It's time to move past the blues scale.



  • Learn how to use diminished and altered sounds over a IV chord.
  • Develop a better sense of voice leading.
  • Understand the basics of connecting guide tones.
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Let's talk about momentum. It's an essential part of any great solo, and when you're ripping over a 12-bar blues, the first spot to really demonstrate your mastery of the harmony is when the IV chord pops up. In this lesson, I'll demonstrate how to create some … fourward momentum … in your next solo.

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A guide to develop a larger chord vocabulary.



  • Understand how to create drop 2 voicings.
  • Learn to smoothly transition between chords.
  • Create a larger vocabulary of chords to pick from.
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Inversions are one of the fundamental fountains of knowledge when it comes to learning harmony. They increase your fretboard awareness, spice up your chord knowledge, and impress all your friends who are stuck trying to get their barre chords sounding great.

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Learn to land your phrases like Coltrane, Cannonball, and Dexter.



• Use rhythmic "push-pull" technique to create momentum.

• Extend your lines with turnaround progressions.

• Build tension with repetitive motifs.

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The solo break can often be one of the most exciting moments in a jazz recording. Allow me to set the scene: The band sets up a tune with a light intro. They play through the melody of the tune, all while ramping up in energy and building the audience's anticipation towards an unaccompanied improvisational break where the first soloist will mark their entrance and establish the mood for their first chorus. This break is a test of a soloist's ability to sustain momentum without the accompaniment of a rhythm section. A good solo break can make an audience jump out of their seats, tap their toes, or even laugh. It commands their attention.

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