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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. […]

Grant Green ii V I Lick – Analysis, Concepts, and Blues Solo

  Grant Green was one of the finest soloists to ever play jazz guitar. His playing was bluesy, full of bebop vocabulary, and swung hard no matter what situation he was in. While his playing style may seem out of reach for many of us, that doesn’t have to be the case. In this lesson, […]

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, […]

Charlie Christian 7th Licks [With F Jazz Blues Solo]

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  Charlie Christian is the father of jazz guitar, one of the most important figures in jazz guitar history, and a favorite soloist of many jazz guitarists today. Though he never released an album as a bandleader, his recorded legacy stands to this day as some of the most exciting, and entertaining, in the jazz […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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