Music-theory

Podcast #37 - Numbering Chords in a Tune to Transpose with Ease

It can be tough when you're out at a gig or jam session and someone calls a tune... and wait! It's a singer, and they need you to accompany them in a different key. The chords start flying around in your head as you fumble to think of how you're...

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Chord Theory: The Difference Between a 6 chord and Major 6th Chord

Major 6th versus 6th chords overview: The 6th chord is a major triad with an added 6th. Usually functions as the I chord. The major 6th chord is a maj7 chord with an added 6th or 13th. Usually functions as the I chord. Dominant chords with 6th...

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How to Learn 96 Jazz Guitar Voicings

A jazz guitar voicing is a specific arrangement of the notes of a chord. The most basic jazz guitar chord voicings are called Drop 2 and Drop 3. These were used by guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and countless others. This lesson will...

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Jazz Guitar for Rock Guitarists

Speaking from personal experience, jazz guitar seemed like rocket science coming from the rock world. This isn't a knock on rock, because I think there's also a lot that jazz players can learn from rock players, but it was a wake-up call all the...

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9 Steps to Understanding Jazz Voicings and Chord Inversions

It's about getting the right DEFINITIONS to start with! This blog post accompanies the video above. In short, I personally found a little gap in my students with regards to voicings and inversions, as used in jazz context.  Most of the...

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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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