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Fast Way to Play “Bluesy” Lines Over a Jazz Blues

If you want to crush it as a jazz improviser, knowing how to improvise over a blues inside and out will give you an unfair advantage.

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It is my belief that if we want to learn how to play jazz really well, we also have to understand the blues because that’s really where jazz is coming out of and it is saturated in the music.

So, how do we start crushing jazz solos over top of the jazz blues and start sounding “bluesy” right away?

Well, I’m going to show you a great starting point that you can use in your jazz solos today and no, it’s not the blues scale.

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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."


  1. Nice job! Maybe mention that it’s that major third in the Clifford Brown lick that makes it sound so cool- that’s something you don’t hear in a minor pentatonic scale. I love that toggling back-and-forth between major and minor pentatonic. your stuff is great dude .


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