Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wes Montgomery Chord Solo Transcription: ‘Round Midnight

With all the recent talk around here about block chords, I thought today we would go direct to the horses mouth, or should I say the master’s guitar. Wes Montgomery tastefully combines single lines, octaves, and block chords with incredible … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 4: Whole Tone Scale

As I peered through the bushes the purple monkey driving a tractor spotted me. I knew I was in trouble when he climbed down asked me for a banana…”cue whole-tone dream sequence music”…”fade to black” Today we will be exploring … Continue reading

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22 Ideas for comping over 1-6-2-5 progressions

Today I would like to offer you 22 voicings that outline a 1 6 2 5 progression (ex. Cmaj7 – Am7 – Dm7 – G7). This is perhaps the most common chord progression ever know to man/woman. This is also … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 3: Half-Whole diminished

One of my favorite scales to use over a dominant chord is the half-whole diminished. The symmetrical nature of this scale really lends itself to block chords. (half-step, whole step, half, whole, etc.). The tensions that we get over a … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords: Part 2 (Unaltered Dominant)

“Gimme some block chords, Red” – Miles Davis If you listen carefully to the beginning of “You’re My Everything” on the album Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, you can hear Miles stop Red Garland’s intro and tell him to … Continue reading

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Chord Soloing with Block Chords:Part 1(Minor Chords)

In our quest for chord soloing freedom, I thought I would jump right into the deep end and begin a series of articles about harmonizing melodies. This harmonization is sometimes called block chords. The term “Block chords” is borrowed from … Continue reading

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Feeling the beat: Test and improve your time feel now!

A sense of time and the ability to play with good time are the most important aspect of musicianship. This sounds like a bold statement, but it is true. Right or Wrong notes are a matter of taste and exposure, … Continue reading

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Some ideas for bands with both guitar and piano

When I began playing in groups with pianists, I quickly realized that there are some special considerations that need to be taken into account. The problems I encountered were that piano and guitar often have the same function. We also … Continue reading

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Jazz Comping using three note voicings on Guitar

Introducing the meat and potato voicings. I thought I would share with you a true Swiss army knife of comping chords. Decades ago, when I first started learning jazz, these were the first voicings I learned. I still use them … Continue reading

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