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Quick Win: How to Play Scales Over Jazz Chords (Without Sounding Like Scales)

How do you play scales over jazz chords so that you are playing the right notes but not making it sound like you are just playing scales?

Well, today I’m going to show you a melodic approach to making scales musical.

Listen to episode 299

In this episode:

1. Intro

2. The Big Problem with Scales

3. Taking Scales into Context

4. The Right Way to Think About Scales in Jazz

5. First Step to Making Scales Musical

6. Using Scales to “Fill In The Gaps”

7. The Locrian #2 Lick

8. Identifying Chord Tones in the Lick

9. Filling in the Gaps With Scales in the Lick

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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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