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LJS 171: 10 Jazz Standards That Will Expand Your Understanding of Jazz Harmony

Welcome to episode 171 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about 10 jazz standards that will expand your knowledge of jazz harmony. My philosophy is that if we learn jazz repertoire all of the lessons we need to learn about improvising will fall into place. These particular 10 jazz standards start exploring jazz harmony past a basic level of understanding, and will help you know hundreds more.

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If you have been following me for a while in Learn Jazz Standards, you know that my philosophy for improving as a jazz musician and becoming a better jazz improviser is to learn jazz standards because the jazz standards will teach you how to play.

You will learn new harmonic concepts. You’ll be forced to approach different chord progressions you haven’t approached before. And naturally, through that process, you will be forced to learn improv lessons. You will be forced to listen, be forced to improve by simply going over different harmonic context.

So, in today’s episode, I want to share with you 10 jazz standards that I believe will really help expand your knowledge of jazz harmony, that are worth your time looking into.

In this episode:

1. There Will Never Be Another You

2. Someday My Prince Will Come

3. Tune Up

4. Just Friends

5. Take the A Train

6. Days of Wine and Roses

7. Alone Together

8. Solar

9. What Is This Thing Called Love

10. The Girl From Ipanema

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

The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 2

LJS 121: Understanding Secondary and Backdoor Dominants

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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