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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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How Long and How Often Should You Practice?

It's likely you've heard stories of Charlie Parker or John Coltrane practicing for ridiculous hours, but is that really what it takes to improve your jazz skills? In this video, I go...
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Composing Contrafacts to Improve Jazz Improvisation

What makes a great jazz solo? To me, it's all about creating great melodies. So wouldn't it be a great idea to spend time practicing composing melodies? In this video, I talk...
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Jazz Lick of the Week #17 Ornithology Lick

This week features an awesome jazz lick for you to use which I call the "Ornithology Lick". This lick refers to Charlie Parker's bebop composition Ornithology. This lick uses the last 3-4...
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Blues in all 12 Keys Challenge!

The blues is a great song form to practice as a jazz musician. Within the blues form (and it's different iterations) are some of the most common chord progressions found in...
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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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Easy Composition Exercise For Creating Melodic Jazz Lines

Jazz improvisation can feel complicated. Theory, learning solos by ear, chord progressions...the list of things to work on and understand goes on and on. Sometimes it's best to forget all of the...
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Stella by Starlight Chords Analysis

Stella by Starlight is one of those jazz standards that is just plain hard to understand. As complex as it is, it's still a staple tune and a must know for...
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3 Ways to Practice Jazz Standards

If you want to learn how to play jazz and become a great jazz improviser, you need to learn jazz standards. Jazz standards are the vehicles...
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30 Minute Jazz Practice Session!

If you're anything like me, you have a busy life. And regardless of whether music is your main gig or not, fitting in time for a good practice session can be...
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8 Ways to Use Pentatonic Scales Over 7th Chords

The pentatonic scales are scales that a lot of us are familiar and way put to use regularly. But I find that many musicians use them in only a few different...

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