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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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Why Some Guitarists Always Play Killer Jazz Solos

Instead of spinning your wheels trying the same old scale and arpeggios to bring that jazz sound into your solos, you can try something new in your playing. A new concept that will make your solos instantly sound jazzier. That concept is the dominant bebop scale, also known simply as the bebop...

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How to Play Mixolydian on Guitar

As you learn to solo over the blues, you start with the minor blues scale, maybe move on to the major blues scale, then stop from there. But, there’s a whole world of sounds that you can explore beyond the blues scales in your blues soloing, modes. Modes, such as the one in this lesson, expand...

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CAGED for Guitar - The C Major Shape

When learning scales and arpeggios on guitar, the key to success is working on shapes that are easy to memorize and related to each other on the neck. With the CAGED system, you learn chords, scales, and arpeggios on top of each other, so you can move between each quickly and easily in your...

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Ditch the Complicated Scales – Unleashing Pentatonics

Guitarists love to play pentatonic scales. They’re usually the first scale you learn, they’re easy to play, and they sound great in your solos. What’s not to love about pentatonic scales? But, while we love to play pentatonic scales, there comes a time where our normal patterns and lines fall...

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Here’s a Method That’s Helping Guitarists Play Basslines

When it comes time to learn a new technique, such as basslines, on guitar, we tend to try and jump to the top of the mountain rather than take the slow climb. It’s easy to hear a full walking bassline and think, “Wow, I want to do that!” Moving from one position to another smoothly and...

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Rootless Chords – ii V I Essentials

I think you’ll agree that comping chords over standards is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have as a jazz guitarist. There’s something about the chord shapes, the rhythms, the interaction with the soloist, etc., that is just plain fun to play. While you may enjoy comping, it’s...

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How to Play Bossa Nova Guitar

When I played my first gig in Brazil back in 2010, I thought I knew how to play a cool-sounding bossa groove. I had used my ears and just kind of “picked up” bossa grooves over the years but had never really studied an authentic Brazilian rhythm pattern. All that would change after that first...

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Chord Melody for Beginners – Guide Tones

I think you’ll agree that chord melody on guitar is fun and exciting to listen to. In the hands of an experienced player, chord melody can sound like magic, like something channeled from the heavens onto the fretboard. Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, Johnny Smith, and many other jazz guitarists were...

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Who Else Wants Killer Legato Technique?

One of the coolest sounding techniques on guitar is legato, which is where you pick less and slur more. Players such as Allan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, and even Stevie Ray Vaughan all used legato in their playing to create intensity and interest in their solos. While you may be a fan of legato...

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