‘Upgrading’ Rhythms on Your Jazz Licks

‘Upgrading’ Rhythms on Your Jazz Licks

  Want a quick summary of this lesson? Get your Handy PDF Download: Click this link to get a print friendly version of all the exercises in this post for your practice. Recently I put together a complete lesson series on the classic jazz standard 'Stella By Starlight....

The danger of the “free”

The danger of the “free”

  There's loads (loads!) of information on jazz guitar on the internet. You could download something new every day for the rest of your life, and there would still be enough to sift through 10 times over. But: Information alone is not enough to help you progress....

Are you a “Gollum” guitarist?

Are you a “Gollum” guitarist?

  Remember Gollum, that creepy character out of J. R. R. Tolkien's books like "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings"? That's right. The small, slimy creature obsessed with what he calls "his Precious" - a magic ring he never uses, but instead just touches and...

What most jazz guitarists get wrong

What most jazz guitarists get wrong

  Many jazz guitar teachers mislead students when it comes to learning improvisation. Too much emphasis is placed on scales, modes, arpeggios, and theory. ‘Use a Dorian mode for a iim7 chord’. “Use a Dmaj7 arpeggio to highlight chord tones”. “Apply a melodic minor...

My *second* biggest thrill from music

My *second* biggest thrill from music

  I have a confession to make. I've had a pretty long music career now (over 25 years), but do you know what the *second* biggest thrill I've gotten out of music has ever been? It's not playing to huge crowds at prestigious venues. It's not recording albums either....

Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

  One of my favorite scenes from the movie "The Matrix" is where the hero's elusive guide Morpheus says: "Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." A cool line from a movie...

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