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 […]

Wes Montgomery Chord Solo – Jazz Blues

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  Listening to Wes Montgomery play jazz can be both a liberating and intimidating experience. For a guitarist still learning the ropes of chord soloing, trying to play like Wes is daunting from the get go. As far as chord soloing goes, Wes is known for his incredible speed, rhythm, and musical sensibility. Using familiar […]

Jazz Funk Rhythm Guitar – Intro Lesson

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  Have you ever found yourself comping over a tune with cool-sounding chords, but your rhythmic playing is falling flat? If you’ve ever wondered how to take your chords and make them hipper, then studying jazz funk rhythm guitar may be the answer you’re looking for. Combining jazz chordal qualities with the sophisticated rhythmic patterns […]

Fly Me to the Moon Chords

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  New to comping and jazz guitar chords? By the end of this lesson, you’ll have the knowledge to comp through jazz standards with cool-sounding chords and comping patterns. Using Fly me to the Moon as a conduit for learning, you’ll work the material required to successfully comp through this tune, and many others. Knowing comping […]

Popular Jazz Guitar Strings

Best Jazz Guitar Strings (Top 20)

When searching for a jazz guitar tone, many guitarists will focus on their guitars and amps as the main source of their sound. But, there is often one important sonic ingredient that players ignore when it comes to finding the perfect guitar tone, the strings. Just as there are many styles of jazz, there are […]

Wes Montgomery ii V I Licks – Short Phrases


  When studying jazz guitar, one of the toughest progressions to begin outlining in your solos is the short ii V I progression. With three chords in two bars, this chord progression goes by quickly, providing a challenge for all levels of guitarists. When learning how to play over these fast-moving chord changes, one of […]

George Benson + Tap Dancer Jimmy Slyde

George Benson and tap dancer Jimmy Slyde video + tabs

  Here’s some great footage (early 70s) of tap dancer Jimmy Slyde tapping on George Benson’s guitar (Papa Jo Jones is on drums). The video is an extract of Louis Panassié’s L’aventure du Jazz (The Adventure of Jazz). A young George Benson improvises a tune loosely based on bass player Ben Tucker’s song Comin’ Home […]




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