The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius)

Jaco Pastorius The Chicken

The Chicken is a cool funk tune composed by Pee Wee Ellis, saxophonist and important member of James Brown’s band in the 60s. The song is made famous by Jaco Pastorius, who made it his signature song. Here’s a video of Jaco Pastorius and his band playing The Chicken. Other band members are Peter Erskine […]

5 Essential Bebop Jazz Guitar Licks

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  One of the best ways to navigate through tunes, at least for me, is having a set of cool sounding jazz guitar licks to fall back on. This article contains five essential jazz guitar licks applied to common jazz chord progressions that will expand your jazz guitar vocabulary. Common jazz rhythmic devices such as […]

Intro to 9th Arpeggios for Jazz Guitar

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When learning how to play jazz guitar, it is important to have a strong understanding of arpeggios. Arpeggios will allow you to outline chords changes when improvising, and are useful for creating and developing melodic lines over common chord changes and jazz standard tunes. This article focusus on 9th arpeggios.     Many of us […]

Besame Mucho Chords

Besame Mucho

Here’s a simple (for beginners) chord comping arrangement of Besame Mucho, a Bolero composed in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. The most famous jazz guitar recording of Besame Mucho is on Wes Montgomery’s album Boss Guitar.         Listen & Play      

What Is a Dominant Chord?

What is a dominant chord?

“What are dominant chords?” is a question I get a lot from beginning guitarists. In this lesson you’ll learn how dominant 7th chords work, how they are formed and why dominant chords are called dominant. We’ll also have a look at how they look on the guitar and how they are used in jazz and […]

Drop 2 Chords

Drop 2 Chords Chort Chart

Drop 2 chords are the most popular chord voicings used in jazz guitar. They can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including comping, soloing, chord melody, etc. On the following chord chart you will find major, dominant, minor, half diminished and diminished drop 2 chords and their inversions. These big chord charts are […]

On Green Dolphin Street Jazz Guitar Chord Study

On Green Dolphin Street Jazz Guitar Chor

One of the most commonly learned and played jazz standards is On Green Dolphin Street. In a similar fashion to Autumn Leaves, this tune is often played in two different keys, C and Eb. In this lesson, you’ll learn a chord study played over On Green Dolphin Street in the key of C major. If […]

EarMaster Pro 6 Review

Earmaster Pro Review

One of the most important aspects of developing jazz guitar skills, though it’s the one we often ignore in the practice room, is ear training. While many of us know that we should work more on developing our aural skills, we sometimes don’t know where to begin when working on harmony, melody, intervals and rhythmic […]

Intro to mMaj7 Chords for Jazz Guitar

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  When exploring minor key sounds as a jazz guitarist, one of the first chord qualities you will discover is the mMaj7 chord. Coming from the first mode of the Melodic Minor Scale, this chord can be used over various minor chord situations, in both major and minor keys, but it can be tough to […]

Satin Doll Jazz Guitar Chord Study

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A classic jazz standard, Satin Doll is often one of the first tunes that we study when learning how to comp and solo over jazz guitar progressions. With many famous recordings, including one by Wes Montgomery that is a must hear if you haven’t already, Satin Doll has become a crowd favourite at jam sessions, […]

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