Improving Rhythm and Time-Feel

This lesson is designed to improve your rhythm and time-feel on guitar.  It offers you some helpful rhythmic exercises that I have found invaluable in my own practice.

Chromatic Approach Notes

Chromatic approach notes are used in jazz to embellish otherwise diatonic melody lines. They are a major feature of the jazz language.

Jazz Turnaround Lines

Here are some jazz turnaround lines for a I VI II V chord progression.  These lines are typical of the bebop jazz language and make use of scale passages, arpeggios and approach notes.

Double-Time Jazz Lines

Double-Time Jazz Lines generally refer to 16th note melodies employed within an improvised solo.

The Bebop Major Scale

The Bebop Major Scale is a modified version of the regular major scale, with an added b6th scale degree. Learn how to harmonise this scale.

Coltrane Changes

Coltrane changes (sometimes also termed the Coltrane matrix or cycle) refer to a progression of substitute chords employed by the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.

Transcribing Jazz Solos

If you are studying jazz music, one of the most valuable exercises you can undertake in learning the language of jazz, is to transcribe another musician’s playing.

Guardian Angels – John McLaughlin

This composition features John McLaughlin playing double tracked acoustic 6 &  12 string guitars, with multiple  meter changes and offers a rich harmonic and rhythmic background for the  melody played by both McLaughlin and violinist L.Shankar.

Learning Rhythmic Subdivisions

This short lesson is all about learning how to subdivide specific rhythms against a single beat (in this case a quarter note) Learning how to play these rhythms is essential practice for all musicians.

Tritone Substitution Jazz Lines

Here are some jazz lines utilising a tritone substitution chord (over the dominant V7 chord) within a regular II V I chord progression.

Four Note Melodic Cells

In this lesson I’m going to suggest an approach to arpeggio note combinations (the four note melodic cells) that I have found very helpful in my own practice.