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Understanding The Tritone Substitution
How to use and play tritones.
Jazz · Beginner · 19406 Hits · 5.00/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 5/3/2012
 
WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEBODY - Original Tune
This is a two part waltz with a little lift. Viennese type of waltz. Two secquences. Accompaniment is in the underlying part. Composer has no canned 3/4 time accompaniment. This tune copyrighted in 1996
Jazz · Intermediate · 26162 Hits · 5.00/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 8/28/2004
 
WHY DON'T YOU DO RIGHT - Vamp
This tune is from another time. This vamp works just as well now as it did then. Blues and this Vamp are 12 measures in length. Lots of tunes followed this pattern. This progression is useful in creating music. Fun to jam on. Only 6 chords needed.
Jazz · Intermediate · 13450 Hits · 5.00/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 6/27/2004
 
HARMONIZED SCALE- PART ONE - IN TEMPO
This is a continuation of lesson #7611, HARMONIZED SCALE FORMS - PART ONE. This lesson plays the scale forms in tempo in preparation for arpeggios using the same material.
Jazz · Intermediate · 21068 Hits · 5.00/5 (8 ratings) · Last modified: 8/29/2004
 
Jazz Piece
A basic jazz piece with a simple melody but can be tricky to solo over.
Jazz · Beginner · 12866 Hits · 5.00/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 4/3/2006
 
Low-Rent Jazz For Rockers Pt. 3
Diminished Capacities - tap into this super-useful scale
Jazz · Intermediate · 3137 Hits · 5.00/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/2009
 
Comp-ilation
A collection of sequences from some of my previous lessons, all of which are based on comping patterns.
Jazz · Intermediate · 14296 Hits · 5.00/5 (5 ratings) · Last modified: 4/23/2001
 
Belgian Fluffiness
Play this tune NOW - no theory necessary (although it's included)
Jazz · Intermediate · 7289 Hits · 5.00/5 (4 ratings) · Last modified: 9/18/2013
 
Peddling Pedals
Examples of solo guitar type pedal point for intros/outros...
Jazz · Intermediate · 5813 Hits · 5.00/5 (4 ratings) · Last modified: 4/4/2001
 
Jazz Progression + Lead Line
Jazz 1-6-2-5 progession with jazz lead. Key is C major. Added some harmonic minor notes towards the end, lead starts with G mixolydian.
Jazz · Advanced · 4938 Hits · 5.00/5 (4 ratings) · Last modified: 4/2/2003
 
MAKE MY DAY - An Original Tune
This is a little tune that was written in 1986. Happiness with a wisp of blues in the configuration. Non agressive tune. Good to jam on for jazz or country. A DUET.
Jazz · Advanced · 8101 Hits · 5.00/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 3/7/2004
 
Handling A Tricky Solo
An improvisational idea for playing over difficult changes
Jazz · Advanced · 6372 Hits · 5.00/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 6/12/2010
 
T.L.I.M.S. An Original Tune
This is a companion piece to the music in lesson #5654. The harmonic structure of the original tune seemed to have progression possibilities for Jazz. The two pieces are more distant as meter was also changed.
Jazz · Advanced · 4015 Hits · 5.00/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 8/2/2004
 
Soloing Over A Ballad
Putting together a solo over ballad changes.
Jazz · Intermediate · 3955 Hits · 5.00/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 11/18/2010
 
Cats And Chess - Minor Blues
This is an original melody composed over a minor blues progression. The progression is a "minor" extrapolation/version of writer John Mehegans reharmonization of a "major" blues form. It basically follows 12-bar blues format in C minor
Jazz · Intermediate · 2776 Hits · 5.00/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 12/29/2004
 
HARMONIZED SCALES - PART TWO - IN TEMPO
This is a continuation of lesson #7672. Harmonized Scale Forms - Part Two. This lesson plays the scale forms in tempo in preparation for arpeggios in using the same material.
Jazz · Intermediate · 11914 Hits · 5.00/5 (2 ratings) · Last modified: 8/7/2004
 
Moveable Voicings Part 1
Learn chord voicings on all strings
Jazz · Intermediate · 9587 Hits · 5.00/5 (2 ratings) · Last modified: 7/16/2003
 
LITTLE ETUDE #1 - Original Tune
This little original tune was designed for the mid level guitarist to play a descending progresson using basic chords and arpeggios. Imagination may allow use of power chords as the performer and listener deems appropriate.
Jazz · Intermediate · 6626 Hits · 5.00/5 (2 ratings) · Last modified: 9/5/2005
 
PERDIDO - A Standard Tune
This is a jazz standard tune. Key of Bb. Starts ii7 to V7. Some modulation. Nice to jam on.
Jazz · Intermediate · 5895 Hits · 5.00/5 (2 ratings) · Last modified: 6/20/2004
 
