Why Getting Free Online Guitar Lessons Will Never Beat Premium Online Guitar Lessons

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As I write this I can hear the 3 million plus guitarist in the world gasp with anger and complete indignation at the title of this post. I mean everyone deserves to get something highly valuable for free right? Or do they? Let me explain… I, like you, love the internet. I love the freedom of […]

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Jazz Guitar Phrasing Methodology Study (Part 1/4)

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In this article we look at ‘Phrasing’ a term used to describe the overall feel of the melodic phrases that a soloist uses. Phrases use a combination of musical materials that we can recognize and study, such as scales, arpeggios, bebop language, linear contour and rhythm.

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Wheatland by Oscar Peterson Jazz Guitar Version

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Please enjoy the video and check out / download the free transcription! Full Lesson Transcription Chord Charts

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Shadow of Your Smile

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Please enjoy the video and check out / download the free transcription! Full Lesson Transcription   Chord Charts   Chord Diagrams Backing Track http://jazzguitarlegend.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/The-Shadow-Of-Your-Smile.m4a

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Giant Steps Chords

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Godin Guitar Demo Video (Feat Isn’t she lovely)

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12 Bar Jazz Blues in Bb

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A short lesson on an old favorite, the 12 Bar Blues in Bb, utilizing a downward (mostly) quarter note pulse as the main rhythmic tool in the comp. I play through two choruses with quite a bit of embellishment, then settle into a ‘stomp’, ala ‘Freddy Green’ style accompaniment. This style was popularized in the early to […]

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The Ibanez George Benson GB10

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In this video I improvise over George Benson’s version of Jose Feliciano’s tune ‘ Affirmation’ in B minor. See the attached transcription sheet, which has the details of all the substitutions and chord impositions I use to navigate the original chord chart. I also play an improvised rubato intro, which is a small exploration of the main harmonic […]

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Combover Blues

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Local Auckland band ‘Blue Train’ plays ‘Combover Blues’ (something I can relate to HA!) – an original composition by Steve Sherriff. In this line up ‘Blue Train’ are Steve Sherriff – Tenor Sax, Alan Brown – Piano, Cameron MacArthur -Acoustic Bass, Jason Orme – Drums and Dixon Nacey – Guitar. Another great jam with these talented […]

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Nick’s Tricks

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Local Auckland band ‘Blue Train’ plays Nick’s Tricks, an original composition by Steve Sherriff. In this line up ‘Blue Train’ are Steve Sherriff – Tenor Sax, Alan Brown – Piano, Cameron MacArthur – Acoustic Bass, Jason Orme – Drums and Dixon Nacey – Guitar. Had a great time jamming with these guys – complex tune and […]

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Andy Irvine Tour 2014 – Reacting

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In this video I collaborate on an original song in a clinic with American bassist, composer and music educator Andy Irvine, with legendary Kiwi drummer Patrick Kuhtze at the Auckland Rockshop’s BackBeat Bar. The theme of the workshop (apart from being all things bass!) was to really open up as a group to listening to […]

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Dixon Nacey Improvisation – How Insensitive: Bossa style using Right Hand thumb technique and Backphrasing

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Please see attached for the PDF transcription of notation and TAB for my version of the melody and an improvised solo to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s great Bossa tune ‘How Insensitive’. In this video I was exploring the use of two simple techniques- one a right hand technique that involved using only the thumb to pluck […]

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Andy Irvine Bass Clinic April 2014

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Please enjoy this excerpt of a song by Andy Irvine that we did in the ‘Andy Irvine Bass Tour’ clinic at The Auckland Rockshop recently (2014). This is a jam in E minor that modulates up to a G then back down to E, then has a bridge section based around an A minor. We […]

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Technique Builder 9: C Harmonic Minor – 7th arps 2 8ves Root 5 [TB9]

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Now we examine the harmony of the Harmonic Minor scale using tertian steps (3rd intervals – i.e. play a note, skip a note) from this diatonic system to create a 7th arpeggio in its root position. We then complete the octave step and begin the arpeggio from its second octave position which eventually completes the […]

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The Contrafact

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What is a ‘Contrafact?’ A contrafact is a jazz tune based on an extant set of chord changes (usually a standard) where a composer uses the chord structure of an established composition to write an entirely new composition. The Gershwin tune “I Got Rhythm” is a perfect example of contrafactual recomposition: the popularity of ‘rhythm […]

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The Godin 5th Avenue Jazz Guitar Review (Feat Isn’t She Lovely)

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Late last year, Matt Walsham (a talented guitarist based in Auckland who manages imports for New Zealand’s largest music goods retail chain, ‘The Rockshop’) called me and said ‘man, have I got a guitar for you to try out’. Knowing how much I loved playing jazz and how important tone, control of sound, build quality […]

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The ‘Concept’ Practice Method for Improvisation

