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Introduction to Rhythm Changes for Jazz Guitar

How to Improvise and Play Chords on the "I Got Rhythm" Chord Progression -- One of the Most Common Progression in Jazz Oh, we've all heard it. The so-called "Rhythm Changes," as it is commonly known, is a set of chord changes based on George...

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Jazz Chord Melody Hacks for Guitarists

Play Better on Jazz Standards and Save Time As guitar players, one thing we have over other non-harmonic instruments is that we can do things like play chord melody.

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Uncommon Uses of Common Jazz Guitar Chords

Know Your Cowboy Grips The goal of this series is to actually put a lick or a chord under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give you what you need to play and be creative. In this...

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Five Chord Melody Tips and Stuff for Jazz Guitarists of ALL levels

Here's a straightforward and easy to apply lesson to perk up your chord melody playing. Here are five tips for jazz guitarists of all levels regarding the fine art (and science) of playing harmony and melody simultaneously on the guitar.

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How to Play Shell Voicings for Jazz Guitar (3-Note Chords)

"Shell voicings" are a family of chord shapes found on the lower strings of the guitar, which include only the essential tones (1, 3 and 7) of each chord. These voicings were pioneered by guitarists like Freddie Green and Django Reinhardt, and are a...

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Improvisation: Making the Changes on All the Things You Are

The task of properly outlining chord changes (or "making the changes" in the jargon) in jazz improvisation can seem like a daunting one. On tunes such as All the Things You Are, you, (the improviser) can be confronted with several choices:...

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