The greatest benefit of the study of scales is that it helps you from habitually falling into “lick”-type phrases that so many guitarists find themselves stuck with.
On July 16, 2014, the world lost one of the greatest and most influential guitarists ever: Johnny Winter.
If you have no experience playing jazz but want to pick up some chords and techniques, this video is the perfect place to start.
The Asus4b2 arpeggio we looked at last month (November 2017 issue) may be repurposed in a variety of cool, interesting ways, which I think is a worthwhile topic to explore.
Besides the swing rhythm, one of the most common rhythms I get asked about from readers and students studying jazz guitar is the Bossa Nova rhythm.
One of the most commonly used chord subs in jazz guitar, the tritone sub, is a concept that comes up time and again when studying soloing and comping, but sometimes its meaning and usage isn’t clear.
As a chord reference,FIGURE 1illustrates some finger-friendly Asus4b2 grips on the top four stings, with the open A string included and the first shape additionally shown 12 frets higher.