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3 Jazz Blues Forms Every Jazz Musician Needs to Know

The blues is arguably the most important song form in jazz and everybody needs to learn how to play the blues and should spend a lot of time practicing the blues. So...
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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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When to Use iReal Pro to Learn Jazz

This is iReal Pro. It's an app that thousands of jazz musicians use to look up chord changes and even practice. So, when I came up...
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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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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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What is a Secondary Dominant? (All of Me Analysis)

Have you ever been checking out a jazz standard and saw something like Cmaj7-A7-Dmin7-G7, and thought to yourself "I thought the vi chord (A7) is supposed to be minor?" Well, you would...
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What’s a Back Door Dominant? (Lady Bird Analysis)

Ever seen a chord progression like: Fmin7-Bb7-Cmaj7? Wouldn't an Fmin7-Bb7 be a ii-V of Ebmaj7? It would, except this progression is utilizing a chord substitution called a back door dominant. In this...
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Girl From Ipanema Chords (Bridge Analysis)

The Girl From Ipanema is a beloved jazz standard by Antonio Carlos Jobim and lots of people like to play this song. It has a beautiful melody but the...
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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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How to STOP Getting Lost When Playing a Jazz Standard

One common question people ask me is "how to I stop from getting lost while playing a tune?" I totally get it. If we aren't focused and familiar with the music...

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