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5 Practice Habits of Great Jazz Musicians

5 Practice Habits of Great Jazz Musicians

This post includes the 3 Part Series: "5 Practice Habits of Great Jazz Musicians". Part 1 covers Habit 1: "Great Jazz Musicians Push The Envelope" and explains how they use the concept of "deliberate practice". Part 2 covers Habit 2: "Great Jazz Musicians Are Always...

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Georgia

Georgia

This lesson features a popular standard that I’ve received many requests to teach... ”Georgia” by Hoagie Carmichael. You've got two levels to choose from!  A fairly basic version that can be played with a trio or small group, and a solo guitar arrangement with walking...

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The Secret Bebop Rhythm Cell Revealed!

The Secret Bebop Rhythm Cell Revealed!

When teaching rhythms in jazz improvisation there is an important 2 note rhythm cell that very, very few players seldom mention. Nonetheless, in this lesson I tell you all about it so you too can start using! And believe me when I say...it is guaranteed to make your...

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Playing Bebop with String Bends

Playing Bebop with String Bends

If you’re like most guitarists who got into jazz coming from a rock-blues background, and you still play a solid body, you’ve probably entertained the question..."To bend or not to bend?” After all, string bending has been an integral aspect of playing electric...

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Everything Happens To Me

Everything Happens To Me

If you don’t know this standard, it should be next on your list to learn! Take a minute to check out these clever lyrics: “I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains I try to give a party and the guy upstairs complains I guess I'll go through life Just...

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How To Learn A Jazz Transcription With No TAB

How To Learn A Jazz Transcription With No TAB

So you got a copy of a great solo transcription by one of your favorites, but there’s no TAB! How do you begin to decide where to play it on the fretboard, what fingerings to use, and how to extract improvisational vocabulary from it? In this lesson I show you how I...

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My Foolish Heart

My Foolish Heart

In this video I share with you my arrangement of “My Foolish Heart” by Victor Young. In the past I would have gone straight for an archtop to play this, but I just love the way this sounds on my Strat….. Check it out and let me know what you think....  PDF & AUDIO...

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Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- Part 2

Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- Part 2

In this second and final video of this lesson series, I continue to dispel many myths and half-truths about jazz improvisation. If you enjoyed the first one, this one goes even deeper as I clear up some common theoretical misconceptions! It includes several topics...

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Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- PART 1

Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- PART 1

The Internet has some good info about playing jazz, but then there's a lot of myths and half-truths. And if you're just getting started with jazz improvisation or you've been at it for a while and feel like you're not making significant progress, who knows...some of...

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6 Chord Substitutions To Enhance Your Comping

6 Chord Substitutions To Enhance Your Comping

How would you like to add a fresh sound to those timeless standards you play over and over again? If so, in this lesson I teach you some cool substitution formulas you can apply to 6 frequently used chord types! After teaching you the formula for each chord type, I...

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Meditation

Meditation

In this video I share with you my solo guitar arrangement of one of my favorite bossa nova’s by one of my all time favorite composers! I’m referring to “Meditation” by Tom Jobim.    PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD: The Meditation Files can be downloaded for $6.00...

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“C Jam Blues” in 4 Levels

“C Jam Blues” in 4 Levels

A few weeks back I posted a lesson in which I demonstrated 4 ways of playing the head to Blue Monk by Thelonius Monk. If you dug it, you’ll love this week’s video. That’s because in it I do the same for another well known jazz blues, this time by the great Duke...

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II-V-I Diad Lines

II-V-I Diad Lines

In this lesson I teach you how to add new textures to your jazz solos by inserting “diad lines” in the midst of your single note lines. In case you’re not familiar with this term, “diad lines”, they are simply 2 note phrases, for the most part in 3rds. Unlike triads,...

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“Blue Monk” in 4 Levels

“Blue Monk” in 4 Levels

In this jazz guitar lesson I teach you 4 ways of playing the head to a well known jazz blues standard: Blue Monk by Thelonius Monk. I’m including something for all levels of players, and since I am going to show you 4 chord melody versions, you can even experiment by...

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Comping w Triads in 4ths- Part 2

Comping w Triads in 4ths- Part 2

In the 2nd part of this series, I show you how to derive voicings in 4ths from any scale and extract 2 quartal triads that you can use to comp over minor II-V-Is ! If you missed the first part which introduces voicings in 4ths for major II-V-I cadences, be sure to...

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Song For My Father

Song For My Father

If you enjoyed my recent fingerstyle arrangements of “Cantaloupe Island” and “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock, here’s another funky 60’s Blue Note classic I think you’ll enjoy. This one’s by Horace Silver from his album under the same title: “Song For My Father”. It...

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Watermelon Man

Watermelon Man

A few weeks back I posted a fingerstyle chord melody arrangement of a Herbie Hancock’s ...Cantaloupe Island. I know a lot of you really enjoyed it and requested more in that funky 60s style. So as a follow up, in this weeks lesson I want to teach you another classic...

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Chick Corea – Bessie’s Blues Solo

Chick Corea – Bessie’s Blues Solo

On February 9, 2021, I was saddened to learn that Chick Corea, one of the most influential jazz musicians of all times, had passed. So I decided to dedicate this lesson to his memory by transcribing the first 3 choruses to his solo on John Coltrane’s “Bessie’s Blues”,...

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