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Improve Your Comping With Diminished Chords

When you're first learning how to comp it's easy to feel "stuck" with the same handful of chord shapes. How are guys like Joe Pass or Wes able to connect so many chord shapes so effortlessly? The answer is that, yes, they do know a lot of ...

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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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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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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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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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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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