June Issue

Lessons: Jazz

ARTICLES

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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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
Don’t get caught off guard the next time the band looks at you to kick off a tune. Legendary guitarists such as Joe Pass and Ted Greene have perfected the art of the intro and this lesson will help you keep things together.
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Digging Deeper: Bill Frisell

April 30, 2016
Improvised music can take many forms. From weird downtown punk-influenced riffs to unimaginably beautiful solo pieces, Bill Frisell has put his stamp on nearly every musical genre.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Walk the Line

March 26, 2016
As a solo guitarist, Joe Pass knew how to create the illusion of a bassist and guitarist playing together. Charlie Hunter and Tuck Andress continue to develop the technique, and now it’s your turn to unlock the secrets of walking bass lines.
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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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