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LIST Process for Learning Jazz Standards (The Smart Way)

Ever learn a jazz standard only to forget it later when it's called at a jam session or gig? Or maybe, you just don't even know where to start. This video walks...
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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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40 Jazz Standards You Need to Know (by Category)

There are a lot of jazz standards to learn if you want to participate in jazz jam sessions and play gigs. If you're looking for a larger list to shoot for...
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10 Master Jazz Standards You Need to Know

When it comes to becoming a better jazz musician, we need to be learning jazz standards. Jazz standards are the vehicles in which jazz musicians use to improvise and are an...
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Super Hip Sonny Rollins Blues Lick

Learning jazz language is super important for becoming a better jazz improviser. And when it comes down to getting the biggest bang for your buck, I always suggest learning a "lick",...
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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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