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Soloing with the Mixed Blues Scale

Learning to play the blues in a jazzy style means stepping outside the minor blues scale and exploring other melodic options in your solos.But you don’t need to go very far to find a cool-sounding scale that can jazz up your blues solos in no time.In today’s lesson, we’ll be looking into the mixed blues scale, which combines the notes from the minor and major blues scales to outline the... …

Thinking Two Chords at a Time: Tritone Side-Stepping for Guitar

One of the most common questions I get from jazz guitarists of any experience level is, “How do I bring a more modern sound into my jazz solos?”While there's no single answer, there are some things we can do in order to inject a bit of modern jazz flavor into our lines.The first modern-jazz concept I like to explore with students who are new to this type of playing is to think and play two... …

An Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the most common progressions guitarists check out is the jazz blues progression.Since it is a fundamental form in just about every genre of modern music, the blues is a natural first step for guitarists who are moving into jazz from a rock, blues or pop background. Because of this, having a good understanding of how a jazz blues chord progression is... …

How to Solo with Extended Jazz Guitar Arpeggios

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the first things we often explore in the practice room is outlining chord changes using arpeggios.Since arpeggios use only the notes in each chord, 1-3-5-7, they are great melodic devices to use when looking to dig into the chords you are soloing over, and bring out the exact sound of each change in the progression.While learning four-note arpeggios... …

Allan Holdsworth's Four-Note-Per-String Scales

I often get asked about two topics: How to play in a modern style and how to break out of box patterns. Though these are two separate ideas, I often start by giving one answer: Check out four-note-per-string scales.Used by modern players such as Allan Holdsworth (1946-2017), whose playing inspired me to check out these fingerings, four-note-per-string scales can help bring a more modern flavor... …

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