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How to Learn Chord Progressions by Ear (No Sheet Music)

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I always preach: learn jazz standards by ear, not sheet music. The benefits are numerous. Many find it easy to learn a melody by ear, but chord progressions are a totally different story.

In this video, we take a look at a “mystery chord progression” and together go through my process for figuring out the chord changes, without my instrument and without sheet music. This is a longer video, but I’m holding nothing back!

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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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