Scales

The Chromatic Scale

I often get asked by students: "...I know scales and stuff, but how can I add more chromaticism to my lines? How can I connect everything with half-steps?" My answer is: well, practice the chromatic scale first and all this stuff will soon become 

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Jazz Guitar Toolbox 1.4 - The Harmonic Minor Scale

Hello everyone and welcome back to Jazz Guitar Toolbox!In case you are not familiar with Jazz Guitar Toolbox, this is an entry-level series - the goal here is to cover the essential skills every jazz guitarist should have.

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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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Learn Jazz Scales for Jazz Improvisation

Reference for Most Common Scales for Jazz Guitar Jazz improvisation depends on "playing the right notes". We can achieve this by carefully choosing scales in the appropriate context! Here we'll provide you with a reference on how to effectively...

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How to Solo on II-V-I

The Most Common Progression in Jazz Hello again! I'm so glad you could join us again. If you're reading this, it might be because you are interested in learning how to solo on II-V-I progressions. Seeing as how this is, in fact, the most common...

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Introduction to Bird Blues for Jazz Guitar

The Bird Blues is a variation on the 12-bar blues form that originated in the bebop era. It was named after Charlie "Bird" Parker, who used it in tunes including Blues for Alice and Chi Chi. In this short post, we'll discuss several ways to...

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