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Killer Jazz Improv Exercise for Leveling Up Your Solos

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"The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 2"

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Now, I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new ways to practice my jazz improvisation, to improve my jazz solos, to make them more exciting, to get deeper inside of jazz standards.

So, in today’s video, I’m going to show you a killer jazz improv exercise that will have you thinking outside the box and taking your solos to the next level.

Important Links and Resources

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This lesson comes out of my brand new eBook and Companion Course “The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 2.” Check it out.

Further Reading:

Killer Rhythmic Tool for Developing Your Jazz Solos Like the Pros

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. Hi Brent, thanks for all you do to keep us inspired and on track. Quick question: Do we need, should we have book1 before getting book2?

    • Hi Arthur, my pleasure! Good question. You don't need Vol 1 to get Vol 2. Vol 1 does feature a handful of more fundamental standards with some basic jazz harmony concepts, while Vol 2. focuses on slightly more complex harmony, but I do a good job of making sure you understand the basics either way.


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