Jazz-guitar-improvisation

Level Up Your Jazz Blues Licks

(guest post by Leigh Fuge) Even if you’re very proficient in playing blues, entering the world of Jazz might seen like a tall order. Jazz is a theoretically and technically demanding world for guitar players. Here are some crossover licks you can...

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How to Play What You Hear for Jazz Guitarists

In this short video and blog lesson, we'll discuss three ways to play what you hear as jazz guitarists. Three Ways to Play what you hear Play What You Hear Tip #1: Reduce the Constraints! Play What You Hear Tip #2: Play What You Sing! (And...

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Creating Melodic Lines from Scales and Arpeggios

How not to sound like a textbook when you're soloing You can get started creating your own melodic lines with simple scales and arpeggios immediately. It is so often understood in jazz improvisation that we are to play the "right" notes over...

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Introduction to Bird Blues for Jazz Guitar

The Bird Blues is a variation on the 12-bar blues form that originated in the bebop era. It was named after Charlie "Bird" Parker, who used it in tunes including Blues for Alice and Chi Chi. In this short post, we'll discuss several ways to...

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The Definitive Guide to Scale Positions for Jazz Guitar

How Jazz Guitarists Memorize the Fretboard with Basic Positions and Patterns Scale positions are the “meat and potatoes” of jazz guitar scales playing. Any melodic idea can be analyzed and explained on the fingerboard as belonging to one or...

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Jazz Improvisation: The Ultimate Guide for Guitarists

Jazz Improvisation: How to Use Scales, Arpeggios and Guide-Tones for Jazz Guitar What is jazz improvisation? Jazz improvisation is the art of creating melodic lines spontaneously.  The rhythm, melody and harmony inspire jazz improvisation.  The...

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