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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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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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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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All Things Jazz Blues: Everything You Need to Know About a Jazz Blues

The blues in all of its variations is one of the most important things to master for any musician, and that's doubly so for jazz players.

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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 Oh, we've all heard it. The so-called "Rhythm Changes," as it is commonly known, is a set of chord changes based on George...

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Back to Basics: 3 Powerful Jazz Blues Fundamentals

I cannot stress this enough: being able to play over a jazz blues is crucial for any jazz musician. This post is more of "ready, aim, fire" type of blog post on improvising over the jazz blues form.  Before moving on, make sure you do the...

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