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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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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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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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7 Endings to Play On Jazz Standards

When playing jazz standards it's important to have a number of stock endings that you already know, that you've already planned out, so you have some options when you're...
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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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Scale Mapping Jazz Standards to Create Solos (Stella by Starlight)

Using scales can be a really great way to start mapping out the note choices you have available to you over jazz standards so that you can start taking...
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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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