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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 $7.00 (buy me a cup of coffee and a snack?)....

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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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Stella by Starlight – Chord Melody

Stella by Starlight – Chord Melody

 I'm happy to share with you another lesson based on a Standard that due to its rich and distinctive harmony, has become a must in every jazz musicians repertoire. As you know I'm referring to "Stella by Starlight" written by Victor Young for the 1944 film, "The...

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Mr PC – Minor Jazz Blues #6

Mr PC – Minor Jazz Blues #6

In this video I bring you the final in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this lesson I also bring you the 3rd of 3 John Coltrane minor blues included in this series. In the past weeks I've featured "Equinox" and "Blue Train"  which you should definitely check...

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Stella by Starlight – Finger Style Lesson

Stella by Starlight – Finger Style Lesson

In this video I teach you my finger style guitar arrangement of a standard that has become a tour de force for every serious jazz musician...Stella by Starlight written by Victor Young  and composed for the 1944 film "The Uninvited".  It was first recorded in a jazz...

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Comin’ Home Baby – Minor Jazz Blues #5

Comin’ Home Baby – Minor Jazz Blues #5

In this video I bring you the 5th in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this chord melody lesson I'd like to teach you a very popular and fairly easy one written by Earl Hagen:"Comin' Home Baby".PDF & AUDIO DOWNLOAD: The 6 Minor Jazz Blues Files can be...

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Blue Train -Minor Jazz Blues #4

Blue Train -Minor Jazz Blues #4

This is the 4th in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this lesson I bring you the 2nd of 3 tunes in this series written by John Coltrane... "Blue Train" originally recorded on his classic Blue Note album also titled "Blue Train". This one like Equinox which we...

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Chitlins Con Carne -Minor Jazz Blues #3

Chitlins Con Carne -Minor Jazz Blues #3

Just posted the 3rd in a 6-part series on minor jazz blues! For this lesson I bring you the easiest of all of them: "Chitlins Con Carne" by guitarist Kenny Burrell from his album, "Midnight Blue". So if you are new to jazz guitar, this is a great one to start out...

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Autumn Leaves “Reharmonized”

Autumn Leaves “Reharmonized”

NOTE: The Above Video contains the Full Lesson Not Available On YouTube!In this lesson I teach you some fresh new ways of playing chord melody over one of the most popular standards...Autumn Leaves. Even if you aren't comfortable playing the chord melody arrangement,...

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Equinox – Minor Jazz Blues #2

Equinox – Minor Jazz Blues #2

This is the 2nd in a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For this lesson I bring you 1 of 3 tunes in this series written by none other than John Coltrane... "Equinox" originally recorded on the album "Coltrane's Sound". This one like most of Trane's minor blues is in...

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6 Minor Jazz Blues

6 Minor Jazz Blues

I'm excited to introduce the first of a 6-part Series on minor jazz blues. For starters I have selected one that hopefully you should all be familiar with...the Wayne Shorter composition, "Footprints" originally recorded by Miles Davis on the album "Miles Smiles"....

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Mr. Syms – Chord Melody

Mr. Syms – Chord Melody

In this lesson I want to teach you a chord melody arrangement for a unique 12 bar blues by John Coltrane. It's called Mr. Syms off the album "Coltrane Plays The Blues".... And it's unique in many ways! First of all the harmony is very hybrid. As a matter of fact,...

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Body and Soul – Chord Melody

Body and Soul – Chord Melody

If you had to learn at least one ballad to include in your repertoire, which one would you pick? Allow me to make a suggestion... In this video I teach you my fingerstyle chord melody rendition of a beautiful standard that has established itself as one of the most...

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Countdown Chord Melody

Countdown Chord Melody

Transcribed from video: I recently posted a chord melody arrangement and harmonic analysis of "Tune Up" by Miles Davis. Well, it so happens that John Coltrane was the saxophonist on the recording of that tune. About a decade later he took this interesting 16 measure...

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Tune Up – Chord Melody and Analysis

Tune Up – Chord Melody and Analysis

Transcribed from video: Today I bring you the 4th in a series of video tutorials titled "Standards for Jazz Guitar" in which I first teach you the single note melody and then show you how I harmonize each note and come up with a chord melody arrangement for a given...

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“Speak Low” Chord Melody

“Speak Low” Chord Melody

Transcribed from video: This is the third in a series of video tutorials entitled "Standards for Jazz Guitar" in which I first teach you the single note melody and then show you how I harmonize each note and come up with a chord melody arrangement for a given...

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