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The Girl From Ipanema Chords

The Girl From Ipanema

  In this lesson you will learn to play the original chords and bossa nova guitar patterns of the classic bossa song The Girl from Ipanema, written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (music) and Vinicius de Moraes (Portuguese lyrics). The guitar rhythm pattern is fairly simple, the chords are as well. Note that most chord voicings […]

Help Save Nepal Jazz Education

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  Most of you have probably heard what happened in Nepal recently, 2 earthquakes killed more than 8,500 people and had a devastating impact on all aspects of life in Nepal. With both of us having close ties to Nepal, we at Jazzguitar.be were devastated to hear about the misery the earthquake caused and decided […]

Minor Turnaround Arpeggios for Guitar

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  Soloing over minor turnaround changes can seem like a tall order when first exploring jazz guitar soloing techniques. The amount of scales that you can use to solo over these four chords can seem daunting at first, from Melodic Minor, to Altered, to Phrygian Dominant, to Dorian, and other scales, can quickly add up and […]

Solo Jazz Guitar: Start Of a Beautiful Song (Vince Lewis)

Jazz Guitarist Vince Lewis

Check out this beautiful solo jazz guitar arrangement of Start of a Beautiful Song, written and played by Vince Lewis. You can download the tabs and music notation of the solo arrangement here…  

Diminished Arpeggio Exercise

Diminished Arpeggio Exercise

  In this short technique exercise you’ll learn how to play diminished (and minor) arpeggios. The exercise is played over a ii V I VI7 chord progression in C major. It doesn’t sound very musical, but it is effective in getting these diminished arpeggio shapes into your fingers.   Here’s the video:     The […]

Misty Arpeggio Study

Misty Arpeggio Study

  In this lesson you will learn to play an arpeggio study over the chord changes of the jazz standard Misty. Only basic arpeggio shapes are used in this study, so no scales or chromatic notes.   Here’s the video:     The music notation and backing track:         If you want […]

Jazz Blues Arpeggios for Guitar

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  When learning how to play arpeggios over the jazz blues chord progression, or any tune for that matter, the easiest approach you can take in is to learn the arpeggio shapes within one position on the fretboard. This means that you’ll be able to play arpeggios over each chord in the progression without moving […]

Easy Jazz Arpeggios – ii V I VI Chords

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  One of the big struggles that many guitarists face when first learning jazz guitar arpeggios, is that they learn large shapes (usually two octaves), which can be hard to connect when applied to a soloing situation. While two-octave shapes are essential learning, there is an easier way to get started with arpeggios.   This […]

How to Play Maj7 Arpeggios

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Maj7 arpeggios are a must-know concept for any jazz guitarist, but they can be difficult to get under your fingers when working these shapes around the entire fretboard. Finding a system to organize your maj7 arpeggios can make playing and soloing with maj7 arpeggios easy, as you will be able to think less about the […]

Wes Montgomery Mini Licks

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  Learning jazz guitar vocabulary often means studying lines and phrases, breaking them down and understanding the building blocks of each line so that you can create your own improvised lines and phrases. As well as studying longer lines, and breaking them down on your own, you can also study mini licks, lines that are […]


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