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Quick Win: How to PRACTICE Improvising Over a Jazz Standard

So, if you’re practicing over jazz standards but you continually feel like you’re not improving, not getting any better, it could be that you’re just practicing them wrong in the very first place.

So, I’m gonna show you strategies for practicing over jazz standards and actually improvising over them.

Listen to episode 351

In this episode:

  1. Intro
  2. Demonstration
  3. First strategy: Study the chord changes of a jazz standard
  4. Isolate just one chord and practice improvising over it
  5. Demonstration: How to improvise over one chord
  6. 2nd strategy: Practice improvising over common progressions
  7. Demonstration: Improvising over one chord
  8. Demonstration: Improvising over two chords
  9. 3rd Strategy: Practice the transitions
  10. Demonstration: Practice transitioning 3-chord progressions

Important Links:

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Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way

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See you in the next video!

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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