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Joe Pass Licks – 5 ii V I Lines

Joe Pass was a master of every aspect of jazz guitar playing, including solo guitar, duo guitar with vocals, chord soloing, single-line playing, and of course chord melody. When learning how to solo as a jazz guitarist, there are few players that you can study who have more command of the Bebop vocabulary than Joe…

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CAGED Chords for Guitar

When first learning how to play chords on guitar, many players stumble upon a system labelled CAGED Chords. While we may know the title of these five common chord shapes, sometimes the theory behind these shapes, and how to fully use them on the fretboard, eludes us. In this lesson you will learn how to…

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Intermediate Jazz Guitar Chord Guide

When learning how to comp and chord solo on guitar in a jazz setting, many of us begin by learning Drop 2 and Drop 3 voicings for the common jazz chords, such as maj7, m7, 7 and m7b5. Once you have these shapes under your fingers and can apply them to tunes you are studying…

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5 Dizzy Gillespie Licks for Jazz Guitar

One of the greatest jazz improvisers of all time, Dizzy Gillespie left a legacy that continues to this day as new generations of fans discover his recordings, including guitarists of all backgrounds and experience levels. While many of us love Dizzy’s solos, we may not be sure of where to start when translating these lines…

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Intro to Jazz Guitar Chords

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the biggest obstacles many of us face is the seemingly endless amount of jazz guitar chords you need to learn and apply to your jazz guitar comping. While there are many chords that you can explore as a jazz guitarist, the best place to start is…

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Free Jazz Guitar Lessons and eBook

  Do you want free jazz guitar lessons in your inbox?   Do you want a FREE Jazz Guitar eBook?   Enter your name and email below to get both!   * indicates required Enter Your Email Address Here * Enter Your First Name Here *   This Free 84-Page eBook will teach you how to:   Play…

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Top 10 Most Popular Jazz Guitar Lessons

Since launching on June 5, 2011, has grown to feature hundreds of jazz guitar articles, lessons, and resource pages. With all of those lessons to choose from, sometimes it’s hard to know which lesson is right for you. To help you get started on the site, here are the Top 10 Most Popular Jazz…

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3 Melodic John Abercrombie Licks

By: Jamie Holroyd   This article contains 3 John Abercrombie licks to help expand your jazz guitar vocabulary. Each of these John Abercrombie licks are short, melodic ideas applied to common jazz progressions such as ii-V’s and static chord vamps. When studying John Abercrombie’s phrasing, pay close attention to dynamics and articulation as he often…

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Intermediate Jazz Guitar Practice Guide

Having an organized jazz guitar practice routine can be an effective and efficient way to reach your goals as a player, both short and long term. This rings true especially for those players that have advanced past the fundamental concepts of learning the fretboard and understanding basic jazz theory and improvisational concepts.     Capitalizing…

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Intermediate Jazz Guitar Arpeggio Guide

After you have worked your way through the fundamental arpeggios such as maj7, m7 and 7th shapes, you’re ready to move on to more advanced arpeggio concepts that stretch beyond the octave. These 5, 6, and later on 7, note shapes will allow you to outline various extended chords when soloing in a jazz guitar…

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Intermediate Jazz Guitar Scale Guide

One of the main problems that guitarists face once you’ve worked your way through the fundamental jazz guitar techniques, is figuring out where to go next in the practice room. We all know that a full understanding of the underlying concepts needed to succeed as a jazz guitarist requires a continued focus in the woodshed,…

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Intro to Jazz Guitar Practicing

With a plethora of information out on the internet, in books, on DVDs and in the classic recordings of jazz guitar legends, one of the biggest problems many of us face as players is knowing what and how to practice so that we get the most out of our time in the woodshed. To help…

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Phrygian Dominant Scale for Jazz Guitar

One of the most commonly used, and often studied, scale in jazz guitar, the Phrygian Dominant Scale is an important melodic device for any guitarist looking to explore minor key, and dominant 7th soloing concepts in the practice room. To help you get your head, ears and fingers around this scale, in this lesson you’ll…

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Enclosures – How to Turn One Note Into Three

When learning how to improvise in a jazz context, one of the toughest concepts to master is the creation of tension and release in your lines using chromatic notes of various shapes and forms. To help you begin with this important aspect of jazz soloing, this lesson will cover one of the most commonly used…

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Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Guitar

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Guitar. Great to find you here! If you are just starting to learn how to play jazz guitar, need a refresher on jazz guitar fundamentals, or just want to fill any gaps in your knowledge and playing, then you are in the right place. The Beginner’s Guide to…

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Play Better Jazz Guitar in 30 Days

As someone who has studied music most of my life, and spent the last 17 years studying jazz guitar, I know that it’s sometimes hard to find new material to work on, figure out where to go next in our learning path or just open our ears and minds to new ideas on the instrument….

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Intro to Jazz Guitar Vocabulary

One of the most important, yet sometimes toughest, parts of learning how to play jazz guitar is building a confident, authentic and varied jazz vocabulary that you can use to build your soloing lines and phrases. While nobody wants to be a line player, only reciting lines from memory when soloing, we all need to…

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Intro to Jazz Guitar Arpeggios

One of the best ways to dig into the heart of any jazz chord progression when soloing is to use jazz guitar arpeggios as the basis for your improvised lines and phrases. Containing the notes of the chord in their construction, jazz guitar arpeggios allow you to bring out the sound of any or every…

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