Doing Exercises in All Keys for Jazz Guitar [Q&A]

All Keys Signatures: Scale Theory jazz guitar blues progressions

A Question by Anonymous In your opinion, if running through exercises, it is really necessary to practice them in all keys? I understand that the standard educator response is “yes,” but I was recently working through Jerry Coker’s “Patterns for Jazz” and a lot of the patterns weren’t terribly useful because they just involved half-step increments. Where this might be a challenge for a horn … [Click Here to Read more]

How to read Music for Guitarists? [Q&A]

Modern Method for Guitar: How To Read Music

Question by Carlos Vivas (Miami, Fl. U.S.) Hi mark, I’m currently working on reading music. But i have trouble with reading comfortably in key signatures like Ab major and E major. I’m jumping and down my fret board when it come to these key signatures. Do you have any methods that would help me? M-A’s Answer: Hello Carlos, Yes! Look not further: William Leavitt’s series … [Click Here to Read more]

Diagonal playing: Fingerings for Dorian mode [Q&A]

Diagonal playing: Fingerings for Dorian mode [Q&A]

Question by Gustav Wessberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) Hi there! I am very thankful for you having done lessons on diagonal playing. I just have question: When I play G major I shift between F# and G with my index. If I want to play A dorian, should I still use the index (F# to G) shift? Or should I use a new fingering? Should I start … [Click Here to Read more]

Playing Patterns in Diagonal Scales [Q&A]

Playing Patterns in Diagonal Scales [Q&A]

Question by Alexander (Russia) Hello, Marc_Andre! I’ve been studying diagonal scales for a couple of days and like the idea. 🙂 I actually can play up and down freely, but have some hesitation when playing patterns ( like thirds or 1-2-3-1-2-3-4 etc). There are places (mostly when encountering 1st finger shifts) where I have to break the system. What is your opinion ? Do you … [Click Here to Read more]