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.

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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.

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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.

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Double-Time Jazz Lines

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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