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Moon River Tutorial - Melody, Chord Shapes, Chord Melody & More

Moon River is one of the most well-known ballads in the Great American Songbook. Although not commonly called at jam sessions, it works quite well in a jazz guitar setting. In this lesson we'll cover the melody, chord shapes, single-note...

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Podcast #44 - Chord Synonyms

A powerful tool that doesn't get mentioned enough is chord synonyms - chords with enough similar notes that they can be used interchangeably. It can be overwhelming to learn all your inversions for every chord type in every key, etc. Using...

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What Is Jazz Guitar?

Recently it occurred to me that for beginners, it can be tough to tell what separates "jazz guitar" from something that simply borrows from the style. If Maroon Five puts a major 7 chord in their song, and I played it on guitar, would it be now...

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4 Ways To End A Chord Melody

If you've ever tried to arrange your own chord melody, you'll know that finding a good final chord can be quite tricky. This is because the vast majority of standards end on the root of the I chord. There simply aren't a lot of voicings that...

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Open String Voicings For Jazz Guitar

When you're first learning jazz guitar chords, a common approach is to learn moveable chord voicings with no open strings. This makes it easier to play tunes with just a few shapes! However, when you're playing ballads or chord melodies, a...

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Playing With Expression via Ballads

In the sea of jazz information that's out there, it's easy to forget that what we're really trying to do is play expressive, emotional music. It not rocket surgery! A great way to get back into the mindset of playing music, rather than just...

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