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This blog covers different subjects and contains several useful lessons both for beginners, intermediates and advanced jazz guitar players.

Whether you're looking for tips on playing jazz guitar, this blog surely has the information you crave and will help you expand your music knowledge and technical skills.

You will find here tutorials grouped into several distinct categories (Jazz Guitar Lessons, Licks and Transcriptions, Scales and Arpeggios, Chords, Jazz Standards, Music Theory, Guitar Practice Tips, Guitar Gear Reviews, Music Production, Music Reviews, Uncategorized, Guest Posts) as shown in the menu on the right.

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  • Connections of Musical Notes, Guitar Frets and Piano Keys

    When it comes to learning guitar or piano, we all have to start from the pitch first. It is to learn what are musical note names on the sheet music and their corresponding positions on the fretboard or the keyboard.

    At the first glance, the pitch seems easy to learn. It’s just 7 letters in the alphabet: A B C D E F G. But where exactly these notes on the fretboard or the keyboard? Many often have no idea about it.

    That’s why today, our guest blogger – Neil from sublimelody.com brings us a visual guide about the connections of musical notes, guitar frets, and piano keys.

    Before moving forward, make sure you’re already know how to read the pitch name of a musical note.

    Now, let’s get started!

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  • List and Comparison of Music Scales - Formula Charts

    List of music scalesHere is a list of the main musical scales and modes.

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  • 49 Licks of Legendary Jazz Musicians for Guitar - Lessons in PDF with TABS and analysis

    49 essential jazz guitar licks PDF eBook49 Essential Jazz Guitar Licks With Tabs and Analysis

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    Practicing jazz guitar licks is a very important aspect of jazz learning. Particularly when these licks are transcribed from improvisations of the greatest jazz musicians of all times (Cannonball Adderley, Barney Kessel, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Christian, Emily Remler, George Benson, Grant Green,  Herb Ellis, Jim Hall, Jimmy Raney, Joe Pass, John Scofield, Kenny Burrell, Charlie Parker, Mike Stern and Wes Montgomery) who helped forge the history of jazz music.

    This eBook available for download in a PDF format contains 49 effective jazz guitar phrases and patterns with TABS and notation applied to common jazz chord progressions . These patterns both for guitar teachers and students cover different styles from swing to blues, to hard-bop to bebop.

    These essential jazz lines arranged for jazz guitarists from beginner to advanced come with easy-to-understand explanations of one of the greatest players improvisational techniques.

    Learning these jazz transcriptions make it possible to understand the approach of the great names of jazz to different chord progressions found in many standards as turnarounds, minor and major II-V-I, blues progressions, modal playing.

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  • Why Playing Jazz Makes You a Better Guitar Player?

    Jazz is like a game. To play it you need to know the rules. Everyone are saying that jazz is about improvisation, and in a way, it is. But in order to know how to play (and when is written play, think of it as a play of the board game game) you need to learn the rules. Jazz is not about imitating solo of Wes Montgomery or Django Reinhardt. For sure, lot of the people could learn just from hearing the music and imitating the style. But jazz is much more then it, and this text will try to define why jazz makes of everyone a better musician, and what is needed to be done in order to achieve this advantage in skill.

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  • Target Tones and Enclosures - 58 Guitar Patterns

    Enclosures and target tonesThis guitar lesson is about a very important concept used by many jazz improvisers named "Target notes" or "target tones" or "approach notes". It has to do with targeting chord tones by scale or chromatically. This technique opens the door to another essential type of targeting called "Enclosures" used to surround a chord tone both diatonically and chromatically from above and below. Understanding and applying "Targeting" will help you solos sound more jazzy and allow you to expand your harmonic knowledge.

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  • Dominant 7 Chord Altered Extensions - Guitar Infographic

    Dominant 7 Chord Altered Extensions - Guitar Infographic

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  • Drop 2 Guitar Chord Shapes - Infographic

    This infographic with guitar freatboard diagrams show how to play all five types of drop 2 chords on the first set of strings (E, B, G and D strings). 

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  • Harmonized Major Scale For Guitarists With Shapes

    This infographic with three neck diagrams is a useful reminder for beginner guitarists and composers. It shows how to build a drop 2 seventh chord from each note of the major scale.

