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Traditional Blues and Why You Should Study It

I've seen many jazz guitarists neglect to learn the blues, but if you ask me, that's a huge mistake. Learning the traditional blues style can help you: Learn about tension and release Acquire useful vocabulary (licks) Inject a hefty dose of ...

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Back to Basics: 3 Powerful Jazz Blues Fundamentals

I cannot stress this enough: being able to play over a jazz blues is crucial for any jazz musician. This post is more of "ready, aim, fire" type of blog post on improvising over the jazz blues form.  Before moving on, make sure you do the...

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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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Beginning Jazz Blues Improvisation

Jazz Guitar Scales Shortcut Being able to play the blues convincingly is crucial for any professional or aspiring jazz musician. Many players look at the chord progression on blues and think, "That's easy!"

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The Jazz Guitar Comping Video Lesson of Your Dreams

Oh yeah! This is exciting. Time for  the jazz guitar comping video lesson of your dreams. 

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How to Play Shell Voicings for Jazz Guitar (3-Note Chords)

"Shell voicings" are a family of chord shapes found on the lower strings of the guitar, which include only the essential tones (1, 3 and 7) of each chord. These voicings were pioneered by guitarists like Freddie Green and Django Reinhardt, and...

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