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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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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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