One of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn and memorize jazz standards. Most working jazz musicians have hundreds of jazz standards that they have memorized and can play at any moment. For many students, learning these standards can be one of the most difficult tasks to complete. They spend countless hours trying to memorize and play the standards they should know only to get on the gig and fall apart. It can be a very frustrating and intimidating experience.
In this lesson, I take you through the process that I find most effective in memorizing jazz standards. I show you the complete process as I try to memorize a standard that I do not know (Yes, I do not know them all) This is a revealing lesson for you because I take you through the beginning steps of how I think through the melody and chord changes. I teach you the things I find the most effective when trying to memorize a song and the chord changes as well as warning you of the common road blocks we all face. Believe me, I was horrible at this when I was younger so I hope to impart some of the things I have learned over the years so you can benefit from them. This is a great lesson to really digest so you can build up your jazz standard repertoire. It is not easy nor will you find any magic here. You will just find lots of advice on what to practice and how to practice it. This is Lesson 1 of 3. (31 minute video)