Gypsy Jazz Guitar – The Magic of Triads

Gypsy jazz guitar triads

  I remember myself struggling with jazz improvisation. It was so complicated! My teachers demanded that I played tensions, substitutes, superimposed chords, while I was having a hard time just keeping the form… During my travels in Europe, I played with gypsy guitarists and learned from them. One of the most important things I learned […]

Guitar Soloing Concepts – Playing Over a Drone Pedal

Guitar soloing concepts

  It’s vital for any improvising guitarist to learn the relationship between chords and scales. However, sometimes it’s interesting to change ”scale-to-chord-thinking” to a more horizontal approach. A good way of practicing this is playing over a backing track with a drone, note or chord that is continuously sounded. Playing with a drone leaves room […]

Maiden Voyage Chords – Modal Comping Study


  Maiden Voyage is is a classic modal jazz tune written and made famous by pianist Herbie Hancock. With a cool groove, hip slash chords, and a memorable melody, this tune has become a jazz jam session essential since first being released. While Maiden Voyage is a commonly called tune, it can often handcuff guitarists […]

Grant Green Soloing – Dominant Chord Concepts


  Grant Green was a legendary jazz guitarist who placed his stamp on the bebop, post bop, and jazz funk genres during his career. Because of this mastery, Grant is an easy choice when looking for inspiration in the practice room, and to take your own playing to the next level. In this lesson, you’ll […]

Gypsy Jazz Guitar – Introduction to Arpeggios and Picking

Gypsy Jazz Guitar Arpeggios

  One of the things that attracts me to the Gypsy swing style is that it has a systematic technical method. Before I started to play Django style, none of my teachers talked to me about technique or how to improve my sound. I noticed that every guitarist has a different way of playing and […]

Charlie Christian 7th Licks [With F Jazz Blues Solo]

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  Charlie Christian is the father of jazz guitar, one of the most important figures in jazz guitar history, and a favorite soloist of many jazz guitarists today. Though he never released an album as a bandleader, his recorded legacy stands to this day as some of the most exciting, and entertaining, in the jazz […]

Minor Blues Chords – Jazz Chord Sub Study

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  Comping over a minor blues tune is an essential skill for any jazz guitarist to posses, as minor blues tunes are some of the most commonly called songs on jam sessions. While it’s an important form to have under your fingers, many guitarists spend the majority of their practicing on the major blues form, […]

Barney Kessel Blues Solo and Licks Study


  Barney Kessel is one of the biggest names in jazz guitar history, but he doesn’t always get as much attention as Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, and others when it comes to studying the genre and instrument. Though he may not be studied as often as some of his peers, Barney’s playing is full of […]

ii V I Chord Solo Lines From the Greats

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  ii V I chord solo and comping lines can be accomplished through virtually an unlimited number of approaches on the guitar. What is it about one player’s chord approach that makes them sound different from others, and how does one go about developing their own style in the world of chords and comping? Asking these kinds […]

Jazz Funk Guitar Soloing Concepts

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  Jazz funk guitar is often thought of as a rhythmic-heavy genre, where guitarists spend most of their time playing chords and funky grooves. But this isn’t always the case, as jazz funk guitarists are also masters of creating groovy single-note lines as riffs, fills, and improvised solos.  In this lesson, you’ll look at single […]




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