Must-Know Licks on II-V-I: Connecting the Dots with Extensions

New Series of Hands-On Jazz Guitar Lessons! Welcome to our new series, “Hands on Jazz Guitar.” This is Volume #1 “Must-Know Licks on II-V-I — Connect the Dots with Extensions. This series aims to help you learn to play some solid jazz lines. The lesson comes in two forms, both this blog post and in the form of a video lesson from yours truly. Through … [Click Here to Read more]

How to Play What You Hear for Jazz Guitarists

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In this short video and blog lesson, we’ll discuss three ways to play what you hear as jazz guitarists. First, some tips about improvising using pre-set constraints. Secondly, we’ll talk about playing what you sing or singing what you play. Lastly, we will show you an exercise using vivid aural imagination. Let’s get going. Play What You Hear Tip #1: Reduce the Constraints! The first tip … [Click Here to Read more]

Introduction to Bird Blues for Jazz Guitar

Bird Blues intro for jazz guitar

Ever been to a jam session where someone (read a alto sax player) calls a Bird Blues? Oh that embarrassing moment! The Bird Blues, a.k.a (Charlie) Parker Blues a.k.a. Major Blues a.k.a. Blues with New York Changes a.k.a _______ (insert yours here) is a very common 12-bar form perform by jazz musicians since the bebop era. Prime examples of this type of chord progression are found in jazz tunes … [Click Here to Read more]

Meditative Rhythms: The Ultimate Jazz Guitar Warm Up Exercise

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In this blog post and video we’ll look into an exercise that is very simple. It’s called meditative rhythms. In my humble opinion, this is the most effective jazz guitar warm up there is! Ready? Jazz Guitar Warm Up: Meditation? Meditative Rhythms is a term borrowed from David Berkman, a jazz pianist and educator in New York. I’ve modified his exercise to suit my taste and … [Click Here to Read more]

The Jazz Guitar Comping Video Lesson of Your Dreams

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Oh yeah! This is exciting. Time for  the jazz guitar comping video lesson of your dreams.  No kidding! The Gist of It Problem: jazz guitar apprentice is seeking to get better at jazz guitar comping Solution: first reflex is to try and learn more jazz guitar chord shapes. Which does not work, by the way … it leads to more confusion. Alternative: Learn to approach comping from a … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Vlog

Getting started shooting shorter (more informal) videos, for your viewing pleasure. 🙂 This is what we call a vlog for video log. Note that the term blog comes from the (now defunct) web-log. So, below, you’ll find the JazzGuitarLessons.net vlog playlist. Don’t vomit just yet.   The Ressemblances Someone told me recently I looked like young Liam Neeson.   And a little while ago, someone mentioned I looked a … [Click Here to Read more]

Japan, Donuts and Plucking Like a Jazz Guitar Great – Ed Bickert Interviews Part 1

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Canadian jazz guitarist Ed Bickert is a living legend. A series of fourteen short clips (from closed-doors interviews with Jeff Bickert) were published on Vimeo in 2014. Yours truly, the author of the post and the webmaster on JazzGuitarLessons.net, recently stumbled upon them and decided to make them available (embedded) on this blog. I hope you’ll enjoy these Ed Bickert footages as much as I did. … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Blues: Improvisation (all levels) Video + PDF

Jazz Guitar Blues Improvisation and Soloing

Five Exercises to Develop Jazz Soloing on 12-Bar Blues Form (for jazz guitar – all levels) Jazz guitar blues improvisation is one of the basic skills you need to develop as a jazz guitarist. It’s pretty close to taking a solo on your good ol’ 12-bar blues … but with a few tiny tweaks. In this video/PDF lesson, we’ll focus on the jazz side of blues improv. … [Click Here to Read more]

Jazz Guitar Blues: Comping for Jazz

Jazz Guitar Blues Comping for Guitar

How to Create Meaningful Accompaniments in Jazz Guitar Blues Comping Contexts Here’s your starting point for everything jazz guitar blues comping. This video and PDF lesson covers everything you need to get started and jazz up your blues comping. Here’s the accompanying PDF: Use this PDF to learn the 3 basic steps for generating great jazz guitar blues accompaniments. In this video, a simple yet effective method is … [Click Here to Read more]