Bebop Guitar

Rhythm Changes Licks Etude

Learning to solo over the rhythm changes is an important part of learning jazz improvisation.

Although I have already written a 3 step guide on how to solo over this progression I wanted to put together a complete rhythm changes licks etude featuring all the techniques in the series.

This rhythm More >

6 Bebop Tunes for Guitar

A great way to expand repertoire, language and develop technique is to learn bebop tunes.

But as important as learning bebop tunes is, they can be tricky to play both rhythmically and technically on the guitar.

Because of this I have decided to write out 5 different A sections of my favorite bebop More >

6 Bebop Etudes for Guitar

When learning to improvise in the bebop idiom guitarists usually encounter tricky fingerings, harmonically dense progressions and fast tempos.

All of these require a fair amount of technique on the instrument compared to say using one mode to improvise over one chord for four bars at a medium More >

How to Use Jazz Guitar Enclosures

One of the most common techniques used by many jazz musicians and especially bop players and guitarists is the use of enclosures. Jazz guitar enclosures are found in a ton of great jazz solos, and work in a similar way to chromatic approach notes.

An enclosure is a group of 3 notes that enclosures More >

Chromatic Approach Note ii V I Lick

Do You Use These Chromatic Approach Notes?

You are at the point where you know your scales and arpeggios across the guitar neck well enough to play the right notes over each chord, but something about your improvisation still doesn’t sound jazzy.

I faced this problem myself, and it’s something that many of my student’s ask me about. More >

How to Get Altered Sounds Using Tritone Substitution

When playing jazz guitar there are times when you want to add some crunch to your playing and one way you can do that is by using superimpositions and substitutions

In today’s lesson we are going to be checking out a substitution that you can to play better jazz guitar chords and apply to single More >

How to Play Bebop Scales on Guitar

When it comes to learning scales on the guitar, there’s certainly no shortage with so many to learn, so which ones do musician’s actually use and incorporate into their playing that will make you a better jazz guitarist?

Well there’s no shortcut for knowing the major scale, it’s the most important More >

How to Play Over Rhythm Changes Part 3: Against The Grain Patterns and Scales

In last week’s issue of the 3 part rhythm changes soloing guide we looked at how to become better jazz guitarists by outlining the changes of the A section.

Now that you have got these changes under your fingers, it’s time to let our hair down and have some fun in this final part of the series by More >

How to Play Over Rhythm Changes Part 2: Outlining The Changes

In the first of instalment of the 3 Step Guide to Soloing Over Rhythm Changes we looked at how to play over rhythm changes by using  two different approaches to playing over the progression.

Missed the first lesson and want to catch up? You can view the full article here

In today’s follow up lesson More >

How to Solo Over Rhythm Changes Part 1 – Two Approaches

While we have already examined comping over the rhythm changes in the 30 Days to Better Jazz Guitar series, learning  how to solo over rhythm changes n single lines is also important and an essential part of learning how to play jazz guitar.

The progression comes from George Gershwin’s popular More >

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