Rhythm in Improvisation Lesson 1 Developing good rhythmic control is an often overlooked element of improvisation. Scales, arpeggios and licks command the bulk of burgeoning improvisers attention, frequently leading them to hit a wall where they run out of ideas and feel stuck. Building a strong grasp of rhythmic choices expands our improvisational pallette and
Jazz Guitar Comping Lesson 4: Altered Fifths on the Sixth String In order to accomodate the minor tonality, jazz harmonies alter certain chord tones or tensions by raising or lowering them a half step. Altering the fifth is among the most common, as the fifth is a chord tone that is not essential in defining
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Puttin It All Together: Em-G-D-A, The Chord Progression to Pumped Up Kicks Now it’s time to combine the four chords we have learned previously into a larger chord progession. The pattern in which the chords are played in section is called the “chord progression” and these chords just happen to make up the progression to
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Jazz Comping 3: Combining Fifth and Sixth String Roots Now that we have A decent roster of basic seventh chords from which to choose, we will begin expanding our range across the fretboard by doing exercises that specify chords with roots on both strings. On the exercises on this page, below each chord you will
Jazz Rhythm Guitar Lesson 2: Drop 2 Chords Rooted on the Fifth-String To expand our harmonic vocabulary, we now move to the fifth string. While the drop-3 voicings we used in the previous lesson can be played from the fifth string, it is far simpler and more comfortable to use drop-2 voicings which do not
Jazz Guitar Comping Lesson 1 Before the development of amplification technology allowed the guitar to function as a lead instrument in a jazz ensemble, it was originally used as rhythm instrument supporting the melody or improviser. We call the method of providing harmony and rhythm to support to a soloist “accompaniment,” or “comping” for short.
Wah Pedal Player’s Guide The electric guitar has a unique ability to mimic the human voice. Since the player has direct physical control over the string and thereby the sound production, a pitch can be modified and modulated to sound like a vocal expression. The effects chain likewise offers further ability to control the sound.