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Composing Contrafacts to Improve Jazz Improvisation

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What makes a great jazz solo? To me, it’s all about creating great melodies. So wouldn’t it be a great idea to spend time practicing composing melodies?

In this video, I talk about composing contrafacts (a melody written over an existing song form or chord changes), what they are, how they can help your improv, an example of one of mine, and a call to action for you at the end.

Important Links and Resources

Suggested Resource:

Composing contrafacts is a lesson I include in my eBook “The Jazz Standards Playbook

Further Reading:

LJS 107 Composing Contrafacts to Develop Melodic Ideas.

Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com 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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