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Jazz

ARTICLES

Beyond Blues: What Would Jimmy Raney Do?

August 10, 2019
A deep look into how a master combined hard bop with soulful swing.
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Chromatic CAGED

June 15, 2019
Having the ability to artfully add those "in-between" notes is a cornerstone of jazz guitar. Here’s how you do it.
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Decoding Django’s Gypsy Chords

April 20, 2019
Investigate one of the most under-appreciated elements of Gypsy jazz by grabbing a fistful of new chord shapes and ideas.
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Metheny Madness

March 9, 2019
Discover how one of the most influential jazz guitarists of all time combines speedy pattern-based licks, horn-style bebop lines, and trademark rhythmic ideas to create a unique sound.
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Twang 101: Hank Garland’s Nashville Jazz

January 5, 2019
Learn how to pick like one of the early pioneers of sophisticated jazz-influenced country guitar.
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How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

December 15, 2018
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how one of the most wildly inventive guitarists of his generation combined taste, technique, and an overwhelming sense of melody into a jaw-dropping package.
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Jazz Chords Made Simple

October 27, 2018
Afraid of “complex” jazz chords? Just strip them down.
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Journey Out West: A Western Swing Primer

September 8, 2018
Since the early days of Bob Wills swinging away in Texas dance halls, this genre has combined elements of blues, jazz, country, and more. Here’s how to nail its timeless sound.
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Digging Deeper: Jazz Piano Chords for Guitar

April 28, 2018
Take inspiration from Herbie, Chick, McCoy, and more by copping a few finger-stretching voicings.
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The Art of Repetition: A Guide to Pedal Points and Ostinatos

November 25, 2017
Everyone from Coltrane to Coldplay uses repetition to create tension and interest. Here are a few tricks to get you started.
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Sax Appeal: A Guide for Guitarists

August 19, 2017
Renowned jazz saxophonists like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Rollins used subtle techniques to create swinging lines. Here’s a look at how to emulate those sounds using slides, bends, and tapping.
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Beyond Blues: How to Play “Bird” Blues

June 17, 2017
Saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker’s challenging version of a 12-bar blues is one of his most enduring contributions. Learn how to navigate these tricky changes by combining bebop and blues.
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Allan Holdsworth’s Fretboard Wizardry

May 13, 2017
This musical tribute to the late guitarist includes an in-depth exploration of his blinding technique, challenging harmonies, and finger-busting chords.
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Trey Anastasio’s Jazz Odyssey

November 19, 2016
Phish’s nimble guitarist navigates changes with ease largely because he takes inspiration from jazz greats.
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John Scofield Connects the Dots

November 17, 2016
The jazz guitarist explores the common ground between bebop and honky-tonk on his latest album, Country for Old Men.
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Western Swing 101

October 29, 2016
Country, jazz, and blues meld in one of America’s most treasured musical genres.
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Django's Gypsy-Jazz Secrets

September 24, 2016
Gypsy-jazz scholar Michael Horowitz shares a primer on the essential elements of Django Reinhardt’s groundbreaking music.
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The Secret of Subtractive Rhythms

June 11, 2016
A simple three-step process is all it takes to go from stale to swinging.
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Jazz Boot Camp: 10 Ways to Get in and out of Trouble

May 28, 2016
Legendary guitarists like Joe Pass and Ted Greene perfected the art of the intro. Here we show you how to keep things together in similar fashion.
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Julian Lage: Surrender to the Twang

May 25, 2016
After outgrowing the “child prodigy” label, the virtuoso guitarist returns to his first love, the Telecaster.
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