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4 Secrets for Jazz Improv Success

Welcome to episode 209 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about 4 secrets for jazz improv success. I find that jazz is often over complicated, so in this episode I do my best to simplify with these 4 secrets so that you can have a great path forward and a good idea of what to work on to make the most progress in the shortest amount of time.

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One of the things that drive me nuts about traditional jazz education is just how complicated it is made up to be.

And for people trying to come into the jazz world to learn how to improvise, it can be very intimidating and it can be very confusing. There is just too much music theory, there’s too much everything.

So, what I’ve really tried to do on this podcast and everything with Learn Jazz Standards, is try to make jazz a little bit simpler. I just came out with a new book Jazz Improvisation Made Simple, which is just completely all about this.

In the spirit of that new book and to celebrate its launch, I want to go over four secrets for jazz improv, like how to really accelerate your jazz growth and get started down the right path, and the things you really should be doing and you can strip everything else away.

You don’t have to get confused. You don’t have to get overwhelmed. I’m here to help.

In this episode:

1. Understand Jazz as a Language

2. Know the basics of jazz theory

3. Understand and practice the “3 Pillars of Jazz Improvisation”

4. Have a practice plan that gets real results

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

1. LJS 145: How to Listen to a Jazz Recording and Learn from It

2. LJS 194: Understanding the Jazz Eras (Jazz History Made Simple)

3. LJS 193: Jazz Theory Made Simple

4. LJS 124: The Only Big 3 Things You Need to Be Practicing as a Jazz Improviser

5. LIST Process for Learning Jazz Standards the Smart Way

6. LJS 195: Stair-step Practice Plan

7. LJS 196: Recycling Jazz Practice Plan

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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