Exotic Scales - Whole Tone, Diminished, and Altered

If you've ever done any basic ear training, you might have noticed that the whole tone, diminished and altered scales all have a similar "vibe" and might be hard to distinguish upon first listening. However, once you break them down, you'll find...

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Intro to Bossa Nova Comping

When most people think of bossa nova music, they seem to think of paradise: relaxing in front of a beach with a nice drink in hand. Can you blame them?

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How to Use Passing and Diminished Chords for Walking Dominants

Move Between Chords by "Walking" Walking chords are to jazz guitar comping what walking bass is to a bass line. The focus of this lesson will be to play chords in a “walking” fashion on the fretboard. I'm not talking about walking bass lines with...

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Podcast #40 - Quartal Harmony

In this episode we decipher the whole mysticism behind "voicings in fourths", also called quartal harmony. The first few voicings on Miles Davis' So What immediately come to mind when thinking about quartal chords.

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Jam Session Etiquette and Common Jazz Jam Session Tunes

The Do's and Dont's of Jam Sessions + Favorite Tunes Jam sessions are about sharing music with fellow musicians with whom you may or may not often have a chance to play with. One might say its main purpose is more about social interaction than...

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Quartal Harmony for Jazz Guitar

Modern Jazz Guitar Chords Hey everyone! Marc here today with a lesson on quartal harmony for jazz guitar. Before we begin, a quick definition: "Quartal harmony" refers to any chord that's built by stacking the interval of a fourth. For example, C...

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