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The 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast

Weekly jazz lessons and advice packaged into a short, informative session. Lessons are designed for everyone from beginner to advanced musicians.

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Episode 186: Target Notes and Approaches/Enclosures

This week we are addressing two questions from one of our listeners and long time supporters, Dean. Dean is wondering about two things and I'm hoping that we cleared these questions up for him and also gave the rest of you some great exercises on approach tones and enclosures. Enjoy the episode and let me know if you have any questions!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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29 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 172: Dexter Gordon’s Beautiful Phrase

This episode continues our Lick of the Month series utilizing a line from Dexter Gordon's solo on Three O'clock in the Morning. We talked about the melody to this tune on a previous episode, but now it's time to take a look at part of his solo and learn from it. We feature an 8 bar phrase that moves from pure melodic joy into a more bebop approach. We talk about the evolution of the phrase and how you can inject this type of thing into your own playing. Enjoy the episode!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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23 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Motivation Monday: Transcribe This: January Edition!

A new series on the podcast: Transcribe This will feature something I want you to transcribe each month and keep you on target toward your goals in 2020. This month: Dexter Gordon's Second Balcony Jump!Would you like to support the creators of this podcast? If so, please head over to our Patreon page and show your love by donating $3 or more each month. You get incredible benefits and this keeps the podcast coming at you regularly. Thanks so much!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3brLNLRBoPM

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6 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Episode 181: Tune of the Month: Ornithology

This month's tune of the month and etude are a carry over from last week's episode where we talked about a phrase from the great Charlie Parker composition, Ornithology. In this episode, we are going to explore a very specific melodic device based on triplets and surrounding chord tones. We are using this particular set of changes because it puts us in many different keys and situations where we need to be flexible. This is a great facet of a complete musician, flexibility, and this week's episode will put us through our paces. Enjoy!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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25 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Motivation Monday: Short Practice Sessions And What To Focus On

This week's motivation comes in response to a question asked by Juan on YouTube. Thanks, Juan!Would you like to support the creators of this podcast? If so, please head over to our Patreon page and show your love by donating $3 or more each month. You get incredible benefits and this keeps the podcast coming at you regularly. Thanks so much!

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22 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 194: Tune of the Month: Minor Blues

This culminates our series on reading with an etude based around the minor blues. We tried to bring together everything we talked about in the last 3 episodes and implement it, providing for a very tough exercise! If you really want to go the extra mile, we have also written a version of the same etude up a half step. Enjoy the episode and good luck!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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24 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 182: Major Chords Without a 7th

We concentrate a lot on 7ths when it comes to playing jazz. But what do we do when we see a major chord that has no 7th?? This is a tricky thing for us improvisers in certain cases. I know that I had trouble doing this before some of my teachers clarified it for me. This week we take a look at 3 different phrases and how we can adapt them to major triads or major 6th chords. This month is going to be themed and all leading toward a culmination with our tune of the month episode. Enjoy!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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1 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 114: Practice Progressions Part 1

This week starts a series on something that I use in my practice each and every day. These progressions are how I get ideas into my playing and functioning as I'd like them to. Whether you're learning vocabulary or trying to get a certain sound into your playing, these examples will be extremely valuable additions into your toolbox. This week we start with simple, mono-quality chord progressions that have us looking at either major, dominant, or minor chords. I have also given you a piece of vocabulary to test yourself on towards the end of the episode. I hope you enjoy this show!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!SIGN UP TO BE A PATRON TODAY!

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13 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 109: Bluesifying Major Chords

Have you ever wondered why some of your favorite players can inject the blues wherever they want? This is because they know when and how to use this particular sound. This week's episode is all about getting some of that sound to come out even when you think it shouldn't work. When we want to use that blues sound, there are some things we need to consider and some scales we can put together to make it happen in a convincing way. Enjoy the episode and I hope to hear more blues in your playing soon!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!SIGN UP TO BE A PATRON TODAY!

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8 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 117: Blues In 4 Keys

This week's episode is a little bit on the advanced side of things. We are going to learn how to quickly tonisize new keys and really be on top of our game in terms of thinking on our feet. This was an exercise that one of my professors in graduate school had me do on a regular basis and it helped me out a lot.This exercise not only will help the brain but will also get you to hear things in a brand new way. By using the relationship of minor thirds we can easily transition between keys without worrying about all 12 at once. The 12 key thing will come later on, but for this week we are just worrying about 4 keys.WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!SIGN UP TO BE A PATRON TODAY!

