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I Learn Part of a Jazz Solo by Ear (My Process)

Welcome to episode 238 of the LJS Podcast where today I sit down and learn the first A section of a jazz etude I’ve been wanting to learn. Listen in as I walk through my process for learning a jazz solo by ear off of a recording. You’ll find observing the process helpful as well as learn some awesome jazz lines to try out for yourself.

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Have you ever heard a jazz solo and after you heard it, you just knew you had to learn it, or at least learn a part of it?

Because if only you could learn that musical information then somehow it would unlock something that you were missing in your jazz playing. You just want to know like how did they do that?

Well, I’ve been feeling like that a lot lately, and here is a particular solo that I’ve heard recently and have become accustomed to that I just really want to learn a part of it. 

Now, I often just feel like I don’t have enough time to properly practice these days. I’m just so busy with all these different things. So I’m going to be stealing a little bit of time here on the podcast to learn this solo.

But at the same time, I know that you’re going to get this in your ears and learn some things along the way as well and get inside of my process for how I go about learning a jazz solo by ear.  

In this episode:

1. I learn the first part of a jazz etude on “Misty”

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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."



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