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Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps Lessons 5-8

Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps Lessons 5-8

Coming Soon!Coming Soon!This post includes Lessons 5-8 of Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps. Through this ongoing series, each week you get to build up your improvisational vocabulary as well as your economy picking chops with new sweep arpeggio based licks. Let me add that jazz...

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5 Comping Tips To Add Harmonic Motion

5 Comping Tips To Add Harmonic Motion

In this lesson I explain how to comp over standards that remain harmonically static during various sections... I'm referring to those instances where the same chord lasts for 2 measures or more. In order to add additional motion and variety in these situations, many...

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John Scofield’s Intervallic Style Licks

John Scofield’s Intervallic Style Licks

In this lesson we explore the use of wide intervals, sometimes referred to as intervallic improvisation. One of the jazz guitarists who has become best known for his frequent use of this concept, is none other than John Scofield. In this 7 minute information packed...

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How To Improvise Off A Standard’s Melody

How To Improvise Off A Standard’s Melody

If you are fairly new at jazz improvisation and you gradually want to get your feet wet before getting into the complexities of bebop, in this lesson I  share with you two valuable steps that will enable you to improvise a simple, yet nice solo using a standards main...

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Master Tuplets

Master Tuplets

I'm going to assume that like most guitarists you're fairly accustomed to playing triplets. But how about quintuplets, sextuplets and septuplets? Are they a part of your rhythmic vocabulary or does the mere sight of them on a piece of music make your knees tremble...

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Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps Lessons 1- 4

Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps Lessons 1- 4

This post includes the first 4 installments of Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps. Through this ongoing series, each week you get to build up your improvisational vocabulary as well as your economy picking chops with new sweep arpeggio based licks. Let me add that jazz musicians...

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Misty

Misty

In this lesson I'd like to teach you not one, but actually 3 chord melody arrangements of  "Misty"...a super popular standard by Erroll Garner! Regardless of what level you're at as a jazz guitarist, if you've always wanted to learn this piece, here's a great...

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Turn Those Boring Scale Exercises Into Jazz

Turn Those Boring Scale Exercises Into Jazz

You know those boring exercises many books start you out with when you're first learning your scales on the instrument?  For the most part, they are based on a 4 note motif that is diatonically transposed to begin on every degree of the given scale. This is what is...

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Triad Pairs PART 2

Triad Pairs PART 2

Hope you were able to watch PART1 of Triad Pairs from Hexatonic Scales which I posted last week. In it I taught the theory and procedure to get you started on this post-bop concept that has been employed by many jazz guitarists such as Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, John...

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Triad Pairs PART1

Triad Pairs PART1

Just in case you're wondering, "what on earth is a hexatonic scale?", let me answer that first. Being a guitar player, I'm sure that you're familiar with pentatonic scales which consist of 5 notes. Well, a hexatonic scale simply consists of 6 notes! So, why would you...

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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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