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Hi, I'm Brent Vaartstra. Learn Jazz Standards is a blog, podcast, and videos geared towards helping you become a better jazz musician. Over the past decade I've helped hundreds of thousands of musicians just like you improve their jazz improv skills, and shorten the learning curve. Let's get started!

Learn Jazz and Skyrocket Your Improv Skills Without the Overwhelm

Hi, I'm Brent Vaartstra. Learn Jazz Standards is a blog, podcast, and videos geared towards helping you become a better jazz musician. Over the past decade I've helped hundreds of thousands of musicians just like you improve their jazz improv skills, and shorten the learning curve. Let's get started!

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Jazz Improvisation Made Simple: a Step-by-Step Guide

If you're looking for an ultimate guide on jazz improvisation and leveling-up your jazz skills, look no further!

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Jazz theory can seem complex and difficult, but it actually doesn't need to be so hard. This ultimate guide will teach you everything you need to know to get started.

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