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So, we all want to become better jazz improvisers and we want to become better quickly.

We want to take those kinds of solos that when we hear them we’re like, “Yes, that was awesome! I want to play and sound just like that.”

But how do we get there? How do we get there faster?

Well, in today’s video, I want to share with you what has worked best for me and I think will work really well for you too.

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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. I do the solo transcription thing from time to time, but I seem to get lost in the harmony. I don't always know what the heck the soloist is playing over. As a newb, I refer to the Real Book, but it's not always helpful. Does that make any sense?

  2. Hey Brent, love the content you have on learnjazzstandards. I teach my private students jazz basics as part of their overall lesson structure. However, when I get overwhelmed in my own jazz journey, I turn to LJS to help me focus my thoughts! Keep up the great work!

    BTW, where did you get that shirt?


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