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The First 10 Jazz Standards You Need To Know

I say it all the time: Learn jazz - make music, and to do that you need to know some songs, so in this video, I am going to go over 10 jazz standards that you want in your repertoire and are great places to start learning jazz. This is in terms of playing changes and knowing all the chords and scales but also about the form that you want to know which is going to make it easier to learn more complicated standards.

When talking about the songs I will try to reference great versions of them, and also talk about whether this song may be a good place to start for you if you are looking for songs to learn.

If you already know a lot of songs and have some other suggestions for this list then let me know about that in the comments to this video. Sharing information like that is really useful for everybody checking it out!! I'll talk about the first standards I learned later in the video, none of those are on the list.

Take The A train - Joe Henderson

Cantaloupe Island - Pat Metheny

Blues - George Benson

Satin Doll - Joe Pass

Blue Bossa - Kenny Burrell

Autumn Leaves - Bill Evans

Perdido - Oscar Peterson

Summertime - Joe Henderson/John Scofield

Solar - Metheny/Hancock/Dejohnette/Holland


Get started learning some of these standards here.

If you want to check out some of the important progressions that make up jazz standards then check out this video.

Want to learn how to analyze standards? Then see how I do that in this playlist of videos on jazz standards and music theory.


Thanks so much for checking out my weekly lesson at Musicians Unite!! I hope you found this jazz standard discussion both interesting and helpful!!

Please check back next week for another lesson, and in the meantime please catch up with me on my website and social media pages!!


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