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3 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 148: Chord Extensions Part 3: Dominant Seventh

This week continues with our study of chord extensions. We take a look at 2 different types of dominant seventh chords, pure dominant and dominant flat 9. The extensions for these chords differ wildly and one is far more complicated than the other. In this episode, we talk about the differences and listen to both chords both arpeggiated and voiced with all notes at the same time. This material is a must know for any aspiring improviser and this will open up your playing to some brand new sounds you may have never thought about before. Enjoy the episode and remember to get your PDF by clicking the link below!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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8 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 204: Bebop Scale Deep Dive Part 1

This month we are going to study the bebop scale and it's applications on a deeper level. Most of my students know the basics of this scale, but in this series, we are going to explore the many possibilities and applications of this device. For part 1, we will talk about the five most common chord symbols and how to form a bebop scale over each of them. This will leave you armed with something to use over 95% of chords that you will see in jazz standards throughout history. Enjoy the episode!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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3 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 113: Charlie Parker’s Iconic Line On Confirmation

We all know that Charlie Parker is the father of modern jazz. The advancements he made in such a short life are nothing short of amazing. He changed the face of music and transcended what was possible on his instrument. Almost every legendary jazz musician attributes Bird as being one of their main influences. This warrants deep study of his music and this is what we are going to do today.There is one line on Confirmation that has always stood out to me as being a very important piece of language. The line comes on his second chorus of solo as the bridge starts. A wonderful combination of clarity and harmonic genius ensues. Enjoy today's episode and really study this line if you want to understand some of the things that make Bird so great.WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!SIGN UP TO BE A PATRON TODAY!

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6 Jul 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 208: Jazz Articulation Part 1

This week's episode begins a series on articulation and some core concepts related to this important topic. This was a listener request and something I have been meaning to do for a while. Articulation is something that can completely change the texture and feel of our lines by changing a few subtle things. I'm excited to dive into this topic with all of you and I hope you enjoy the first episode!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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1 May 2020

Rank #14

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Episode 154: Coltrane’s Triads

This week continues our lick of the month series with a great piece of vocabulary and concept from the master, John Coltrane. Triads are such a great device when it comes to improvising and in this episode, Coltrane shows us how to masterfully use triads in a very interesting way. We also come up with an exercise based on Trane's line that we can use to get better at our instrument and develop some new things to say in our solos. Please enjoy and make sure you visit the Patreon link below to get your PDF for the week!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

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19 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Motivation Monday: Jazz Anecdotes

This week features a book review of one of the most interesting things I've been reading lately!Would you like to support the creators of this podcast? If so, please head over to our Patreon page and show your love by donating $3 or more each month. You get incredible benefits and this keeps the podcast coming at you regularly. Thanks so much!

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28 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Motivation Monday: Teo Macero!

This week is dedicated to the legendary jazz producer, Teo Macero. Make some time to check out these videos and you will be amazed at some of the stories!Would you like to support the creators of this podcast? If so, please head over to our Patreon page and show your love by donating $3 or more each month. You get incredible benefits and this keeps the podcast coming at you regularly. Thanks so much!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNKAv1aa9IA

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18 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 144: Chord Extensions Part 1: Major Seventh

This week kicks off a series all about chord extensions. We had done an episode WAY back about this very topic but this series is going to feature a more in depth discussion and we are going to feature a different chord quality each week, allowing us to talk more deeply about the extensions and why they are what they are. We are kicking off the series with the major seventh chord and the extensions of 9, #11, and 13. We talk about what structure these three notes result in and give you an exercise in all 12 keys to help you with your practice. Enjoy!WANT THE PDF THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS EPISODE??Head over to our Patreon page and when you donate $3 or more a month you get this PDF and every other. We will also be bringing you many extras exclusively to our patrons including transcriptions and a FREE gift  of our latest Ebook, The Diatonic Method.We hope that we bring you value every week here at the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson and we appreciate all of your support!

13mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #18