Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Composed by Charles Mingus Tune’s History Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is a popular standard originally recorded in 1959. It was composed by Charles Mingus and lyrics were later added by Joni Mitchell. Originally, Mingus had written the tune as a sort of homage to the late Lester Young. Throughout jazz history, the tune has been …

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Blues Transitions

Hands-On 14: Blues Transitions

Approaching the IV Chord In a Blues The goal of this series is to actually put a lick under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give stuff you need to play and be creative. In this lesson, we will be discussing approaching the IV …

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Parallel Harmony

Hands-On 13: Parallel Harmony

Adding Parallel Motion to Your Chord Melody The goal of this series is to actually put a lick under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give stuff you need to play and be creative. In this lesson, we will be discussing adding parallel motion …

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How to Solo on II-V-I

How to Solo on ii-V-I

The Most Common Progression in Jazz Hello again! I’m so glad you could join us again. If you’re reading this, it might be because you are interested in learning how to solo on II-V-I progressions. Seeing as how this is, in fact, the most common progression in jazz, it’s probably a good place to start! …

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How to Play Fast

How to Play Fast: Banner

Practice Techniques & Subdivision Control One thing I have always noticed from my students is the desire to learn how to play fast. Now, as a teacher, sometimes I shake my head at the obsession with speed. At the same time, however, I understand the need to be able to do this. As guitar players, …

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Harmonic Movement

Hands-On 10: Create Motion On Static Chords

Create Motion On Static Chords The goal of this series is to actually put a lick under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give stuff you need to play and be creative. In this issue, we will be discussing how you can create motion …

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