5 Tips To Start Playing Jazz With Your Acoustic Guitar

5 Tips To Start Playing Jazz With Your Acoustic Guitar

The sound of jazz guitar is usually associated with the electric guitar. However, we often forget that there is a completely developed contemporary acoustic segment of this genre! Jazz on a acoustic guitar may sound a bit different, but is as very rich in style and substance. If you have an acoustic guitar – or plan on getting one – there are some things you might … [Click Here to Read more]

How To Keep Motivated When Mastering The Guitar

How To Keep Motivated When Mastering The Guitar

Learning to play the guitar well is one of life greatest pleasures. Succeeding takes time and patience, and staying motivated when you’d rather be doing anything else isn’t easy. There are several things you can do to remain driven until you master it. 1. Structure your practice sessions. Mastering the guitar requires long hours of practice, and this is usually the main reason you lose … [Click Here to Read more]

Meditative Rhythms: The Ultimate Jazz Guitar Warm Up Exercise

Meditative Rhythms: The Ultimate Jazz Guitar Warm Up Exercise

In this blog post and video we’ll look into an exercise that is very simple. It’s called meditative rhythms. In my humble opinion, this is the most effective jazz guitar warm up there is! Ready? Jazz Guitar Warm Up: Meditation? Meditative Rhythms is a term borrowed from David Berkman, a jazz pianist and educator in New York. I’ve modified his exercise to suit my taste and … [Click Here to Read more]

5 Reasons to Transcribe Jazz Guitar Solos by Ear

5 Reasons to Transcribe Jazz Guitar Solos by Ear

A lot of players transcribe jazz guitar solos during their practice time. If you are not doing it, maybe it is because you do not see the benefits (yet). We are convinced that you know a handful of jazz solos you really enjoy listening to and in this blog post, we will give you 5 reasons explaining why you should transcribe these great jazz solos by ear.  A word of advice: You … [Click Here to Read more]

Five Chord Melody Tips For Jazz Guitarists

Five Chord Melody Tips For Jazz Guitarists

Here’s a straightforward and easy to apply lesson to perk up your chord melody playing. Here are five tips for jazz guitarists of all levels regarding the fine art (and science) of playing harmony and melody simultaneously on the guitar. The Pain Points: In Summary Problem #1: Your chord melody sound like just a “bunch of chords” one after another. Solution: Make the melody a priority. Phrase the … [Click Here to Read more]

How to Sound Jazzy with Altered Dominants

How to Sound Jazzy with Altered Dominants

You know the drill: as jazz players, we’re always looking for ways to add nice chromatic notes and altered dominants into our solos. So this lesson is yet another way to solve one of the most typical issues for beginning and intermediate jazz players, which is … How can I sound less inside when I solo? In this blog + video lesson, we’ll do just that … [Click Here to Read more]

How to Play Shell Voicings for Jazz Guitar (3-Note Chords)

How to Play Shell Voicings for Jazz Guitar (3-Note Chords)

Shell voicings for jazz guitar are one of the greatest ways to either go back to basics (to better understand harmony on the guitar) or, plainly, to get started comping. So, forget about memorizing tons of chord shapes. You simply need a few basic chord shells (commonly called shell voicings, or shell chords). Ready? Shell Voicings (3-Note Chords): But Why? As an analogy, shell voicings … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Duos: Top-5 Guitar-Bass Albums

Jazz Guitar Duos: Top-5 Guitar-Bass Albums

Jazz guitar duos with a bass. No drums. No piano. No brass. No anything else. This is probably the simplest combination you can get in Jazz Guitar. This minimalistic setting helped creating some of the most sensitive and intimate jazz records ever. Ed Bickert & Don Thompson: At the Garden Party (1979) This Ed Bickert and Don Thompson album has of one of the warmest guitar sound … [Click Here to Read more]

5 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums You Should Hear Now

5 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums You Should Hear Now

The Ultimate Selection of “the best of the best” Jazz Guitar Albums, Old and New Sure, there’s thousands of jazz guitar albums that have been recorded to this day. But some legendary jazz guitarists have that universal sound that reaches and touches people deeply. If you’ve ever been “grabbed” by the sound of one album, then you know exactly what I mean. So, here’s my own … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Chords for Beginners: The Drop 2 Chords Challenge

Jazz Guitar Chords for Beginners: The Drop 2 Chords Challenge

Here’s a short blog + video lesson on easy drop 2 chords for jazz guitar beginners. Or, as I call it, “The Drop 2 Challenge”. Generally, when jazz guitarists comp (that is, when playing comping a.k.a chords acCOMPaniment), they don’t always use barre chords. Or chords with the root in the bass for that matter. To gain more liberty, the intermediate players will gain lots of … [Click Here to Read more]

Pat Metheny Top-5 Albums

Pat Metheny Top-5 Albums

Pat Metheny: Where to begin when talking about the recorded output of one of the most prolific jazz composer, improviser and recording artist of the last 40 years?!? By my favorite albums of course! In case you didn’t know, Metheny won 20 Grammys and three of his albums went gold. It’s hard to discuss such a jazz giant without forgetting to mention something important. Metheny … [Click Here to Read more]

Powerful Back to Basics: 3 Awesome Jazz Blues Fundamentals

Powerful Back to Basics: 3 Awesome Jazz Blues Fundamentals

This is more of a “ready fire aim” type of blog post on jazz blues improvisation for jazz guitarists. Highly recommended: download the following backing track, read some of the suggestions and get cracking. If I were you, I’d even read the post with the guitar on my lap. 😉 At first, take the time to understand what the three exercises are all about.  Each … [Click Here to Read more]

