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50 Jazz Standards You Need To Know

There are hundreds and even thousands of jazz standards to learn. Playing jazz requires a reasonable amount of repertoire ready to be played at a moment's notice (no pun intended).  It can be overwhelming! We get...

20 Jazz Standards for Beginners

Here are some easy jazz tunes for beginning improvisers.  These tunes are great for beginners because they have a relatively few number of chords, a stable key center, and generally easy melodies. Just because these...

25 Easy ii-V-I Licks

When it comes to becoming a great jazz improviser, it's all about learning jazz language. Learning jazz language can happen in a lot of different ways. Listening to jazz, learning solos by ear, or...

The 16 Most Important Scales in Jazz

Here is a list of the 16 most important scales for jazz improvisation and the harmonic contexts in which they can be used for improvisation. While we do not want to sound like we are...

20 Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar

So you're a guitarist and you want to start getting your jazz chops together. Awesome! When it comes down to it, the main thing you need to focus in on is learning jazz language. You...

28 Jazz Blues Heads You Need to Know

The blues has always played a central role in jazz music from the very beginning and is without a doubt one of the most important forms in jazz.  It's important for every jazz musician...

50 Easy Jazz Solos to Transcribe

Transcription is an incredibly valuable tool to help jazz musicians improve their own solo ideas.  Studying the improvisations of the Masters helps you to improve your ability to hear your own melodic ideas, and learning...

List of Blues Heads

This is the last post in a two week series on the blues in all keys. Here is a list of blues tunes you can learn. Have fun with them! Most of them can...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Jazz

Okay, so you want to learn how to play jazz but you just don't know where to start. That's perfectly understandable! There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. In fact,...
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5 Jazz Chord Substitutions You Need to Know

One of the prominent characteristics of jazz music is its rich harmonic language. Not only does jazz utilize the full spectrum of diatonic harmonic movement, it includes modal harmony, and also a slew of...

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