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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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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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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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Jazz Lick of the Week #16: Minor ii-V-i Resolving to a Minor 6

Should you be learning how to play jazz off of YouTube videos, just like this one? Here's a brand new Jazz Lick of the Week for you to practice! This one is...
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7 Intros to Play on Jazz Standards

One question I get from time to time is how do I intro a jazz standard, other than of course just starting it? So in today's video, I'm going to go over...
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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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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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Cool Chord Tone Exercise Using Voice Leading

One of the first stops for learning how to improvise over chord progressions is chord tones. So in today's video, I show you a short exercise for how to connect chords...
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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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Hip Dominant 7th Lick to Practice

Sometime learning "licks" or small musical ideas over just one chord can be a great practice. Learning licks over chord progressions is great, but breaking it down even further can be...
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Why Jazz Musicians Should Work On Ear Training Fundamentals

Some argue the fundamentals of ear training (intervals, chords, chord progressions) aren't important to work on. I hear claims like, "they aren't musical!" and "intervals won't help you improvise!" Unfortunately, claims like...

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