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3 Ways to Practice Jazz Standards

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If you want to learn how to play jazz and become a great jazz improviser, you need to learn jazz standards.

Jazz standards are the vehicles in which jazz musicians use to improvise and communicate with one another. So, how do we actually practice jazz standards? What are some good ways to do them?

I want to share with you 3 ways to practice jazz standards that are going to help you really get inside of them, understand them better and improvise over them better.

Important Links and Resources

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If you’re interested in the software I used in this video (Band-in-a-Box), check it out here.

Further Reading:

Jazz Improvisation Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

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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