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How to Spice Up Your Jazz Improv With Tritone Subs

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Jazz musicians are notorious for taking already complex harmonic structures and making them more complex. Gotta love these guys.

One common chord substitution that is used is called the Tritone Sub. It’s a common technique that you should know how to implement.

In this video I go over 3 different ways you can use Tritone Subs over different chord progressions. Time to practice!

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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. I like all the instructions in your videos but I get up-set because lots of times I can not see your guitar fret board , while you are playing ! a lot of times it moves out of view! (down to low)
    I would like to make a suggestion.
    “You should move away from the camera a little bit may be a “foot further away”
    Thanks Mike Swiednicki
    [email protected]


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