Jazz

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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7 Tips to Think and Play Chromatically

I've met many beginner jazz guitar students who think that playing chromatically is just "playing random notes". While that might be fun, it couldn't be farther from the truth! Chromaticism is the use of notes that are not naturally occurring in...

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Podcast #44 - Chord Synonyms

A powerful tool that doesn't get mentioned enough is chord synonyms - chords with enough similar notes that they can be used interchangeably. It can be overwhelming to learn all your inversions for every chord type in every key, etc. Using...

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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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