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Get Rid of Technique Worries Live Workshop

In this workshop, you learn how to get rid of guitar technique worries for good. The workshop covers detailed explanations, live lesson, PDF's, and Q & A's with live viewers.

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Body and Soul Design by Steph

Our graphic and web designer, Steph, talks about her illustration process for this month's tune, Body and Soul. The Tune of the Month is a song voted on by members of our Facebook group, Play Jazz Guitar, every month. Matt dedicates the lessons in that period to studying the tune in depth...

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Guitar, Life, Whatever Podcast - May, 2020 Edition

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3 Steps to Soloing Over Fast Chord Progressions

When learning how to solo over jazz standards, things usually start well for many guitarists. You learn how to solo over ii-V-I’s, jazz blues, and other essential progressions, but then you hit a tune that catches you totally off guard. This tune has two chords per bar in every, or most,...

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How to Play Jazz Chords Like a Boss

Learning how to play jazz chord progressions means learning how to play fast-moving ii-V chords. ii-V’s are found in countless jazz songs and tend to move by pretty quickly, especially those that fit into one bar. While learning chord shapes is helpful, it can lead you to jump all over the...

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How to Solo Over Major ii V I Chords – Bebop Outlines

The most important jazz chord progression is the major ii-V-I. Because major ii-V-I’s are the most important, and commonly used, jazz chord progressions, when you get better at ii-V-I’s, you get better at many jazz tunes. If you can solo and comp over major ii-V-I chords with confidence and...

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Here’s a Quick Way to Solo With Melodic Minor

Melodic minor is one of the most important scale and scale system that any guitarist can learn and apply to their soloing. This scale, and its related modes, bring new colors into your solos such as mMaj7, 13susb9, maj7#5, 7#11, and more. While you know that melodic minor is important to learn,...

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Here’s How Mike Stern Creates Killer Solos

One of the biggest lessons I learned from transcribing Mike’s solos was how he used subs to create those Wow! moments in his playing. Subs are where the band plays one set of chords and you, soloing or comping, play a different set of chords to create tension. Then you and the band come back...

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Jazz Blues Guitar - Piano Style Soloing

Learning to play jazz blues is one of the most fun and exciting ways to spend time in the practice room as a guitarist. The blues is to guitarists like a flame is to a moth. We love to play blues, we can play blues all day, and if we had a choice, I think many of us would only play blues. Jazz...

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3 Melodic Minor Exercises That Will Change Your Guitar Playing

One of the most important scales you can learn as a modern guitarist is melodic minor. It can be used to solo over just about every chord type, including m7, 7th, 7alt, and more. Because this scale is so commonly used and versatile over chords it’s a must-know scale for every guitarist to have...

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