Minor blues scale chart

Blues Scales – The Major and Minor Blues Scale

The blues scale is a very versatile scale and one that is easy to finger on the guitar. There are 2 types of blues scales, the minor blues scale and the major blues scale.

In this lesson, you will learn how to build both blues scales, how to apply them to your jazz solos, how to finger them on the guitar + sample licks and solos.

Misty

Misty – Chord Melody & Solo Studies

In this jazz guitar lesson, you will learn how to play Misty, a great and fun-to-play jazz ballad written by Errol Garner.

You will learn a chord melody arrangement and how to solo over Misty’s chords (backing tracks included).

Mike Stern Subs – ii V I Half Step Approach Chords

  One of the most exciting guitarists of his, or any, generation, Mike Stern has created a unique voice in the jazz guitar world. Besides his signature tone and energetic time feel, Stern loves to use certain substitutions in his playing to create a tension-release vibe. One of the most common ways Mike does this is …

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The Minor Pentatonic Scale

The minor pentatonic scale is usually one of the first scales you learn as a guitar player. It is used a lot in blues, rock, and pop, but many jazz guitar players seem to neglect this scale.

This doesn’t have to be the case though, because the pentatonic scale is very useful, in jazz as well as other genres.

In this lesson, you will learn all the necessary fingerings of the minor pentatonic scale, and how you can use it to spice up your jazz solos.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker For Guitar – Licks, Patterns & Cliches

Charlie Parker (aka “Bird”) is one of the founders of bebop. He was the master of chord tone improvisation and that’s why his playing is so interesting for guitarists to study. Though translating lines from sax to the guitar isn’t always easy, studying legendary players such as Charlie Parker is time well spent. Getting your …

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The Diminished Scale

The diminished scale is used to improvise over Diminished chords, which occur quite frequently in jazz chord progressions. This scale is built by alternating whole and half steps.

In this lesson, you will learn the theory behind diminished scales, as well as how to use them in your jazz guitar solos.

Minor blues chord progressions

Minor Blues Chord Progressions

In this jazz guitar lesson, you will learn 11 variations of the minor blues chord progression and 2 guitar chord studies over the minor blues.

Comping over a minor blues tune is an essential skill for any jazz guitarist, as minor blues tunes are some of the most commonly called songs on jam sessions.

Charlie Parker

25 Classic Bebop Licks For Guitar

Build your jazz guitar vocabulary by learning these 25 classic bebop jazz guitar licks, as well as the important concepts behind each lick.

Learning to understand the concepts behind jazz licks is one of the most important aspects of building a jazz vocabulary.

The Dominant Diminished Scale For Guitar

Expand your jazz guitar soloing chops by learning how to play and apply the dominant diminished scale.

Theory, diagrams, licks, solo & backing tracks included.

Barney Kessel Jazz Guitar Licks

Barney Kessel Jazz Guitar Licks

In this lesson, you will learn 9 jazz guitar licks and a blues solo in the style of the great bebop player Barney Kessel.

Besides learning the vocabulary, you will also learn the concepts behind these jazz phrases.

Gypsy jazz chords

Gypsy Jazz Guitar – Rhythm & Chord Progressions

This gypsy jazz guitar lesson is an introduction to “La Pompe”, the typical rhythm guitar strumming used in gypsy jazz, aka Manouche.

You will learn how to play chords and chord progressions in the style of Django Reinhardt.

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The Bebop Scale

The bebop scale is one of the easiest ways to add a jazzy sound to your guitar playing. This is because you add a chromatic note to the regular modes, and chromatic notes are an important aspect of the jazz sound.

There are three types of bebop scales: the dominant, minor and major bebop scale.

In this lesson, you will learn what the bebop scales are, how they look on the guitar and how you can use these scales in your solos.

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The Whole Tone Scale For Guitar

The whole tone scale is a cool-sounding dominant 7th scale that you can use to add tension to your dominant 7th chords.

In this lesson, you will learn how to build the whole tone scale and apply it to your jazz guitar playing.

Jazz Blues Chord Progressions

Jazz Blues Chord Progressions

Blues is a predecessor of jazz, and both genres have always been heavily intertwined. The type of blues played by jazz musicians is more complex than traditional blues, but both have the same characteristics.

In this lesson, you will learn 6 variations of the jazz blues progression going from the basic original blues to more modern variations like the bebop blues changes.

Cantaloupe Island Piano Riff For Guitar

One of the most popular tunes at jam sessions and pick up gigs is the Herbie Hancock classic Cantaloupe Island. While you can learn the chord progression, melody, and check out soloing on this tune, many guitarists skip the main riff of the tune. Though it’s originally played on piano, you can easily adapt that …

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Jazz Chord Progressions

Jazz Chord Progressions

In this lesson, you will learn the 10 most popular jazz chord progressions with practical examples for guitar.

