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I Answer Your Jazz Questions (Ask Me Anything)

Welcome to episode 180 of the LJS Podcast where today I answer questions from the Learn Jazz Standards Community Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Lots of great jazz questions are answered over a wide range of topics.

Listen to episode 180

We’ve got a special episode on the podcast today. It’s an Ask Me Anything episode where you are asking jazz questions and I am answering them for you.

I went into our Facebook community group, as well as the YouTube community, asked for some questions and you guys gave me some great questions to answer today. So, I am excited to answer these, to dive right into them.

In this episode:

1. What is the best way to improvise over different rhythms?

2. Can a sus4 chord voicing include the 3rd as well as the 4th?

3. How do you play fast long phrases that sound great?

4. How do you go from improvising over one chord to a chord progression?

5. What are the pros and cons of sight reading?

6. What is your favorite gypsy jazz guitarist?

7. What are target notes and how to I implement them?

8. How do you build a solo so it tells a story?

9. Is it more important to learn music theory or improve my ear?

10. How do I transition from playing licks and tricks to melodic ideas?

11. Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you sit down to practice?

Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren’t already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

Important Links

Episode 169: Composing Jazz Solos Using Target Notes

Episode 168: Making Rhythms the Foundations of Your Jazz Solos

Episode 154: How to Avoid Meandering Jazz Solos (feat. Jeff Schneider)

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."


  1. Wow! I couldn’t agree more with you Brent…knew it would be good, but not this good;
    Improv platinum with jazz psychology on top. Definitely one for the “listen again and again” collection.
    Great stuff and much appreciated.


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