December 2016

Jazz Box

ARTICLES

Triad Pairs

January 17, 2011
Using triad pairs is simply an intervallic approach to improvisation. When used correctly, the technique can generate some very interesting sounds.
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Playing With Blocks

December 21, 2010
Let’s examine several important elements of a block-chord technique used by Wes Montgomery
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The Sky's the Limit

November 16, 2010
A rut-busting exercise using restrictions to move into new territory
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The Generic Word "Go"

October 20, 2010
Dressing up standard chords
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Muscle Maintenance for Guitarists

September 21, 2010
Warmups and stretches to keep your hands and wrists in shape
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The Lydian Mode

August 17, 2010
Talking modes and how to use them right.
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12-Bar Blues: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

April 15, 2010
Familiarize yourself with the 12-bar blues and it''ll show up in all different styles
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The Back of the Room

March 11, 2010
Enjoying the unique tones of masters of their crafts
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Inspiration Licks (Or 10 Ways to Get Unstuck)

February 11, 2010
Change up your surroundings and style to get out of a sticky place.
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The Match Game: Fun With Upper Structure Triads

January 14, 2010
Triads that are contained in 7th chords, with or without extensions or tension added.
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Ten Resolutions to Shed This Year

December 17, 2009
Ten voicings for satisfying resolutions.
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The Gift of Comping

November 18, 2009
How to excel at comping
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The Repertoire List

October 21, 2009
Inventory your playing and list your repertoire to get prepared for gigs and evaluate areas for improvement.
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25 Ways to Improve Your Improv

September 18, 2009
Here are some thoughts on improvising that we students of jazz guitar might do well to consider along the way.
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A Walking Tour of Bass Lines

August 19, 2009
Using bass lines in comping for solo or duo situations
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A Bargain Chord

June 17, 2009
Incorporating the guitar''s easiest chords into your music
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