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LJS 177: Composing a Jazz Solo Over a Minor Blues

Welcome to episode 177 of the LJS Podcast where today I demonstrate a solo I composed over a minor blues. Composing jazz solos is one of the best ways to solidify the jazz language you already know and get it to come out in your playing.

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For today’s episode, I want to give you a very actionable episode. Something that you can take action on today.

One of the best ways that I think that you can start improving your jazz solos and take the jazz language that you already know and get it to come out on your instrument, is to compose a jazz solo. And I’ve done this before in the podcast.

But doing this action can really help solidify ideas that you already have. And since I don’t talk enough about minor harmony on this podcast, today’s example is going to be over a minor blues.

So, I’m going to show you a solo that I have composed over a minor blues and challenge you to do the same.

In this episode:

1. I demonstrate my jazz solo over a minor blues

2. A few quick points on writing a good jazz solo

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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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."


  1. Very nice solo, it would be great to see the notes to dig deeper into this. Could you kindly provide a transcription?

  2. Great jazz lessons as usual in a minor blues. Too much time is taken on the explanations of the podcast. Please just make the main ingredient points. Some of us are studying music theory and I would like to get to actual lines a lot earlier. The introductions are a bit long before any music is played. Time is of essence and the talking takes up too much time for me.
    Where can I we get backing tracks for the minor blues in the 12 keys?


    • Hi Nayland, I appreciate the feedback. However, there are quite a lot of people who listen to this podcast and I try to teach and explain to every level. Sometimes a little bit of extra time is necessary.


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