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1 String Improvisation Exercises

1 String Improvisation Exercises

In this lesson I want to introduce you to an effective fretboard mastery method suggested by one of my mentors, the late Charlie Banacos. For those not familiar with him, although he was a pianist, his students played a variety of other instruments. Among his guitar...

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Stella by Starlight – Chord Melody

Stella by Starlight – Chord Melody

 I'm happy to share with you another lesson based on a Standard that due to its rich and distinctive harmony, has become a must in every jazz musicians repertoire. As you know I'm referring to "Stella by Starlight" written by Victor Young for the 1944 film, "The...

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Mr PC – Minor Jazz Blues #6

Mr PC – Minor Jazz Blues #6

In this video I bring you the final in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this lesson I also bring you the 3rd of 3 John Coltrane minor blues included in this series. In the past weeks I've featured "Equinox" and "Blue Train"  which you should definitely check...

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Stella by Starlight – Finger Style Lesson

Stella by Starlight – Finger Style Lesson

In this video I teach you my finger style guitar arrangement of a standard that has become a tour de force for every serious jazz musician...Stella by Starlight written by Victor Young  and composed for the 1944 film "The Uninvited".  It was first recorded in a jazz...

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Comin’ Home Baby – Minor Jazz Blues #5

Comin’ Home Baby – Minor Jazz Blues #5

In this video I bring you the 5th in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this chord melody lesson I'd like to teach you a very popular and fairly easy one written by Earl Hagen:"Comin' Home Baby".PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD: The 6 Minor Jazz Blues Files can be...

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Miles and the Lydian Chromatic Concept

Miles and the Lydian Chromatic Concept

(NOTE: Unlike YouTube, the above video contains the complete lesson) In this lesson I introduce you to an alternative system of using scales for jazz improvisation. And it just so happens that Miles Davis was busy studying and practicing this concept during the period...

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Blue Train -Minor Jazz Blues #4

Blue Train -Minor Jazz Blues #4

This is the 4th in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this lesson I bring you the 2nd of 3 tunes in this series written by John Coltrane... "Blue Train" originally recorded on his classic Blue Note album also titled "Blue Train". This one like Equinox which we...

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Improvising with Polygonal Shaped Tetratonics

Improvising with Polygonal Shaped Tetratonics

In this lesson I share with you a hidden fretboard resource for improvisation! I'm sure you agree with me that the guitar is a very visual instrument and many players take advantage of this feature to recall certain chords and scale patterns.  With that in mind, in...

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Chitlins Con Carne -Minor Jazz Blues #3

Chitlins Con Carne -Minor Jazz Blues #3

Just posted the 3rd in a 6-part series on minor jazz blues! For this lesson I bring you the easiest of all of them: "Chitlins Con Carne" by guitarist Kenny Burrell from his album, "Midnight Blue". So if you are new to jazz guitar, this is a great one to start out...

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Autumn Leaves “Reharmonized”

Autumn Leaves “Reharmonized”

NOTE: The Above Video contains the Full Lesson Not Available On YouTube!In this lesson I teach you some fresh new ways of playing chord melody over one of the most popular standards...Autumn Leaves. Even if you aren't comfortable playing the chord melody arrangement,...

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Equinox – Minor Jazz Blues #2

Equinox – Minor Jazz Blues #2

This is the 2nd in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this lesson I bring you 1 of 3 tunes in this series written by none other than John Coltrane... "Equinox" originally recorded on the album "Coltrane's Sound". This one like most of Trane's minor blues is in...

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Walking Bass Lines That Swing PART2

Walking Bass Lines That Swing PART2

In this video I bring you the 2nd in a 2 part series on Walking Bass Lines that Swing! For those of you that didn't have an opportunity to watch the first part, I covered the I-VI-II-V major progression which is commonly associated with Rhythm Changes, as the vehicle...

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6 Minor Jazz Blues

6 Minor Jazz Blues

I'm excited to introduce the first of a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For starters I have selected one that hopefully you should all be familiar with...the Wayne Shorter composition, "Footprints" originally recorded by Miles Davis on the album "Miles Smiles"....

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Walking Bass Lines That Swing

Walking Bass Lines That Swing

This is the first in a 2 Part Series on Walking Bass Lines. In this first part we are going to use a major chord progression as the vehicle to learn the concept. In a future 2nd part, I will cover minor chord progressions. For this lesson I will be using the I-VI-II-V...

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Mr. Syms – Chord Melody

Mr. Syms – Chord Melody

In this lesson I want to teach you a chord melody arrangement for a unique 12 bar blues by John Coltrane. It's called Mr. Syms off the album "Coltrane Plays The Blues".... And it's unique in many ways! First of all the harmony is very hybrid. As a matter of fact,...

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Body and Soul – Chord Melody

Body and Soul – Chord Melody

If you had to learn at least one ballad to include in your repertoire, which one would you pick? Allow me to make a suggestion... In this video I teach you my fingerstyle chord melody rendition of a beautiful standard that has established itself as one of the most...

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Countdown Chord Melody

Countdown Chord Melody

Transcribed from video: I recently posted a chord melody arrangement and harmonic analysis of "Tune Up" by Miles Davis. Well, it so happens that John Coltrane was the saxophonist on the recording of that tune. About a decade later he took this interesting 16 measure...

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4 Essential Dominant Chords & Scales for Jazz

4 Essential Dominant Chords & Scales for Jazz

Transcribed from video: Many students starting out in jazz often ask me what kind of dominant chord and scale to use in different progressions. There are so many possibilities, but how do we know which one is right? Well, the study of functional harmony provides a...

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