Chord-progressions

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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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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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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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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4 Steps for Building Solid Ears

Ear Training for Jazz Players A guest post by Brent Vaartstra

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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. Jazz chord progressions are the backdrop to the songs in the Great American Songbook. Typically, these...

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