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  • ronnie earl

    How to Jazz Up Your Blues Guitar Riffs and Licks

    One way to learn Jazz Guitar is to apply Jazz Guitar Scales to a 12 Bar Blues Progression. This is an accessible way to learn guitar solo techniques for Jazz Guitar music that is relatively uncomplicated as Blues Riffs for Guitar are so familiar sounding on the ear. By improvising using Jazz Guitar Scales you will learn to incorporate Jazz phrasing to your regular Blues Improvisations.

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  • pat meheney

    Gaining Tone Security When Improvising Over Altered Chords

    As we did in the previous lessons on Gaining Tone Security and Gaining Tone Security When Improvising Over Extended Chords let us now look at the process for Altered chords to aid accessibility on the fretboard.

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  • al di meola

    Gaining Tone Security When Improvising Over Extended Chords

    Having established the tone centres in the previous lesson on Gaining Tone Security we can now repeat the process for extended chords so that they become more readily available on the fretboard.

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  • john mclaughlin

    Gaining Tone Security When Improvising

    A common problem I notice amongst my students is that whilst they are able to understand the chord progressions and relating scales, when they begin to improvise lead lines over the top they are not tied down to the changes and often end up losing their way or running into a dead end.

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  • miles davis and john coltrane

    Riff of the Week: So What by Miles Davis

    The Riff of the Week is back! And this week features a Jazz Riff for the first time. In this study we will be looking at So What by Miles Davis from the Album Kind of Blue.

    This is one of the most well known examples of Modal Jazz, consisting of 16 bars on a D Dorian Mode

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  • lenny breau

    Lenny Breau Style Jazz Blues Comping

    by Simon James

    Once you have become familiar with a standard Jazz Blues Progression you will notice how many guitarists often embellish the staple I-IV-V form with passing chords, substitutions, extra IIm-V-I cadences and backcycling progressions.

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  • miles davis

    Using Altered Scales in a Jazz Blues Progression

    Altered Scales can be complicated if you learn them just as they are because at first glance they do not conform to an obvious pattern when laid out on the fret board.

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  • wes montgomery

    Using Chord and Scale Shapes to Improvise

    One of the problems many people have when they come to me for lessons in improvisation is being able to navigate the fretboard with fluency.

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  • winton marsalis

    Jazz Blues Licks

    Learning to solo over Jazz Blues Progressions can give extremely valuable insight into how to construct solos and harmonise correctly. The 12 bar form is relatively simple to master and because nearly all aspects of modern popular music are in some way touched by the blues it should sound suitably familiar.

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  • frank foster

    Introduction to Jazz Blues

    Studying Jazz may be a little overwhelming at the beginning but if you can ease your way into it through familiar routes the benefits to your playing are aplenty. I always encourage my students to work on their understanding of the Blues and Blues repertoire as it plays a fundamental role in almost every aspect of modern popular music.

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  • wes montgomery

    Bebop Scales and Jazz Soloing

    The Jazz Bebop scale is probably the most important scale to learn when studying jazz guitar. Bebop scales are derived from modes of the Major, the Harmonic Minor and the Melodic Minor scales.

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  • bossa nova

    A Brief History of the Bossa Nova

    The Bossa Nova literally translates as New Trend, and has become a staple form in Jazz Standard repertoire since it grew in popularity from its origins in Brazil in the 1960s. In Brazil, to do something with bossa, means to do it with flair and style. The rich artistic boom in the beach culture of Brazil permeated into music and the Bossa Nova grew as a fusion of Samba and Jazz Music

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  • kenny burrel be bop guitar

    Useful Bebop Solos and Phrases

    When studying Jazz guitar it is very easy to get bogged down by learning scales and to not spend enough time really working on the phrasing and traditional vocabulary that really makes Jazz improvising sound well- jazzy!

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