Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Composed by Charles Mingus Tune’s History Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is a popular standard originally recorded in 1959. It was composed by Charles Mingus and lyrics were later added by Joni Mitchell. Originally, Mingus had written the tune as a sort of homage to the late Lester Young. Throughout jazz history, the tune has been …

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Jazz Improvisation: The Ultimate Guide for Guitarists

The Ultimate Guide: Jazz Guitar Improvisation

Jazz Improvisation: How to Use Scales, Arpeggios and Guide-Tones for Jazz Guitar Jazz improvisation is the art of creating melodic lines spontaneously.  The rhythm, melody and harmony inspire jazz improvisation.  The goal of the jazz improviser is to invent lyrical, inspiring melodic content within the boundaries of harmony.  In fact, great jazz solos are often …

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An Introduction to Jazz Guitar Arpeggios

An Introduction to Arpeggios forJazz Guitar

Using Positions to Unlock Chord-Tone Arpeggios in Improvisation Arpeggios are commonly used to outline chord changes in jazz improvisation. Jazz guitarists of all eras used them in their solos as a means to effectively “run the changes”. In this article, we will look into arpeggios derived from scale positions. The arps can be very useful as is and will become a powerful tool …

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Warp Time to Run The Changes

How to Manipulate Time Using Your Jazz Guitar! Welcome to volume three in our series, “Hands-On Jazz Guitar.” This new episode is all about “Warp Time Using Your Jazz Guitar.”   This series aims for you to learn how to play solid jazz lines. Working through jazzguitarlessons.net transcriptions, we’re finding some great and interesting ideas for you. …

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What Is This Thing Called Love – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo, & Chord Shapes

Jazz Guitar Chord Melody what is this thing called love

Composed by Cole Porter Tune’s History What is this Thing Called Love is a great jazz standard that was composed in 1929 for the musical Wake Up and Dream. Most major players in jazz have recorded, reharmonized, and otherwise reinvented this tune since the 30s. In fact, some even went as far as taking the changes …

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Take the “A” Train – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Take the A Train: for Jazz Guitar (TABS)

Composed by Billy Strayhorn Tune’s History Written in 1941 for Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, Take the “A” Train became the band’s signature tune. The piece is often attributed to Duke himself but history tells us Billy Strayhorn is the actual composer. At the time, there was an ongoing ASCAP strike, and Ellington could not release his …

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The Shadow of Your Smile – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Shadow of Your Smile: Jazz guitar Chord Melody and chords (TABS)

Composed by Johnny Mandel Tune’s History The Shadow of Your Smile is a very popular song that was written around 1965 for the movie The Sandpiper. The song was written by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It has been recorded by everyone from Barbara Streisand to Johnny Mathis. Most notable, however, was …

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