ii-Vs are some of the most commonly used and important chords in the jazz repertoire.
There's a certain level of pride many musicians feel when they claim they are self-taught, and I can understand why.
Miles Davis' album Kind of Blue and his song "So What" are often a gateway into jazz for many musicians with a rock, pop and blues background.
An element of endless fascination and discovery in developing one’s improvisational skills on the guitar is the many ways in which to negotiate chordal resolutions.
Learn 100 chords in nine minutes. Impossible, you say?
How do you find what key a song is in?
Guitar practice can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be.
I remember the first time I walked into my freshman Jazz Ensemble class at Berklee College of Music.
If music theory sounds scary and confusing, here’s a short lesson in scales and modes that’s easy to follow and gives you useful information.
This month, I’d like to talk about using fourth intervals as a building block for both chords and solos.
A blues turnaround occupies the final two measures—11 and 12—of the 12-bar form.
Everyone loves to play the blues, but if you only know the minor pentatonic scale, your playing—not to mention your audience’s attention span—might suffer.
Inspiration can take many forms. Our favorite bands and artists are usually good for a spark (or a lightning bolt) that jumpstart our creative juices.