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LJS 221: Improv Hacking Jazz Standards (3 Step Proven Process)

Welcome to episode 221 of the LJS Podcast where today in celebration of the launch of my new LJS Inner Circle Membership, I go over my 3 step proven process for “improv hacking” jazz standards. This is one of those episode that has so much value packed into it, I know you’ll be reaching for your notepad!

Listen to episode 221

From time to time on this podcast, I like to come out with a super high-value episode like one that just really packs a punch. 

And in my opinion, when it comes to becoming a better jazz improviser, it’s all about frameworks. It’s all about step-by-step processes for actually getting better. Not fancy tricks, not new little licks or solos to learn. These are the things that really matter to me in our practicing. 

So when a lot of us look at jazz standards and we’re confused, we don’t know where to start, we’re not sure how to take our jazz improv on a jazz standard from one place to the next level, we need frameworks.

And so, in today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about improv hacking jazz standards. My 3 step proven (and I mean that when I say that) process for really starting to crush it on jazz standards and start getting better at jazz improv. 

In this episode:

1. Step 1: Learning Jazz Standards by Ear the Right Way

2. Step 2: Mapping Out Jazz Standards for Improv Success

3. Step 3: Creating Killer Jazz Solos in 2 Phases

Important Links

1. LJS Inner Circle Membership

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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