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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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“C Jam Blues” in 4 Levels

“C Jam Blues” in 4 Levels

A few weeks back I posted a lesson in which I demonstrated 4 ways of playing the head to Blue Monk by Thelonius Monk. If you dug it, you’ll love this week’s video. That’s because in it I do the same for another well known jazz blues, this time by the great Duke...

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II-V-I Diad Lines

II-V-I Diad Lines

In this lesson I teach you how to add new textures to your jazz solos by inserting “diad lines” in the midst of your single note lines. In case you’re not familiar with this term, “diad lines”, they are simply 2 note phrases, for the most part in 3rds. Unlike triads,...

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“Blue Monk” in 4 Levels

“Blue Monk” in 4 Levels

In this jazz guitar lesson I teach you 4 ways of playing the head to a well known jazz blues standard: Blue Monk by Thelonius Monk. I’m including something for all levels of players, and since I am going to show you 4 chord melody versions, you can even experiment by...

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Comping w Triads in 4ths- Part 2

Comping w Triads in 4ths- Part 2

In the 2nd part of this series, I show you how to derive voicings in 4ths from any scale and extract 2 quartal triads that you can use to comp over minor II-V-Is ! If you missed the first part which introduces voicings in 4ths for major II-V-I cadences, be sure to...

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Song For My Father

Song For My Father

If you enjoyed my recent fingerstyle arrangements of “Cantaloupe Island” and “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock, here’s another funky 60’s Blue Note classic I think you’ll enjoy. This one’s by Horace Silver from his album under the same title: “Song For My Father”. It...

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Watermelon Man

Watermelon Man

A few weeks back I posted a fingerstyle chord melody arrangement of a Herbie Hancock’s ...Cantaloupe Island. I know a lot of you really enjoyed it and requested more in that funky 60s style. So as a follow up, in this weeks lesson I want to teach you another classic...

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Chick Corea – Bessie’s Blues Solo

Chick Corea – Bessie’s Blues Solo

On February 9, 2021, I was saddened to learn that Chick Corea, one of the most influential jazz musicians of all times, had passed. So I decided to dedicate this lesson to his memory by transcribing the first 3 choruses to his solo on John Coltrane’s “Bessie’s Blues”,...

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The Bebop Scale: Everything You Need To Know!

The Bebop Scale: Everything You Need To Know!

This video is all about the bebop scale...what it is, what it isn’t and when and how to use it! In this comprehensive lesson, I teach you how to easily come up with all the variants of the original bebop scale, how to instantly apply them to improvise over any II-V-I,...

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Easy Miles Blues Solo

Easy Miles Blues Solo

If you’re a Miles fan, you’re in for a treat! In this lesson lesson in which I teach 2 choruses of his classic solo on “Blues by Five” off the “Cookin’” album. This is an ideal introduction to the concept of phrasing for the beginning jazz student. In addition, since...

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Comping with Triad Pairs in 4ths -Part1

Comping with Triad Pairs in 4ths -Part1

  Have you ever noticed those impressionistic piano chords that Bill Evans used when comping behind Miles on “So What” or McCoy Tyner for John Coltrane? They are voicings in 4ths and add a fresh modern sound when combined with those drop voicings we guitarists...

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Cantaloupe Island

Cantaloupe Island

This lesson features a solo guitar arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island”. If you know the tune, originally recorded in the mid 60’s, you’re probably aware that it was released again in the 90s as a remix and instantly became a hit among newer...

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America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful

I don’t know about you, but playing music is one of the precious gifts that has kept me sane during this long pandemic. It is also the one thing that brings me peace and refuge from the political madness that we have been witnessing in the USA where I reside. After...

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Triste

Triste

In this lesson I teach you a fingerstyle chord melody arrangement of "Triste" by one of bossa nova's most prolific composers...Tom Jobim!      PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD: The Triste Files can be downloaded for $6.00 (buy me a cup of coffee and a snack?)....

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The Christmas Song – Chord Melody

The Christmas Song – Chord Melody

This is an original solo guitar lesson of my favorite Holiday Season song...."The Christmas Song" aka "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire". It's got to be the jazziest Christmas song of them all, and it's no wonder it was written by the great jazz vocalist, Mel Torme....

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Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps Lessons 5-8

Jazz Arpeggio Sweeps Lessons 5-8

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 musicians sometimes refer...

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