Jazz-guitar-scales

The Chromatic Scale

I often get asked by students: "...I know scales and stuff, but how can I add more chromaticism to my lines? How can I connect everything with half-steps?" My answer is: well, practice the chromatic scale first and all this stuff will soon become 

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Jazz Guitar Toolbox 1.4 - The Harmonic Minor Scale

Hello everyone and welcome back to Jazz Guitar Toolbox!In case you are not familiar with Jazz Guitar Toolbox, this is an entry-level series - the goal here is to cover the essential skills every jazz guitarist should have.

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Reading Exercises for Jazz Guitar

Reading Exercise #28 A Guest Post by Michael Berard

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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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A Gentle Introduction to Guitar Scale Theory

The Quick Guide to Scales and Modes for all Jazz Guitarists The major scale is the single most important thing to know about guitar scale theory.  You’ll learn this “quasi-magic” formula to build the major scale in any key. This is a gentle...

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How to Sound Jazzy with Altered Dominants

You know the drill: as jazz players, we're always looking for ways to add nice chromatic notes and altered dominants into our solos. So this lesson is yet another way to solve one of the most typical issues for beginning and intermediate jazz...

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