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LJS 27: Jazz Challenge #2 Practice the Blues in all 12 Keys

Welcome to episode 27 of the LJS Podcast where today we are¬†introducing Jazz Challenge #2 of a 4 part series of jazz challenges. These challenges will be leading up to the release of our first eCourse 30 Days to Better Jazz Playing in October 2016. Today’s challenge is to practice the blues in all 12 keys. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Basic origins of the Blues.

  2. How the Blues gave birth to Jazz.

  3. Importance of practicing in all 12 keys.

  4. 2 basic 12 bar blues forms to know.

  5. The challenge.

Listen to episode 26: Jazz Challenge #1 Write Your Own Contrafact

Examples of Jazz Blues

PDF’s for common 12 bar Blues



PDF for practicing the blues in all 12 keys


Blues in all 12 Keys Play-Along Album to practice with

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Are you up for the challenge? Leave a YouTube video in the comments below of you playing the blues in all 12 keys (improvise 1 or 2 choruses per key).

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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