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3 Week Jazz Tune by Ear Challenge (Week 2)

Welcome to episode 275 where we continue a series of 3 episodes where we are going through a challenge of learning a jazz tune by ear in 3 weeks. And in addition to learning it, by the end of these 3 weeks you’ll be able to play a solo over it that you have created yourself. In Week 2, we are moving forward from the melody and learning the chord changes.

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We’re on to week number 2 of our Learning a Jazz Tune By Ear Challenge!

Last week, we’ve learned the melody of a jazz tune that I wrote called “Ready or Not”. Now, in this week, week number 2 of the challenge, we are going to learn the chords to this song so that you are able to play them by the end of this episode.

And so by the end of this episode, actually if you have worked on week 1 of our challenge, you should know the entire tune and then the next set of courses to start figuring out how do we actually improvise over it. 

So, let’s dive into this. Learning chords by ear can be difficult but I’m here to help you and walk you through it. 

In this episode:

1. A few tips for learning chord changes by ear

2. We work through the Trial and Error method

3. Overview of chord changes and your Call to Action

Important Links

1. “Ready or Not” mp3

2. 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."


  1. You have to have a graphic to follow at least the bars. I made it through to to the end of bar 4, but a podcast alone isn’t enough. Great idea to listen to bass notes to follow the line.

  2. Brent, I have tried to download the podcasts for these 3 lessons but am unable to do so. Are they still available to download?


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