How to Solo on II-V-I

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 progression in jazz, it’s probably a good place to start! …

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How to Play Fast

How to Play Fast: Banner

Practice Techniques & Subdivision Control One thing I have always noticed from my students is the desire to learn how to play fast. Now, as a teacher, sometimes I shake my head at the obsession with speed. At the same time, however, I understand the need to be able to do this. As guitar players, …

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The Definitive Jazz Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners

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Your First Steps into Jazz Chords for Guitarists Welcome to this definitive jazz guitar chord chart for beginners. You’ll find every chord shape you need to get started with all the important jazz chords for guitar right here. 🙂 This chart contains root position chords (meaning that the tonic / bass is the lowest note). The few dozen voicings here are …

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Ed Bickert Untold

Ed Bickert Untold story

Toronto jazz legend Ed Bickert is (like many Canadian treasures) little known outside of the rarefied world of jazz guitar aficionados and Telecaster obsessives the world over. But his influence is far reaching. So many guitarists from Canada have absorbed elements of his sophisticated and understated style that it’s likely he has had an effect …

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Kenny Burrell Untold

Born in 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, Kenny Burrell is one of jazz guitar’s more singular artists. While of the same generation as guitarists like Joe Pass, Jim Hall, and Jimmy Raney, his sound came out of different musical experiences and a particular geographical reality. Let’s see what we can learn from Kenny Burrell. Play the …

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Pat Metheny Untold

Pat Metheny is one of my favorite jazz guitarists. We can hear, in a certain way, that he’s next in line in the tradition of Wes Montgomery and other mainstream jazz outfits that fizzled into other grooves in the late sixties, such as Miles Davis. Metheny is a “case in point” so to speak in …

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Wes Montgomery Untold

The Jazz Guitarist Legend Wes Montgomery

The great jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery requires no introduction. He single-handedly forged a jazz guitar sound that is still imitated and revered to this day. Jazz guitarists and musicians have lots to learn from him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his influence continues over several generations of artists in the future. So, in short, …

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