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Lesson 27: Guide Tones [CL27]

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…

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Jazz Standard Lesson 6: Autumn Leaves [JS6]

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 it…

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Lesson 2: Jazz Lines and Chord Comps [FL2]

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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