How to Use the Melodic Minor Scale

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  Outside of the major scale system, the melodic minor scale is the most important modal system in jazz. When first exploring melodic minor concepts in your studies, tackling the first mode, the melodic minor scale itself, is the best place to begin. Used by every major jazz guitarist in their solos to color minor-family […]

Top 25 US Jazz Guitar Schools

Juilliard | Top 25 Jazz Guitar Schools

Choosing the right university program to study at can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a jazz guitarist. With literally hundreds of programs to choose from, finding the right jazz guitar school for you can be a tough decision. That’s where this guide will help.         These 25 jazz guitar […]

5 Pat Martino Licks From the Sunny Solo


  Sunny, a song written by Bobby Hebb in 1963, is one of the most performed and recorded pop songs. It was written as a tribute to John F. Kennedy, but also to Bobby Hebb’s brother, who was killed during a mugging on the same day Kennedy was murdered (November 22, 1963). Sunny was performed […]

What Are Guitar Positions? Everything You Need To Know

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  Throughout your guitar journey you may have seen the term ‘guitar positions’ crop up here and there. Confused about it’s meaning? You aren’t alone – it’s one of those guitar terms that causes a lot of misunderstanding for guitar students. And it’s often not explained correctly either. In this lesson you’ll learn exactly what […]

The Diatonic Enclosure – Application and Practice Guide

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  While there are many jazz soloing techniques that use chromatic notes and other outside sounds, not every important concept steps outside the key center. The most popular example of this is the diatonic enclosure, which is built by playing two diatonic notes surrounding a diatonic target note in your lines. Used by just about […]

Take Five Paul Desmond Licks For Guitar

Take 5 Paul Desmond Licks

  Take Five is a classic jazz standard that many guitarists learn at one time or another in their development. But, while it can seem like a straight-forward progression that only uses two chords, creating a memorable solo over this tune is tougher than it seems.  To help you solo over Take Five, and learn […]

Top 10 Best Jazz Guitar Solos ( + 10 Licks)


  In a recent forum post, we asked our readers to name their favorite jazz guitar solo. And, as you might imagine, we got a varied response to that tough question. As readers struggled to pick just one solo that they would rank as their all-time favorite, a short-list of tracks began to emerge that would […]

Jazz Jam Session Tips and Etiquette

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  If there’s one thing that divides jazz musicians more often than not, it’s jam sessions. Jam sessions can be one of the most enjoyable events that you participate in as a jazz musician, or they can be nightmares from which you think will never end. Often there’s a fine line between these two types […]

George Benson & Benny Goodman (+ George Benson Lick)

  The following footage comes from a 1975 tv tribute to John Hammond. In the PBS show, Goodman (66 at the time) reunites with musicians he’d worked with over the years such as bass player Milt Hinton, drummer Jo Jones and Benson, substituting and honoring the playing of Charlie Christian. In this video the band […]

Essential Jazz Ear Training Exercises


  Ear training is an essential part of a balanced practice routine, but it’s an area that’s often avoided by guitarists in their practicing. Whether you’ve struggled with ear training in the past, or were put through exercises that seemed irrelevant or impractical, many jazz players have negative associations with aural skills development. But, improving […]




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