Jazz Guitar Scale Exercises – Rhythmic Variation

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  Guitarists have a love-hate relationship with scales and guitar scale exercises. You know they’re important, but they’re often not that fun to work on. One of the main reasons that guitarists struggle with learning and being creative with scales in their solos is a lack of rhythmic focus with these devices. If you work […]

Just Friends Chords – Jazz Guitar Chord Study

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  A classic jazz standard, Just Friends is a tune that is often called at jazz jam sessions and pick-up gigs. Because of this, having a strong understanding of the Just Friends chords will come in handy when jamming on this tune in a jazz combo setting. The chord study in this lesson will help […]

Essential Jazz Chord Exercises

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If you’re a jazz guitarist, you’ve spent time working out chord shapes on the guitar but have hit a roadblock or two along the way. You’ve learned dozens of cool-sounding grips, but when it comes time to apply these shapes to a tune, things fall apart. Learning how to play chords and how to comp […]

5 Ed Bickert Licks – Single Notes and Chords

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  Known for his silky smooth chords, laid-back “cool” single notes, and for being one of the greatest jazz guitarists ever, Ed Bickert may not have the name of a Wes or Pass, but his playing deserves just as much recognition as these great players. Growing up in a small town in Manitoba, Bickert soon […]

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 chords, […]

Top 25 US Jazz Guitar Schools

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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

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  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

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  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 […]


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