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Lessons: Jazz

ARTICLES

Electric Etudes: John McLaughlin

December 5, 2015
Even with a wealth of theoretical concepts at his fingertips, Mahavishnu’s leader still plays from the gut.
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Mary Halvorson: There’s Something About Mary

October 20, 2015
A passion for Hendrix, Ornette Coleman, and a Guild archtop paired with a Rat and a delay fuel the avant guitarist’s fiery solo debut, Meltframe.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Easy, Jazz-ish Passing Chords

August 5, 2015
In this installment, he shows you how to insert sophisticated-sounding chord splashes into arrangements without studying for years on end to be a bona fide jazz guru.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play Over “Giant Steps”

March 7, 2015
Coltrane’s technical masterpiece offers many challenges—and enormous inspiration.
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Beyond the Riffs: Mike Stern’s “Wishing Well”

January 15, 2015
The jazz-rock master takes us inside a tune from his latest collaboration with Eric Johnson.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play "Honeysuckle Rose"

December 6, 2014
Sometimes you should just ask yourself, “What would Django do?”
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play "Blue Bossa"

October 18, 2014
Get inside this jazz standard with a handful of useful concepts.
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Digging Deeper: A Whole-Tone Primer

October 4, 2014
An ambiguous scale that has more applications than you might think.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Quartal Harmony 101

September 6, 2014
Dig into the ambiguously beautiful sound of stacked fourths.
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Beyond Blues: Turnaround Tactics

August 2, 2014
Tackle those tricky turnarounds head-on with a simple arpeggio-based strategy.
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Rhythm Rules: Chromatic Quartals

July 12, 2014
Quartal harmony and chromatic approaches can add sophistication and drama to even basic chord progressions.
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Digging Deeper: Wayne Krantz’ “Grid” System

May 3, 2014
Get inside the sound and mind of a unique and creative fusion guitarist.
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Rhythm Rules: Gypsy Jazz Primer

April 26, 2014
Decode some of Django’s musical mojo by exploring the basics of his rhythm guitar style.
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Digging Deeper: Pentatonic Chords

April 12, 2014
If you think pentatonics are just for blues-rock riffs, think again.
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Beyond Blues: Jimmy Herring's Twisted Jams

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