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Five Steps to Walking Basslines on Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the things that many players want to explore and get under their fingers is walking basslines.Though learning how to walk a bassline (and comp at the same time) can take a lot of experience and time in the woodshed, there are a few rules and pointers you can follow in order to get you off on the right foot as you begin to explore the world of... …

Break Open ii-V’s with This Nine-Note Scale

ii-Vs are some of the most commonly used and important chords in the jazz repertoire. It’s a progression you’ll see often as a jazz guitarist, so being able to confidently solo over these chords is an essential skill.When first learning to blow over these chords, we often start with the Dorian and Mixolydian modes over each chord, respectively.But, while playing these modes is correct, they... …

Stealing Guitar Solo Ideas from Miles Davis

Miles Davis' 1959 album Kind of Blue and his song "So What" often represent a gateway into jazz for many musicians with rock, pop or blues backgrounds.But while some of us are drawn to the opening chords of "So What" and learn them on the guitar where they fit nicely on the fretboard, we might stop there rather than dig into making single-note shapes out of these same chords.In today’s lesson,... …

10 Steps to Learning Jazz Guitar Standards

One of the biggest problems I encounter with jazz guitar students is that they have learned a ton of chords, scales and arpeggios, but they can’t play a tune or jam on a standard with other musicians.When learning how to play jazz guitar, it’s vital to keep a focus on learning tunes, as well as developing technique, in order to avoid an awkward situation when someone invites you to jam and you... …

How to Play Jazzy Jimi Hendrix Chords

As guitarists, many of us are fans of the late, great Jimi Hendrix, who has influenced players in all genres of music, including jazz.While Hendrix left a legacy as one of the greatest rock improvisers of all time, he also left his stamp on the harmonic side of the instrument, including a chord that bears his name.Taken from the song “Purple Haze,” and spelling out an E7#9 voicing, this chord... …

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