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Revealing Harmonic Secrets of a Bebop Jazz Standard

Welcome to episode 315 where today I walk us through a harmonic analysis of a bebop jazz standard.

Analyzing the function of harmony within jazz standards is a great practice that can help you understand them better. You’ll learn some amazing lessons from this jazz standard.

Listen to episode 315

Today we’re gonna be diving into a bebop jazz standard looking at the harmony so that we can see what kind of improv lessons we can learn, what kind of harmony lessons we can learn so that we can play other jazz standards even better.

In this episode:

1. Benefits of analyzing jazz standards

2. Analyzing Yardbird Suite

3. Backdoor dominants

4. Secondary dominants

5. Deceptive cadences

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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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