Harmony

Intervals 101 For Jazz Guitar

Hello, jazz guitarists! This lesson will teach you about one of the basic building blocks of music - intervals. An interval is the distance between two notes. We measure this distance using the unit of a semitone. (Think one fret on a guitar, or...

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Use Double-Stops Melodically

First off, what's a double stop? On guitar, the term "double stops" means two notes played simultaneously. Another way to think of them is as intervals: thirds, fourths, sixths, and so on. Guitarists including Johnny Smith, Jim Hall and others...

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How Hard Is Learning Jazz Guitar?

When I was in music school, stories of Coltrane and Charlie Parker practicing jazz for 10-12 hours a day would circulate the hallways like folk tales. At the time, it was inspiring, but for prospective jazz musicians I can understand how it would...

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Intro to Bossa Nova Comping

When most people think of bossa nova music, they seem to think of paradise: relaxing in front of a beach with a nice drink in hand. Can you blame them?

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Quartal Harmony for Jazz Guitar

Modern Jazz Guitar Chords Hey everyone! Marc here today with a lesson on quartal harmony for jazz guitar. Before we begin, a quick definition: "Quartal harmony" refers to any chord that's built by stacking the interval of a fourth. For example, C...

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Chord Theory: The Difference Between a 6 chord and Major 6th Chord

Major 6th versus 6th chords overview: The 6th chord is a major triad with an added 6th. Usually functions as the I chord. The major 6th chord is a maj7 chord with an added 6th or 13th. Usually functions as the I chord. Dominant chords with 6th...

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