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7 Tips to Think and Play Chromatically

I've met many beginner jazz guitar students who think that playing chromatically is just "playing random notes". While that might be fun, it couldn't be farther from the truth! Chromaticism is the use of notes that are not naturally occurring in...

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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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Playing Over Turnarounds iii-vi-ii-V Jazz Guitar Lick

Playing Over Turnarounds 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. Today, we're going...

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Introduction to Bird Blues for Jazz Guitar

Ever been to a jam session where someone (read: an alto sax player) calls a Bird Blues? Oh that embarrassing moment! The Bird Blues is a variation on the 12-bar blues form that originated in the bebop era. It was named after Charlie "Bird"...

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4 Effective Bebop Scales Fingerings

In this lesson we'll be covering the essentials of bebop scales for jazz guitar. We'll explore four useful, relevant and fun bebop scales fingerings. As a result, your playing will be enhanced by more jazz-like phrasing using several natural and...

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Wes Montgomery's Top-5 Jazz Guitar Solos

Nothing is left to be said about the legendary Wes Montgomery. He single-handedly (and humbly) defined the role of the guitar as a jazz and bebop instrument. And nobody else (before, during or after) had such an impact on the guitar scene....

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