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Jazz Guitar Hardball

Forward Steps in Melodic Soloing

May 20, 2009
The evolution of the concept of melodic soloing
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New Ideas on Practicing

April 21, 2009
A look at different ways to approach practicing
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Strollin’ with T-Bone Walker, Part 2

March 17, 2009
A look at T-Bone Walker''s introductory 12-bar chorus from "I Got a Break Baby"
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Strollin' With T-Bone Walker, Part 1

February 16, 2009
T-Bone Walker influenced countless guitar greats. Jim Bastian looks at his life and licks.
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The Elvis Effect and How We Learn Jazz

January 15, 2009
How teaching and learning jazz has changed in the past 60 years, and what aspiring jazz guitarists should know.
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Obama's Effect on the Music Scene

December 16, 2008
How President-Elect Obama''s proposed policies could affect musicians
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A Holiday Theme from Wes Montgomery

November 11, 2008
In time for the holidays: Wes Montgomery''s "Snowfall" solo
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Wes Montgomery Octaves

October 13, 2008
In “Jazz Guitar Hardball” we have spoken extensively about the importance of working toward and discovering one’s own unique style, voice and tone. Yet another master we might study
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Exploring Bebop

September 9, 2008
This month Jim takes on a ride through bebop improvisation.
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Jazz Exercise: Countdown

August 15, 2008
Exercises with Coltrane changes.
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Down Home with Cal Collins

July 10, 2008
Welcome to Jazz Guitar Hardball. This month we are putting the spotlight on Cal Collins (b.1933 – d. 2001), a relatively obscure and under-celebrated jazz guitarist who has been one
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Pentatonics Gone Wild

June 10, 2008
They’re crazy! They’re exotic! They’re out of control, and they’re showing off for the camera! It’s Pentatonics Gone Wild! Gone are the days when pentatonic scales had to stay
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Some Ramblings on Vintage Originality

May 12, 2008
Jim Bastian weighs the importance of original cases in vintage value
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Two Rare Birds Jazz Guitarists Will Love

April 9, 2008
In keeping with PG’s theme this month of unique, rare instruments and accessories, we are going to look at two rare birds among jazz amplifiers. Since the beginnings of our
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Tal Farlow: Reluctant Jazz Great and His Gibson Model

March 11, 2008
--> Though most TF models featured a scroll designed by Tal in the horn of the upper bout, this example from 1964 does not. This month we are celebrating
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Johnny Smith: Extraordinary Man, Extraordinary Guitar

February 8, 2008
Johnny Smith once said of himself that he wasn’t a jazz guitarist, but don’t believe it for a minute. Ever the humble, reserved homebody, Smith did as much as
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Being George Benson, Pt. 2

January 9, 2008
Welcome back to the world of George Benson! Anyone who has seen the fairly new George Benson DVD, The Art of Jazz Guitar, is reminded of Benson’s virtuosic jazz
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Being George Benson, Pt. 1

December 11, 2007
There has been only one player through modern pop and jazz history who consistently delivers amazing solos, regardless of the style: George Benson. Who but George could play on
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It’s All Relative, Pt. II

November 9, 2007
Last month we discussed the differences between perfect pitch and relative pitch. Today, we are going to look at concrete things players can do to develop a sense of relative
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Pitch - It’s All Perfectly Relative

October 10, 2007
As I sat down to write this column, my cell phone began beeping at the same pitch, over and over. Immediately I knew that the pitch was an interval
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