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Magic Minor Third: Comparing 2-5-1 Progressions in C Major and C Minor

April 9, 2014 by Blog, Improvisation No Comments

Let’s compare 2-5-1 progressions in C major and C minor. C Major Dm7 | G7 |  Cmaj7 C Minor Dm7b5 | G7 |  Cm7 Note the V7 chord, G7 is common to both. Therefore it would not be outlandish to play these scales on a 2-5-1 in C major. C […]

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Guitar Comping Lesson: Using Triads to Enhance Comping and Improvisation

March 9, 2014 by Blog, Technique No Comments

Open Up Your Mind, Fingers and Ears to Improve Your Comping and Improvisation Using Guitar Triads Over the years, I have had quite a few students come to me knowing how to play chords and scales but having little knowledge of how to play different chord positions or organize the […]

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2 Techniques to Make Your Pentatonic Lines More Sophisticated

March 6, 2014 by Blog, Technique No Comments

Let’s face it. Pentatonic’s, whether used in blues or rock can sound pretty tired. Regardless of the speed or patterns being played, Pentatonics can sound like the “same old, same old”. Here is a quick trick, I usually teach when I am giving jazz guitar lessons, that will add a […]