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March 23, 2017

 

Whether you're reading this from a jazz musician's perspective or from an enthusiastic listener's perspective, I wanted to promote a few of the great resources out on the internet. As a musician on a quest of constant progression, I've found these websites to be really insightful and I hope you guys can also take something from them too. 

 

Learn Jazz Standards

 

As their name indicates, this website was initially a resource for learning repertoire catagorising essential repertoire, American songbook tunes, jazz standards, 3/4 tunes etc. as well as several links to the most notable recordings and backing tracks to play along with when learning the tune. 

Today, it's much more... They've vastly increased their index of tunes to learn, but they also have a fantastic blog with tones of helpful information; approaches to practice, album reviews, articles on the jazz community etc. as well as their new podcast series with a different topic each week - they've introduced a cool initiative where they invite people to call in with jazz related questions, which they answer in following podcasts. This really is a fantastic website which I would strongly recommend visiting if you are if you are a practicing musician! Find a link to the site below: 

 

https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ljs-podcast/

 


The Woodshed

 

Another fantastic blog! Though it's gone quiet over recent times, there plenty to explore on this blog - I personally love the blogs '50 of today's best' series where they talk about who (in their opinion) are some of the top guys on the international scene. They've done a '50 top' piano, sax and trumpet, which have introduced me to some really killing players and less known names on the scene - so a few articles to check out if you're looking for new sounds! 

 

There are also some very interesting posts on a plethora of other subjects, one of which being repertoire. Mike Lebrun has documented 300 jazz standards, prioritised order from 'critical' - 'high' - 'medium' - 'low'. For guys who are wondering what tunes they should/may want to learn, this is a great resource suggesting where you may want to start. Of course, there may be 'critical' tunes the list that you don't necessarily like and won't want to learn. I used to learn tunes that I though I 'should' know, which I don't necessarily stimulate me as much as other tunes - this made the whole process much less enjoyable than finding tunes that I loved and starting there! Nonetheless, there are plenty of great tunes on this list which are very helpful and important to know.  

 

http://thewoodshedmusic.com

 

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