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6 Valuable Tips To Be A Successful Working Musician!

6 Valuable Tips To Be A Successful Working Musician!

Hey guys and gals.
I was browsing through some of the Jazz Guitar groups – Jazz Guitar Society – I belong to on Facebook and came across this post by a fellow Jazz Guitarist by the name of Alex D’Önofrio.
I had never chatted with Alex before, nor were we Facebook friends -apart from being members of [...]

Guitar Tone Hierarchy

Guitar Tone Hierarchy

Guitar Tone Hierarchy: Chris Thomas
Jazz Guitarist Chris Thomas provides us with an important look into the hierarchy of tone, from fingers and strings to the guitar and its varied accessories. For those who think that picks and strings don’t matter you may be surprised. Click the link Guitar Tone Hierarchy and also check out [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Jason Shadrick: How I Learn Tunes

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Jason Shadrick: How I Learn Tunes

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Jason Shadrick: How I Learn Tunes

While I was in graduate school, I had to develop a method of learning all the tunes that were thrown at me at a daily basis. In an earlier post, I outlined a method I learned from Jody Fisher on learning the chords to a [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Mathew Warnock: Common Chord Progressions

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Mathew Warnock: Common Chord Progressions

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Mathew Warnock: Common Chord Progressions
Here are some common chord progressions you can work on that will make playing standards at sight much easier. These chord progressions are found in almost all of the common standards found in the American songbook.
All progressions are in the key of C
1) ii-V-I-vi in major and [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Mathew Warnock: Bebop Scale Fingerings

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Mathew Warnock: Bebop Scale Fingerings

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Mathew Warnock: Bebop Scale Fingerings
Here is a cool fingering for the Bebop Scale that I got from USC guitarist Jon Bremen. The first fingering is used on what Jon refers to as a “straight loop” this is an exercise that helps one play the scale around in circles with all of the [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson: General Tonal Center Concept for Jazz Improvisation

Jazz Guitar Lesson: General Tonal Center Concept for Jazz Improvisation

Dr. Frank A. DiBussolo , D.M.A. discusses his General Tonal Center Concept for Jazz Improvisation.
Download the PDF here.

Jazz Guitar Lesson with John Basile: Listening

Jazz Guitar Lesson with John Basile: Listening

Jazz Guitar Lesson with John Basile: Listening
I recently attended a lecture on listening and came away with a number of perspectives on not only the importance of never to stop nurturing this art in life during personal conversations – but of its’ profound application in playing jazz.
I recently attended a lecture on listening and [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson with John Basile: Improvisation Ideas

Jazz Guitar Lesson with John Basile: Improvisation Ideas

Jazz Guitar Lesson with John Basile: Improvisation Ideas

A recent lesson with a student prompted the broad question as to what to practice in terms of building a complete vocabulary for improvising. We listed some of the categories of study that are essentials from the ground up: Arpeggios and available tensions on each individual chord.
Chord [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Steve Carter: Approaching Solo Gigs

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Steve Carter: Approaching Solo Gigs

Jazz Guitar Lesson with Steve Carter: Approaching Solo Gigs
Many guitarists are just now getting into doing solo gigs, partly for economic reasons: there aren’t many gigs these days for jazz groups, but a lot of bars and restaurants are willing to spring for a solo guitarist. I’ve been specializing in solo gigs for about [...]

Jazz Guitar Lesson with JS Williams: Melodic Rhythm

Jazz Guitar Lesson with JS Williams: Melodic Rhythm

Jazz Guitar Lesson with JS Williams: Melodic Rhythm

Melodic Rhythm
These examples are a collection of basic ideas I got from talking to drummers and listening to more modern musicians such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Cortney Pine. The idea is to use rhythm to create a tension within the melodic idea. The sound of a [...]