The Jazz Standards Playbook

10 Jazz Standard Studies That Will Level-Up Your Jazz Playing

The Jazz Standards Playbook

10 Jazz Standard Studies That Will Level-Up Your Jazz Playing

Have you ever struggled to play jazz standards? Maybe they feel too difficult for you to improvise over, too challenging to memorize, or maybe, you just don’t understand how the harmony works.

I get it. I’ve walked in your shoes. And that’s why I’m going to help you unravel the mystery…

Have you ever struggled to play jazz standards? Maybe they feel too difficult for you to improvise over, too challenging to memorize, or maybe, you just don’t understand how the harmony works.

I get it. I’ve walked in your shoes. And that’s why I’m going to help you unravel the mystery…

Welcome to The Jazz Standards Playbook!

Explore what I call the “10 Master Standards” that will help you understand, navigate, and confidently play any jazz tune you come across.

Stop feeling confused by jazz standards, and let’s take a look under the hood together to see what’s going on!

In case you don’t know me, my name is Brent Vaartstra. I’m a professional jazz musician, educator, author, and podcaster. But I’m best known as the jazz musician behind the internationally followed website Learn Jazz Standards.com.

I wrote The Jazz Standards Playbook because my students, readers and podcast listeners often wonder how to approach jazz standards.

How do they work? How do I improvise over them? Which ones should I learn, analyze, and study to get the best results? If you’ve ever wondered those things, you are in the right place.

The Jazz Standards Playbook walks you through in-depth studies of what I call my “10 Master Jazz Standards.” These are not only important to know, they contain very important harmonic lessons that can help us understand any other jazz standard.

Welcome to The Jazz Standards Playbook!

Explore what I call the “10 Master Standards” that will help you understand, navigate, and confidently play any jazz tune you come across.

Stop feeling confused by jazz standards, and let’s take a look under the hood together to see what’s going on!

In case you don’t know me, my name is Brent Vaartstra. I’m a professional jazz musician, educator, author, and podcaster. But I’m best known as the jazz musician behind the internationally followed website Learn Jazz Standards.com.

I wrote The Jazz Standards Playbook because my students, readers and podcast listeners often wonder how to approach jazz standards.

How do they work? How do I improvise over them? Which ones should I learn, analyze, and study to get the best results? If you’ve ever wondered those things, you are in the right place.

The Jazz Standards Playbook walks you through in-depth studies of what I call my “10 Master Jazz Standards.” These are not only important to know, they contain very important harmonic lessons that can help us understand any other jazz standard.

Welcome to The Jazz Standards Playbook!

Explore what I call the “10 Master Standards” that will help you understand, navigate, and confidently play any jazz tune you come across.

Stop feeling confused by jazz standards, and let’s take a look under the hood together to see what’s going on!

In case you don’t know me, my name is Brent Vaartstra. I’m a professional jazz musician, educator, author, and podcaster. But I’m best known as the jazz musician behind the internationally followed website Learn Jazz Standards.com.

I wrote The Jazz Standards Playbook because my students, readers and podcast listeners often wonder how to approach jazz standards.

How do they work? How do I improvise over them? Which ones should I learn, analyze, and study to get the best results? If you’ve ever wondered those things, you are in the right place.

The Jazz Standards Playbook walks you through in-depth studies of what I call my “10 Master Jazz Standards.” These are not only important to know, they contain very important harmonic lessons that can help us understand any other jazz standard.

The “10 Master Standards”

So what jazz standards will you study? These are the ones that I cover from top to bottom.

#1: Autumn Leaves

#2: Blue Bossa

#3: All of Me

#4: It Could Happen to You

#5: Sweet Georgia Brown

#6: So What

#7: On Green Dolphin Street

#8: Have You Met Miss Jones

#9: All the Things You Are

#10: Stella by Starlight

The “10 Master Standards”

So what jazz standards will you study? These are the ones that I cover from top to bottom.

#1: Autumn Leaves

#2: Blue Bossa

#3: All of Me

#4: It Could Happen to You

#5: Sweet Georgia Brown

#6: So What

#7: On Green Dolphin Street

#8: Have You Met Miss Jones

#9: All the Things You Are

#10: Stella by Starlight

What you will learn:

Each jazz standard study is packed with important resources, and lessons to help you unlock and understand these jazz standards.

