Ii-v-i

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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How to Play Solar - Improvising Tools for ii-V-I Progressions

Let's face it. You'll never be at a jazz jam session without someone calling a tune with a few (or a lot) of ii-V-Is in it. Would it even be a jazz jam session if they didn't? And, there's a good chance that tune might even be Solar! On that...

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Jazz Guitar for Rock Guitarists

Speaking from personal experience, jazz guitar seemed like rocket science coming from the rock world. This isn't a knock on rock, because I think there's also a lot that jazz players can learn from rock players, but it was a wake-up call all the...

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