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Why Jazz Musicians Should Work On Ear Training Fundamentals

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Some argue the fundamentals of ear training (intervals, chords, chord progressions) aren’t important to work on. I hear claims like, “they aren’t musical!” and “intervals won’t help you improvise!”

Unfortunately, claims like these are completely missing the point of what fundamentals of anything are useful for in the first place.

In this video, I give my reasons why the fundamentals of ear training are important for jazz musicians to spend some time studying…and what I learned from playing hockey in high school.

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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."


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