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Chord Melody 5.1

The Complete Guide to Chord Melody

Chord melody playing is one of the most popular topics of study with Jazz guitarists, and for good reason. Being able to play chords, bass notes, licks, and other items over a melody line can lift any Jazz standard from the mundane to new levels of excitement in your playing. Though you may love to…

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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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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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Intermediate Guide to Jazz Chords

When learning how to play Jazz chords, many guitarists 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 standards you’re studying or jamming on, you might be wondering where’s the…

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4th Chord Inversions for Jazz Guitar

While many of us have experimented with 4th chords at some point in our development, we often learn a few root-position shapes and move on from there. Root-position 4th chords are essential learning for any jazz guitarist, but taking them one step further and working out their inversions will go a long way to expanding…

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Watermelon Man Chord Soloing Study

Learning how to play jazz guitar means leaning how to bring different textures into your soloing ideas. While many of us want to learn how to bring chord-soloing phrases into our playing, we often shy away from working on this skill in the practice room since we believe that chord soloing means using big, hard…

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How to Play Jazz Guitar Chord Scales

When learning to play jazz chords, such as Drop 2 and Drop 3 voicings, many of use use strict memorization to learn each chord shape, or run them up and down the neck in inversions, which is a very good way to internalize the shapes and sounds of a single chord type such as Maj7…

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How to Play Drop 2 Chords for Jazz Guitar

Along with their closely related cousins the Drop 3 Chords, Drop 2 Chord Inversions are some of the most popular and commonly used voicings in jazz guitar. They are easy to play, don’t require a lot of stretches, and because of their “jazzy” sound, they’ve become favorite comping and chord soloing tools for players such as Joe Pass, Ed…

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The Complete Guide to Guitar Chords

Learning how to pick, strum, or pluck guitar chords is one of the coolest parts about playing guitar. There’s something about the sound of a guitar chord ringing out that just sounds right. And there’s no better feeling than finding just the right chord shape to fit the song you’re learning, or writing, on the fretboard….

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