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18 Bebop Licks by Pat Martino

18 Bebop Licks by Pat Martino

If you’ve been keeping up with my videos, you’ve probably watched some of my 18 Bebop Licks lessons. So far I’ve featured and analyzed 18 licks by Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. And by popular request, this is my 4th lesson in the series, featuring 18...

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I hope you had a chance to check out my previous chord melody arrangement of Frosty The Snow Man. And since we’re still in time to learn one more for this season, due to numerous requests, I am excited to share another holiday favorite... “Have Yourself A Merry Little...

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Frosty, The Snow Man

Frosty, The Snow Man

Here's a lesson of a classic Xmas standard arrangement featuring some jazzy chord melody...Frosty, The Snow Man. If you get a head start on it now, you might get it down in time to play for Santa...that is, if you haven't been naughty...ho,ho,ho! 🙂 PDF & AUDIO...

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What Pat Martino Taught Me!

What Pat Martino Taught Me!

Last week I was very saddened to hear that one of the of jazz guitar passed away. I’m referring to Pat Martino (1944-2021) who will not only be remembered as a major influence guitarists worldwide, but also as a wonderful human being to those who had the good fortune...

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18 Bebop Licks by Grant Green

18 Bebop Licks by Grant Green

If you watched and enjoyed my 18 Bebop Licks videos by both Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery, you’ll love this one. And although Grant Green shouldn’t need an introduction, let me just say that he was one of the most recorded jazz guitarists, particularly during the...

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Develop Your Own Bebop Vocabulary

Develop Your Own Bebop Vocabulary

Do you ever feel like you’re playing the same old ideas over and over again every time you take a solo? If you answered yes, you’re not alone! As a matter of fact, when I graduated from Berklee College of Music in the early 80’s, I was one of those players that knew...

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Jazz & The Zen of Playing Wrong Notes

Jazz & The Zen of Playing Wrong Notes

Have you ever transcribed or simply tried to analyze a solo by one of your favorite players and found that in more than one measure, there were notes that absolutely did not relate to the prescribed chord?  Strangely enough, you listen to the recording in context and...

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Corcovado

Corcovado

It’s bossa nova time again, and I’m back with a fingerstyle chord melody arrangement of the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic… “Corcovado” (a.k.a “Quiet Stars of Quiet Nights”). Throughout this arrangement I’ve tried to combine that cool bossa groove, with a touch of the...

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18 Bebop Licks by Wes Montgomery

18 Bebop Licks by Wes Montgomery

A few weeks ago I posted a lesson titled “18 Bebop licks by Charlie Parker”. Here is a video doing the same, only that with some Wes Montgomery transcriptions! In the Charlie Parker video I analyzed the makeup of 18 licks and showed you the architecture of a bebop...

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12 Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar – VOL1

12 Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar – VOL1

This is the first compilation of jazz standards for solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements I've put together. Even though all of these performances have been previously featured within videos pertaining to these standards, here you can watch and hear them back to back...

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The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

What do Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny have in common? They’re among the dozens who have all recorded Hoagy Carmichael’s beautiful ballad...The Nearness of You. You can listen and learn my chord melody...

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18 Bebop Licks by Charlie Parker

18 Bebop Licks by Charlie Parker

If you want to grow your bebop vocabulary, you need to resort to its most respected source…Charlie Parker! And that is exactly what I did for this lesson. I carefully analyzed various Charlie Parker heads and extracted 18 licks which I believe embody the essence of...

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A Child Is Born

A Child Is Born

If you're like most jazz guitarists, you probably don't  know very many standards in 3/4 time, especially when it comes to ballads. And if there is one I love and recommend you learn...it’s the Thad Jones composition “A Child is Born”. This lesson features an...

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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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