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How to Know Which Scales to Play Over Jazz Standards

Welcome to episode 253 where today we talk about scales and how to know which ones to play over chords and chord progressions within jazz standards. When it comes to scales, there are so many options to choose from, and it can be a bit overwhelming. Learn how to boil it down to the essentials and choose the most common ones first.

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Once you learn the jazz standard, it can be helpful to understand what notes you have available to play to start improvising over that tune.

While scales are not the first place I normally go to, scales can be very helpful to start identifying some notes that you can use to start navigating it.

Now, there are so many different scales out there, it is kind of hard to know what are the right ones to play over chords in chord progressions.

And so in today’s episode, I’m going to be cutting the fact, making things very simple and easy for you to understand, and talk about what scales to play over jazz standards in different contexts. 

In this episode:

1. Using the modes as your primary context

2. Common scales over dominant 7th chords

3. Which scales to play over Autumn Leaves

4. Examples of more advanced chord/scale application

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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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