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How to Create Killer Jazz Solos With The Melody Development Exercise

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I often get questions from jazz students asking how to approach improvising over different jazz standards. They seem to struggle knowing where to start.

The answer: Use the melody.

The melody is the most important and defining part of a composition and so we should be utilizing it in our improvisation.

In this video I demonstrate for you an awesome exercises called “The Melody Development Exercise.” See what it’s all about and put it into 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."


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