Harmony

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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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 is built by stacking the interval of a fourth.  ex, C F Bb...

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Improve Your Comping With Essential Tones - Easy Jazz Guitar Chords

Hello everyone! In today's lesson, I'll be showing you how to improve your comping with a concept called essential tones. This concept was first used by pianists like Bill Evans, and later adopted for guitar by the likes of Lenny Breau and Ed...

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The Magic Of String Transference For Jazz Guitarists

Hello everyone! Today I'll be showing you how to take jazz chords you already know and play them in every area of the neck. This can be quickly achieved with a 3-step process called string transference. Not only will you have more chords at your...

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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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