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1. CONCEPT ► 2. METHOD ► 3. PRACTICE ► 4. INTEGRATION + CONSOLIDATION ► 5. EXPRESSION I often find when considering the ways in which we learn how to play jazz, that the notes we choose are not always the most important element of our playing, nor the phrasing or rhythms used. In fact upon […]

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Insights Into How To Comp Jazz Guitar

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This is a transcript of an interview I did with Bazi Baker, who was completing his undergraduate degree in 2010 at the Christchurch Jazz School in New Zealand. Some insightful, pertinent questions on comping within a jazz context. 1. What are some things you feel that beginning compers are not aware of or forget to […]

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Plurality

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A plurality exists when a chord has more than one harmonic context or usage. This concept applies to all triad and most 7th chords that are commonly used in jazz repertoire. This is great for simplifying voicings of complex chords onto the fret-board of the guitar, being a notoriously hard instrument to ‘visualise’ chords on. […]

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Lesson 13: JGL Chord Compendium 3 – Suspended Chord Voicings [FL13]

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In this lesson, the third in our series of ‘Chord Compendiums’ we examine the Suspended Chord with common sus4, sus7, sus9, 11, 11(b9) and sus13(b9) voicing. FINGERING: In terms of fingering, I will occasionally use my neck-hand thumb to play lower notes (most often the root) in order to free up the neck-hand fingers to […]

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Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg Transcription Study: Part 3

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Here is part 3 of my studies on Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg. I extracted 8 concepts for improvisation from my transcriptions of these two great players and then composed the concepts into my own lines (as written ‘soli’) over newly composed harmonic progressions. The effect that this had on my playing was massive! I […]

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The Lion: Samson Nacey Haines Trio

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The Lion is an up tempo 3/4 swing, which centers around a basic melodic theme with a lot of shifting harmonic underpinning by way of modulation and progressive chord movements. The recorded version was captured live in studio and features Kevin Field on Piano with my trio (Ron Samsom on drums and Kevin Haines on […]

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Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg Transcription Study: Part 2

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Here is part 2 of my studies on Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg. I extracted 8 concepts for improvisation from my transcriptions of these two great players and then composed the concepts into my own lines (as written ‘soli’) over newly composed harmonic progressions. The effect that this had on my playing was massive! I […]

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Jazz Guitar Rhythm Changes Explained

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Rhythm Changes ‘Rhythm Changes’ is the term given to the cyclic pattern of chords that underpinned the famous old standard ‘I got Rhythm’. Brilliant saxophonist Charlie Parker wrote many ‘contrafacts’ (same chords, different melody) over these progressions, most usually appearing in an AABA form – with slight manipulations of the basic harmony for melodic considerations. […]

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Sight Reading Jazz Melodies the Easy Way

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The most important factor when learning how to sight read jazz is the application of the two fundamentals of pitch and rhythm reading within practical jazz material. Students must be able to sight read and perform musical pieces in a manner that is stylistically relevant to the context of jazz music. To this end, jazz […]

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Ear Training 101 for Jazz Guitarists

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Ok friends – here are two of the ways in which I’ve focused on testing and training myself to improve my ear over the years. There’s no substitute for learning and improving your memory by repetition so always include a good healthy dose of reps in any exercise or practice routine. First, I would work […]

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Ten Jazz Standards That Absolutely Every Jazz Guitarist Should Know

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Below I have compiled a short list of jazz standards I believe every keen jazz student should learn. I’ve given reasons why I think these particular tunes are so valuable and would love for you to add in your favourites and if you can, write out some reasons why they are on your list. I’ll […]

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Bebop Soloing – a General Guide for The Beginning Jazz Student

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 Work through these ideas at slower tempos and increase gradually – grading yourself at each stage of practice tempo wise and recording yourself wherever possible. Remember to think of the forward momentum of the great bop players – sit at the front of the beat until you’re killing on the faster tempos. You could ‘groove’ […]

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Podcast – Episode 5: Stella by starlight

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We are sorry but the audio for this post is no longer available. Podcast – Episode 5: Stella by starlight Brendan: This is jazzguitarlegend.com Podcast Episode 5. [music] Brendan: Welcome to all our listeners. Thank you for joining our podcast once again. My name is Brendan Hall and I’m joined by Dixon Nacey and today […]

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What Does Dating Have to Do with Comping Jazz Guitar?

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Comping is one of those jazz terms that gets used a lot by jazz guitarists. So what is the deal with “comping”, just how do you “comp” and what does that have to do with dating? 1. Watch your volume No one likes trying to play ideas over an accompanist that won’t shut up; you […]

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Jazz guitar practice routines uncovered (a letter to a friend)

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So here’s a reply I wrote to a youtube friend after we had some to’ing and fro’ing around what things were best to practice. I sent him my practice routines, examples etc – then he asked ‘but what do you actually get to practice nowadays. Here was my answer! Practice Blog to a friend I […]

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How to create effective Jazz Solos using Spacing and Pacing

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Two very important techniques for improvising that can be useful in building dynamic, structure, solo arc, contour and giving ‘breath’ to a solo are ‘SPACE’ and ‘PACING’. Spacing Few students who work on improvising play with space as a big consideration. I think it’s because we get very ‘cerebral’ as jazzers, learning so much about […]

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Ask Dixon Anything!

