Jazz-guitar

7 Tips to Think and Play Chromatically

I've met many beginner jazz guitar students who think that playing chromatically is just "playing random notes". While that might be fun, it couldn't be farther from the truth! Chromaticism is the use of notes that are not naturally occurring in...

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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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Intervals 101 For Jazz Guitar

Hello, jazz guitarists! This lesson will teach you about one of the basic building blocks of music - intervals. An interval is the distance between two notes. We measure this distance using the unit of a semitone. (Think one fret on a guitar, or...

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Open String Voicings For Jazz Guitar

When you're first learning jazz guitar chords, a common approach is to learn moveable chord voicings with no open strings. This makes it easier to play tunes with just a few shapes! However, when you're playing ballads or chord melodies, a...

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Playing With Expression via Ballads

In the sea of jazz information that's out there, it's easy to forget that what we're really trying to do is play expressive, emotional music. It not rocket surgery! A great way to get back into the mindset of playing music, rather than just...

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Use Double-Stops Melodically

First off, what's a double stop? On guitar, the term "double stops" means two notes played simultaneously. Another way to think of them is as intervals: thirds, fourths, sixths, and so on. Guitarists including Johnny Smith, Jim Hall and others...

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