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This Is What I’d Do If I Started Jazz All Over Again

Have you ever looked back on something that you’ve done and gone, “If I only knew what I know now, I would have done that thing a little bit differently”?

Well, I was thinking about that the other day about my jazz playing. If I know what I know now, would I do something completely different or have a different approach to learning jazz than I did when I first started learning it?

Well, in today’s episode that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna build a time machine. I’m gonna go back, and I’m going to redo the way that I learned jazz and I’m gonna take you along for the ride with me.

Listen to episode 365

In this episode:
1. Learn one jazz standard a month
2. Learn the blues in all 12 keys
3. Practice no more than 2 hours a day, 5 times a week
4. Focus on chord tones and resolving to them
5. Learn one chorus of a solo each month
6. Practice soloing unaccompanied
7. Play live once a week

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

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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