Bird-blues

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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Jazz Guitar Blues Progressions

Jazz blues progressions are just as the name suggests: they are traditional blues progressions, but with additional chords commonly found in jazz standards. In this lesson, you'll find five distinct jazz blues progressions that range from easy to...

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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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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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