Practicing

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   We've all heard it, the so-called "Rhythm Changes." Commonly known, as a set of chord changes based on George Gershwin's...

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The Ultimate Guide to Pentatonics for Jazz Guitar

A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Modern Jazz Improvisation in Six Parts In this jazz guitar pentatonics article and accompanying videos we will study pentatonic scales and how to use them in jazz guitar improvisations.

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The 3 Pillars Of Jazz Improvisation You Need To Know

Learning to improvise fluently in a “jazz style” is no small task. There is so much to consider! From common tools such as scales and arpeggios right on through to those magical musical ideas (produced in real time). We have to juggle many...

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How to Use Passing and Diminished Chords for Walking Dominants

Move Between Chords by "Walking" Walking chords are to jazz guitar comping what walking bass is to a bass line. The focus of this lesson will be to play chords in a “walking” fashion on the fretboard. I'm not talking about walking bass lines with...

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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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How to Play Solar - Improvising Tools for ii-V-I Progressions

Let's face it. You'll never be at a jazz jam session without someone calling a tune with a few (or a lot) of ii-V-Is in it. Would it even be a jazz jam session if they didn't? And, there's a good chance that tune might even be Solar! On that...

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