Chord-progressions

Open String Voicings For Jazz Guitar

  Jazz Chords A properly placed chord with open strings can really... ahem... *open* up your sound, while you are playing ballads or chord melodies, Believe it or not, this isn't unusual at all - guitarists like Lenny Breau and Ed Bickert both...

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Harmonic Analysis for Jazz Guitar

In jazz, harmonic analysis is the study of of understanding chord progressions. This includes identifying the overarching key, common chord progressions such as ii V I, and chord substitutions or non-diatonic chords. Being able to breakdown the...

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The Beginner's Guide to Jazz Chord Progressions

An Overview of Jazz Chords and How They're Combined Ever wonder why certain songs sound "jazzy"? It's all in the chord progression. What are Chord Progressions:  Jazz chord progressions are the backdrop to the songs in the Great American...

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Revamp Your Chord Vocabulary

So, you've learned your basic jazz guitar voicings - drop 2, drop 3, etc. Maybe now you're craving a more personal chord vocabulary, much like how Bill Evans or Ben Monder have their own distinct chordal sound. So, how do you get there? Well, I...

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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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Podcast #43 - Turnarounds, I-VI-II-V and Tadd Dameron Chords

Turnarounds! No, this isn't your GPS speaking - it's real jazz lingo 😉 They're the chord progressions you can use to get from the end of the tune all the way back to the top. In this podcast, I'll be discussing the most common turnaround (...

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