December 2016

Jazz

Digging Deeper: Wayne Krantz’ “Grid” System

May 3, 2014
Inside the fusion master's strange way of looking at compositional space.
Read More

Rhythm Rules: Gypsy Jazz Primer

April 26, 2014
Decode some of Django’s musical mojo by exploring the basics of his rhythm guitar style.
Read More

Digging Deeper: Pentatonic Chords

April 12, 2014
If you think pentatonics are just for blues-rock riffs, think again.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Jimmy Herring's Twisted Jams

April 5, 2014
Get inside the mind of one of the most creative improvisers playing guitar today.
Read More

Jazz Boot Camp: Soloing with Triads

January 18, 2014
Learn how George Van Eps and Alan Reuss harnessed the power of the triad in their solos.
Read More

Rhythm Rules: Brazilian Guitar 101

December 21, 2013
Blend syncopated rhythms with jazzy chords and delve into the world of Brazilian guitar.
Read More

Fretboard Workshop: 10 Essential Turnarounds

December 14, 2013
Go deep inside extended harmony by adding tritone subs, contrary motion, and pedal tones to your turnarounds.
Read More

Jazz Boot Camp: The Evolution of the “Rhythm” Changes

November 9, 2013
Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” has served as a harmonic foundation for tunes by everyone from Charlie Parker to Coldplay.
Read More

Backbeat Books Publishes The Jazz Guitar Handbook

September 17, 2013
Starting with simple blues-based riffs over basic chord sequences, the book leads the reader rapidly to advanced harmony and improvisation.
Read More

Jazz Boot Camp: 6 Essential Solo Guitar Tricks

August 24, 2013
Impress your friends and scare your neighbors with these essential tips for playing solo guitar.
Read More

Album Review: Earl Klugh - "HandPicked"

August 18, 2013
On HandPicked, Klugh sticks with mainly pop and jazz standards and doesn't fall into the trap of over-arranging tunes to the detriment of melodies.
Read More

Concepts and Techniques: Jim Hall

June 27, 2013
Dig into some of the soloing and comping techniques used by jazz master Jim Hall.
Read More

Album Review: Jane Miller - "Three Sides to a Story"

June 20, 2013
Miller ably composes her way through a spectrum of styles, including traditional-sounding jazz, peaceful folk, and quirky blues.
Read More

Interview: John Scofield - Uncle John’s Electro-Jam Band

June 20, 2013
Combining a jazz concept with an electronic-influenced vocabulary, John Scofield takes us behind the scenes of his new album, "Überjam Deux," and dishes on everything from relic’d guitars to Dead tunes.
Read More

Interview: Ronnie Earl - Blues Shaman

June 12, 2013
It’s all about spirit for the Broadcasters’ leader—from channeling mentors such as John Coltrane and Hubert Sumlin, to battling inner demons, to releasing good vibes from the stage to his audience.
Read More

Interview: Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel: Duo de Swing

May 28, 2013
Taylor and Emmanuel discuss the art of solo guitar, ’70s pop music, and why guitar education is near and dear to both of them.
Read More

Album Review: Gilad Hekselman - "This Just In"

May 11, 2013
Hekselman not only embraces the freedom of the format, but also excels both as an improviser and composer.
Read More

Beyond Blues: 12 Keys, Five Shapes, and the Blues

April 2, 2013
Understand how to visualize chord shapes all over the neck and learn how five simple arpeggio shapes can unlock 12 keys.
Read More

Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

February 4, 2013
Boz Scaggs Memphis 429 Records Boz Scaggs is musically complicated. For Memphis, he brought on producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer) who also plays drums on the album, and the rest
Read More

Interview: Double Naught Spy Car - Cheeky Twang Monkeys

January 9, 2013
Double Naught Spy Car''s Paul Lacques and Marcus Watkins on their hilariously heady blend of surf-informed jazz-noir instrumentals.
Read More