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Blue Bossa For Jazz Guitar Chord Melody

How to Play Blue Bossa For Jazz Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the most important things we can do as guitarists is expand our repertoire beyond swing and bebop tunes. By exploring other styles of jazz, such as Bossa Nova, you will not only expand your repertoire and harmonic/melodic palettes, but you will build a wider repertoire of…

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Baden Powell Album

10 Brazilian Jazz Tunes Every Guitarist Should Know

During my time living in Brazil, I was able to perform Brazilian Jazz Tunes with a number of other guitarists, vocalists and Samba ensembles of various sizes. When playing with these great musicians, I realized that they played a lot of the tunes I had learned in the US and Canada, such as Corcovado, Meditation…

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Jazz Guitar Arpeggios 3rds and 7th exercise

How to Play Bluesette On Guitar

How to play Bluesette on guitar is an installment in my Anatomy of a Tune series, where I take famous Standards and break them down from a specific standpoint such as improvisation, chord melody, comping, arranging or phrasing/rhythm. In this article, we will be breaking down how to play Bluesette from the perspective of analyzing the…

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Jazz Guitar Songs Summertime 3

Anatomy of a Tune – How to Play Summertime

This article is an installment in my Anatomy of a Tune series, where I take famous Standards and break them down from a specific standpoint such as improvisation, chord melody, comping, arranging or phrasing/rhythm. In this article, we will be breaking down “Summertime” from the perspective of chord substitution, walking basslines with comping and melodic/harmonic…

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Jazz Guitar Songs All The Things You Are 9

How to Play All the Things You Are On Guitar

This article is an installment in my Anatomy of a Tune series, where I take famous Standards and break them down from a specific standpoint such as improvisation, chord melody, comping, arranging or phrasing/rhythm. In this article, we will be breaking down All the Things You Are on guitar from the perspective of a chord melody…

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Jazz Guitar songs Take the A Train 1

Anatomy of a Tune Jazz Guitar Series

Welcome to my new series of articles called “Anatomy of a Tune.” The premise for this series is that we will take a jazz standard, analyze the harmonic material, and then dig into using the tune itself for the basis of improvisation, comping or chord melody, focusing on one specific idea for each tune. Each tune…

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6 Essential Giant Steps Licks For Jazz Guitar

This month I am teaching a four-part workshop on Giant Steps Licks to my students at the Pro Music school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In our first class we looked at different melodic vocabulary taken from the jazz repertoire that we could apply to the second half of the tune, for the most part, as…

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Giant Steps Lick 11

Giant Steps on Guitar: 11 Essential Coltrane Licks

Giant Steps on guitar is a tough tune for any player to really get down, which is fairly obvious to anyone who’s tackled the tune in their practice room over the years. One of the things that makes the tune so difficult, is that guitarists  try and navigate the entire tune all at once when…

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