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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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Beginning Jazz Guitar for Rockers

Beginning Jazz Guitar for Rockers

In this video I want to share a lesson exclusively for those who are new to jazz. So if you're a rock or blues guitarist with some very basic knowledge of theory and say you just joined your school's jazz band... or maybe you play in a band that has to do a gig where...

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“Imagine” Chord Melody

“Imagine” Chord Melody

Hope you had a chance to check my previous video lesson in which I shared a chord melody arrangement of a Beatles tune...but re-harmonized using some Coltrane Changes! This week I am happy to bring you another Beatles related solo guitar arrangement. It is a jazzy...

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Beatles with Coltrane Changes

Beatles with Coltrane Changes

Do you like the Beatles? Do you like John Coltrane? Well, if you answered yes to both questions, this is a video lesson you absolutely must check out! As a matter of fact, even if you answered no to one of them, I think you'll still be pleasantly surprised when you...

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How Insensitive Chord Melody

How Insensitive Chord Melody

In this lesson I teach you a fingerstyle chord melody arrangement of "How Insensitive" by one of bossa nova's most prolific composers...Tom Jobim! In several interviews, Jobim mentioned his admiration for classical composer Frederic Chopin, so it isn't a coincidence...

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This Chord Will Revitalize Your Standards!

This Chord Will Revitalize Your Standards!

Did you know that there's a seldom used chord, that when used in the right places will breathe new life to those overplayed Standards? It's one the old beboppers didn't know about . I heard  it for the first time in the playing of Allan Holdsworth, John Abercrombie,...

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The Look of Love Chord Melody

The Look of Love Chord Melody

In this lesson you will learn a finger-style chord melody arrangement of a popular composition by a prolific songwriter who initially made his mark in pop music during the 1960s. Although you don't hear his name that much in the world of jazz standards, I personally...

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Phrygian Cadences

Phrygian Cadences

What do tunes like Miles Davis' "Nardis", Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil", and Chick Corea's "Spain" & "La Fiesta" have in common? That they all employ phrygian modal cadences, also the subject of this video!In this lesson, not only do I give you examples of both...

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Dorian Cadences:  Comping and Soloing Made Easy

Dorian Cadences: Comping and Soloing Made Easy

This is the first in a 2 part series on Modal Cadences. In this lesson you will learn all about Dorian Cadences...what are they; how to identify them in many standards that you most likely already play; when and how to create them to add more harmonic motion to your...

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All of Me Chord Melody

All of Me Chord Melody

In this lesson I'd like to teach you not one, but actually 2 chord melody arrangements of  "All of Me"...a super popular standard! The first arrangement is for solo fingerstyle guitar and the 2nd one is to be played with a trio or pianoless small group setting.  So...

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Take The A Train Chord melody

Take The A Train Chord melody

PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD:The Take The A Train Files can be downloaded for $6.00 (buy me a cup of coffee and a snack?). Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons....

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Summertime Chord Melody

Summertime Chord Melody

In this lesson you will learn a chord melody with walking bass arrangement of a timeless standard by George Gershwin: "Summertime".  This one works great at any tempo and is shorter in duration than most standards. So if you've been shying away from learning some...

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Green Dolphin Street Chord Melody

Green Dolphin Street Chord Melody

This solo guitar arrangement features some impressionistic harmony, an Afro-Cuban montuno and some cool walking bass lines.If you've ever wanted to replicate on guitar some of those cool grooves that latin jazz pianists play, this arrangement will show you how! I even...

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