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How to Play Jazz Guitar Triad Pairs

When moving from the beginner to intermediate stages of Jazz guitar study, one of the first concepts that many players explore is triad pairs. These two-triad groups allow you to solo over common Jazz chords and progressions using only triad shapes on guitar, while bringing a modern Jazz sound to your playing at the same…

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7 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Read Music on Guitar

If you’re reading this article, then you are interested in improving one of the most underdeveloped, and potentially important, areas of any player’s tool belt, reading music on guitar. While there are other articles, some I’ve written myself, that dig into how to read music on guitar, how to sight read, and other “how to”…

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Learn Jazz Guitar by Ear

Learn Jazz Guitar by Ear Video Lessons

I recently sent out a survey to over 20,000 Jazz guitarists asking them what their biggest challenge is at the moment in the practice room. One of the most popular responses was that people were really struggling to learn jazz guitar by ear, or that their ears were holding them back from progressing on the…

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5 Instagram Jazz Guitarists You Should Follow

I was recently hipped to a cool Instagram page by Dutch guitarist Jens Larsen, who you can learn more about below, by a friend on Twitter. After checking out his page, and seeing the cool things that he and others were doing on the photo site, I decided to dig further to see what was…

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Incredible Jazz Guitar

10 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums

When I was a kid, this is going to date me for sure, there was no YouTube, no Spotify, and no iTunes, and growing up in a small town in Canada made finding Jazz records difficult on a good day. After buying up all the Jazz albums I could find in my local record store,…

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How to Play Jazz Guitar

How to Find the Best Jazz Guitar For You

As a Jazz guitarist, one of the biggest and most expensive decisions you will make is the purchase of your first or next Jazz guitar. With so many makes and models on the market today, it can be more difficult than ever to find the best Jazz guitar for you. Choosing the right body type,…

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Learning Jazz Guitar

After studying Jazz guitar for more than 20 years, and teaching Jazz guitar for 17 of those years, I’ve seen a lot of practice room mistakes that students make, including myself, when learning Jazz guitar. Though each person struggles with their own personal issues in the woodshed, there are common issues that I’ve seen come…

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How to Play 7alt Chords on Guitar

Learning how to play 7alt chords is an essential step for any jazz guitarist to take in their studies, though it can often seem tough due to the tense sound these chords produce, and the variety of shapes you can study on the fretboard. Not to fear, there is a very cool and easy to…

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5 Mark Whitfield Licks for Guitar

When I was a Master student at Western Michigan University, I was looking for a new transcription to work on in my weekly guitar lessons. After searching for something that would grab my ears, I stumbled upon an album called The Marksman by a young Mark Whitfield, a player that I hadn’t heard before, but…

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5 Boogaloo Joe Jones Licks for Guitar

One of the names that has come up time and again in my conversations with students and readers lately is Boogaloo Joe Jones, who was a fantastic but lesser-known Jazz/Funk guitarist. With the ability to take a few memorable ideas and stretch them out into whole solos, Boogaloo was a master of grabbing the listener’s…

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Wes Montgomery Meets Charlie Parker

Recently I was working with a Skype jazz guitar student on a Wes Montgomery transcription, “Movin’ Along,” which also happens to be the first jazz guitar transcription I ever learned a long, long time ago. In the lesson we were analysing the solo and we came upon a classic sounding lick that we dug into…

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How to Play 13th Chords for Jazz Guitar

One of the most common questions I get asked by students and readers is, “I know my basic four-note chords, but what is the best way to learn larger shapes such as 13th chords?” The best answer to this question, and the subject of this lesson, is to take shapes you already know and apply…

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3 Octave Arpeggios for Jazz Guitar

When working out arpeggios on the guitar, it is important to learn how to play 1 octave shapes for fast moving changes, 2 octave shapes for tunes with more room to stretch out, and 3 octave shapes for those times you want to cover a large fretboard span with one arpeggio shape. Though learning 3…

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Jimmy Raney Licks for Jazz Guitar

Jimmy Raney is a Bebop guitar legend, and a true master of Bebop style soloing on the guitar. Because of his mastery of the genre, he is vast resource for study when working on developing your jazz guitar soloing chops, and especially Bebop vocabulary. To help you raise your Bebop playing to the next level,…

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Johnny Smith Interview

Jazz Guitarist Johnny Smith Interview

As I entered into the second year of my doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, it came time to choose a topic for my dissertation. After brainstorming, deciding, reconsidering, and starting from scratch many times on a topic of research, I had a long and important conversation with my friend Marc. During that conversation…

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