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LJS 186: [Strategy #2] 3 Pillars of Jazz Blues Language

Welcome to episode 186 of the LJS Podcast where we continue onto week 3 of “Jazz Blues Month!” In this episode, I cover the 2nd strategy of this series which is understanding the 3 pillars of jazz blues language. Not only do we discuss what they are, I tell you what to practice and a few tools that can help for each.

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We’re on week 3 of “Jazz Blues Month” here on the LJS podcast but we are diving in deep to jazz blues and ultimately learning how to master it to become a great jazz blues improvisers because if we know how to play the jazz blues inside and out, we have an unfair advantage at playing all other jazz standards.

So, in today’s episode, I want to be talking about the 3 pillars of jazz blues language that you need to know, that you need to dive deep in, in order to proficiently improvise over a jazz blues and take killer jazz blues solos.

In this episode:

1. Blues language

2. Playing the chord changes

3. Bebop language

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

Jazz Blues Accelerator Course

LJS 184: 3 Reasons You NEED to Master a Jazz Blues

LJS 185: [Strategy #1] Mapping Out a Jazz Blues for Improv Success

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. Hi Brent,
    in relation to the course, you finished with…”not going to take you 20 years” I’m very glad to hear that! ‘cos I have wasted too many years noodling my way to no-wheres-ville.
    Having given up many times I am making a last earnest attempt and have emersed myself in jazz, which despite my relatively undeveloped jazz ear, I find fascinating.
    Great podcast as always.
    I’m working on a review for you…tried to submit on Spotify but it seems to be only open to iOS users and not Android…I might download iTunes just to do the review…stay tuned

  2. Brent – I am enjoying the Blues Jazz podcasts and am excited for the Jazz Blues course you'll release in early October.

    My question is, will this be appropriate for intermediate players? I am learning guitar, do not read sheet music well at this point, and cannot link arpeggios on the fly as you did in this episode of the podcast. As such, will the Jazz Blues course be appropriate for me? Thank you in advance.

    • Hey Bill, glad you are enjoying the episodes and are interested in the course! It's definitely appropriate for intermediate players. You will be at a disadvantage if you don't read sheet music, because I do provide all materials in an exercise book, and there is a lot of transposing happening. There are still recordings for everything, so things can be learned by ear, you'll just have an added challenge. As far as not being able to play arpeggios the way I do, I guarantee you will be by the end of the course. If it is difficult for you at first, that is a good thing. I've never improved my playing when things were easy.


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