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LJS 193: Jazz Theory Made Simple (Only Theory You Need to Know)

Welcome to episode 193 of the LJS Podcast where today I take the often overwhelming and confusing world of jazz theory and make it simple. Jazz theory is often overcomplicated with way too much information and concepts that are unnecessary. I boil things down to the basics and help make things more understandable.

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One thing that bothers me about a lot of other jazz education out there is just how difficult it is made out to be.

And this isn’t helpful, especially because for a lot of those looking from the outside in on jazz, it already seems like a complex and difficult music.

And then when it is taught with so many different scales you have to learn and a million different music theory ideas, it just makes it even more intimidating and I find that this is not helpful.

So, in today’s episode, what I want to do is basically give you essentials of jazz theory and only the essentials, make it simple, boil it down to the only jazz theory that I believe you need to know, so that we can have a better chance at moving forward with this music and learning it, improving and getting better.

In this episode:

1. What theory is good for and not good for

2. Step 1: Basic 7th Chords

3. Step 2: Scales

4. Step 3: Guidetones and Voiceleading

5. Step 4: Chord Progressions

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!

Important Links

Ultimate Guide to Jazz Theory (Blog Post Mentioned)

My basic jazz theory eBook and Companion Course “Zero to Improv”

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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