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LJS 241: [Strategy #3] Sky-rocketing a Minor Blues with Bebop Language

Welcome to episode 241 where today we are diving into Strategy #3 of Minor Blues Month! In the last episode we pick up where we left off with an etude that was re-composed to add chord tones and scales. This time we implement bebop language utilizing enclosure and chromaticsm to take it to the next level.

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It’s episode 3 of Minor Blues Month here on the LJS podcast where I’ve been going over 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues, an important song form in jazz.

And the last episode, of course, #4 next week, is going to be all about my strategy, my plan for mastering “a minor blues”.

But in today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about strategy #3 which is all about bebop language and applying that over a blues.

You’ll be composing an etude. We’ve applied blues language. We’ve applied chord tones and scales. Now, we are going to take that same etude and add some bebop into it and it’s going to be really awesome. 

In this episode:

1. A review of last episodes etude

2. Adding an extra chord change to the minor blues form

3. 3 characteristics of bebop and how to utilze them

4. I re-compose the etude adding bebop language

Important Links

1. Minor Blues Accelerator course

2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

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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