3 Adam Rogers ii V I Licks

Adam Rogers is one of my all-time favourite jazz guitarists, one that has a very modern sound but also a thorough foothold in the tradition at the same time. Because of his understanding of both traditional and modern jazz harmony, Adam is a great player to study when working on jazz guitar improvisational techniques. When…

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5 Modern Jazz Guitar Pentatonic Scale Patterns

In this jazz guitar lesson, you’ll expand your scale and improvisational knowledge as you learn how to play 5 modern pentatonic scale patterns for jazz guitar. After writing a lesson titled, “Must Know Pentatonic Patterns for Jazz Guitar,” and getting a very positive response, I’ve expanded on this important improvisational concept by focusing on 5…

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Exploring John Coltrane Modal Lines for Jazz Guitar

Though John Coltrane is known for his fast-paced harmonic soloing over tunes such as Moment’s Notice, Countdown and of course the ever challenging Giant Steps, his approach to modal soloing has also stood out as one of his biggest contributions to the jazz genre. Having been involved in one of most famous Modal albums, Kind…

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Learn How To Play 7#5 Triad Pairs For Guitar

As anyone that is studying jazz guitar vocabulary knows, the 7#5 chord is a relatively common and important jazz chords that needs to be addressed sooner than later in our development on the instrument. While many of us will go for a Whole-Tone Scale approach to soloing over 7#5 chords when we see them in…

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How to Play 7#11 Triad Pairs On Guitar

As anyone that is studying jazz guitar vocabulary knows, the 7#11 chord is a commonly used and important harmonic device that needs to be addressed sooner than later in our development on the instrument. While many of us will dig into the Lydian Dominant Scale when learning how to solo over 7#11 chords, we often…

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How to Play 7b9#9 Triad Pairs For Guitar

As we develop our jazz guitar skill set, we begin to move beyond unaltered dominant 7th chords and start to explore the cool world of altered dominant sounds. There are a number of different altered dominant chords, which alter the 9ths, 5ths and combinations of those two intervals, and so we are often stuck with…

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How To Play 7alt Triad Pairs For Guitar

One of the toughest progressions we face when learning how to play jazz guitar, is the minor-key ii V I, which also contains one of the trickiest chords to solo over, the 7alt. While many of us have explored the Altered Scale over the 7alt chord, we tend to stop there most of the time…

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How To Play m7b5 Triad Pairs For Guitar

When first learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the toughest progressions we face is the minor-key ii V I, which also contains one of the trickiest chords to solo over, the m7b5 chord. While many of us have explored the Locrian mode over a m7b5 chord, we tend to stop there most of…

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How To Play m7 Triad Pairs For Guitar

Learning how to play jazz guitar, means learning how to comfortably and authentically solo over m7 chords in both a modal and tonal context. While many of us have checked out the Dorian mode as an option to solo over this commonly used jazz chord, we often stop there in our exploration of the m7…

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How To Play 7th Triad Pairs For Guitar

For anyone learning how to play jazz guitar, you will undoubtably understand the importance of being able to solo over unaltered 7th chords with fluidity and authenticity. While you may know how to use the Mixolydian mode and the 7th arpeggio to build lines over this common chord, many of us get stuck using these…

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How To Play Maj7 Triad Pairs For Guitar

Learning to improvise as a jazz guitarist means learning how to approach conventional chords in sometimes unconventional ways, such as the Maj7 triad pairs discussed in this lesson. Most of the time when we see a Maj7 chord in a tune we fall back on the major scale, maybe the underlying arpeggio, or if we’re…

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Jazz Blues Guitar – Directional Soloing

By: Dave Kain Whenever I am improvising over a jazz blues chord progression, my main goal as a jazz guitarist is to make it sound musically interesting for both myself and the listener. One of the bad habits I find some of my students falling into during their solos is constantly playing directly up and…

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6 Ways To Build Melodic Jazz Guitar Solos

In this week’s reader question article, which was submitted through my Facebook Page, I am going to tackle the subject of how to build melodic jazz guitar solos from a motivic standpoint. Though this question was raised this week on Facebook, it is one that I get on a regular basis from students that are…

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Modern Jazz Guitar Techniques

As a teacher, I have often had students ask for help getting more of a Modern Jazz Guitar flavor into their playing. They have often spent a lot of time studying Bebop and Hard Bop, and are ready to move on to a more contemporary approach to the instrument and to their soloing. Over the…

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Tritone Substitution Soloing For Jazz Guitar

As jazz moved beyond the Bebop and Hard Bop eras, musicians began to explore new and exciting ways to solo over chord changes. Players such as John Coltrane, John Abercrombie, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock began to invent a new approach to improvisation that we now call Modern Jazz. As a teacher, I often have…

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