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Make Chords Sound Like Jazz (4 Levels)

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So, how do we make chords in chord progressions sound like jazz? Or for lack of better terms, jazzy?

Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to be covering in today’s video: four levels of making chords sound like jazz.

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If you want to dive deeper into jazz chords and chord progressions, check out my eBook and course “The Jazz Standards Playbook” by clicking here.

Further Reading:

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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. You just confirmed my knowledge of chord change possibilities.

    About your “tune I would always play.” even before you revealed the tune, my mind was saying “make it be “All The Things You Are” because that was also my pick.

    “Great minds think alike.” LOL.

    Thanks for your great work in a world that can’t put two chords together.


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