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5 Practice Habits of Great Jazz Musicians

5 Practice Habits of Great Jazz Musicians

This post includes the 3 Part Series: "5 Practice Habits of Great Jazz Musicians". Part 1 covers Habit 1: "Great Jazz Musicians Push The Envelope" and explains how they use the concept of "deliberate practice". Part 2 covers Habit 2: "Great Jazz Musicians Are Always...

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The Secret Bebop Rhythm Cell Revealed!

The Secret Bebop Rhythm Cell Revealed!

When teaching rhythms in jazz improvisation there is an important 2 note rhythm cell that very, very few players seldom mention. Nonetheless, in this lesson I tell you all about it so you too can start using! And believe me when I say...it is guaranteed to make your...

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Playing Bebop with String Bends

Playing Bebop with String Bends

If you’re like most guitarists who got into jazz coming from a rock-blues background, and you still play a solid body, you’ve probably entertained the question..."To bend or not to bend?” After all, string bending has been an integral aspect of playing electric...

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How To Learn A Jazz Transcription With No TAB

How To Learn A Jazz Transcription With No TAB

So you got a copy of a great solo transcription by one of your favorites, but there’s no TAB! How do you begin to decide where to play it on the fretboard, what fingerings to use, and how to extract improvisational vocabulary from it? In this lesson I show you how I...

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Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- Part 2

Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- Part 2

In this second and final video of this lesson series, I continue to dispel many myths and half-truths about jazz improvisation. If you enjoyed the first one, this one goes even deeper as I clear up some common theoretical misconceptions! It includes several topics...

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Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- PART 1

Jazz Improvisation Facts & Fallacies- PART 1

The Internet has some good info about playing jazz, but then there's a lot of myths and half-truths. And if you're just getting started with jazz improvisation or you've been at it for a while and feel like you're not making significant progress, who knows...some of...

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II-V-I Diad Lines

II-V-I Diad Lines

In this lesson I teach you how to add new textures to your jazz solos by inserting “diad lines” in the midst of your single note lines. In case you’re not familiar with this term, “diad lines”, they are simply 2 note phrases, for the most part in 3rds. Unlike triads,...

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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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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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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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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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1 String Improvisation Exercises

1 String Improvisation Exercises

In this lesson I want to introduce you to an effective fretboard mastery method suggested by one of my mentors, the late Charlie Banacos. For those not familiar with him, although he was a pianist, his students played a variety of other instruments. Among his guitar...

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