Jazzin' It Up Like A White Boy Should
A fairly melodic piece based around some cliche jazz progressions. It's about halfway done.
Jazz · Intermediate · 2834 Hits · 5.00/5 (3 ratings) · Last modified: 4/26/2003
 
Coral
A jazz/latin standard. Key is Bb, easy chords, nice progression.
Jazz · Advanced · 2701 Hits · 5.00/5 (2 ratings) · Last modified: 12/29/2004
 
Moveable Chord Voicings Part II
This is a continuation of lesson #6766
Jazz · Advanced · 7111 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 7/18/2003
 
TEMPTATION - Versatile Tune
Interesting tune. Works well with 6 of the Groove Builder's canned rhythmic tracks. 48 measures. Chords are not complex. 1/2 step movement in many places. Chromatic use of 7th chords.
Jazz · Intermediate · 6841 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 6/27/2004
 
T.A.R.I.A.G. An Original Song
A little song using a few quartals and a couple of 13th chords. Tempo not too fast and should be ok for intermediant chord type solo. With a reasonable amount of practice, this could be mastered within a relatively short time.
Jazz · Intermediate · 6631 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 8/4/2004
 
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS
This tune has an unusual harmonic structure a series of major 7ths ascending and descending in a chromatic progression. Melodic structure is not complex and easy to play.
Jazz · Intermediate · 6330 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 6/15/2004
 
Jazzy/Bluesy Soloish Things
I didnt know where to put it exactly so I put it in jazz, these are some soloish things Ive been making.
Jazz · Intermediate · 4874 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 10/31/2002
 
Turnarounds
Here are some turnarounds in the Key of G. They are used at an end of a progression to signal return to the beginning.
Jazz · Intermediate · 4807 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 4/18/2006
 
Baby Blues Part 3
Simplifying a chart for guitar, recommended voicings
Jazz · Advanced · 4385 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 9/1/2004
 
Medium Swing
A basic jazz standard in the key of c minor.
Jazz · Beginner · 1926 Hits · 5.00/5 (1 rating) · Last modified: 4/16/2006
 
Learning Through Music Volume One
Learning how to put unfamiliar scales, obscure chords and general music theory to good use in my opinion is best done through the learning of a song. This tune is built off the changes of Coltrane's Equinox, though the rhythm of the song is varied.
Jazz · Intermediate · 4750 Hits · 4.92/5 (12 ratings) · Last modified: 1/16/2006
 
Brazillian Slow Bossa
This is a loose arrangement of a slow Brazillian tune circa 1951. This is a nice slow moving chord progression. You must work to give it a Brazillian feel.
Jazz · Intermediate · 9151 Hits · 4.90/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 10/4/2002
 
Bebop Solo Over Blues Changes
Common Devices used by jazzers to play over a blues progression.
Jazz · Intermediate · 8474 Hits · 4.90/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 2/18/2002
 
Jazz Practice: A Ii-V-I Progression
Just a chord progression in C, over which to practice ii-V-I leads. Have fun!
Jazz · Beginner · 8937 Hits · 4.89/5 (9 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/2003
 
MOVING VOICE #2
Driving Force. Same as lesson #1362 but in minor.Moving voice is on the 3rd string.
Jazz · Advanced · 6767 Hits · 4.88/5 (8 ratings) · Last modified: 5/9/2004
 
B MINOR TRIAD & ARPEGGIO POSITIONS
B minor Triad and associated arpeggios. An additiional memory device for remembering various positions needed for B minor. Companion lesson to #7877 and #7842.
Jazz · Intermediate · 15529 Hits · 4.87/5 (15 ratings) · Last modified: 5/6/2012
 
CAPTIVATION - An Original Tune
This little tune was written in one of the favorite jazz keys. Box Car motion is used = I7, ii7, iii7, IV7. Play this tune at a slow tempo with out rushing the beat. It is really a type of "Torch" song for a jazz female singer.
Jazz · Advanced · 11202 Hits · 4.86/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 7/28/2004
 
Low-Rent Jazz For Rockers Pt. 6
Inner Logic: A Meditation On John Scofield
Jazz · Advanced · 7765 Hits · 4.83/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 7/14/2010
 
Soloing Over A Jazz Blues
Just what it says :)
Jazz · Intermediate · 9158 Hits · 4.83/5 (6 ratings) · Last modified: 7/27/2012
 
MOVING VOICE #1
Moving Voice. Use of a counter line in chord structure. Movement occurs on 4th string.
Jazz · Advanced · 10747 Hits · 4.82/5 (11 ratings) · Last modified: 5/9/2004
 
Playing From Chord Shapes
A simple guide to using chord shapes as a basis for improvisation.
Jazz · Intermediate · 8175 Hits · 4.80/5 (5 ratings) · Last modified: 10/8/2007