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Essential Chord Scales for Guitar

Chords and comping are the lifeblood of any Jazz guitarist. As much as we like to improvise, as a rhythm player, you’ll spend the vast majority of your time comping behind melody lines and other soloists. Because of the amount of time you’ll spend comping, it’s essential to develop a deep understanding of Jazz chords…

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The Complete Guide to Triad Pairs

One of the most common problems Jazz guitarists face in their studies is moving beyond scales, or sounding like you’re running scales, in your soloing. There are a number of ways that you can expand your vocabulary beyond scales on the guitar, and one of the most powerful are triad pairs. Triad pairs allow you…

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Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Jazz Guitar

Brazilian Jazz is one of the most popular genres of modern Jazz guitar. With a seductive swing feel, captivating melodies, and cool chord progressions, Brazilian Jazz is one of the first genres that guitarists explore outside of Bebop. With a long lineage of world-class players, such as Laurindo Almeida, Baden Powell, Raphael Rabello, and Toninho…

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Jazz Standards

Learn Jazz Standards – A Complete Practice Guide

One of the best ways to develop an organized, practical, and effective practice routine is to learn Jazz Standards. Jazz Standards are a universal language you can use to communicate with other Jazz musicians. Even if you’ve never met those musicians before a jam session. They’re also the backbone of the rich history of Jazz…

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Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Guitar

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Guitar. Great to have you here! If you’re 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 fretboard knowledge or playing, then you’re in the right place. The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz…

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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 guitar 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…

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How to Play The Diminished Scale [Dim7 and 7b9]

One of the most popular symmetrical scales on guitar, the diminished scale is an 8-note scale that is built by alternating whole and half steps from any root note. There are two versions of the diminished scale that are commonly used in modern music, the fully diminished and dominant diminished scales. Though they share a…

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Intermediate Guide to Jazz Improvisation

Along with learning how to play chords, scales, and arpeggios, building your Jazz improvisation skill set is essential in your development as a Jazz guitarist. When soloing with scales and arpeggios, though the notes sound correct, they can lack that special something that makes your lines sound like your favorite Jazz guitarist. This special something…

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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, 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, many of us need to begin with asking ourselves:    …

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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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