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George Benson & John Scofield Compared

George Benson & John Scofield Compared

Transcribed from Video: For this lesson I picked 2 of my favorite living jazz guitar masters...George Benson on the bebop side and John Scofield on the post-bop side. Some might even call it old school and new school, side by side. Stylistically speaking, they sound...

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“Lady Bird” Chord Melody

“Lady Bird” Chord Melody

Transcribed from video: Today I bring you the 2nd in a series of video tutorials entitled "Standards for Jazz Guitar" in which I first teach you the single note melody and then show you how I harmonize each note and come up with a chord melody arrangement.  For this...

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McCoy Tyner Jazz Guitar Lesson Tribute

McCoy Tyner Jazz Guitar Lesson Tribute

Transcribed from Video: This is a special tribute lesson to McCoy Tyner, a very influential jazz pianist who I was sad to learn passed away on March 6, 2020. For those guitarists who are new to jazz or not familiar with this name, McCoy was none other than the pianist...

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Solar – Chord Melody

Solar – Chord Melody

This is the first in a series of lessons I've entitled "Standards for Jazz Guitar". In them I first teach you the main single line melody to a chosen standard, followed by a detailed harmonic analysis. After this I demonstrate how I go about and harmonize each note,...

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Over The Rainbow- Chord Melody

Over The Rainbow- Chord Melody

In this video tutorial I teach you my fingerstyle chord melody rendition of a standard everyone should recognize...even if they're not into jazz! This one always tends to bring out a smile in kids and adults alike, whenever I play it. Of course I'm referring to "Over...

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Best Way To Learn & Practice New Scales

Best Way To Learn & Practice New Scales

Transcribed from Video: Today I'd like to discuss one of the most important rudiments of learning jazz. And that of course is the process of learning those much needed jazz guitar scales that are going to provide the proper notes to solo over the standards of our...

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My Funny Valentine- Chord Melody

My Funny Valentine- Chord Melody

In this video tutorial I teach you my chord melody rendition of a standard ballad often associated with Miles Davis. And I'm referring to the Rodgers and Hart composition, "My Funny Valentine" which works beautifully when played as a fingerstyle solo jazz guitar...

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How to Solo “Outside”

How to Solo “Outside”

In this lesson I unravel the mystery of playing "outside" without sounding like you made a mistake or got lost in the changes. Now, if you are new to jazz and have no clue what playing "outside" is, let me just briefly sum it up as temporarily improvising over...

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Alone Together Chord Melody

Alone Together Chord Melody

This chord melody lesson is over one of my all time favorite standards: Alone Together ! I fell in love with this piece after first hearing it played as a duet by Jim Hall & Ron Carter. However for my rendition, since Ron wasn't available to play with me (lol), I...

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Jazzify Your Rock Solos

Jazzify Your Rock Solos

This lesson is specially dedicated to all those of you who are actively Rock players and would like to use a jazzier approach during your solos without sounding totally out of context. That is, you don't want to play the same straight pentatonic throughout the entire...

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2 Ingredients to Bebopify your Solos

2 Ingredients to Bebopify your Solos

If you're a beginning to intermediate jazz guitar student and know your basic scales, but you feel your solos don't quite sound like jazz...this lesson is for you! In this video I teach you how to incorporate 2 important melodic ingredients that are characteristic of...

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“Just The Way You Are” Chord Melody

“Just The Way You Are” Chord Melody

A chord melody lesson of a gorgeous tune which you're most likely familiar with..."Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel. This is considered one of the "new standards" and features all the usual  jazz harmony we'd  find in any of the classics from yesteryear. To make it...

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“Stompin’ At The Savoy” Chord Melody

“Stompin’ At The Savoy” Chord Melody

Here's a finger-style chord melody lesson, this time of one of my favorite standards associated with the swing era: Stompin' at the Savoy. It's a timeless standard that first became a hit by the Benny Goodman Orchestra way back in 1936. And it just so happens that it...

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5 Chromatic Licks To Jump-Start Your Solos

5 Chromatic Licks To Jump-Start Your Solos

In this video lesson I want to share some cool chromatic lines that are sure to grab your listeners ear when you start a solo.... You know that section after playing the head to a standard, where the whole band stops and the soloist plays a flurry of notes leading...

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“My Favorite Things” Chord Melody

“My Favorite Things” Chord Melody

My Favorite Things  (transcription from the video) If you're one of those guitarists that is jealous of how pianists have all the advantages just because they can get a fuller sound using both hands to simultaneously play a chord and a melody, and you believe this...

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Miles’ Secret Solo Sauce Revealed!

Miles’ Secret Solo Sauce Revealed!

Have you ever wondered why Miles Davis is so revered as a jazz improviser and why so many musicians worldwide transcribe and study his solos? I just posted one of my all time favorite lessons in which I play 4 measure fragments of 10 different solos that Miles...

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