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Self Accompaniment-Major II-V-Is

Self Accompaniment-Major II-V-Is

If you’re a jazz guitarist, at some point you’ve probably experienced what I like to call... pianist envy! This is the result of watching keyboard players use their left hand to comp with chords, while independently improvising intricate lines with their right hand....

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Moanin’

Moanin’

Can you spare a minute? That’s roughly how long this chord melody video lasts! You might or might not know the tune, but it has become part of most jazz musicians repertoire. "Moanin'" was written by pianist Bobby Timmons and first recorded, by Art Blakey's band the...

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Miles-So What Live

Miles-So What Live

In 1959 Miles Davis recorded what was to become the best selling album in jazz history...Kind of Blue. Through this recording he also introduced the world of music to modal jazz. A few weeks after the historic studio recording, Miles taped a live TV recording using...

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L-O-V-E

L-O-V-E

PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD: The "L-O-V-E" lesson files, can be downloaded for $8.00. The download includes the following files:  PDF with both regular notation and TAB of the arrangement, MP3, a Band in a Box file, as well as a Midi file so you can practice using the...

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Harmonic Minor Modes

Harmonic Minor Modes

Are you familiar with the modes of the harmonic minor? If you're like the great majority of jazz guitarists, or musicians in general, the answer is probably “No”! When was the last time you used the Romanian scale or the Lydian #2 when improvising over a standard?...

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Fly Me To The Moon

Fly Me To The Moon

This is my 3rd chord melody arrangement exclusively using the Barry Harris system of harmonization! It’s a very popular standard that many jazz musicians tend to associate with “Autumn Leaves” and “All The Things You Are” due to their similarity in the initial...

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Kumoi Pentatonics: Coltrane Perspectives 2

Kumoi Pentatonics: Coltrane Perspectives 2

This is the 2nd in a series of "Coltrane Guitar Perspectives" on using pentatonics. If you missed the first one be sure to check it out here. In it I show you how the legendary John Coltrane pioneered the use of the common minor pentatonic in jazz by super-imposing it...

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Minor Pentatonics: Coltrane Perspectives 1

Minor Pentatonics: Coltrane Perspectives 1

If you’re a guitarist, I wouldn’t be surprised if the very first scale you ever learned is the minor pentatonic ! And most likely…you first learned it to solo either over the blues or your favorite rock tune. But if you’re like most guitarists who get into jazz, it’s...

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Major 9th Arpeggio Superimposition

Major 9th Arpeggio Superimposition

If you’re an intermediate to advanced player, do you ever get tired of hearing yourself play the same old lines when improvising? Maybe you’re just in need of expanding your vocabulary or simply exploring some new melodic perspectives. If so, in my newly posted video...

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“Bluesette” Barry Harris Style

“Bluesette” Barry Harris Style

Hope you had a chance to check out my arrangement of “I’ll Remember April”, exclusively harmonized using the 6th & diminished chord concept associated with Barry Harris. For my 2nd arrangement in this series, I’ve decided to feature a popular standard in ¾ time....

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Barry Harris 6th & Diminished Chords

Barry Harris 6th & Diminished Chords

For some time now, several students have been asking me to do a lesson on how to use the “6th and diminished” harmonized scales associated with the late bebop pianist, Barry Harris. However, I’ve been hesitant because personally, it’s a concept I picked up over the...

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Jazz Motifs with Common Tones

Jazz Motifs with Common Tones

An important resource that great jazz musicians use in order to tell a story when improvising, is the element of repetition. This is often done by stressing a note that is common to various consecutive chords in a progression. And it is effective because it creates a...

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Too Marvelous For Words

Too Marvelous For Words

Are you familiar with Johnny Mercer? He wrote the lyrics to some of the greatest and most played standards in the history of jazz...Autumn Leaves, Days of Wine and Roses, I’m Old Fashioned and countless more. Recently I fell in love with a lesser known standard...

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Jazz Improvisation Over-Simplified

Jazz Improvisation Over-Simplified

If you’re starting out with jazz improvisation and you’re overwhelmed with the amount of chords in a 32 measure standard,  I think this lesson will be of utmost help. In it I show you how to improvise over almost any standard by reducing it down to its bare-bone...

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Bluesify your Bebop with Double Stops

Bluesify your Bebop with Double Stops

Do you employ double stops in your playing? In case you’re not familiar with the term, it was first devised by violinists to denote 2 notes played simultaneously. Nonetheless, it is applicable to any any polyphonic instrument! You’ve probably heard and identified the...

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I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

Finally, a chord melody arrangement of the theme song to one of my favorite sitcoms when I was a kid... "I Love Lucy" written by Eliot Daniel. If you’re familiar with the original, before you check this one out, let me just warn you that I’m not adhering to the "Ricky...

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