     

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  • Voice Leading For Guitar - Basic Chords

    Voice leading basic chords"Voice leading" is a term that refers to the smooth progression of each voice of a chord. This technique consist to move individually one or several voices up or down by a step from one chord to the next. Voice leading is very used by composers and improvisers in order to connect chords instead of bouncing them around. The aim of this lesson is to connect or voice-lead basic four-note chords by moving only one voice. This technique is very fun and should help you learn some of the most important chords used in jazz guitar. 

     

     

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  • 20 Legendary Guitars And Their Players | Infographic With Videos

    Jazz is a beautiful and unique genre of music, and one that often has guitar at its center. Many jazz guitarists play electric guitars, but some choose to go with acoustic. The diversity of guitars is so much more than simply electric versus acoustic, though. There are different brands, different styles, different materials, different numbers of strings, and more! All of these variations help to achieve a desired sound and look by the musician.

    The infographic from TakeLessons below shows 20 different types of guitars and also lets you hear music from the artists who made them famous. Each guitar is as special and interesting as the legend who played it. This might just help you choose which guitar is your new favorite!  

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  • 5 Tips for a Productive Guitar Practice

    5 Tips for guitar practiceThe only way to get better at playing guitar is the productive guitar practice. There is so much information over internet on acing specific guitar techniques, but it's essential to go one step back and reevaluate how effective your guitar practice sessions are to implement those techniques. Here are 5 simple tips which can help you to make your guitar practice routine productive to its full potential.

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  • GuitarSim - App & Smartphone Accessory For Guitarists

    GuitarSim is the smartphone accessory that turns your phone into a mini digital guitar with tons of features. It’s not just your average guitar; Guitarsim leverages your phone to give you a powerful and portable gadget to jam with, and its foldable so you can throw it into your bag without hassle.

    Guitarsim app for guitarists

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  • Guitar Arpeggio Shapes Infographic

    This guitar infographic takes the main arpeggio shapes namely ,minor 7, major 7, dominant 7, half-diminished and diminished 7. 

     

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  • 5 Jazz Tunes Arranged For Chord-Melody You Need To Know

    5 jazz standards chord melodyFocusing on jazz standards is surely the best way to accelerate the learning process of jazz guitar, making sure to choose easy songs with a few numbers of chords and melodies that can be easy to hear, play and memorize. When learning jazz guitar, it's very important to spend time learning famous jazz songs, it is an essential part of being a jazz musician. Many guitar students are able to play a ton of chords, arpeggios and scales but they can't play a jazz tune mixing both the melody and the chords.

    Here are 5 easy chord-melody arrangements of popular jazz songs for beginning jazz guitarists. Each lesson is available for free as a YouTube video with guitar chord diagrams overlayed in real time. 

     

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    • Beautiful love (Wayne King, Victor Young and Egbert Van Alstyne)
    • Misty (Errol Garner)
    • Moon river (Henry Mancini)
    • Stella by startlight (Victor Young)
    • Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma)

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  • Drop 3 Chords - Guitar Diagrams And Music Theory

    Drop 3 chordsDrop voicings are open chords which span more than an octave. They are very useful tools in music composition and arrangement and are greatly appreciated by guitarists for comping and soloing. The name drop 3 comes from the fact that you dropped the third highest note of a close voicing. If the drop 2 and 3 drop voicings are the most used and surely the first players learn when exploring jazz guitar, you have to know that there are drop 2-3, drop 3-4, drop 2-4 and drop 2-3-4 voicings. However, these are not commonly played on the guitar because of their complexity, that's why this lesson focuses on drop 3 voicings only. You will see how they are built and how to play them on guitar by using the chord shapes and tablatures provided on this page.

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  • Autumn Leaves - Easy Chord Melody Arrangement For Beginners - Tabs and chords

    Autumn leaves chord melody lessonAutumn leaves is one of the most popular non-American jazz standards on pick-up gigs and records. It is a must-know tune for any jazz guitarist and a great choice when you want to play both chords and melody on guitar. Indeed, the chord progression is not difficult to learn and easy to play. This blog article provides an easy chord melody arrangement to play the famous jazz tune on guitar. This lesson runs in three steps :

    1. Listening to instrumental and vocal versions.
    2. Playing basic chords (drop 2 and drop 3 voicings).
    3. Learning to play the melody.
    4. Playing the chord-melody arrangement.

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