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Why You Need to Learn Giant Steps

Giant Steps by John Coltrane is often known as a right of passage for jazz musicians because it is notoriously one of the most difficult jazz standards to learn and improvise over. Truly it is a complicated song.

So, in today’s episode, I’m actually gonna talk about why going into the trouble of working on and practicing and learning Giant Steps is actually gonna help you play all other jazz standards a lot better.

Welcome to episode 370

In this episode:
1. Reasons why you need to study Giant Steps

2. Learn the Coltrane changes

3. Understand the underlying modulations within the tune

4. How to navigate V-I chord progressions in different keys

5. How to use altered licks for V-I ideas

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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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