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Bebop Melody Over It Could Happen to You

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When I was a beginner jazz improviser, one of the main things I wanted to accomplish was to be able to hear the chord changes come out in my solos.

So, in today’s video, I’m going to be showing you a bebop melody I’ve composed over the jazz standard It Could Happen to You and some key lessons we can learn from it for playing the chord changes.

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This contrafact is included in my eBook and course “The Jazz Standards Playbook.” You can check that 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."


  1. Hi Brent
    That was a great insight into target notes/enclosures etc, is it the same theory for chords, IE can you enclose a target chord?
    I will be getting the Jazz standards playbook as soon as I have finished the zero to improv course. Do you do any courses on chord melody?

    I have a couple of questions Brent

    What Amp are you using for your guitar and how do you upload the sound?



    • Hey Bill! I'm sure you could enclose a chord, in the sense I think you're getting at in chord melody. It's just all about harmonizing your melodic line. Unfortunately, no chord melody courses! Actually not using an amp for my videos, I just plug in directly to my audio interface and recording software and add reverb later.

  2. I like using my hear to transcribed solos, analyzing them, taking ii v licks,plus other pieces of language,and moving them throughout the 12 keys.In addition to that I like using Learning Jazz Standards learning tools,books,videos,tracks,etc. as a systematic approach for navigating improvisational development……Thanks Brent,love practicing using your guidance…..can't stress the importance of .consistently and documentation of My practice routine…..
    Kind regards, Paige Smith


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