Blog - Jazz Guitar Lessons
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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:
The content is regularly updated. If you're new here, it's a great place to start learning jazz guitar. Don't hesitate to subscribe to the newsletter to receive the latest posts.
A brand new video is now available on JGL's YouTube channel. It's about 10 Pat Martino lines taken from the jazz blues tune "Cisco". You can watch / hear the video below and maybe check out the full tutorial in the "solo transcriptions" section of this website.
Suspended chords are chords derived from triads and tetrads, the third is replaced with a fourth (most of the time) or a second, making them chords that are neither major nor minor. This lesson with charts, tabs and shapes explains how suspended chords are built and how to play them on guitar.
Learning the name of the notes and be able to find them out on the fretboard is very important when you want to explore scales, chords and arpeggios on guitar. Knowing the notes on the guitar neck is obviously useful for a better understanding of music theory and sight reading. This will also help you communicate better with other musicians. This blog article provides four diagrams for right-handed and left handed guitar players.
Lesson by George Dafnos
Here are somme ideas inspired by great jazz guitarists as Wes Montgomery ,George Benson on how to superimpose almost all the chord family degrees. This concept helps mapping the arpeggio combinations and listen different coloursounds above root ,subdominant or dominant families. After mastering all these, be sure to try making your own jazz lines and licks.
Satin Doll by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, witten in 1953, is one of the most famous jazz tune. It has been recorded by many jazz musicians as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Mc Coy Tyner, Oscar Peterson and of course Duke Ellington himself. It has become a classic jazz standard, a must-hear, very popular at jam sessions.
This guitar lesson with chord shapes and scale charts explains how to play easy jazz chords and what basic scales to choose for improvising over Satin Doll.
Check out the latest video from the YouTube channel. This is a chord melody arrangement for guitar of Duke Ellington's jazz standard "Satin Doll".
This free lesson with tabs is intended for intermediate players who want to practice some drop 2, drop 3 voicings, walking bass lines, chords inversions and substitutions over one of the most popular jazz tune.
A new guitar method has been published recently to meet the demand of jazz-guitar-licks.com readers and buyers.
This printable PDF eBook is dedicated to Smooth Jazz Licks in the tradition of George Benson, Pat Metheny, Ronnie Jordan, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour and many more.
It is designed both for teachers and students who want to expand their theoretical knowledge and guitar technique .
Lesson by Steve Down
Here is a transcription for guitar of So What by Miles Davis. This video lesson provides the tab of the main theme and the whole Miles Davis solo. A good introduction to modal playing on guitar thus showing how Miles Davis used the Dorian mode (D Dorian and Eb Dorian).
This guitar chart contains 12 shapes that show how to play the main dominant scales used in jazz music (Mixolydian, Lydian dominant, Mixolydian b9, Mixolydian b13, dominant bebop, Phrygian dominant).
You'll find in this blog post several cheat sheets for guitarists about the Phrygian mode, third mode of the major scale. These infographics are related to the YouTube video below. They show how this minor scale is built, how to play it on guitar, what are the related chords, how to use it over common chord progressions, etc.
This infographic chart with guitar shapes show the main 6 major scales used in jazz:
- Ionian Mode
- Major Pentatonic
- Lydian Mode
- Major Bebop
- Lydian Pentatonic
- Lydian Augmented
This infographic with guitar shapes show the main 6 minor scales used in jazz as :
- Minor pentatonic
- Minor blues
- Dorian mode
- Aeolian mode
- Melodic minor
- Harmonic minor
This blog post contains free cheat sheets (infographics) for guitar players about the Dorian mode. You will find useful information on how to play chords, arpeggios and minor licks directly related to this minor scale.
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Major Scale Aka Ionian Mode - YouTube Video - Cheat Sheets For Guitar - Scales, Chords, Patterns and Licks
Here are some free cheat sheets for guitar teachers and students about the Ionian mode aka The Major Scale. Here, you'll find chord and scale shapes with easy patterns and licks related to the Ionian mode.
Here is a video transcription for guitar of Ryland by Julian Lage.
Music By Julian Lage From The Album Arclight, available via Mack Avenue Records:
AMAZON : Arclight Album
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