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Thanks for visiting the Q and A post. I have set up this post especially for you! Here’s the deal. I want to know your questions. The topics and subjects and the struggles you are facing on the Jazz Guitar journey. Think of it as your ultimate question and answer post! Here some focusing questions […]

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How to get the most out of transcribing solos – in 10 steps

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Here are some ideas I put together for students wanting to learn difficult solos onto their instrument. This is a thorough, precise method that really works if you want to get the most out of your transcriptions. It may take time but the rewards will be huge! Listen Listen to the chosen solo over and […]

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How to practice Jazz Guitar and improve your golf swing in 3 easy steps

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Following on from my previous post “Tips on creating a solid jazz guitar practice routine” – I thought I would take things a step further by actually telling you how to practice jazz guitar in a structured format. Here I have chosen three different sets of material that I would work on, over three separate […]

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Lesson 2: Jazz Lines and Chord Comps [FL2]

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The Line Again with the STRONG TONES – STRONG BEATS formula – lots of accenting, stressing and placing- on the-beat of our guide tones – the 3 and 7 – and also the tonic and perfect 5th tones. Also in this lesson we focus on line extension – lengthening our phrases with consecutive 8th notes […]

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Tips on creating a solid jazz guitar practice routine

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Here are some great tips to help out those of you who are struggling with practice, focus, discipline or just don’t know where to start with their practice routine. These are specific ideas that I personally have tried out and had great success with in terms of improving overall technical facility, speed, aural coherence and […]

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5 essential tips to making it as a jazz guitarist

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So you want to be a jazz guitarist? The dream sounds so simple, but in real world terms- it is not as easy as you think. There are many challenges on the road towards making it in this business. Here are 5 tips that may help (or at least amuse) you: Firstly, there is no […]

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Podcast – Episode 4 | Autumn Leaves

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Brendan: Hello welcome to jazzguitarlegend.com Podcast Episode 4 [music] Brendan: You’ve made it to your ultimate source for learning jazz guitar online with easy to follow video lessons, tab and notation and an interactive learning community. My name is Brendan Hall and I’m joined by Dixon: Dixon Nacey! Brendan: Thanks for being here Dixon. How […]

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Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg Transcription Study: Part 1

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While studying at Auckland University, I studied and transcribed both Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg, two of today’s heaviest modern jazz guitarists. In essence I extracted 8 concepts for improvisation from my transcriptions – not the actual notes these great musicians played in their solos, but the underlying ideas or principles – polyrhythmic groupings, chordal […]

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Jazz Standard Lesson 6: Autumn Leaves [JS6]

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Introduction Why did we choose this as our first JGL Jazz Standard? A few reasons – it was the most commonly asked for standard in recent surveys, it was the 2nd jazz tune I learned at school (‘Sugar’, a minor- blues tune, was the first!), it is easy to learn the melody and chords and […]

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Podcast – Episode 3 | Georgia on My Mind

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We are sorry but the audio for this post is no longer available. Brendan: This is jazzguitarlegend.com Podcast Episode 3 [Music] Brendan: Welcome back this Episode 3. My name is Brendan Hall and you’ve made to your ultimate source for learning jazz guitar online with easy to follow video lessons, tab and notation and an […]

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Podcast Episode 2 | Corcorvado

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We are sorry but the audio for this post is no longer available. Podcast Episode 2: Corcorvado Brendan: This is jazzguitarlegend.com Podcast Episode 2. [Music] Brendan: Well today on the podcast we will be having a feature lesson called Corcorvado which is a Latin tune. Also in our key concept Dixon will be speaking about […]

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Podcast – Episode 1 | My romance

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We are sorry but the audio for this post is no longer available. My-Romance-with-TAB My Romance Comp-Along Track Ep 1: My Romance | jazz guitar lesson Brendan: ​Hello and welcome to jazzguitarlegend.com podcast, episode 1. ​[Music] And today we’re here with the legendary Dixon Nacey and we’re going to be teaching you how to learn […]

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Jazz Guitar Blog | Beginner and Advanced Lessons Announced

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Hello Jazz Guitar World Welcome to the new jazz guitar blog format for the jazzguitarlegend.com community. I have been working behind the scenes to build a truly unique jazz guitar learning community. Like everything new there are always challenges and things to overcome. So thank you for sticking with us as we build the community […]

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Lesson 27: Guide Tones [CL27]

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Guide tones are a jazz accompanist’s best friend – they give just enough of an idea of how a chord (or progression) sounds to the soloist / melodic instrument by outlining the basic 7th chord structure in this manner: See below for basic guide tone voicings in two positions (roots 5 and 6) While these are […]

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