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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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Tune Up – Chord Melody and Analysis

Tune Up – Chord Melody and Analysis

Transcribed from video: Today I bring you the 4th in a series of video tutorials titled "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 a given...

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EZ 9th Chord Arpeggio Trick

EZ 9th Chord Arpeggio Trick

Transcribed from video: In this lesson I want to show you an easy trick that will instantly make your solos sound jazzier. And no this isn't click bait...jazz improvisation is not easy to learn, but if you are putting in the time and learning the basics, the simple...

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“Speak Low” Chord Melody

“Speak Low” Chord Melody

Transcribed from video: This is the third 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 a given...

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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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