The Mandy Walk: An Inside Look With John Stowell

Today we're getting a rare inside look at one of internationally renowned jazz guitarist John Stowell's compositions, The Mandy Walk. In case you aren't familiar with John's work, he is a recording artist on the...

How Jazz Pianists and Guitarists Can Play Together

A while back I was playing a monthly gig at a jazz club here in New York City, and afterwards the pianist came up to me (I'm a guitarist) and said: "Man, we're really...

12 Beginning Jazz Guitar Voicings

Beginning jazz guitarists have a LOT of ground to cover in a short amount of time when they first start playing with a group.  I've found that these 12 voicings are a great way...

The 3 Most Important Jazz Guitarists of All Time

I get asked time to time, who I think the most important jazz guitarists are. This can be a tough question to answer because jazz guitar has had such a rich history of incredible...

Jazz Etude: Waltz For Snow White

Here's an etude that works for all C instrumentalists (or transposing instrumentalists) but this one includes TABS for guitarists. This etude can be helpful for guitarists that don't know how to read music, are...

Guitarists: Learn to Read Notes in 1st and 5th Position

Reading music is an extremely important skill for musicians.  Reading music is not always emphasized in guitar education.  Maybe it's because there can be as many as 5 different places you can play a...
Learning Weekly Jazz Voicings

Learning Weekly Jazz Voicings

Pianists and guitarists need to know a LOT of different voicings in order to function. I suggest working a new voicing into your bag of voicings every week. This will expand your palette of...

Mastering The Fretboard

Playing jazz guitar and learning how to comp demands an advanced knowledge of the fretboard.  It's important to know a good handful of stock voicings to get you through the basics and give you...

Mastering The Fretboard: Dominant 7(#11) Chords

In our last Mastering The Fretboard lesson we went over Major 7(b5) chords and how to play them in every postion and set of strings on the fretboard. This time we will be talking about...

Mastering The Fretboard: Major 7(b5) Chords

In our last Mastering The Fretboard lesson we finished going over all of the basic types of chords by ending on Diminished 7 Chords.  Up to this point we've covered how to play all the...
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