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Moon River Tutorial - Melody, Chord Shapes, Chord Melody & More

Moon River is one of the most well-known ballads in the Great American Songbook. Although not commonly called at jam sessions, it works quite well in a jazz guitar setting. In this lesson we'll cover the melody, chord shapes, single-note...

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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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Podcast #43 - Turnarounds, I-VI-II-V and Tadd Dameron Chords

Turnarounds! No, this isn't your GPS speaking - it's real jazz lingo 😉 They're the chord progressions you can use to get from the end of the tune all the way back to the top. In this podcast, I'll be discussing the most common turnaround (...

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Podcast #42 - How To Practice Jazz Guitar Licks

For a jazz guitarist, learning licks is the equivalent to learning phrases in a language. However, it can often feel quite forced to use new licks in a solo - after all, aren't you supposed to be improvising?! This podcast will help clarify...

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Autumn Leaves Tutorial - Intro, Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Autumn leaves is a famous jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma and is known by both jazz players and casual listeners alike. In this blog post, we'll provide some examples of how to play chord melody, single-note solos, and comping ideas for...

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Habits for Optimal Improvement

Among the many things we discuss here relating to jazz guitar, it's important to also discuss some of the more abstract things like practice time and habits.    

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