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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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4 Patterns for Jazz Improvisation Technique

One thing that I think is important to jazz improvisation is having technical proficiency on your instrument because jazz improvisation calls for you to act and react in the...
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Mastering ii-V-I Chord Progressions in 5 Steps

ii-V-I chord progressions are by far the most common chord progressions found in jazz standards. And so, we need to be able to play them forwards, backwards and have a really good...
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The ONLY Jazz Standards You Need to Know

If you're trying to learn jazz standards and become a better jazz improviser, the sheer amount of jazz standards there are out there can be incredibly overwhelming.
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Killer Jazz Improv Exercise for Leveling Up Your Solos

Now, I don't know about you, but I am always looking for new ways to practice my jazz improvisation, to improve my jazz solos, to make them more exciting, to get...
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Intro to Improvising Over Jazz Standards

Let's face it. Improvising over jazz standards will not be the easiest thing you've ever done in your life. Especially if you are a beginner, or someone trying to...
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4 Music Theory Concepts for Jazz Improvisation

One of the biggest miss I hear about jazz improvisation is that you need to know a ton of music theory. And personally, I couldn't disagree more.  In fact, I know some...
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Just Friends Chords Analysis

One classic jazz standard that everybody needs to know is Just Friends. This is a great tune that explores diatonic jazz harmony but with some twist and turns and some great...
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Ultimate Jazz Improvisation Practice Plan (3 Things to Do)

If you're going through YouTube right now just trying to find the next cool chord scale theory idea or the next hip lick to apply to your jazz improv, stop right...
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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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Learn and Use Jazz Licks the Smart Way

I got this comment on another one of my videos this week and it really got me thinking. And it says, "But when you learn licks in isolation it's hard to fit...

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