Jazz Up Your Blues Licks

(guest post by Leigh Fuge) Even if you’re very proficient in playing blues, entering the world of Jazz might seen like a tall order. Jazz is a theoretically and technically demanding world for guitar players. Here are some crossover licks you can...

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9 Steps to Understanding Jazz Voicings and Chord Inversions

It's about getting the right DEFINITIONS to start with! This blog post accompanies the video above. In short, I personally found a little gap in my students with regards to voicings and inversions, as used in jazz context.  Most of the...

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Intro to Metric Modulation

Superimposing Time 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. We will be talking about...

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

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...

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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...

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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....

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