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 […]

Triad Superimposition: B major over D7

Triad Superimposition

The concept of superimposition in a musical context is often debated. The direct definition of superimpose is to place an object or idea on top of an existing object or idea. Seems simple enough…right? The confusion occurs at the intersection of two similar concepts: superimposition vs. upper structure triads. Some would consider superimposition to be […]

Misty Jazz Guitar Chords – Comping Study

Misty Jazz Guitar Chords

As well as working on comping over medium and up-tempo jazz standards in your practice routine, it is also important to work on ballads as you learn how to apply your chord vocabulary to a much slower tempo than you might be used to. We often think that playing fast-tempo tunes as being the toughest […]

Original Fuzz Guitar Strap Giveaway

Peruvian Guitar Strap 2 is doing a guitar strap giveaway for two of our lucky readers. Enter to win one of two (2) handmade Original Fuzz Guitar Straps, valued at $85 each. Comment on this post to enter to win, and check the contest rules below for more information. About Original Fuzz Guitar Straps Each of the Original […]

Autumn Leaves Jazz Guitar Chords

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There are a number of different ways that you can comp through any jazz standard on the guitar. For some people, Drop 2 and Drop 3 chords are the way to go in their playing, while other players draw upon shell voicings, triads or rootless chords to outline progressions in a jam situation. While three, […]

Song Surgeon 4 Review

Song Surgeon 4 Review

When heading to the practice room in the 21st century, jazz guitarists have a treasure trove of material and tools at their disposal to choose from when setting up their daily and weekly practice routines. With so many apps and software packages to choose from, it can be difficult to know where you should spend […]

The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius)

Jaco Pastorius The Chicken

The Chicken is a cool funk tune composed by Pee Wee Ellis, saxophonist and important member of James Brown’s band in the 60s. The song is made famous by Jaco Pastorius, who made it his signature song. Here’s a video of Jaco Pastorius and his band playing The Chicken. Other band members are Peter Erskine […]

5 Essential Bebop Jazz Guitar Licks

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  One of the best ways to navigate through tunes, at least for me, is having a set of cool sounding jazz guitar licks to fall back on. This article contains five essential jazz guitar licks applied to common jazz chord progressions that will expand your jazz guitar vocabulary. Common jazz rhythmic devices such as […]

Intro to 9th Arpeggios for Jazz Guitar


When learning how to play jazz guitar, it is important to have a strong understanding of arpeggios. Arpeggios will allow you to outline chords changes when improvising, and are useful for creating and developing melodic lines over common chord changes and jazz standard tunes. This article focusus on 9th arpeggios.     Many of us […]

Besame Mucho Chords

Besame Mucho

Here’s a simple (for beginners) chord comping arrangement of Besame Mucho, a Bolero composed in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. The most famous jazz guitar recording of Besame Mucho is on Wes Montgomery’s album Boss Guitar.         Listen & Play      




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