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Jazz

Style Guide: Soul Jazz

May 8, 2012
We will focus on various comping and improvisational concepts—guide tone voicings, the “Charleston” rhythm, three-note repetitive patterns, organ-like double-stop licks, Grant Green-style “turns,” and octave/block chord call-and-response
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Fingerstyle Workout: New Orleans Guitar

April 6, 2012
Understand the basics of the New Orleans piano tradition.
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Album Review: Will Bernard - "Outdoor Living"

March 9, 2012
Will Bernard Outdoor Living Dreck to Disk Records It’s hard to describe guitarist Will Bernard’s latest album, Outdoor Living, without using at least a few hyphens. Is it jazz-funk
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Digging Deeper: Creative Chord Construction

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn to generate new voicings. • Experience harmony''s gravitational force. • Explore octave displacement. Click here to download the accompanying mp3 audio
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Album Review: Wes Montgomery - "Echoes of Indiana Avenue"

February 10, 2012
Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue Resonance Records The recordings on Echoes of Indiana Avenue show an artist still developing a musical voice while on the verge of taking the
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Digging Deeper: One Scale to Rule Them All

February 10, 2012
The jazz melodic minor scale is a very important improvisational tool.
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Album Review: Sean McGowan - "Sphere"

January 10, 2012
It takes a lot of brass to tackle the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk, and when the musician attempting this feat is a solo guitarist, well, that makes the challenge even more daunting.
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Digging Deeper: Let Your Line Shine

January 10, 2012
Today I want to explore ways to approach improvising long, fluid, rhythmically dynamic lines.
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Orange Guitar: Freddie Green Rhythm

January 3, 2012
I’ve employed this chord sequence as a musical and versatile approach to embellishing the potentially mundane sound of a one-chord vamp.
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George Benson: Still the Coolest of Cats

December 20, 2011
Jazz legend George Benson talks about his upcoming signature Fender amp, dissects his incredible picking technique, and explains the thought process behind Guitar Man— his long-awaited return to ripping 6-string work.
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Album/DVD Review: Anthony Wilson - Seasons, Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 20, 2011
or the CD/DVD package Seasons, Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he performs as part of a guitar quartet where the instruments are as heralded as the musicians.
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Oz Noy: Wizard of Weird

December 20, 2011
What do legends like Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, Will Lee, and Vinnie Colaiuta have in common? They''re all blown away by Oz Noy''s quirky, stompbox-abusing blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock. Here he talks about his latest Tour De Force, Twisted Blues, Vol. 1.
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Album Review: Andy Reiss, Ranger Doug, and Bobby Durham - "The Art of the Archtop"

November 15, 2011
If you’re a fan of classic archtop guitar, you’ll be delighted with this beautifully recorded and relentlessly swinging set of tunes celebrating the f-hole sound.
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Book Review: "Guitar Etudes: Warmup Excercises for Guitar" By Pat Metheny

October 18, 2011
. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny recently released a book of guitar etudes that outlines what his typical pre-gig routine entails.
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That Can Be Arranged: Chords That Keep On Giving

October 12, 2011
I tend to be a bit obsessive when working on a technique or concept and recently diminished harmony has been filling my time.
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Digging Deeper: Learning Tunes in Three Dimensions

September 20, 2011
One of the things I’ve always been really fascinated by is the idea of “finding your own voice.”
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Beyond Blues: Major Chords, Minor Blues

August 16, 2011
Discover how the same type of chord voicing can perform different harmonic functions.
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Digging Deeper: Groove is in the Heart

August 16, 2011
How much control do you have when it comes to note placement?
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Stanley Clarke: A Bass Man and His Upright Desires

July 19, 2011
Fusion legend Stanley Clarke talks about his double-bass roots, his bevy of Alembic electrics, why all bassists should jam with other 4-stringers, and his recent reunion album with fellow Return to Forever bandmates Chick Corea and Lenny White.
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CD Review: Various Artists - "The New Universe Music Festival 2010"

July 19, 2011
Last November, in a theater in North Carolina, some of the greatest jazz/rock musicians alive came together for the inaugural New Universe Music Festival.
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