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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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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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