In this lesson on Memorizing Jazz Standards-Lesson 2, 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 jazz standard melody 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 these things I have learned over the years to you so you can benefit from them.
This is a great lesson to really digest so you can build up your repertoire. It is not easy nor will you find any magic here. You will just find lots advice on what to practice and how to practice it. This is Lesson 2 of 3. (29 Minute Video Lesson)
Chris Cole (verified owner) –
5 Stars! Steve’s four lessons on tune memorization are awesome. Very few players in this era are in the fortunate space where they’re blowing jazz gigs nightly. This makes learning and retaining jazz repertoire a real challenge. Steve’s well thought out approach in each of these lessons and his taking the time in those lessons to explain his thought process is pure gold. It’s rare to get a player of Steve’s calibre is actually slow down and take you through the actual steps he takes. I highly recommend all four of these lessons.