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Funky Grant Green Lick Lesson

When learning jazz guitar licks, there are few better jazz musicians to study than Grant Green.

Grant Green was a master of both the bebop and blues language and is one of the most accessible players for beginner jazz guitarists to transcribe.

This lesson teaches how to play a funky and bluesy More >

1 Guitar Scale Exercise Every Guitarist Needs to Know

Learning and practicing scales is an important part of learning how to play jazz guitar.

One of the most effective ways to learn chords, scales and licks is to apply them into a musical situation.

The guitar scale exercise in this article is a fun way of practicing scales in a musical and 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 >

5 Essential Beginner Guitar Instrumental Songs

Finding beginner guitar instrumental songs that sound good and aren’t too difficult to play can be challenging.

In my early days of guitar teaching I used to teach folk melodies like When The Saints Go Marching In, Pop Goes The Wesel and Yankee Doodle.

While a few younger students took to these More >

How to Play Dominant 7#9 Chords on Guitar

When learning jazz guitar chords, one essential chord every guitarist should know is the dominant 7#9 chord.

Often referred to as the Hendrix or Purple Haze chord, the dominant 7#9 chord is a blues chord because it contains both the major and minor 3rd.

Blues based jazz guitarists such as Kenny 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 >

Jazz Guitarist’s Guide to Creating a 2 Feel

When comping in duo situations, the guitarist’s first call comping technique is usually walking bass lines with chords.

The bass lines in this technique are usually played in quarter note rhythms with the chord on 1+.

While this rhythm is effective, another feel that can be employed to create a More >

stella by starlight guitar solo

Stella By Starlight Guitar Solo

One of the most commonly played jazz standards is Stella By Starlight. Composed by Victor Young, Stella by Starlight is a harmonically rich 32 bar chord progression.

This Stella by Starlight guitar solo is arranged for solo guitar and features an abundance of jazz guitar comping techniques and More >

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