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LJS 226: How to End a Jazz Standard

Welcome to episode 226 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover the very important topic of ending jazz standards. Ever come to the end of jamming on a standard only for things to fall apart at the end? We all need some stock endings in our arsenal, and in today’s episode, I go over 7 different endings you can use to conclude jazz standards.

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When playing jazz standards, it’s important to have a number of stock endings that you already know, that you’ve already planned out, so you have some options when you’re trying to end a jazz standard and so you can avoid the awkward in not really knowing how to end a song situation.

So in today’s episode, I will be going over 7 different endings for jazz standards. 

In this episode:

1. Take the A Train Ending

2. Count Basie Ending

3. Ritardando Ending

4. bIImaj7 Ending

5. Altered I Chord Ending

6. ii-IV-iii-VI Tag Ending

7. b5 Chromatic Descending Ending

Important Links

1. LJS 179: Intros to Play on Jazz Standards

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."


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