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Quick Win: How to Learn Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (Jazz Tutorial)

Today, we’re talking about the classic minor jazz standard, “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise”. We’ll take a look at the chords to figure out the most efficient way to learn it as well as some harmonic secrets within the tune that will help us improvise over it.

Listen to episode 373

In this episode:

1. Short demo
2. The best way to learn the melody
3. Identifying the key – The first A section
4. Things you can do with a minor ii-V-I progression
5. A tritone substitution
6. Chord substitution options
7. Associating the melody of the song with the chords
8. The second A section
9. The relative major key
10. Diminished substitution
11. Passing diminished chord
12. The best way to improvise on a dim7 chords
13. The bridge

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Brent Vaartstra
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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