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40 Jazz Standards You Need to Know (by Category)

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There are a lot of jazz standards to learn if you want to participate in jazz jam sessions and play gigs. If you’re looking for a larger list to shoot for that will get you some great mileage, this is a good one.

In this video, I break down 40 jazz standards that I find get called quite often and have lots of lessons to teach us. I break them down by category to help you get organized.

Knowing what jazz standards to learn is one thing, but knowing how to learn them the RIGHT way, is completely different.

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My slightly larger list of 50 standards with learning resources here.

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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