you don't know them very well? These 4 lessons will help.Listen to episode 278There's a year in my life where I had a lot of time on my …
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the first hour of the mix. For the full 3.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible witho…
 
Today's episode may come as a surprise to you. I confess a deep, dark, secret on the show. As a listener of the podcast, you have a right to know. I'm prepared to accept the necessary punishment for my jazz crimes.Listen to episode 277I've got a deep, dark bombshell confession I have to make to you. It's something I've avoided trying to tell you fo…
 
Welcome to episode 276 where we conclude a series of 3 episodes where we are going through a challenge of learning a jazz tune by ear in 3 weeks. We've learned the melody, we've learned the chords, and now it's time to learn some jazz language. I compose a 12 bar jazz etude live on the podcast and teach it to you at the same time.Listen to episode …
 
MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS James Errington takes you on another journey back into the forgotten history of recorded sound, this time joined by Liam Higgins, playing cylinders and shellac all from the year 1904. Aside from the usual brass band, banjo and proto-ragtime and barbershop music, you can listen …
 
Welcome to episode 275 where we continue a series of 3 episodes where we are going through a challenge of learning a jazz tune by ear in 3 weeks. And in addition to learning it, by the end of these 3 weeks you'll be able to play a solo over it that you have created yourself. In Week 2, we are moving forward from the melody and learning the chord ch…
 
I'm know how it goes, trust me. You hear someone's LH flying back and forth at lightening speed while the RH is playing some ridiculous line and you think to yourself, "There is no way I could do that". Am I right? This used to happen to me all the time. In To lead into our brand new specialty course called "How To Play Stride & Ragtime Like A Pro"…
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for February and March. For the full 3.5-hour version please come to centuriesofsound.com to stream, or patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible without my s…
 
Welcome to episode 274 where we start a series of 3 episodes where we are going through a challenge of learning a jazz tune by ear in 3 weeks. And in addition to learning it, by the end of these 3 weeks, you'll be able to play a solo over it that you have created yourself. In Week 1, we learn the melody of the jazz tune. Are you up for the challeng…
 
At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. This is a sample of the mix for 1936, and includes the section for January only. To hear the rest of the mix, come to patreon.com/centuriesofsound, where I will be releasing the mix in two parts for $5 and above patrons, or come to centuriesofsound.com, where the entire mix w…
 
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 you mine, and encourage you to think about yours.Listen…
 
Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet returns to live performance this Friday evening in Detroit’s Beacon Park. Saxophonist Matt Landry spoke with WRCJ’s Peter Whorf in May about his group’s recent recording entitled Ghost Light. Matt returns to talk with Peter about this week’s performance of music from that new release……
 
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 along the way.Listen to episode 272You know, over the …
 
MP3 download | Apple | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher | Radiopublic | RSS Another journey back in time with original recordings from the year 1903. This episode features sounds from as far afield as Tanganyika, Moscow, Kyoto and New York, and songs about cars, ducks, and bread and marmalade. Introduced by James Errington.. Centuries of Sound is an in…
 
Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet recently released their latest recording of new works entitled Ghost Light. The collection showcases music by Stacy Garrop, Michael Gilbertson, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Theo Chandler and Jeff Scott with poetry from Detroit’s Marsha Music. Akropolis notes that “over the past two years, we’ve premiered a series of wor…
 
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