Blog - Jazz Guitar Lessons
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This blog covers different topics 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:
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"Blue Bossa" is a jazz standard composed by trumpetist Kenny Dorham and one of the most popular Bossa Nova song.
The tune has since become a popular jazz standard, covered by numerous artists as Joe Henderson, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon and many more.
This guitar lesson provides an easy chord study with tab / notation and YouTube short video to learn how to comp over it.
You'll find the related PDF transcription in the GUMROAD STORE.
In this short guitar lesson you will learn how to play 6 types of altered and extented dominant chords (7, 7b9, 9, 7b5, 7b5b9, 9b5) to expand your harmonic vocabulary.
Diminished 7 chords bring a distinctive, mysterious sound to music. Widely used in jazz and classical genres, they infuse tension and creativity into your playing.
This guitar lesson explains how they are built and how to use them thanks to four easy examples.
The harmonic minor scale is a captivating and versatile scale used in various musical genres, known for its distinctive sound due to the raised seventh degree compared to the natural minor scale.
By understanding both chords derived from this scale and the modes within it, you can create compelling harmonic progressions and melodic lines.
Here's an introduction on how to combine chords and modes derived from the harmonic minor scale, including a free PDF (or give what you want) with Tab / standard notation.
Guest Post By Jack Handyside at pickupmusic.com
Jazz standards are some of the most beautiful and interesting pieces of music ever written, but learning these complex songs and committing them to memory can feel overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.
Luckily for you, we’re here to help! This article will introduce you to a tried and true, eight-step method that you can use to learn any jazz standard. Our focus today will be on the classic jazz standard Autumn Leaves written by Joseph Kosma.
Jazz music, known for its improvisational nature and rich harmonic complexities, is a genre that heavily relies on scales for melodic expression and harmonic exploration. Understanding essential scales is a crucial step in comprehending its harmonic structure and developing improvisational skills.
Here's an overview of nine fundamental jazz scales ideal for beginners:
This guitar theory lesson about harmonic equivalents provides six examples, that demonstrate how dominant seventh chords (rootless, altered or extended) can also be considered as other types of chords (min6, dim7, 7).
Guest post by Dennis Winge
One Scale, Many Cool Contexts
Apart from the major scale, no one single scale has so many uses in jazz as the melodic minor scale. The table on the next page outlines the seven different points of view, or modes of the melodic minor scale, followed by some examples of usages.
The basic melodic minor scale is the same as a major scale, but with a lowered 3rd. In the key of C this would be the notes c, d, eb, f, g, a, b.
Below is a brief overview of each mode of the melodic minor. I explain the most common of them in this video.
This short guitar lesson is to practice voice leading with 10 different sus4 chord voicings built with notes from the G Mixolydian mode. Transcription with Tab & Short video available at the end of the article.
Distortion pedals are essential tools for guitarists seeking to shape and enhance their tone. In this guide with YouTube video demos, we'll explore the 12 best distortion pedals available today (sound, build quality, specifications, pros, and cons), each offering its unique sonic character and versatility.
Whether you crave the warmth of vintage overdrive, fuzz or the searing aggression of modern distortion, you're sure to find the perfect pedal to take your guitar playing to the next level.
This brief guitar theory lesson explains what is a dominant 7 chord and its possible extensions (natural and altered) thanks to a printable infographic containing two neck diagrams.
14 Dominant Chords And Mixo Blues Lines / Voice Leading / Guitar Lesson With Free PDF & Short YouTube Video
This short guitar lesson provides 14 ways of connecting dominant chord voicings on the same string set (7 and extended) and three easy lines using the Mixo Blues Scale. A free transcription in PDF (or give what you want) is available here on the GUMROAD store.
Identifying chords by ear is a valuable skill for any musician, especially in jazz. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you develop your ability to identify chords by ear:
Arpeggio And Chord Connection - Maj7, 7, min7, m7b5, dim7, min6 and 6 - Warm-up Exercise For Beginners
Arpeggios are a fundamental aspect of music theory and play a pivotal role in creating expressive melodies, harmonies, and improvisations across various musical genres. In this exploration of basic arpeggios, we will learn how to connect Maj7, 7, min7, m7b5, dim7, min6, and 6 arpeggios (by moving only one note at a time) and how to make the link with basic chord shapes.
This guitar lesson implies playing secondary dominant seventh chords of the harmonized major scale. Free PDF available on GUMROAD and four YouTube short videos at the bottom of this page.