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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 What You Hear for Jazz Guitarists

In this short video and blog lesson, we'll discuss three ways to play what you hear as jazz guitarists. Three Ways to Play what you hear Play What You Hear Tip #1: Reduce the Constraints! Play What You Hear Tip #2: Play What You Sing! (And...

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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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Jazz Phrasing and Playing the "Right" Notes

Advanced Jazz Guitar Lesson Hello there! Marc here for another lesson. Today's lesson is called "Jazz Phrasing and Playing the 'Right' Notes". Here, we're going to talk about the importance of being able to phrase cohesively versus the importance...

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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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Jazz Blues Comping for Guitar

Strategies for Meaningful Jazz Blues Comping Looking to get to work on your jazz blues comping for guitar? This video and PDF lesson will get you started. We'll give you the chords and some cool chord voicings to give you a nice palette to work...

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