Exercise

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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How To Solo On Fast Chord Changes

A few weeks ago we published a blog post titled "Soloing on Static Chords", all about what to do when you have to solo over long one-chord sections. But what happens in the opposite case - when you have a flurry of difficult chords to solo on in...

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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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Podcast #42 - How To Practice Jazz Guitar Licks

For a jazz guitarist, learning licks is the equivalent to learning phrases in a language. However, it can often feel quite forced to use new licks in a solo - after all, aren't you supposed to be improvising?! This podcast will help clarify...

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Jazz Improvisation on Bossa Novas and Brazilian Standards

Bossa Novas and Brazilian tunes sound oh-so-good. Tunes written by Jobim are almost ubiquitous, with classics like "Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado" being favorites for jazzers and non-jazzers alike.  If you've ever tried to play one though,...

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Garzone Chromaticism for Improvisation

There are many ways that you can take chromaticism and incorporate it into your playing. In the last blog, we gave an introduction to chromaticism and how to begin practicing it. In this one, we're going to wrap that all up by providing you with...

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