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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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3 Hip Rhythm Changes Licks

Rhythm Changes is an important song form in jazz. It comes from George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" and many jazz musicians have written contrafacts over those chord changes.
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How Do I Incorporate Licks Into My Jazz Solos? Q&A With Jens Larsen!

In this video, I have on special guest, jazz guitarist, teacher, and YouTuber Jens Larsen! He answers a series of questions that my YouTube and Facebook subscribers asked, and delivers some...
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Stella by Starlight Chords Analysis

Stella by Starlight is one of those jazz standards that is just plain hard to understand. As complex as it is, it's still a staple tune and a must know for...
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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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Bebop Melody Over It Could Happen to You

When I was a beginner jazz improviser, one of the main things I wanted to accomplish was to be able to hear the chord changes come out in my...
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How to Start Playing Chord Changes By Using Guide Tones

One of the top questions I get asked is "how do I get the chord changes to come out in my jazz solos?" It's a great question, and a whole lifetime of...
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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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Can I Transcribe Jazz Solos Too Much? (Q&A)

Important Links and Resources Suggested Resource: If you want to hear more questions like these, check out this podcast episode.
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5 Myths About Learning to Play Jazz

I've heard a lot of myths about learning to play jazz. Unfortunately, these limiting beliefs have either stopped musicians from getting started, or stunted the growth of others. In this video, I...
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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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