jazz guitar

Guy Fenocchi has released a free guitar lesson that will teach you how to play the intro section of the jazz standard “All the Things You Are”. It’s a fun eight bar piece that mixes chords and riffs. You can watch the lesson below and get the tab here. The backing track comes from our Let’s Jam Jazz Standards collection which features nine other great jazz songs. I’ve also included a clip of Charlie Parker playing the same intro on a saxophone.

All the Things You Are Lesson

Charlie Parker Sax Intro

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New Jazz Backing Tracks

by on November 18, 2011

in jazz guitar

Our newest set of jam tracks is called Let’s Jam! Jazz Standards. These ten backing tracks will cover some of the most played jazz guitar tunes of all time. A beginning player can use this as an introduction to jazz and work on playing along with the chords. For the more experienced guitarist, this collection can be used to create and practice solos and riffs or as a warmup for a gig. Each track contains bass, drums, and usually either a keyboard or rhythm guitar so that there is room for you to take the spotlight. The included book contains the progressions, chord charts, suggested scales, and an example lick. Check out the product page for the full details and to listen to sample tracks. The included songs are:

All the Things You Are
Blue Bossa
Night and Day
Sugar
Take the ‘A’ Train
Green Dolphin Street
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
There Is No Greater Love
Stella by Starlight
Yesterdays

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Voice Leading is a jazz term that can get as complicated as you want it to be. But the core idea is creating a melody within a chord progression. By using different voicings, you can rely on harmonic movement to supply the melody. In our new Voice Leading Within the 2-5-1 free lesson, Guy will show you two basic examples of this. You will learn how to play a 2-5-1 jazz guitar progression in the key of C and F. Guy will teach you how to play each of the chords in the progression and then discuss the music theory involved. You can view the lesson video below or head over to the lesson page for the chord charts. If you want to learn more about 2-5-1 chord voicings, check out our 2-5-1 Progression in Two Keys premium lesson.

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“Making the Changes” is a jazz term that refers to improvisation that follows the changing chords of the progression. It’s not just noodling on your guitar. It’s going with the form of the song. Guy Fenocchi is in the process of creating a learning method for jazz guitar that will teach you how to “make the changes”. It’s a long process that has to start somewhere. Before you can learn how to solo, you need to understand the progression itself. In the first lesson, 2-5-1 Progression in Two Keys, Guy will tackle the rhythm part of the equation. You’ll learn how to play the 2-5-1 in C and F Major individually and consecutively. The lesson covers two sets of chord choices for each key that are in similar positions on the neck. The lesson contains three rhythm track for you to practice along with. Check out the lesson page or the demo below for more information.

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A usual path of progress for a guitarist is learning how to play faster. The first part of the process is actually practicing to obtain the technical skill. But another aspect is figuring out what works as a fast line. And also how to use speed effectively as opposed to just playing everything fast. In his newest premium lesson, Double Time Lines in Cm, Guy Fenocchi tackles these topics. Playing over a funky jam track in C, Guy will teach you a series of lines containing 16th note ideas where you might normally use 8th notes. This is good introduction to really thinking about rhythm while you’re soloing. It’s easy to get wrapped up in just note choices, but rhythmic ideas can really set a solo apart. Watch the demo below or check out the lesson page for more info.

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Guy Fenocchi has just released a new Youtube video featuring an original jazz guitar solo. This is a 48 measure solo that’s played over a 12 bar blues in F. Because of the length of the solo, we’re only demonstrating it and including the tab. As opposed to our other lessons where we provide note by note instruction. It’s an experiment in delivering longer free lessons that we hope you enjoy. You can find the tab here.

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When attempting to recreate Wes Montgomery’s jazz soloing style, two main techniques come to the forefront. First, is Wes’ use of his thumb to strum. And the other technique is using octaves. Wes would play a riff as pairs of octave notes. This gave him a distinct style compared to the more widely used single note lines. In Wes Montgomery Style Octaves, Guy will cover both the left hand strumming technique and the octave riffs. The lesson will cover five different licks that will be taught and then demonstrated over a backing track. Watch the demo below to hear this technique or check out the lesson page.

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