LJS 26: Jazz Challenge #1 Write Your Own Contrafact

Welcome to episode 26 of the LJS Podcast where today we are introducing Jazz Challenge #1 of a 4 part series of jazz challenges. These challenges will be leading up to the release of our first eCourse 30 Days to Better Jazz Playing in October 2016. Today’s challenge is to write your own contrafact. Listen in!

Listen to episode 26

Enjoy listening to this podcast?

If you get value from the LJS Podcast, help us out by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or your favorite podcast service. Thanks for your help!

In this episode

  1. Introduction to 30 Days to Better Jazz Playing eCourse

  2. What is a contrafact?

  3. Examples of some popular contrafacts.

  4. Why you should write a contrafact.

  5. Brent’s contrafact over It Could Happen to You.

  6. The challenge: Write your own contrafact and post a video of you playing it in the comments below.

Listen to episode 25: 4 Fears Jazz Musicians Face (And How to Overcome Them)

Brent’s Bebop Contrafact

Bebop Contrafact.pdf

Mentioned in the show

30 Days to Better Jazz Playing eCourse

A 30-day audio eCourse that walks you through focused, goal-oriented practicing, where you will be working on things that actually improve your jazz playing.


Leave a recording of you playing your contrafact in the comments section below!

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing


  1. Beautiful Offering – Original Jazz Composition – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt7M0_t0rHk
    This is an original jazz tune that I composed for my girlfriend’s birthday this year. It is written using the chord changes of Black Orpheus by Luiz Bonfá in the Key of Em.
    The backing track is the iReal Pro app with an iPad Air through a pair of TAPCO S-5 Active Studio Monitors.
    The equipment being used is: Gibson Les Paul Historic, Custom Billm Modified Fender Blues Junior, D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Strings 09-42, Horizon right angle cable, Cocobolo wooden pick by PickslaysWoodworking. Click on the link to see the pedalboard used in this video – http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204285759
    The video was shot with an iPhone 6s Plus with the FiLMiC Pro using a Tascam iM2 stereo condenser microphone.
    This video is dedicated to Elizabeth R

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.