Jazz-guitar

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 Use Passing and Diminished Chords for Walking Dominants

Move Between Chords by "Walking" Walking chords are to jazz guitar comping what walking bass is to a bass line. The focus of the lesson will be to play chords in a “walking” fashion on the fretboard. I'm not talking about walking bass lines with...

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Garzone Chromaticism for Improvisation

There are many ways that you can take chromaticism and incorporate it into your playing. In the last blog, we gave an introduction to chromaticism and how to begin practicing it. In this one, we're going to wrap that all up by providing you with...

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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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5 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While Playing Your Guitar

Guest post by Dr. Brent Wells

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7 Tips to Think and Play Chromatically

Understanding of chromaticism is one of the core parts of making your playing sound more sophisticated and deliberate. It's what will help you move away from playing with bland-sounding scales and add spicy accidentals. We'll tackle different...

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