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LJS 184: 3 Reasons You NEED to Master the Jazz Blues

Welcome to episode 184 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off “Jazz Blues Month!” In this episode, I discuss 3 reasons why you need to master the jazz blues. If you go deep into understanding and navigating a jazz blues it will unlock countless secrets for becoming a great jazz improviser. Here’s why!

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We are starting “Jazz Blues Month” here on the LJS podcast, but we are going to be digging in deep into a jazz blues strategies for learning, strategies for improvising over it and strategies for mastering it.

But I cannot think of a better way to start than to try to impress upon you the importance of mastering a jazz blues — getting this song form under your belt, being able to play it backwards, forwards, sideways, up, down. Because if you know a jazz blues, it is going to make jazz, in general, so much easier.

So, in today’s episode, we are going to be digging into 3 reasons why you absolutely need to master a jazz blues. But first, a story of the first jazz standard I ever learned.

In this episode:

1. A story about the first jazz standard I learned

2. Reason #1: If you want to understand the tradition of jazz, you need to understand the blues

3. Reason #2: A jazz blues contains most of the crucial harmonic movements in jazz

4. Reason #3: The jazz blues is the perfect platform for developing improv skills

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!

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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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