Jazz/Funk Course

The Jazz Toolkit – Diminished Leading Chords

December 5, 2012 1 Comment

Creating interesting sounding but powerful jazz progressions is easy. Today we’ll show you a simple trick to create some outside the box harmonies.

The Circle Progression – King of Chord Changes

November 29, 2012 1 Comment

The most powerful progression in all music – the circle progression. Today we’ll learn all about it and how to use it.

Jazz Soloing Made Easy With Chord Tones

August 17, 2011 No Comments

Soloing doesn’t have to difficult! We’ll show you a super simple way to construct a solo using chord tones that will make even a jazz newbie sound awesome!

Change Keys Using a ii V I

August 17, 2011 No Comments

Changing keys is a great way to add some excitement to your song. We’ll show you a cool jazz trick to make the transition seamless!

Jazz Progressions – Tritone Substitutions

August 16, 2011 No Comments

To make those classic jazz progressions, often players employ a neat trick called tritone substitutions. We’ll break it down and make it super simple!

Out of the Box Soloing

August 16, 2011 No Comments

Jazz is known for having some out there sounds and changes, and this can be awkward to solo over. In this lesson we’ll break down an example and show how to play lead over it.

Play It All With Root 4 Melody Chords

August 16, 2011 1 Comment

In smaller jazz combos, it’s important for every member to step it up to fill out the space. For guitar players, sometimes it means playing chords and the melody together. We’ll show you how!

Ugly-Beautiful Chord Soloing

August 16, 2011 No Comments

We’ve got a super cool trick to make you play with swing and swagger of Brian Setzer! It all uses minor 7 b5′s so it sounds a little off, but still awesome!

Chords With a Jazz Twist

August 16, 2011 No Comments

Jazz players think about music very differently than other players, and chords are no different. They have specific ways of playing 7th chords that we’ll show you today!

The Ultimate Jazz Progression – ii V I

August 16, 2011 1 Comment

If there’s one lesson to learn when it comes to jazz guitar, this might be it. ii V I’s are all over the place in jazz and define the harmony for thousands of songs.

The Bebop Scale

August 15, 2011 1 Comment

The bebop scale is one of the secrets behind playing those fluid, smooth jazz lines we often associate with the style. Today we’ll show you where it comes from!

7th Chord Arpeggios

August 15, 2011 No Comments

Arpeggios are simply when you play the notes of a chord one at a time. They are great for soloing and a must know for every jazz player. Today we’ll show you the four main shapes!