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Jazz Improvisation – Essential Exercises, Technique, and Tips

Along with chords, scales, and arpeggios, jazz improvisation skills are essential for any jazz guitarist. When soloing with scales and arpeggios the notes sound correct, but they lack that special something that makes you sound like your favorite guitarist. This special something is jazz vocabulary. Mixing jazz vocabulary with scales, chords, and arpeggios, builds a strong…

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7 Reasons Why You Should Read Music on Guitar

If you’re here, then you’re interested in improving the most ignored areas of any player’s tool belt, reading music on guitar. While other articles dig into how to read music on guitar, many of us need to begin by asking ourselves:     “What’s the point to reading music on guitar?”     If you’re like…

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Incredible Jazz Guitar

10 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums

When I was a kid, there was no YouTube, Spotify, or iTunes, and living in a small town made finding jazz guitar albums difficult to say the least. After buying every jazz album at my local record store, I scoured mail order catalogues looking for the next addition to my collection. Without any direction, I found some…

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How to Play Jazz Guitar

How to Find the Best Jazz Guitar For You

As a guitarist, the biggest and most expensive decision you make is the purchase of a jazz guitar. With so many makes and models, it’s harder than ever to find the best jazz guitar for you. Choosing the right body, color, wood, and hardware leads to hours of research and agonizing over whether you prefer…

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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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Free Jazz Guitar PDF eBook Download

Download Your FREE 84-Page PDF Join 40,000 other guitarists who’ve benefited from this free eBook. Your Name Your Email 100% privacy. Your email will never be shared   “I just love it when I see a new…lesson posted by Matt. His lessons are concise and to the point. I wish that his lessons were available…

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10 Must Know Beginning Jazz Guitar Standards

A big part of learning how to play jazz guitar is learning how to play standards. And playing jazz guitar standards means choosing repertoire from and studying the Great American Songbook. As a jazz guitar teacher, I’m often asked which tunes beginning guitarists should learn when starting their exploration of jazz. In this article, you’ll learn 10…

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