Eddie Lang (1902-1933)

On March 30, 1933, over two thousand people gathered in Philadelphia for the funeral of the legendary jazz guitarist Eddie Lang. Just four days earlier, Lang had tragically and unexpectedly passed away at the age of 31 during a routine...

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Moon River Tutorial - Melody, Chord Shapes, Chord Melody & More

Moon River is one of the most well-known ballads in the Great American Songbook. Although not commonly called at jam sessions, it works quite well in a jazz guitar setting. In this lesson we'll cover the melody, chord shapes, single-note...

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John Abercrombie (1944-2017)

John Abercrombie was a modern jazz guitarist known for his many recordings on the ECM record label with musicians including Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Marc Copland. Historically, he represents a bridge between the...

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Jazz Guitar Toolbox 4.1 - Essential Jazz Progressions

Welcome back to Jazz Guitar Toolbox, the series that covers essential skills every jazz guitarist should know! Today's lesson is all about chord progressions. Simply put, a chord progression is a specific order of chords. Most jazz standards use...

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Billy Bauer (1915-2005)

Billy Bauer was a key guitarist in jazz history, considered to be one of the fathers of modern jazz guitar. He had extraordinarily varied stylistic ability, ranging from traditional swing guitar to 'cool' jazz and even free jazz. Bauer played...

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Jazz Guitar Toolbox 3.1 - Basic Jazz Arpeggios

Welcome back to Jazz Guitar Toolbox, where we cover essential skills that every jazz guitarist should know. This lesson is all about a crucial tool for improvisation: arpeggios! In jazz guitar, an arpeggio is when you play the tones of a chord in...

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