Improvisation Concepts

Pat Martino Licks for Jazz Guitar

This article contains 13 Pat Martino licks for jazz guitar. The task of learning all the notes on all the strings of the guitar can be a long process. Many notes on the guitar can be found in more than one place, in the same octave. As one of the instrument’s top players, Pat Martino also has a More >

Beginner Jazz Improvisation

This lesson teaches beginner jazz Improvisation using jazz scales and rhythms.

The idea of improvising in a jazz context can initially seem quite daunting to many beginner jazz guitarists, especially after they have heard a player such as Charlie Parker or John Coltrane. While both of these players More >

Do You Know These 2 Outside Soloing Concepts?

When learning to play jazz guitar, outside soloing concepts are a must know for those that are comfortable with outlining basic chord progressions diatonically.

This lesson demonstrates 2 outside soloing concepts using the same substitution. The soloing concept used in this lesson is moving up the More >

Do You Know These 3 Melodic Minor Applications?

The melodic minor scale is an essential harmonic tool to use when learning jazz guitar.

This article aims to break down three different melodic minor applications and demonstrate how they can be used over common chord sequences.

A firm grasp and understanding of the melodic minor and its modes is More >

How to Improvise Over Minor ii-V-I Progressions

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one progression that guitarists need to improvise over is the minor ii-V-I.

This article presents a 3 step guide on how to improvise over minor ii-V-I progressions.

Each of the steps uses arpeggios from the harmonic minor scale.

The Harmonic Minor scale can be More >

4 All The Things You Are Improvisation Exercises

This article presents 3 all the things you are improvisation exercises arranged for jazz guitar to help better your jazz guitar playing.

All the things you are, often abbreviated to AATYA, is a commonly played standard at gigs and jams.

The cyclic chord progression is great for practising chords, More >

3 Essential So What Improvisation Exercises

This article teaches 3 So What improvisation exercises for jazz guitar to help better your jazz guitar soloing skills.

One of the most commonly played jazz standards is the Miles Davis classic So What.

So What is a 32 bar modal progression that switches between two key centers, D minor and Eb More >

2 Speed Approach to a Fast Jazz Guitar Solo

Playing a fast jazz guitar solo isn’t every player’s goal.

Feel, tone and touch are the most important things to work on in the practice room. However, many jazz guitarists combine playing fast with great feel, time and touch.

Having the technique to play fast gives guitarists another colour to More >

Soloing with Intervals: Dorian 3rds

Soloing with intervals is a useful way to add contrast to your solos. Intervals refer to the distance between one and another note in the scale. For example, the interval between the Root note and the 3rd note of the Major Scale is an interval of a Perfect 3rd and the interval between the Root note More >

Lydian Patterns 2

3 Lydian Patterns Every Guitarist Should Know

This article explains 3 Lydian patterns that are arranged for guitar. Within any jazz guitar scale, there are usually several patterns ‘hidden’ that can be used to make the scale sound more interesting.

Before looking at the Lydian patterns in this lesson, it is essential that you are comfortable More >

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