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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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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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Minor Harmony and Chord Progressions (Explained)

Minor harmony is difficult to understand compared to major key harmony because there are 3 minor scales to deal with: natural, harmonic, and melodic minor. So how do you know which chords...
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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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2 Hip Minor 2-5-1 Licks for You to Practice

Minor ii-V-i chord progressions come up in jazz all of the time. It's safe to say they are the most common chord progressions in jazz repertoire alongside the major ii-V-I. It can...
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Creating a Stair-Step Practice Plan for Jazz Success

The most important thing I teach on Learn Jazz Standards is how to practice. Fancy scales, shortcuts and improv tricks can be fun and all, but the stuff I teach about...
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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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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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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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How to Use Enclosure to Create Great Bebop Lines

There are many different approaches to conceptualizing jazz language and the way the great beboppers played. One of these concepts is called "enclosure." In this video, I dive into the basics of...

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