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3 Week Jazz Tune by Ear Challenge (Week 3)

Welcome to episode 276 where we conclude a series of 3 episodes where we are going through a challenge of learning a jazz tune by ear in 3 weeks. We’ve learned the melody, we’ve learned the chords, and now it’s time to learn some jazz language. I compose a 12 bar jazz etude live on the podcast and teach it to you at the same time.

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On the podcast today we are concluding our 3-week challenge to learn a jazz tune by ear where I’ve been walking you through a simple process and holding your hand through it.

So that by the end of this 3-week series not only will you have been able to learn the jazz tune by ear, no sheet music included, but also have some tools to solo over this tune.

And so far we’ve learned the melody by ear. We’ve learned the chords by ear. You should know those if you have been following along with this series.

In today’s episode, I’m actually going to help you learn a solo, just a one-course solo over top of this jazz tune and we are going to kind of compose one on the spot.

And then, I’m going to give you the challenge to compose your own once you’ve seen the process that I go through so hopefully this would be very insightful and enlightening.

In this episode:

1. Using the melody as a reference for your solos

2. Using “motivic development” to create theme and variation

3. Your challenge to compose your own 12 bar etude

Important Links

1. Ready or Not backing track

2. Ready or Not Etude

3. 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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