Four on Six Theme & Improvisation (Wes Montgomery) In this lesson you will learn how to play Four on Six, a standard written by Wes Montgomery.
In 1960, Wes Montgomery’s album “The Incredible Jazz Guitar” was released with on it two of his most famous compositions, “West Coast Blues” and “Four on Six”. Four on Six is a great song to play and your audience will love it! Here’s how the complete them sounds like: Audio Player Here’s a backing track to practice your solos: Four on Six – The Theme The Intro Four on Six has a great intro that is made entirely out of fifths and played in unison with the bass and piano.
Here’s is how the intro sounds like: And here’s how you play it. The Break The intro is followed by a break that can be a bit challenging in the beginning: The Melody. The Minor Chord Family - Theory, Shapes And Application Over So What. One of the most common obstacles when learning rhythm guitar is knowing which variations to play over written progressions.
Do you play the written chord? Or do you play a variation? Or do you move between both? These decisions put the brakes on your playing fast, and cause undue confusion in players of all experience levels. In this lesson, you’ll alleviate that confusion as you look into different minor chords, how they fit into the minor family, and how they can be used in your playing. The Many Sides of John Mayer. Chops: IntermediateTheory: BeginnerLesson Overview: • Investigate old-school soul rhythms pioneered by the likes of Curtis Mayfield. • Learn how to craft melodic phrases on a single string. • Understand how to effectively choose notes that outline the changes.
Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation. John Mayer has earned the music world’s respect as a modern master of blues, rock, and pop guitar. An adroit musician who can combine these worlds in a distinctively original style, he also unapologetically displays a variety of strong influences from the greats. In this lesson, we’ll learn key aspects of Mayer’s rhythm and lead playing approach. We’ll develop a solid foundation in his soulful rhythm guitar style, and also investigate several of the ways he’d approach soloing over some basic chord progressions.
Gypsy Jazz Guitar - Introduction To Arpeggios And Picking. One of the things that attracts me to the Gypsy swing style is that it has a systematic technical method.
Before I started to play Django style, none of my teachers talked to me about technique or how to improve my sound. I noticed that every guitarist has a different way of playing and I remember myself changing the way I played every few months. Things are different when you learn to play the Gypsy jazz style. Django Reinhardt and all the other gypsy jazz guitarists use the same method of picking, a method called rest stroke picking (other jazz guitarists like Joe Pass use this method as well). For me, this method and the resulting sound is the heart of the gypsy jazz style and is as important as phrasing, articulation, time, feel and the notes I choose to play.
Wes Montgomery Chord Solo - Jazz Blues. Listening to Wes Montgomery play jazz can be both a liberating and intimidating experience.
For a guitarist still learning the ropes of chord soloing, trying to play like Wes is daunting from the get go. As far as chord soloing goes, Wes is known for his incredible speed, rhythm, and musical sensibility. Using familiar shapes, most commonly drop 2 chords, Wes formed some of the greatest chord soloing lines in jazz history. Even though Wes restricted much of his chordal vocabulary to drop 2 style chords, Ted Green, the chord chemist himself, said, “Wes Montgomery said more with the chords he played than anyone else I’ve ever heard.” Just Friends Chords - Jazz Guitar Chord Study. A classic jazz standard, Just Friends is a tune that is often called at jazz jam sessions and pick-up gigs.
Because of this, having a strong understanding of the Just Friends chords will come in handy when jamming on this tune in a jazz combo setting. The chord study in this lesson will help you build your confidence with this jazz standard, as well as expand your jazz chord vocabulary. Both will better prepare yourself the next time someone calls this tune on a jam or gig. Before you get started, you should know that Just Friends gets called in a few different keys, mostly F and G. The chord study in this lesson is in the key of F, which is the key Pat Martino played this tune in on his legendary “El Hombre” record.
How to Play The Diminished Scale. How to Play The Diminished Scale [Dim7 and 7b9] One of the most popular symmetrical scales on guitar, the diminished scale is an 8-note scale that is built by alternating whole and half steps from any root note.
There are two versions of the diminished scale that are commonly used in modern music, the fully diminished and dominant diminished scales. Though they share a name, each diminished scale is used to outline different chords in your solos. 5 Ed Bickert Licks for Jazz Guitar. Known for his silky smooth chords, laid-back “cool” single notes, and for being one of the greatest jazz guitarists ever, Ed Bickert may not have the name of a Wes or Pass, but his playing deserves just as much recognition as these great players.
Growing up in a small town in Manitoba, Bickert soon made a name for himself as one of the top jazz guitarists on the Toronto scene. His big break came when jazz saxophonist Paul Desmond invited him to do a recording, exposing his personalized jazz guitar style to a broader, global audience. The licks in this lesson represent different concepts that Bickert used in both his single-note and chord soloing lines and phrases.
As well, there’s a Bickert-style solo over “Song for My Father” that’ll help you take his concepts to a larger, jazz-standard form. Essential Jazz Chord Exercises. If you’re a jazz guitarist, you’ve spent time working out chord shapes on the guitar but have hit a roadblock or two along the way.