The Dummies’ Guide to Jazz Standards – for Jazz Guitarists

The Dummies’ Guide to Jazz Standards – for Jazz Guitarists

The year is 2005. I’m warming up on a few jazz standards on my (then new) blue Godin Flat-Five X. The almost sound-proof cubicle is cozy, but wide enough to fit a piano and one all-purpose amp. The air is old and stinky from being recycled by the ventilation system. And I’m thinking to myself, Oh, quite the honor. I have my own private ON/OFF switch for … [Click Here to Read more]

Getting a Thrill From Harmony and Arrangers – Ed Bickert Interviews Part 2

Ed Bickert - great jazz guitarist

Here are some more insights into Ed Bickert‘s legendary playing. Some musical thoughts that are extremely relevant in understanding his genius and approach to jazz guitar chords. Ed talks about what he finds exciting in nice, surprising harmonies (on the guitar or otherwise) when they’re done with “the right approach, the right sound”. And in the second video, the master mentions arrangers (such as Gil … [Click Here to Read more]

How Chord Melody Can Make You Question Everything and Stuff

How Chord Melody Can Make You Question Everything and Stuff

I often get asked “Is there a chord melody path I should embark on?” And this is a tricky question. I mean, sure, you can get a book of pre-fabricated chord melody arrangements on standards. But it won’t answer most of your questions regarding harmony, melody and guitar playing. Knowing and really playing in chord melody style requires far more than imitation. We have to imitate … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Tips: Learn the Fretboard

Jazz Guitar Tips: Learn the Fretboard

In this first (of many) jazz guitar tips, let’s address something crucial for jazz guitarists: knowing the names of the notes on the entire instrument. In short, today’s jazz guitar tip is learn the fretboard! You’ll be glad you did. Let first see why (hey, I need to justify what we’re doing here!) and shortly after how (a technique) you can apply. Simple steps to learn the fretboard thoroughly, without too … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar: 7 Steps (You’re Probably NOT Taking) to Learn Jazz Guitar Standards

Jazz Guitar: 7 Steps (You’re Probably NOT Taking) to Learn Jazz Guitar Standards

Let’s be honest: you probably don’t know enough Jazz Guitar Standards tunes to jam with a  fellow jazz musician for an hour. And the problem might simply be that you are not taking the necessary steps to really learn the tunes in question. Good news: you’re not alone! 🙂 In the midst of teaching, coaching and creating new lessons for JazzGuitarLessons.net I recently realized that most students may know … [Click Here to Read more]

96 Jazz Guitar Chords in 10 minutes: how to learn Drop 2 and Drop 3 voicings for Jazz Guitarists

96 Jazz Guitar Chords in 10 minutes: how to learn Drop 2 and Drop 3 voicings for Jazz Guitarists

  Here’s a clever way to learn 96 jazz guitar chords in a few minutes: Learn Drop 2 and Drop 3 voicings (2 things to learn) … for 4 chord qualities (maj7, min7, dom7, m7b5) … at each fret (12 frets on the guitar) TWO times FOUR times TWELVE = 96 So, this whole post will be about “Drop” voicings and more specifically how to … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Pentatonics – Part 1 – What is the pentatonic scale?

Jazz Guitar Pentatonics

In this article / video series, we will study pentatonic scales and how they can be applied in Jazz guitar improvisations. The jazz guitar pentatonics are used extensively throughout recorded Jazz history. We will go very slow, starting from the construction of two very common and simple to use pentatonic scales. We will then work on them throughout the fretboard (positions), using several patterns. Finally, we’ll see … [Click Here to Read more]

How to Play Jazz Guitar: The Truth About Finding Your Muse

How to Play Jazz Guitar: The Truth About Finding Your Muse

When we are learning how to play jazz guitar, the question is always: “Am I practicing the right stuff?” Or better still: “What is the next step a jazz guitarist at my level should take?” As far as I know, there’s never a perfect answer. Thank God. We are lucky that there’s no pre-established curriculum for a jazz musicians to learn. Else we would all sound … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar: A Systematic Path for Beginners – Part 3

Jazz Guitar: A Systematic Path for Beginners – Part 3

Well, if Part 2 of this series didn’t scare you away, I don’t know what will! (Just kidding). No, but seriously: if you tried to apply the 10 steps found in part 2, you might as well already have exactly what you need to practice for the upcoming weeks / months. IF you want more clarification, please continue on reading …   Still Confused? For … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar: A Systematic Path for Beginners – Part 2

Jazz Guitar: A Systematic Path for Beginners – Part 2

Last time, we looked at a rather old video published on JazzGuitarLessons.net … the essentials: there’s no such thing as a straightforward path that every beginner. Plus, see the tips (in point form) just below the video in Part 1. Now what? In addition to the tips we can retain from the video, I recently came up with a very systematic approach for Jazz guitar beginners. … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar: A Systematic Path for Beginners – Part 1

Jazz Guitar: A Systematic Path for Beginners – Part 1

Clearly, the question that gets asked most often (throughout JazzGuitarLessons.net and throughout my Jazz teaching experiences) is: I’m a beginner. What should I do? What exercises do you give every student when they are just starting out? If only it was that easy! 🙂 The main problem is that no two musicians are alike. This creates quite a lot of head-scratching and soul-searching. (Yes, for both the mentor … [Click Here to Read more]