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4 Patterns for Jazz Improvisation Technique

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One thing that I think is important to jazz improvisation is having technical proficiency on your instrument because jazz improvisation calls for you to act and react in the moment and we don’t want our instruments holding us back.

So, in today’s video, I’m going to go over 4 easy patterns that will help build flexibility on our instruments so we can apply it into our jazz solos.

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Further Reading:

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

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. Oops… forget to mention my suggestion. A pattern I like a lot, which is also beneficial to transpose to all the keys is to start on the root, then play ascending groups of 4 notes moving up a step each time. When you hit the top, reverse it and come back down, playing groups of 4 notes, and then dropping a step, etc. Thanks, Jamie

  2. Nice little video Brent! Patterns, particularly based on scales, is one of the basic concepts behind improv, right? And, the use of a simple pattern can make you sound more advanced! Love the site, Jamie


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