Category Archives for Improvisation

Me Playing a Solo on Blue Bossa

My recent focus has been strictly focusing on building my jazz improvisational vocabulary. In other words, I’m trying to learn some “stuff to play” during the solos on many popular jazz

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Learn Easy, 2 Note 251 Licks For Your Jazz Solos

Have you ever heard the great jazz artists begin their solos with super simple licks that contain just 2-3 notes? Or at the climax of their solo, they hang on a single note over multiple chords to create

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How to Start Improvising Over Intimidating Jazz Chord Progressions

Are you intimidated by how to get started improvising over one of your favorite jazz tunes? I’d like to share one tip with you that will hopefully simplify the process and give you a foundation upon

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Music Note

How to Use Diatonic Substitution to Play 6th & 9th Arpeggios

In my previous post, I discussed how important it is to use chord tones during your solos to outline the harmony of whatever tune you’re playing. I also discussed that playing the exact same chord

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An Introduction to Jazz Guitar Improvisation for Newbies

If you’re a guitar player and you come from a background of playing rock/pop/blues tunes, like I did, you may find jazz tunes a bit complex and quite simply…difficult to grasp. I believe this

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Jazz Guitar

Me Playing & Transcribing Movin’ Along Solo by Wes Montgomery

I was inspired by Matt Warnock’s article here about great jazz guitar solos to transcribe. One of the ones he suggests in the article is Wes Montgomery’s solo in Movin’ Along, so I have

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Transcribing Solos Beats any Jazz Guitar Method Book

I’ve recently transcribed my first complete jazz guitar solo. It was Movin’ Along by Wes Montgomery. (I plan to post a video of me playing it soon.) I can’t even begin to tell you how

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Jazz Blues Licks Study – Blues for Brandon

The previous lessons from this beginner jazz guitar course have looked at learning jazz guitar chords, comping patterns, licks, and learning tunes. This final article is a jazz blues licks study that combines

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3 Beginner Jazz Guitar Licks

So far this Beginner Jazz Guitar Lesson series has focused on jazz chords and comping patterns. In this 3rd installment of the series we are looking how to take our improvisation to the next level by learning

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Jazz Improvisation – Getting Started

The Myth There is a prevailing ethos that somehow jazz can only be played by the chosen few, and it cannot, therefore, be taught. Let’s dispel that myth from the get go. The best way to do that is by

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