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6 Jazz Solos You Should Learn

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One great practice that a lot of jazz musicians will suggest is to learn entire jazz solos by ear.

And by doing this, you get this bird’s eye view overarching look at how a great jazz musician approached a jazz standard and getting inside of their head.

So, I want to suggest to you 6 awesome jazz solos that you should learn.

Here are the songs I talk about in the video with solo time markings:

  1. Miles Davis’ solo on Freddie Freeloader (2:13)
  2. Miles Davis’ solo on So What (1:31)
  3. John Coltrane’s solo on My Shining Hour (0:40)
  4. Miles Davis’ solo on Autumn Leaves (4:20)
  5. Wynton Kelly’s Solo on Freddie Freeloader (0:44)
  6. Hank Mobley’s solo on Someday My Prince Will Come (3:09)

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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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