Intro to Bossa Nova Comping

Intro to Bossa Nova Comping

When most people think of bossa nova music, they seem to think of paradise: relaxing in front of a beach with a nice drink in hand. Can you blame them? The music certainly lends itself to relaxation with its lush harmony, beautiful melodies, and relaxed, grooving rhythms. Bossa nova is a style of music from Brazil that was created in the 1950s fusing Brazilian samba … [Click Here to Read more]

How to Fix Your Guitar Intonation

Fix Your Guitar Intonation

What is a guitar’s intonation? Guest post by Anh Vu The guitar’s intonation is a sort of a quality – the ability of your guitar (strings, more precisely) to remain in tune under various circumstances. Improper tuning might be the result of old strings, a bad setup, and various other reasons which we’re to discuss later on. All you need to know is this – your … [Click Here to Read more]

Uncommon Uses of Common Jazz Chords

Hands-On 6 - Uncommon Use of Common Jazz Chords

Know Your Cowboy Grips The goal of this series is to actually put a lick or a chord under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give you what you need to play and be creative. In this lesson, we will be discussing uncommon uses of common jazz chords. We will take shapes that you … [Click Here to Read more]

Augmented Jazz Reality

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More Parallel II-V-I Lines Welcome back to our new series, “Hands-On Jazz Guitar.” Today’s lesson is called “Augmented Jazz Reality” as we will be discussing using augmented triad licks to get some fresh, hip sounds in your improvisation. Download ALL of the licks here: “More Parallel ii-V-I Lines” PDF (includes TAB)  We’re going to put some nice jazz guitar lines under your fingers without being … [Click Here to Read more]

A Gentle Introduction to Guitar Chord Theory

A gentle introduction to guitar chords theory

How to Fully Understand Chord Construction, Triads, Seventh Chords and Extensions  Guitar Chord Theory In this article you will discover guitar chord theory and easily learn about chord construction from simple triads (three-note chords) to slightly more complex and jazzier chords. In addition, you will find music theory about triads and seventh chords, how to add extensions, chord equivalents, diatonic chords and finally, a neat … [Click Here to Read more]

Quick Guitar Setup Tutorial

quick guitar setup tutorial

Tips and Tricks Every Guitar Player Should Know Guitars are amazingly durable instruments – but they need a little help once in a while to function properly. Whether you play jazz, metal, classical, virtually any style, your guitar will suffer the stresses of string pressure and, because it’s being manipulated by a guitar player, succumb to the normal effects of wear and tear. This means … [Click Here to Read more]

Top Secret Tool for Improv

Easy Parallel Motion Lines Welcome to video number 2 in our series Hands-On Jazz Guitar. The goal of this series is to have do some “hands-on” playing. So often, we intellectualise the process of learning jazz. Here, we do both: playing, and learning. The lesson comes in two forms, both this blog post and in the form of a video lesson from yours truly. Today’s line … [Click Here to Read more]