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Ultimate Jazz Improvisation Practice Plan (3 Things to Do)

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If you’re going through YouTube right now just trying to find the next cool chord scale theory idea or the next hip lick to apply to your jazz improv, stop right now!

None of that stuff really matters if you’re not practicing the right things and you’re not practicing it in an effective way.

So, in today’s video, I want to simplify jazz improvisation and boil it down to 3 categories to practice. And not only that, give a practice plan for that, so we can get real results in our jazz improvisation.

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

Brent Vaartstra
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. Very good Plan! I Will try It whithin the next weeks. It lasts one week, right? So I think I can complete It. My problem with long lasting plans Is that I break before the end.

    • Yup – if you haven't already, make (and keep updated) a list of all tunes you know. In addition to all the other things you do, each week, choose five-six tunes that you already know. Each day (allowing for one-two missed practice sessions per week), pull out one of these tunes and run it – head, solo, comping (if you're a comping instrument); good, bad or indifferent, just run it. Each week you should get through at least five tunes. Keeps stuff relatively fresh.

    • Hey there, not really a formula per say, but it can be helpful to sneak in some review time in your practice sessions. But for maintaining songs I think its best to be playing them live with others, and continually doing that will be helpful.


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