How to Learn Jazz Standards

Playing jazz guitar should mostly be about playing songs. It is the goal and also the way we practice to get to the goal. In this video I will go over what it is to learn a jazz standard and give you some ideas on things you can work on and want to try to be able to do. The idea is that you get the most out of the standard, and that you also train your skills as a jazz guitarist and improviser at the same time!!

The video should give you some useful exercises and ways of thinking about learning melodies and chord progressions. Most jazz standards are great compositions and vehicles for improvisation and interpretation, and keeping that in mind helps when it comes to learning them!!

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