  • How to analyze jazz standards with roman numerals. So you can understand the chord changes.

  • Key improvisational concepts. Using 10 actionable improv lessons based on the studies.

  • How to learn jazz standards using the LIST method. So that you know them deeply.

  • Key harmonic lessons in jazz standards. So that every other tune is 10X easier to understand.

What you will learn:

Each jazz standard study is packed with important resources, and lessons to help you unlock and understand these jazz standards.

  • How to analyze jazz standards with roman numerals. So you can understand the chord changes.

  • Key improvisational concepts. Using 10 actionable improv lessons based on the studies.

  • How to learn jazz standards using the LIST method. So that you know them deeply.

  • Key harmonic lessons in jazz standards. So that every other tune is 10X easier to understand.

The Core Lesson Materials

Each jazz standard study includes three important core materials to support your learning experience.

The Chord Map

The Chord Map shows you all of the chords in the song, including basic piano and guitar voicings, but most importantly, the chord tones in each chord.

The Guide Tones Chart

The Guide Tones Chart identifies the important notes you need to target in each chord and shows you how to connect these together. It serves as a great tool to jump-start your improvisation.

The Chords Analysis

The Chord Analysis is the most valuable resource. It walks you through a roman numeral analysis of the chords, with color-coding to help organize and make sense of the harmony.

The Core Lesson Materials

Each jazz standard study includes three important core materials to support your learning experience.

The Chord Map

The Chord Map shows you all of the chords in the song, including basic piano and guitar voicings, but most importantly, the chord tones in each chord.

The Guide Tones Chart

The Guide Tones Chart identifies the important notes you need to target in each chord and shows you how to connect these together. It serves as a great tool to jump-start your improvisation.

The Chords Analysis

The Chord Analysis is the most valuable resource. It walks you through a roman numeral analysis of the chords, with color-coding to help organize and make sense of the harmony.

What’s included?

What’s included?

195-page pdf eBook full of jazz lessons

Audio examples and backing tracks

Tons of exercises and examples

195-page pdf eBook full of jazz lessons

Audio examples and backing tracks

Tons of exercises and examples

The Jazz Standards Playbook by itself is incredibly valuable, and you can get just the eBook. But because I believe real musical transformation can only come if we take massive, determined action, I’ve created a companion course for those who want to take the extra step…

The Jazz Standards Playbook by itself is incredibly valuable, and you can get just the eBook. But because I believe real musical transformation can only come if we take massive, determined action, I’ve created a companion course for those who want to take the extra step…

The Companion Course

The primary goals of the companion course help you get the very most out of The Jazz Standards Playbook. 

  • Helps you actually finish the book. So that you get the full benefits.

  • Helps you take action. By getting assignments and posting on the Community Discussion Board.

  • Provides a community. So you can take the journey with others going through the book.

The Companion Course

The primary goals of the companion course help you get the very most out of The Jazz Standards Playbook. 

  • Helps you actually finish the book. So that you get the full benefits.

  • Helps you take action. By getting assignments and posting on the Community Discussion Board.

  • Provides a community. So you can take the journey with others going through the book.

Here’s what you get:

In-depth video tutorials of the chords analysis of each song. I go deeper into these to help you understand them better.

A community to help motivate and inspire you. You will post your assignments I give you on the Community Discussion Board to give and receive constructive feedback from other course takers.

Trackable progress, to help you visually see which chapters you’ve accomplished and how much you have left to go, which can help drive motivation.

All four instrument versions of the book, downloadable from the course dashboard.

Here’s what you get:

In-depth video tutorials of the chords analysis of each song. I go deeper into these to help you understand them better.

A community to help motivate and inspire you. You will post your assignments I give you on the Community Discussion Board to give and receive constructive feedback from other course takers.

Trackable progress, to help you visually see which chapters you’ve accomplished and how much you have left to go, which can help drive motivation.

All four instrument versions of the book, downloadable from the course dashboard.

John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” study video tutorial. Exclusively for companion course takers.

John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” study video tutorial. Exclusively for companion course takers.

