Theory

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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Beginning Jazz Blues Improvisation

Jazz Guitar Scales Shortcut Being able to play the blues convincingly is crucial for any professional or aspiring jazz musician. Many players look at the chord progression on blues and think, "That's easy!"

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How to Improvise on Minor ii-V Progressions

Tackling Half-Diminished and Altered Dominants In my experience as a teacher, I have come to find that minor ii-V progressions tend to trouble players far more than a regular ii-V.

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Harmonic Analysis for Jazz Guitar

In jazz, harmonic analysis is the study of of understanding chord progressions. This includes identifying the overarching key, common chord progressions such as ii V I, and chord substitutions or non-diatonic chords. Being able to breakdown the...

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4 Steps for Building Solid Ears

Ear Training for Jazz Players A guest post by Brent Vaartstra

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Playing Over Turnarounds iii-vi-ii-V Jazz Guitar Lick

Playing Over Turnarounds The goal of this series is to actually put a lick under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give stuff you need to play and be creative. Today, we're going...

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