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Herbie Hancock Chords for Guitar

Herbie Hancock Chords for Guitar

  When learning to play jazz chords on guitar, you often turn to other guitarists for inspiration and to grab chord shapes to use in your playing. But, while learning from guitarists is helpful, you can also turn to pianists to grab shapes that can be played, or adapted to be played, on the fretboard. […]

Tenor Madness Chord Melody

  Guitarists love to jam on jazz blues tunes, they’re some of the most commonly called jam tunes, and often sit well on the guitar. But, while many of us love to play jazz blues tunes, we often learn single-note melodies and move on from there. While you may think that chord melodies are more […]

Watermelon Man – Guitar Chords, Chord Melody, and Solo

  When learning jazz guitar, the blues is an essential topic that any guitarist should tackle. But, how do you move beyond the standard 12-bar form? One of the tunes that gets called at jam sessions and is blues related (but not 12-bar), is Watermelon Man. Watermelon Man, a song written by Herbie Hancock who was […]

F Jazz Blues Chord Solo

  Chord soloing is one of the aspects of jazz guitar that many players want to explore, but often don’t know where to start. Listening to Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, or Lenny Breau tear through a chord solo doesn’t as much inspire as it does intimidate. Because of this, many guitarists avoid studying chord soloing, […]

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. […]

Miles Davis Solar – Guitar Solo, Chords, Bassline

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  When exploring jazz guitar, learning how to comp, solo, and walk basslines ensures you’re ready to jam on any standard. While you know these items are important, you might not know how to practice these concepts. In this lesson, you’ll learn a soloing, walking bassline, and comping study over the Miles Davis tune Solar. […]

Chord Melody Made Easy

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  Chord melody is a highly sought after skill by many guitarists, and it’s easy to see why. Being able to play melody and chords on a single instrument has immense creative possibilities in both trio and solo guitar situations. But, if you’ve tried to learn chord melody, it’s likely you’ve been overwhelmed. There are so […]

Maiden Voyage Chords – Modal Comping Study

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  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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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