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 […]

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. […]

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

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. […]

Brazilian Jazz Guitar Licks and Solo

  Brazilian jazz is a one of the most popular subgenres of jazz for fans and performers alike. With infectious grooves, hard-driving solos, and strong ensemble interaction, Brazilian jazz is enjoyable to listen to and exciting to perform. While you may listen to Brazilian jazz, you may not know how to create that same cool […]

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 […]

Gypsy Jazz Guitar – The Magic of Triads

Gypsy jazz guitar triads

  I remember myself struggling with jazz improvisation. It was so complicated! My teachers demanded that I played tensions, substitutes, superimposed chords, while I was having a hard time just keeping the form… During my travels in Europe, I played with gypsy guitarists and learned from them. One of the most important things I learned […]


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