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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 to Spice Up Your Jazz Improv With Tritone Subs

Jazz musicians are notorious for taking already complex harmonic structures and making them more complex. Gotta love these guys. One common chord substitution that is used is called the Tritone Sub. It's...
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Build Any Chord Progression (Crash Course)

If you want to become a great jazz improviser you need to understand harmony. The most basic foundation of understanding harmony is chord progressions. In this video I walk you through how...
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Live Jazz Q & A (and SILVER PLAY BUTTON UNBOXING!)

Have any jazz questions I can answer today? Happy to answer some! I'll also unbox my YouTube Silver Play Button. Important Links and Resources Suggested Resource: This lesson comes out of my brand new...
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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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Level Up Your Jazz Playing Without Even Touching Your Instrument

It may seem obvious, it may seem simple, but listening is one of the most important things we can be doing to improve our musicianship. But not just any kind of listening....
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How to Add Chromaticism Into Your Jazz Lines

It can be helpful at times to analyze jazz language and understand its characteristics. One common characteristic is jazz is the use of chromaticism. In this lesson, I go over 5 lick...
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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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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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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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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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