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Exclusive Lesson: Sean Sullivan Explains Jazz Rhythm Guitar

New York City-based guitarist/songwriter Sean Sullivan has an extremely mixed background in music.

His style blends folk, rock, Latin, blues and more to create a distinctive musical melting pot.

But of all of Sullivan's influences, it’s jazz that runs the deepest.

Here, he takes a second to explain the role of a guitar player in a jazz band.

Sullivan's track “American Jones,” which he performed for us here, is a good example of this technique.

To find out more from Sean Sullivan, visit

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Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.