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How to Play Jazz Melodies Like a Pro (Thought Experiment)

In today’s episode, we’re gonna do a little thought experiment that will help us get in the mindset that we need to be, to play melodies and solos creatively and at the top of our game, to take a boring expression of a melody and truly turn it into something that is riveting for the audience and riveting for ourselves.

Listen to episode 362

In this episode:

1. Playing a melody by the book vs. the way a pro jazz musician would play it

2. Example of a “basic” melody

3. The “Bluenote Thought Experiment”

4. Example of a pro-sounding jazz melody

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Brent Vaartstra
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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