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7 Steps for Improvising Over Jazz Standards from Scratch

Welcome to episode 260 where today I’m covering a 7 step process for improvising over a jazz standard starting from zero. This is the exact process that my Inner Circle members go through to learn and improvise over a new jazz standard every month, and now I’m sharing it with you.

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I just got done practicing 4 hours to demonstrate the material that I’m about to show you in this episode where I’m going to show you how you can go from essentially not knowing a  jazz standard almost at all to improvising over it at a fairly high level. 

And there are 7 steps I’m going to walk you through that I personally went through today to get myself to this point and certain tools that I use in order to accelerate this process.

So I’m really excited about this process. This is one of those episodes where it’s kind of a big, big one and I really want you to pay attention to this one.

In this episode:

1. Learn the melody and the changes

2. Learn and memorize a chord tone map

3. Learn and memorize a guide tone map

4. Learn and memorize a scale map

5. Learn one chorus of an etude or solo

6. Compose your own chorus of a solo

7. Improvise a chorus of a solo

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for 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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