One harmonic device that is frequently used by jazz musicians is the use of 3-9 arpeggios. In this lesson I will explain what 3-9 arpeggios are and how you can use them to take your jazz guitar improvisation to the next level.
The following article about jazz guitar rhythm is a chapter from my new eBook ‘Introduction to Jazz Guitar Improvisation’ which is an in in depth study of jazz guitar for any kind of player.
Although it would take an entire book to properly explore rhythmÂ in detail, I wrote this article to be an More >
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 doesnâ€™t sound jazzy.
In this lesson I will be teaching you how to improvise over major 7 chords by implying the Lydian sound. The major 7th #11 chord is sometimes referred to as a Lydian chord and usually written as a #11, #4 or b5 major7 chord. Feeling comfortable soloing over and comping the major 7#11 chord type is More >
One of the most common pieces of advice I hear is “play what you hear”. While this might seem like simple advice at first, what does it really mean, and how do we get the sounds we want into our ears?
Transcribing jazz guitar licks and soloâ€™s is an essential skill that every guitarist does to improve their playing. Not only does it help our aural skills, but appyling what we learn from transribing is a a sure way to sound â€˜jazzyâ€™ when youâ€™re playing over a tune.
Once a line has been More >
Learning to play jazz guitar means learning how to use jazz guitar enclosures. One of the most tasteful intervals to target and enclose is the third. Playing thirds is important when improvising, because it defines the most important aspect of the chord whether it’s major or minor.
Besides this, More >
One of the most difficult concepts that I see students struggling with as they learn how to play jazz guitar, is being able to see one chord on a leadsheet, or hear it being played by their bandmates, while playing a different chord over top of that change. Though it is tough to really get this More >
In this lesson we are going to be looking at a cool substitute that you can easily apply over Lydian/Major7#11 chords, which will also work and give extra spice when we are improvising over standard major 7 chords.
First of all, if there is anyone wondering what a Major 7 #11 chord is, it is simply More >