Jazz

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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Podcast #43 - Turnarounds, I-VI-II-V and Tadd Dameron Chords

Turnarounds! No, this isn't your GPS speaking - it's real jazz lingo 😉 They're the chord progressions you can use to get from the end of the tune all the way back to the top. In this podcast, I'll be discussing the most common turnaround (...

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What Are The Best Jazz Guitar Strings?

If you're new to the world of jazz guitar, you might be thinking - do I need a fancy pack of strings to get the "jazz sound"? In short, it really depends on what style of jazz you're looking to play and what tone you prefer. In my opinion, your...

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Podcast #42 - How To Practice Jazz Guitar Licks

For a jazz guitarist, learning licks is the equivalent to learning phrases in a language. However, it can often feel quite forced to use new licks in a solo - after all, aren't you supposed to be improvising?! This podcast will help clarify...

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Podcast #41 - Creative Metronome Exercises

Developing a strong sense of internal time is an essential part of learning jazz guitar! No more chasing the beat - this skill will make your solos and comping sound steady as a rock at jam sessions and gigs.

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