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Brent gives out weekly jazz lessons, tutorials, and advice geared towards helping you become a better jazz musician. Learn about music theory, jazz improvisation, practicing, and much more.

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5 Most Important Jazz Musicians of All Time

When it comes down to it, there are so many great jazz musicians out there that you need to be listening to. There's so many that have so much...
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10 Beginner Jazz Standards

If you are just getting started with jazz, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of standards there are to learn and may not know where to start....
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Scales to Play Over a Jazz Blues

When working on a jazz blues, it can be helpful to have some note choices available to you and mapped out, so that you can navigate the changes efficiently...
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Mastering a Jazz Blues Will Help You CRUSH Jazz Improv

Believe me when I say it, mastering a jazz blues will give you an unfair advantage of all of the rest of jazz improv. If you...
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Hip Bebop Blues Lick and Analysis

As jazz musicians, I believe it is important that we are proficient at playing a jazz blues. And I believe there are 3 pillars of...
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Fast Way to Play “Bluesy” Lines Over a Jazz Blues

It is my belief that if we want to learn how to play jazz really well, we also have to understand the blues because that's really where jazz is...
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Playing the Changes Using Target Notes

When I was a beginner jazz improviser, the thing that I wanted more than anything else was to be able to play the changes. In...
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Can I Transcribe Jazz Solos Too Much? (Q&A)

Important Links and Resources Suggested Resource: If you want to hear more questions like these, check out this podcast episode.
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ONLY 2 Scales You NEED to Know for Jazz

My job as a teacher is always to make jazz simpler, not harder. And sometimes around the concept of scales, we make things too complicated. We give ourselves too...
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Improvise Using Music Theory OR by Ear?

One common question I get is, should I ever have to improvise using music theory or should I do it mainly by learning stuff by ear? Jazz solos, licks,...

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