Chord progressions are the backbone of any jazz standard and knowing how to play the most-used progressions is essential for any jazz musician.

Practicing these 10 progressions will give you a head start when learning new jazz standards.

All the Things You Are

All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is another essential jazz standard and one that is often played by beginning jazz musicians, although it has a fairly complex harmony.

In this lesson, you will analyze the harmony of All The Things, learn a chord melody arrangement and a solo study.

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Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale For Guitar

The melodic minor scale is one of the most useful scales in jazz. In this lesson, you will learn what the melodic minor modes are, how they look on the guitar and how you can use them in your solos. All the modes on this page have the A root, so you can hear the …

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Bebop Guitar – The Beginner’s Guide

Bebop is one of the most exciting jazz styles to play on the guitar.

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of bebop: chromatic notes, the bebop scales, bebop motifs and a solo over Scrapple from the Apple in the style of Charlie Parker. Practice the bebop concepts in this lesson and you will get that “jazzy” sound in your guitar playing.

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The Altered Scale For Jazz Guitar

When learning how to solo in jazz, one of the scales that comes up in our studies time and again is the altered scale, which is the 7th mode of the Melodic Minor Scale. While this scale comes up often when reading about jazz improvisation, it can seem like a bit of a mystery. To …

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis For Guitar

Miles Davis’ professional career spans 50 years during which he was on top of almost every important innovation in jazz. Miles Davis impressed by his performance, recordings, and also by his choice of sidemen. Though not a guitarist, studying Miles Davis’ lines can take your jazz guitar soloing chops and creativity to the next level. …

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II V I jazz guitar licks

II V I Jazz Guitar Licks

The ii V I chord progression is the most common progression in jazz music.

Learning ii V I licks is an important step in building a jazz vocabulary, and the licks on this page can quickly and easily add some great sounding jazz phrases to your arsenal.

Exotic guitar scales

Exotic Guitar Scales

Exotic guitar scales are great to add some new flavor to your music. In this lesson, you will learn 11 scales from different parts of the world. You will also learn how to practice these scales and get an introduction to Indian music for guitar (ragas). Each scale is in the key of A and …

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane For Guitar

John Coltrane’s musical career only spans 12 years between 1955 (the moment he first got noticed as a sideman) and 1967 (the year of his death). Despite his short-lived career, John Coltrane was one of the most influential improvisers in jazz and there is a lot to be learned from his musical legacy, also by guitarists. …

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Chromaticism – How to Add Chromatic Notes to Scales and Arpeggios

Chromaticism is an important concept for any jazz guitarist to study and master in his playing. In this lesson, we’ll look at how you can take all of the scales and arpeggios you have learned over the years and turn them into “jazzy” sounding phrases by using chromatic approach notes. This is a big obstacle …

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Joe Pass

Joe Pass Jazz Guitar Licks

Joe Pass is undoubtedly one of the greatest jazz guitarists to ever play the instrument. He could play single-line solo, chord soloing phrases, perform in a trio, duo or solo setting with the best of them, and always be instantly recognizable by his tone and approach to the melodic and harmonic sides of jazz guitar …

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Quartal Guitar Chords, Harmony & Voicings

Quartal chords were made popular by McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans. They have a jazzy sound and work very well in modal music, but can be used on any jazz standard.

In this lesson, you will learn how to construct quartal chords, how to use them on guitar and you’ll also play through some comping and soloing examples.

Pat Martino

10 Pat Martino Jazz Guitar Licks

Pat Martino is one of the greatest players to ever pick up the guitar, and studying his material may seem like a daunting thing to tackle. But, by breaking down his solos into phrases, analyzing those phrases, and taking the underlying concepts to your own playing, you will be able to get that legendary Pat …

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Jazz Guitar Licks

Easy Jazz Guitar Licks

Learning jazz guitar licks is an is essential when learning how to play jazz guitar. By studying classic jazz guitar licks, you learn how to phrase and develop rhythmic as well as melodic ideas.

In this lesson, you will learn 30 classic jazz licks over major, minor, and dominant chords.

Jazz Guitar Patterns

Jazz Guitar Patterns

Patterns are small melodic or rhythmic units that are very useful for improvising and easy to memorize. When moving beyond scales and arpeggios in your guitar studies, the next logical step is to build your vocabulary by learning these common jazz guitar patterns. By learning how to play and solo with these classic jazz patterns, …

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