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]

The Jazz Guitar Comping Video Lesson of Your Dreams

The Jazz Guitar Comping Video Lesson of Your Dreams

Oh yeah! This is exciting. Time for  the jazz guitar comping video lesson of your dreams.  No kidding! The Gist of It Problem: jazz guitar apprentice is seeking to get better at jazz guitar comping Solution: first reflex is to try and learn more jazz guitar chord shapes. Which does not work, by the way … it leads to more confusion. Alternative: Learn to approach comping from a … [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]

Jim Hall Untold

Jim Hall Untold

Jim Hall was arguably the most musical jazz guitarist of 20th century. His playing was at once grounded in tradition, and forward thinking. And that, even though jazz was still a young art form when he first picked up a guitar. He developed a style that was devoid of clichés and rich in musicality rather than mere guitar pyrotechnics. A true member of any ensemble, … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Blues: How to Sound Jazzy with the VI Chord

Jazz Guitar Blues: How to Sound Jazzy with the VI Chord

In this blog, we’ll work on the three (most interesting) jazz guitar blues possibilities to make your blues playing sound … well … jazzier! The VI chord, found in bar 8, can really help define the harmonic progression of the jazzier types of blues in your soloing. Let’s get going! Where’s that VI chord? We all know the Bb blues progression. (Do we?) Here’s a … [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: Voice Leading

Jazz Guitar Tips: Voice Leading

Sad news: this is the last of the series of seven blog posts (and videos) on quick-and-easy jazz guitar tips. (Remember last time? We talked about chord cycles …) Good news: this is “the dessert”, the sweet treat … my all-time favorite tip for jazz guitarists of all levels: Learn to use voice leading in your comping! We could also have had this jazz guitar tip … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Tips: Chord Cycles

Jazz Guitar Tips: Chord Cycles

And we’re back to jazz guitar harmony with today’s tip, which is: Play your chords through jazz chord cycles! This is a very straightforward little jazz guitar trick to add to your arsenal. Personally, I basically see the chord cycles as a simple tool to play in all keys. For instance, once you learn a chord, a lick or a song, it can be beneficial … [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]