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What Are Diatonic Chords?

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Studying jazz chords means two things, learning how to play chord shapes on the guitar, as well as learning how to use theory to apply these shapes to jazz tunes and chord progressions.         One of the first theoretical concept that jazz guitarists will need to get down is the theory behind […]

How to Play Maj7 Chords

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There are many different jazz chords that you can learn when exploring harmony on the fretboard, and none are more important than the maj7 chord.           Used as the tonic chord in a major key, and the resolution chord in the famous ii-V-I chord progression, maj7 chords are essential knowledge for […]

Easy Fingerstyle Blues Guitar

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The blues is often the first genre that people explore when they begin their exploration of improvisation on the guitar, leading to jazz, funk, fusion and other genres from that bluesy starting point. One of the most popular styles of blues that guitarists study is called Fingerstyle Blues, which is blues guitar played with the […]

How To Solo Over Maj7#5 Chords

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  When learning to solo over major family chords, many jazz guitarists explore the Ionian sound (Maj7) and the Lydian sound (Maj7#11), but there is a third major chord color, and that is the Lydian Augmented sound (Maj7#5). Though you don’t see many Maj7#5 chords in jazz standard situations, especially compared to Maj7 chords, you […]

Easy Jazz Chords

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  When first learning how to comp jazz chords, many of us are intimidated by the sounds and shapes of these four-note and beyond jazz chords, but they don’t have to be difficult to get under your fingers if you begin with the right shapes in your studies. This lesson is designed to introduce you […]

The Days of Wine & Roses

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Here’s a nice chord/melody arrangement of the classic jazz standard The Days of Wine & Roses. The arrangement is from the hand of Chris Standring and is a part of his jazz guitar chord melody course called Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2.     Here are the tabs for the first 8 bars:   […]

3 Wes Montgomery Chord Licks For Jazz Guitar

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  There are three main aspects of Wes Montgomery’s playing style that most players dig into when working out Wes’ sound in their studies, single notes, octaves and chords. In this lesson you will learn how to play 3 Wes Montgomery chord licks, learn the theory behind these licks, and then apply them to a […]

Wes Montgomery Octave Solo Study

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  One aspect of Wes Montgomery’s playing style that many people want to bring into their own playing, but often find difficult or don’t know where to start, is octave soloing. To help you climb over this hump in the practice room, introduce you to Wes’ octave soloing style, and bring these ideas into your […]

Wes Blues Solo for Jazz Guitar

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  A true legend, Wes Montgomery left a huge impression on the jazz community with his recording output, inspiring future generations of guitarists to pick up the guitar and explore the jazz idiom at the same time. One of the aspects of Wes’ playing that many guitarists explore in their studies is the blues, as […]

Tips For Buying Your Next Guitar

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Part of the fun of having a guitar passion is buying and selling cool guitars, and getting to play and enjoy lots of different instruments along the way. Most of you reading Jazz Guitar Online have probably bought some guitars in your time, so I wanted to compile some simple tips and reminders that will […]


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