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Chord Melody Made Easy

Chord melody jazz guitar

  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 […]

George Benson + Tap Dancer Jimmy Slyde

George Benson and tap dancer Jimmy Slyde video + tabs

  Here’s some great footage (early 70s) of tap dancer Jimmy Slyde tapping on George Benson’s guitar (Papa Jo Jones is on drums). The video is an extract of Louis Panassié’s L’aventure du Jazz (The Adventure of Jazz). A young George Benson improvises a tune loosely based on bass player Ben Tucker’s song Comin’ Home […]

Top 10 Best Jazz Guitar Solos ( + 10 Licks)

  In a recent forum post, we asked our readers to name their favorite jazz guitar solo. And, as you might imagine, we got a varied response to that tough question. As readers struggled to pick just one solo that they would rank as their all-time favorite, a short-list of tracks began to emerge that would […]

George Benson & Benny Goodman (+ George Benson Lick)

  The following footage comes from a 1975 tv tribute to John Hammond. In the PBS show, Goodman (66 at the time) reunites with musicians he’d worked with over the years such as bass player Milt Hinton, drummer Jo Jones and Benson, substituting and honoring the playing of Charlie Christian. In this video the band […]

Night & Day

Night and Day jazz guitar video

  Here’s a great solo jazz guitar arrangement of the standard Night & Day, arranged and played by Chris Standring, the author of Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2.     Here are the tabs for the first 16 bars:     If you want to learn how to play solo arrangements like this one, […]

The Gypsy Minor Scale

  In this lesson you will learn a theme based on the gypsy minor scale. The gypsy minor scale is prominently used in Romani (gypsy) music. Exotic guitar scales like this one are a good way to bring new sounds into your playing. The gypsy minor scale (aka Hungarian minor scale or double harmonic minor […]

Diminished Arpeggio Exercise

Diminished Arpeggio Exercise

  In this short technique exercise you’ll learn how to play diminished (and minor) arpeggios. The exercise is played over a ii V I VI7 chord progression in C major. It doesn’t sound very musical, but it is effective in getting these diminished arpeggio shapes into your fingers.   Here’s the video:     The […]

Misty Arpeggio Study

Misty arpeggio study video

  In this lesson you will learn to play an arpeggio study over the chord changes of the jazz standard Misty. Only basic arpeggio shapes are used in this study, so no scales or chromatic notes.   Here’s the video:     The music notation and backing track: http://www.jazzguitar.be/mp3/misty-backing-track.mp3         If you […]

Wes Montgomery Blues Solo

Wes Montgomery Blues Solo Video

  In this lesson you will learn to play a jazz guitar solo in the style of Wes Montgomery. The solo is over a jazz blues in F and is full of classic Wes licks and ideas that you can apply to your own playing.   Here’s the video:       And here is […]

The Days of Wine & Roses

The Days of Wine and Roses chord melody arrangement

Here’s a nice chord/melody arrangement of the classic jazz standard The Days of Wine & Roses. The arrangement is from the hand of Chris Standring and is a part of his jazz guitar chord melody course called Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2.     Here are the tabs for the first 8 bars:   […]

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