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“Bluesette” Barry Harris Style

“Bluesette” Barry Harris Style

Hope you had a chance to check out my arrangement of “I’ll Remember April”, exclusively harmonized using the 6th & diminished chord concept associated with Barry Harris. For my 2nd arrangement in this series, I’ve decided to feature a popular standard in ¾ time....

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Barry Harris 6th & Diminished Chords

Barry Harris 6th & Diminished Chords

For some time now, several students have been asking me to do a lesson on how to use the “6th and diminished” harmonized scales associated with the late bebop pianist, Barry Harris. However, I’ve been hesitant because personally, it’s a concept I picked up over the...

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Too Marvelous For Words

Too Marvelous For Words

Are you familiar with Johnny Mercer? He wrote the lyrics to some of the greatest and most played standards in the history of jazz...Autumn Leaves, Days of Wine and Roses, I’m Old Fashioned and countless more. Recently I fell in love with a lesser known standard...

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I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

Finally, a chord melody arrangement of the theme song to one of my favorite sitcoms when I was a kid... "I Love Lucy" written by Eliot Daniel. If you’re familiar with the original, before you check this one out, let me just warn you that I’m not adhering to the "Ricky...

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Aquarela do Brasil

Aquarela do Brasil

When it comes to Brazilian music, I’m sure you’re already aware that Jobim’s “Girl from Ipanema” easily takes first prize as the most popular bossa-nova worldwide! But how about the most popular samba? Most Brazilians agree it’s Ary Barroso’s “Brazil” known as...

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All Blues

All Blues

I’ve got More Miles for You! And don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an ad for a new Visa Credit Card (lol). I’m talking about this video! It's my finger-style chord melody rendition of “All Blues” by Miles Davis from his classic recording, “Kind of Blue”…. historically...

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It Could Happen To You

It Could Happen To You

This is not meant to be click bait, so my sincere apologies if this title sounds as a cautionary warning! 🙂 It’s simply the title of my solo guitar version of a lovely standard written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Jimmy Burke which has been recorded by countless jazz...

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I hope you had a chance to check out my previous chord melody arrangement of Frosty The Snow Man. And since we’re still in time to learn one more for this season, due to numerous requests, I am excited to share another holiday favorite... “Have Yourself A Merry Little...

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Frosty, The Snow Man

Frosty, The Snow Man

Here's a lesson of a classic Xmas standard arrangement featuring some jazzy chord melody...Frosty, The Snow Man. If you get a head start on it now, you might get it down in time to play for Santa...that is, if you haven't been naughty...ho,ho,ho! 🙂 PDF & AUDIO...

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Corcovado

Corcovado

It’s bossa nova time again, and I’m back with a fingerstyle chord melody arrangement of the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic… “Corcovado” (a.k.a “Quiet Stars of Quiet Nights”). Throughout this arrangement I’ve tried to combine that cool bossa groove, with a touch of the...

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The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

What do Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny have in common? They’re among the dozens who have all recorded Hoagy Carmichael’s beautiful ballad...The Nearness of You. You can listen and learn my chord melody...

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A Child Is Born

A Child Is Born

If you're like most jazz guitarists, you probably don't  know very many standards in 3/4 time, especially when it comes to ballads. And if there is one I love and recommend you learn...it’s the Thad Jones composition “A Child is Born”. This lesson features an...

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Georgia

Georgia

This lesson features a popular standard that I’ve received many requests to teach... ”Georgia” by Hoagie Carmichael. You've got two levels to choose from!  A fairly basic version that can be played with a trio or small group, and a solo guitar arrangement with walking...

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Everything Happens To Me

Everything Happens To Me

If you don’t know this standard, it should be next on your list to learn! Take a minute to check out these clever lyrics: “I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains I try to give a party and the guy upstairs complains I guess I'll go through life Just...

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My Foolish Heart

My Foolish Heart

In this video I share with you my arrangement of “My Foolish Heart” by Victor Young. In the past I would have gone straight for an archtop to play this, but I just love the way this sounds on my Strat….. Check it out and let me know what you think....  PDF & AUDIO...

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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 $7.00...

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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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