Herbie Hancock Chords for Guitar

Herbie Hancock Chords for Guitar

  When learning to play jazz chords on guitar, you often turn to other guitarists for inspiration and to grab chord shapes to use in your playing. But, while learning from guitarists is helpful, you can also turn to pianists to grab shapes that can be played, or adapted to be played, on the fretboard. […]

Four on Six Theme & Improvisation (Wes Montgomery)

Wes Montgomery - Four on Six

  In this lesson you will learn how to play Four on Six, a standard written by Wes Montgomery. In 1960, Wes Montgomery’s album “The Incredible Jazz Guitar” was released with on it two of his most famous compositions, “West Coast Blues” and “Four on Six”. Four on Six is a great song to play […]

Autumn Leaves Guitar Melody for Beginners

  A definite must-know standard, Autumn Leaves is one of the most commonly called tunes at jazz jam sessions. It can be played in Em or Gm, and therefore is an introduction to tunes that are commonly played in more than one key, forcing you to learn it in both keys. There are also major […]

Grant Green ii V I Lick – Analysis, Concepts, and Blues Solo

  Grant Green was one of the finest soloists to ever play jazz guitar. His playing was bluesy, full of bebop vocabulary, and swung hard no matter what situation he was in. While his playing style may seem out of reach for many of us, that doesn’t have to be the case. In this lesson, […]

Tenor Madness Chord Melody

  Guitarists love to jam on jazz blues tunes, they’re some of the most commonly called jam tunes, and often sit well on the guitar. But, while many of us love to play jazz blues tunes, we often learn single-note melodies and move on from there. While you may think that chord melodies are more […]

Watermelon Man – Guitar Chords, Chord Melody, and Solo

  When learning jazz guitar, the blues is an essential topic that any guitarist should tackle. But, how do you move beyond the standard 12-bar form? One of the tunes that gets called at jam sessions and is blues related (but not 12-bar), is Watermelon Man. Watermelon Man, a song written by Herbie Hancock who was […]

After You’ve Gone for Solo Guitar

  Learning how to play chord melody is one of the most sought after skills by jazz guitarists of all levels and musical tastes. It’s one of those concepts that’s both alluring and intimidating in its design.  In this video, jazz guitarist Greg O’Rourke demonstrates the possibilities that studying chord melody produces on the guitar. […]

F Jazz Blues Chord Solo

  Chord soloing is one of the aspects of jazz guitar that many players want to explore, but often don’t know where to start. Listening to Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, or Lenny Breau tear through a chord solo doesn’t as much inspire as it does intimidate. Because of this, many guitarists avoid studying chord soloing, […]

Minor Chord Family – Theory, Shapes, and Application

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  One of the most common obstacles when learning rhythm guitar is knowing which variations to play over written progressions. Do you play the written chord? Or do you play a variation? Or do you move between both? These decisions put the brakes on your playing fast, and cause undue confusion in players of all experience levels. […]

Miles Davis Solar – Guitar Solo, Chords, Bassline

Miles Davis Solar

  When exploring jazz guitar, learning how to comp, solo, and walk basslines ensures you’re ready to jam on any standard. While you know these items are important, you might not know how to practice these concepts. In this lesson, you’ll learn a soloing, walking bassline, and comping study over the Miles Davis tune Solar. […]


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