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Minor Chord Family – Theory, Shapes, and Application

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  One of the most common obstacles when learning rhythm guitar is knowing which variations to play over written progressions. Do you play the written chord? Or do you play a variation? Or do you move between both? These decisions put the brakes on your playing fast, and cause undue confusion in players of all experience levels. […]

What Are Guitar Positions? Everything You Need To Know

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  Throughout your guitar journey you may have seen the term ‘guitar positions’ crop up here and there. Confused about it’s meaning? You aren’t alone – it’s one of those guitar terms that causes a lot of misunderstanding for guitar students. And it’s often not explained correctly either. In this lesson you’ll learn exactly what […]

The Diatonic Enclosure – Application and Practice Guide

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  While there are many jazz soloing techniques that use chromatic notes and other outside sounds, not every important concept steps outside the key center. The most popular example of this is the diatonic enclosure, which is built by playing two diatonic notes surrounding a diatonic target note in your lines. Used by just about […]

Jazz Jam Session Tips and Etiquette

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  If there’s one thing that divides jazz musicians more often than not, it’s jam sessions. Jam sessions can be one of the most enjoyable events that you participate in as a jazz musician, or they can be nightmares from which you think will never end. Often there’s a fine line between these two types […]

How to Play 6 Chords on Guitar

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  One of the first things you’ll notice when playing jazz guitar chords, is that there are a lot of variations for each chord type to get under your fingers. When playing over major family chords for example, you can play C6, Cmaj7, Cmaj9, C6/9, etc., and they all have a similar function, but sound […]

Drop 3 Chords & Inversions

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  A favorite of jazz guitarists such as Joe Pass, who used these shapes to perfection in his solo guitar performances, drop 3 chords are ideal to use when playing in a solo or duo setting. While they might take a bit of time to get under your fingers, having a strong understanding of drop […]

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 […]

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 diatonic chords and how […]

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