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Lessons From Learning 100 Jazz Standards in a Year

Welcome to episode 278 where today I share with you 4 important lessons I learned from learning 100 jazz standards over the course of a year. Struggle with remembering standards? Maybe you learn them but feel like you don’t know them very well? These 4 lessons will help.

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There’s a year in my life when I had a lot of time on my hands and I actually learned 100 new jazz standards in one year.

That’s right. I’ll say it again. I learned 100 new jazz standards in an entire year.

And while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend someone to do this, in fact, I wouldn’t really ever tell my students to learn 100 jazz standards in one year and I’ll explain a little bit about that in this episode, I did actually learn a lot of lessons about jazz and learning music very quickly because I went through that process.

So, in today’s episode, I’m going to be sharing with you 4 things that I learned from learning 100 jazz standards in one year so that you can learn from them, so that you can avoid doing that yourself and just take the lessons that I got from them.

In this episode:

1. Learn standards that you genuinely enjoy

2. Listen obsessively

3. Recognize common harmonic patterns

4. Play standards with others as often as possible

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Brent Vaartstra
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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