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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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4 Music Theory Concepts for Jazz Improvisation

One of the biggest miss I hear about jazz improvisation is that you need to know a ton of music theory. And personally, I couldn't disagree more.  In fact, I know some...
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How to Master a Jazz Standard

So you're learning in jazz standard and you want to be able to crush it. You want to be able to go up on the bandstand and take awesome...
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Fast Way to Play “Bluesy” Lines Over a Jazz Blues

It is my belief that if we want to learn how to play jazz really well, we also have to understand the blues because that's really where jazz is...
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Just Friends Chords Analysis

One classic jazz standard that everybody needs to know is Just Friends. This is a great tune that explores diatonic jazz harmony but with some twist and turns and some great...
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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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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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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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ONLY 2 Scales You NEED to Know for Jazz

My job as a teacher is always to make jazz simpler, not harder. And sometimes around the concept of scales, we make things too complicated. We give ourselves too...
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Fastest Way to Improve Your Jazz Solos

So, we all want to become better jazz improvisers and we want to become better quickly. We want to take those kinds of solos that when we hear them we're like, "Yes,...

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