Jazz and blues are closer than you might think – with just a few tweaks, you can turn simple blues licks into sophisticated jazz phrases

Cecil Alexander
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Many of you will be familiar with the 12-bar blues, but you may not know that it’s also one of the most common progressions in jazz music, too. With a few stylistic tweaks, Cecil Alexander will teach you how to turn this simple blues format into something even the snootiest jazz cats will be clicking their fingers to. 

This etude incorporates bebop scales, arpeggios, and, of course, our faithful blues scale. You’ll also pick up a few of Cecil’s go-to improvisational ideas along the way. 

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Cecil Alexander is a guitarist, composer, and arranger from Muskegon, MI. He has a B.M. in Jazz Composition from Berklee and has since gone on to become Assistant Professor of Guitar there. With a string of awards from various jazz guitar competitions and a recent signing with Heartcore Records, Cecil has truly cemented himself as a world-class musician.