You’ve learned dozens of cool-sounding grips, but when it comes time to apply these shapes to a tune, things fall apart. Learning how to play chords and how to comp over your favorite jazz standard require different skills and a different approach to practicing in the woodshed. To help you expand your playing from memorizing shapes to comping with confidence over jazz tunes, here are 5 essential jazz chord exercises for guitar. Each of these exercises will take your chord playing to the next level, expanding your confidence and chord vocabulary at the same time. How to Use the Melodic Minor Scale. Outside of the major scale system, the melodic minor scale is the most important modal system in jazz.
When first exploring melodic minor concepts in your studies, tackling the first mode, the melodic minor scale itself, is the best place to begin. Used by every major jazz guitarist in their solos to color minor-family chords, the melodic minor scale is an essential sound to have under your fingers as you continue to the next stage in your development.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use the melodic minor scale, how to finger this scale on the fretboard, and study a sample solo over the Miles Davis standard “Solar.” Melodic Minor Scale Fingerings Before you begin applying the melodic minor scale to your soloing lines and phrases, here are two fingerings for this scale that you can learn on the guitar. Altered Scale Primer [With Blue Bossa Solo Study] Altered Scale Primer [With Blue Bossa Solo Study] One of the most popular Jazz scales that guitarists explore when learning how to play Jazz guitar is the Altered scale. The 7th mode of the melodic minor scale system, the Altered scale is used to solo over 7alt chords, as well as over 7th chords when you want to create tension in your lines. By learning how to build, play, and solo with the Altered scale on guitar, you’ll give yourself the confidence and musical ammunition you need to solo over Dominant family chords in a Jazz setting.
In this lesson you’ll learn what the Altered scale is, how to play it on guitar, study sample major and minor key Altered scale lines, and learn a Blue Bossa solo that uses this scale in each phrase. What Are Guitar Positions? Everything You Need To Know... Throughout your guitar journey you may have seen the term ‘guitar positions’ crop up here and there. Confused about it’s meaning? You aren’t alone – it’s one of those guitar terms that causes a lot of misunderstanding for guitar students.
And it’s often not explained correctly either. Diatonic Enclosures For Jazz Guitar - Application Guide. While there are many jazz soloing techniques that use chromatic notes and other outside sounds, not every important concept steps outside the key center. The most popular example of this is the diatonic enclosure, which is built by playing two diatonic notes surrounding a diatonic target note in your lines. Used by just about every important jazz guitarist, diatonic enclosures are an effective way to increase your jazz vocabulary without having to build any tension in your lines in the process.
Though tension and release are an important part of jazz soloing, they are not always desirable. Understanding diatonic enclosures will allow you to build a sense of jazz vocabulary into your lines in those moments where you want to stay within the underlying key center. Take Five Paul Desmond Licks For Guitar. Take Five is a classic jazz standard that many guitarists learn at one time or another in their development. But, while it can seem like a straight-forward progression that only uses two chords, creating a memorable solo over this tune is tougher than it seems. To help you solo over Take Five, and learn more about the soloing techniques of one of jazz’s greatest improvisers, here are five classic Paul Desmond licks that you can add to your repertoire.
Not only will these lines help you navigate the Take Five chords, you’ll get into the mind of a jazz sax legend at the same time. Each lick is broken down so you can understand the material behind the lick, allowing you to add these lines to your vocabulary and increase your understanding of jazz improvisation at the same time. Take Five Scales All licks in this lesson make use of the Eb Dorian scale. The Eb Dorian scale comes from the parent key of Db major, as Dorian is the second mode of Db.
Here’s how that looks on paper: Extended Chords for Guitar [9th, 11th, and 13th Chords] Extended Chords for Guitar [9th, 11th, and 13th Chords] When learning how to play Jazz guitar chords, have you ever found yourself feeling confident about 7th chords, four-note shapes, but then you see a chart with a 9th chord and you’re stopped in your tracks? Joe Pass Chords - Essential Lines And Concepts. Joe Pass is often considered as the greatest jazz guitarist who ever lived. With his ability to play in solo, duo, and ensembles with ease, as well as move between single notes, bass lines, and chords, made his a true virtuoso.
When studying his playing, one concept that is essential to spend time on are Joe Pass chords and chord concepts. 10 Essential Bebop Licks For Jazz Guitar. Though it lasted less than a decade, the bebop era has had a lasting influence on subsequent generations of jazz improvisers.players such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Bud Powell, and others brought fresh levels of excitement to their extended solos, ushering in a new era of jazz improvisation. While many guitarists fall in love with the bebop sound, learning how to play in the bebop style can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Minor Blues Chords for Guitar [12 Chord Studies] Easy Satin Doll Chord Melody For Guitar. Learning how to play chord melody arrangements is one of the most sought after skills by beginning and intermediate jazz guitarists, but it can seem out of reach for many players.
5 Finger Friendly Major Jazz Guitar Licks. Turnaround Chord Solo Lines for Jazz Guitar. Playing chord solos has been a part of the standard repertoire since the early days of jazz guitar. Players such as George Van Eps, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Kurt Rosenwinkel, to name a few, have all recorded legendary chord solos on their albums. Drop 3 Chords & Inversions. How to Play Take 5 Chords on Guitar. If you’re like most guitar players, especially when first beginning to study the instrument, you will have a moment where you think; “I really dig that tune Take 5 so I’ll learn it on guitar. How hard could it be?” Minor ii V I Arpeggio Patterns for Jazz Guitar. Arpeggios are created by playing the notes of a given chord in note order, one note after the other.
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