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Killer Joe

Killer Joe

For this lesson, I have prepared a solo chord melody arrangement of saxophonist Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe”. And I’m dedicating it to the memory of my 3 favorite Jazz Joe’s: Joe Henderson, Joe Diorio and Joe Pass! In case you’re not familiar with this standard, it...

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Lego Chord Melody-Melodic Minor

Lego Chord Melody-Melodic Minor

So you’re probably wondering, what on earth is Lego Chord Melody? Simply put, it’s one of those seldom taught guitar concepts that don’t appear to have an official name. I usually prefer to describe it using the terms, “interlocking” or “modular” chord shapes. And let...

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“Smile” – Chord Melody & Kenny Burrell Solo

“Smile” – Chord Melody & Kenny Burrell Solo

Kenny Burrell meets Charlie Chaplin? Not exactly… Nonetheless, he recorded an incredible rendition of “Smile”, Chaplin’s beautiful composition for his 1938 film, “Modern Times”. And in this week’s lesson I’m happy to teach you not only Kenny’s solo from it, but also...

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In A Mellow Tone

In A Mellow Tone

​ For this week’s video I’m happy to share with you a standard I had fun arranging during my summer hiatus. And it’s a swinging Duke Ellington favorite... “In a Mellow Tone”. This chord melody arrangement for fingerstyle solo guitar is also a great vehicle to master...

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Deconstructing Jim Hall

Deconstructing Jim Hall

In this lesson I explore the style of one of the most influential jazz guitarists of the latter half of the 20th century. And I’m referring to Jim Hall who has often been called "the father of modern jazz guitar". I started out listening to the likes of Wes, Barney...

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Secret Love

Secret Love

Did you know that some of the greatest jazz standards are originally classic movie themes? To name just a few... “The Way You Look Tonight” (Swing Time / 1936), “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs /1937), “As Time Goes By” ( Casablanca...

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Vertical Triad Pairs

Vertical Triad Pairs

In this lesson I want to introduce you to a concept that you’ve most likely heard in the playing of many great post bop improvisers such as Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Joe Henderson and countless more! You’ve probably heard about triad pairs. Simply put, they...

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Joe Pass Fingerstyle Arpeggios

Joe Pass Fingerstyle Arpeggios

I’ll never forget that day in 1974 when I walked into a record store in San Francisco. While sorting through the jazz section, I came across a newly released album titled Virtuoso by Joe Pass, a guitarist I had read about but had not yet listened to. I was intrigued...

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Blue Bossa – George Benson Solo

Blue Bossa – George Benson Solo

Hope you had a chance to check out my recent lesson on harmonizing “Blue Bossa” using the 6th diminished concept associated with Barry Harris. As a follow up,  I decided to transcribe one of my favorite improvised solos over Blue Bossa. And it’s by the great George...

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“Blue Bossa” Barry Harris Style

“Blue Bossa” Barry Harris Style

In this lesson I show you how I take a standard in a minor key and harmonize the melody using the 6th diminished chord concept associated with the late Barry Harris. For this task I have chosen “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham. Why? Well not only is it a great standard...

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Billie’s Bounce

Billie’s Bounce

If you’re not familiar with my music background, in my teens I was into rock and mainly blues for almost 10 years before getting into jazz and formally pursuing music studies. Who knows, this might be your case too as it is with many current jazz guitarists! But I...

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Moose The Mooche

Moose The Mooche

This is the third video in the Charlie Parker for Guitar series! And for this lesson I’ve picked one of the many tunes Bird wrote over the chords to “I Got Rhythm”, a progression commonly referred to as “Rhythm Changes”. It’s called “Moose The Mooche”. Although this...

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The Bebop Anacrusis

The Bebop Anacrusis

If you’re wondering what on earth anacrusis means, it’s simply the proper term in written music for what we otherwise would call a “pick up”. And in this lesson I am excited to demonstrate this seldom taught melodic and rhythmic device in the unique context that it is...

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Yardbird Suite – Charlie Parker for Guitar

Yardbird Suite – Charlie Parker for Guitar

This is the second in a series of Charlie Parker compositions that I recently started teaching. Previously I posted a lesson on “Ornithology”, which as most of you know is a great bebop melody over the changes to “How High The Moon”. If you missed it, be sure to check...

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Drop Voicings Complete!

Drop Voicings Complete!

Most likely you already know what drop voicings are, but just in case, “...it simply consists of dropping one or two of the notes in a closed 7th chord, down an octave.” For us guitarists this allows us to spread the notes in a way that we can assign them to different...

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