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LJS 168: Making Rhythms the Foundation of Your Jazz Solos (Someday My Prince Will Come Study)

Welcome to episode 168 of the LJS Podcast where we continue “Jazz Standards Month.” Oftentimes in jazz education we place an emphasis on harmonic and melodic elements. We typically don’t place enough emphasis on rhythm. However, rhythm is important for understanding jazz music and becoming a better jazz improviser. In this episode, we learn how to apply rhythmic motivic development to the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come.

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Oftentimes in our jazz education, we pay particular attention to melodic and harmonic elements of learning jazz repertoire and of jazz improvisation.

However, we often leave rhythm on the back burner, when rhythm is actually a very important part of understanding jazz music and of feeling time and creating great interesting jazz solos.

We need to use rhythm. We need to understand rhythm better.

So, today’s episode of “Jazz Standards Month” on the Learn Jazz Standards podcast, we are going to look at some rhythmic, motivic development over the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come.

In this episode:

1. The importance of rhythm for time feel and creating great jazz solos

2. What is rhythmic motivic development?

3. Composing rhythmic motifs over Someday My Prince Will Come

4. Adding melodic notes to the rhythmic exercise

Rhythmic Motives Example

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!

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The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 2

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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