How To Build A Chord Melody in 3 Easy Steps

How To Build A Chord Melody in 3 Easy Steps

During their jazz journey, many guitarists will build a chord melody of their favorite jazz standard, making the song sound like their own. For those of you who are just discovering this concept, let’s define what a chord melody is. A chord melody is an arrangement of a song that includes both the melody and the harmony (chords) of the simultaneously, at the same time. … [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 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]

Improvisation: Making the Changes on All the Things You Are

Improvisation: Making the Changes on All the Things You Are

The task of properly outlining chord changes (or “making the changes” in the jargon) in jazz improvisation can seem like a daunting one. On tunes such as All the Things You Are, you, (the improviser) can be confronted with several choices: arpeggios, scales, guide tones, memorizing licks, etc. But chords change go by so fast, that by the time you made up your mind, the … [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]

How Chord Melody Can Make You Question Everything

How Chord Melody Can Make You Question Everything

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

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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]