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Deep Dive Into My Favorite Jazz Ballad

Welcome to episode 339 where today I walk you through one of my favorite jazz ballads. Ballads are important to know, and this particular one has a lot to teach us about jazz harmony and how to create an amazing melody. I play the ballad and then deep dive into the harmonic analysis.

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In today’s episode, I’m gonna be going over one of my favorite jazz ballads of all time, do a little deep-dive into the harmony, and hopefully, you’re gonna come away with some amazing lessons that you can learn about jazz and other jazz standards, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun!

So grab your favorite beverage, grab some popcorn, whatever you like to eat meals in the podcast.

In this episode:

1. Why this jazz ballad is so great

2. Side steps 2-5’s and what they are

3. Secondary dominants

4. Motivic melodic movement

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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