Here’s what people are saying about The Jazz Standards Playbook:

Brent in his newest publication achieves freshness, rigor, and making learning appealing and attractive. The layout of the e-book is beyond delight. In Brent’s masterful, sereine, and yet rigorously structured lessons there is no place for loftiness. And so he says: “I want you to take action”. And at the same time, he assures the student that “I’m not going to leave you hanging”. Great achievement, Brent! Thank you for this gift!”

Anne from Berlin

Pianist

I purchased the Learn Jazz Standards Playbook together with the video course. I really like the training approach in this material! I’m learning the theory behind the songs, how the chords are constructed and how they relate together. It is fun and challenging to learn. Furthermore, the extra video course is really motivating to keep you going and practicing. Thanks, Brent!

Wim from The Netherlands

Tenor Saxophonist

The Jazz Standards Book and videos demystify the workings of making music without making it seem like too much work. I have been woodshedding for forty years and learned more in my first week with this course than I thought possible. I can’t wait to follow the footsteps of jazz pioneers and take some Giant Steps!

Will from California

Flutist and Saxophonist

Thanks, Brent! You have a great approach to teaching this stuff, very inspirational and explained in a clear and logical fashion. The challenges are difficult enough to get me practicing but not overwhelming. Keep up the good work!

Maximillian from Austria,

Clarinet

Here’s what people are saying about The Jazz Standards Playbook:

Brent in his newest publication achieves freshness, rigor, and making learning appealing and attractive. The layout of the e-book is beyond delight. In Brent’s masterful, sereine, and yet rigorously structured lessons there is no place for loftiness. And so he says: “I want you to take action”. And at the same time, he assures the student that “I’m not going to leave you hanging”. Great achievement, Brent! Thank you for this gift!”

Anne from Berlin

Pianist

I purchased the Learn Jazz Standards Playbook together with the video course. I really like the training approach in this material! I’m learning the theory behind the songs, how the chords are constructed and how they relate together. It is fun and challenging to learn. Furthermore, the extra video course is really motivating to keep you going and practicing. Thanks, Brent!

Wim from The Netherlands

Tenor Saxophonist

The Jazz Standards Book and videos demystify the workings of making music without making it seem like too much work. I have been woodshedding for forty years and learned more in my first week with this course than I thought possible. I can’t wait to follow the footsteps of jazz pioneers and take some Giant Steps!

Will from California

Flutist and Saxophonist

Thanks, Brent! You have a great approach to teaching this stuff, very inspirational and explained in a clear and logical fashion. The challenges are difficult enough to get me practicing but not overwhelming. Keep up the good work!

Maximillian from Austria,

Clarinet

It’s time to get started!

Versions for C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef instruments. For all skill levels.

eBook Only

$ 35
  • 193 PDF eBook full of jazz lessons
  • Audio examples and backing tracks
  • Tons of exercises and examples to work through
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eBook + Companion Course

$ 95
  • All 4 eBook instrument versions
  • In-depth video tutorials
  • Course Community
  • Trackable progress
  • Bonus: Giant Steps Study

eBook Only (Vol 1 & 2)

$ 70
  • The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 1
  • The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 2
  • 20 total studies of important jazz standards
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$ 170$ 190
  • -$20 Discount
  • Vol. 1 Companion Course
  • Vol. 2 Companion Course
  • In-depth video tutorials
  • Course Community
  • Trackable progress
  • Bonus: Giant Steps Study
  • Bonus: Mindful Jazz Listening Masterclass (45 min)

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I’m so confident you’re going to love The Jazz Standards Playbook, that I’m willing to make a guarantee- a 30-Day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

  • If you’ve gone through the book and have done the work, yet don’t feel like you’ve gotten value out of this eBook, send me an email, show me you did the work, and I’ll refund all of your money (I’ll even eat the credit-card processing fees). Me and the team here at LJS believe in this book and we’ll take responsibility for it.

I’m so confident you’re going to love The Jazz Standards Playbook, that I’m willing to make a guarantee- a 30-Day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

  • If you’ve gone through the book and have done the work, yet don’t feel like you’ve gotten value out of this eBook, send me an email, show me you did the work, and I’ll refund all of your money (I’ll even eat the credit-card processing fees). Me and the team here at LJS believe in this book and we’ll take responsibility for it.

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