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Quick Win: How to Learn Giant Steps (Jazz Tutorial)

Giant Steps is notoriously one of the most feared jazz standards for musicians to learn and improvise over, not only because of the complex harmony but also because of the speed.

So today, I’m gonna talk about how we can learn the chords most efficiently so we can improvise over them well and find out the harmonic secrets that Giant Steps has to offer.

Listen to episode 375

In this episode:
1. Intro
2. Preparing to learn the melody – LIST process
3. Analyzing the chords (featuring Brett Pontecorvo)
4. The ii-V-I cadences
5. Moving down by major 3rds
6. The V-I cadences
7. Using the melody to organize key centers
8. Second half of the tune
9. Moving up by major 3rds
10. Recap

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com 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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