Chordal Planing

Chordal Planing

Chordal Planing So what on earth is planing? It is often associated with a practice that was frequently used in the music of Debussy and Ravel. During the late 19th century, composers started experimenting with the use of upper extensions in their harmony and ended up...
Monk Chords for Guitar

Monk Chords for Guitar

Monk Chords for Guitar Do you like bebop? Do you like Thelonious Monk? Are you looking to expand your jazz chord vocabulary? If so, read on… In my newly posted lesson I share several snippets of Monk transcriptions I’ve done, in order to adapt some of his unique...
The Locrian-Lydian Exchange

The Locrian-Lydian Exchange

The Locrian-Lydian Exchange Please take a brief moment to consider this scenario… After a substantial amount of time practicing your major II-V chords and scales, you finally decide it’s time to do the same with the minor II-Vs. Next thing you know, you’re confronted...
Latin Jazz Guitar Blues

Latin Jazz Guitar Blues

Latin Jazz Guitar Blues If you dig Latin Jazz, I hope you had an opportunity to watch my lesson titled “Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Guitar 101” where I explain in detail all the fundamentals of this style as applied to the “6 String Beast” ! (lol)  As a follow...
Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Guitar 101

Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Guitar 101

Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Guitar 101 Think about this scenario…If on a gig the band leader calls out, say “Autumn Leaves” as a bossa, usually there is no problem on behalf of most guitarists. On the other hand, if he calls out “Autumn Leaves” in Afro-Cuban style...
Using Sus4 Chords to Comp over Standards

Using Sus4 Chords to Comp over Standards

Using Sus4 Chords to Comp over Standards Did you know that Sus4 chords are an integral harmonic element employed by modern jazz pianists when comping over a standard? But how about jazz guitarists? Well not so much, except for the newer generation of players. And if...

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