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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 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 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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Incredible Jazz Guitar

10 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums

When I was a kid, this is going to date me for sure, there was no YouTube, no Spotify, and no iTunes, and growing up in a small town in Canada made finding Jazz records difficult on a good day. After buying up all the Jazz albums I could find in my local record store,…

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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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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Learning Jazz Guitar

After studying Jazz guitar for more than 20 years, and teaching Jazz guitar for 17 of those years, I’ve seen a lot of practice room mistakes that students make, including myself, when learning Jazz guitar. Though each person struggles with their own personal issues in the woodshed, there are common issues that I’ve seen come…

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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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5 Mark Whitfield Licks for Guitar

When I was a Master student at Western Michigan University, I was looking for a new transcription to work on in my weekly guitar lessons. After searching for something that would grab my ears, I stumbled upon an album called The Marksman by a young Mark Whitfield, a player that I hadn’t heard before, but…

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5 Boogaloo Joe Jones Licks for Guitar

One of the names that has come up time and again in my conversations with students and readers lately is Boogaloo Joe Jones, who was a fantastic but lesser-known Jazz/Funk guitarist. With the ability to take a few memorable ideas and stretch them out into whole solos, Boogaloo was a master of grabbing the listener’s…

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Wes Montgomery Lick Example

Wes Montgomery Meets Charlie Parker

Recently I was working with a Skype jazz guitar student on a Wes Montgomery transcription, “Movin’ Along,” which also happens to be the first jazz guitar transcription I ever learned a long, long time ago. In the lesson we were analysing the solo and we came upon a classic sounding lick that we dug into…

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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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