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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 […]

After You’ve Gone for Solo Guitar

  Learning how to play chord melody is one of the most sought after skills by jazz guitarists of all levels and musical tastes. It’s one of those concepts that’s both alluring and intimidating in its design.  In this video, jazz guitarist Greg O’Rourke demonstrates the possibilities that studying chord melody produces on the guitar. […]

Miles Davis Solar – Guitar Solo, Chords, Bassline

Miles Davis Solar

  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. […]

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 […]

Just Friends Chords – Jazz Guitar Chord Study

Barney Kessel Just Friends

  A classic jazz standard, Just Friends is a tune that is often called at jazz jam sessions and pick-up gigs. Because of this, having a strong understanding of the Just Friends chords will come in handy when jamming on this tune in a jazz combo setting. The chord study in this lesson will help […]

Take Five Paul Desmond Licks For Guitar

Take 5 Paul Desmond Licks

  Take Five is a classic jazz standard that many guitarists learn at one time or another in their development. But, while it can seem like a straight-forward progression that only uses two chords, creating a memorable solo over this tune is tougher than it seems.  To help you solo over Take Five, and learn […]

Easy Satin Doll Chord Melody for Guitar

  Learning how to play chord melody arrangements is one of the most sought after skills by beginning and intermediate jazz guitarists, but it can seem out of reach for many players. While it may be a tough challenge to play a Joe Pass style chord melody on guitar, you don’t have to wait to […]

Georgia on My Mind Guitar Chords

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  One of the most popular jazz standards of all time, Georgia on My Mind is a favorite vehicle for jazz guitarists of all levels of experience. With a memorable melody, engaging chord progression, and a slow bluesy feel, Georgia is a great tune to jam on in a solo, duo, or combo setting. In […]

How to Play Take 5 Chords on Guitar

Take 5 Guitar Chords

  If you’re like most guitar players, especially when first beginning to study the instrument, you will have a moment where you think; “I really dig that tune Take 5 so I’ll learn it on guitar. How hard could it be?” Then you try and play it, and turns out it’s not as straightforward as […]

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