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Giant Steps using the Symmetrical Diminished

Giant Steps using the Symmetrical Diminished

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been fascinated by the symmetrical diminished scale!  And I know that this is also the case with so many jazz musicians we all look up to. For example, the late Pat Martino used the symmetrical diminished as the source from...

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Joe Diorio Tribute Lesson

Joe Diorio Tribute Lesson

On February 2nd 2022, I was saddened to hear that we lost a great jazz guitar pioneer...Joe Diorio. As a result I have decided to dedicate this lesson to his memory and share with you a sample of his unique contribution to the ongoing evolution of jazz guitar. When I...

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Blue Bossa – John McLaughlin Style

Blue Bossa – John McLaughlin Style

Did you know that one of the primary ways in which great musicians incorporate new ideas such as licks into their vocabulary, is by first writing their own solos over a standard? As a matter of fact, the more they do this, when the time comes to improvise, the easier...

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18 Licks by John McLaughlin

18 Licks by John McLaughlin

Whether or not you are a John McLaughlin fan, I’m sure you agree that he is an awesome musician! When I first heard him with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, I remember thinking he was from another planet (lol). And that’s because as a teenage rock guitarist who had just...

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18 Bebop Licks by Pat Martino

18 Bebop Licks by Pat Martino

If you’ve been keeping up with my videos, you’ve probably watched some of my 18 Bebop Licks lessons. So far I’ve featured and analyzed 18 licks by Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. And by popular request, this is my 4th lesson in the series, featuring 18...

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What Pat Martino Taught Me!

What Pat Martino Taught Me!

Last week I was very saddened to hear that one of the of jazz guitar passed away. I’m referring to Pat Martino (1944-2021) who will not only be remembered as a major influence guitarists worldwide, but also as a wonderful human being to those who had the good fortune...

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18 Bebop Licks by Grant Green

18 Bebop Licks by Grant Green

If you watched and enjoyed my 18 Bebop Licks videos by both Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery, you’ll love this one. And although Grant Green shouldn’t need an introduction, let me just say that he was one of the most recorded jazz guitarists, particularly during the...

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Develop Your Own Bebop Vocabulary

Develop Your Own Bebop Vocabulary

Do you ever feel like you’re playing the same old ideas over and over again every time you take a solo? If you answered yes, you’re not alone! As a matter of fact, when I graduated from Berklee College of Music in the early 80’s, I was one of those players that knew...

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Jazz & The Zen of Playing Wrong Notes

Jazz & The Zen of Playing Wrong Notes

Have you ever transcribed or simply tried to analyze a solo by one of your favorite players and found that in more than one measure, there were notes that absolutely did not relate to the prescribed chord?  Strangely enough, you listen to the recording in context and...

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18 Bebop Licks by Wes Montgomery

18 Bebop Licks by Wes Montgomery

A few weeks ago I posted a lesson titled “18 Bebop licks by Charlie Parker”. Here is a video doing the same, only that with some Wes Montgomery transcriptions! In the Charlie Parker video I analyzed the makeup of 18 licks and showed you the architecture of a bebop...

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18 Bebop Licks by Charlie Parker

18 Bebop Licks by Charlie Parker

If you want to grow your bebop vocabulary, you need to resort to its most respected source…Charlie Parker! And that is exactly what I did for this lesson. I carefully analyzed various Charlie Parker heads and extracted 18 licks which I believe embody the essence of...

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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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