How to Play Solar - Improvising Tools for ii-V-I Progressions

Let's face it. You'll never be at a jazz jam session without someone calling a tune with a few (or a lot) of ii-V-Is in it. Would it even be a jazz jam session if they didn't? And, there's a good chance that tune might even be Solar! On that...

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Learn Jazz Scales for Jazz Improvisation

Reference for Most Common Scales for Jazz Guitar Jazz improvisation depends on "playing the right notes". We can achieve this by carefully choosing scales in appropriate context! Here we'll provide you with a reference on how to effectively use...

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5 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While Playing Your Guitar

Guest post by Dr. Brent Wells

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7 Tips to Think and Play Chromatically

Understanding of chromaticism is one of the core parts of making your playing sound more sophisticated and deliberate. It's what will help you move away from playing with bland-sounding scales and add spicy accidentals. We'll tackle different...

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Podcast #37 - Numbering Chords in a Tune to Transpose with Ease

It can be tough when you're out at a gig or jam session and someone calls a tune... and wait! It's a singer, and they need you to accompany them in a different key. The chords start flying around in your head as you fumble to think of how you're...

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Chord Theory: The Difference Between a 6 chord and Major 6th Chord

Major 6th versus 6th chords overview: The 6th chord is a major triad with an added 6th. Usually functions as the I chord. The major 6th chord is a maj7 chord with an added 6th or 13th. Usually functions as the I chord. Dominant chords with 6th...

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