General Guitar Playing

Music Theory

Music Theory – 7th Chords

Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Sam

Most of jazz uses 4 note chords that are commonly called “7th chords.”  In order to spell these we are simply going to add a 4th note to the triads we’ve already figured out how to ... Read More


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Johnny Smith I Can’t Get Started Chord Melody

Published on June 17th, 2014 | by Sam

Johnny Smith’s chord melody arrangements are amazing.  He bridges a gap from almost classical style guitar with elegant, voice led, arpeggiated figures and a classic jazz esthetic.  This transcription of Johnny Smith’s intro and outro to ... Read More

Music Theory

Music Theory

Music Theory – Triads

Published on June 2nd, 2014 | by Sam

Now that you have the major scales down, you can start to create triads.  (Note that you can spell these using intervals of major and minor thirds as well). Triads are the building blocks of harmony. ... Read More

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One Octave Arpeggios

Published on May 5th, 2014 | by Sam

In jazz and any other style that requires improvisation, you need to have a bunch of one octave arpeggios.  Arpeggios are commonly called ‘melted chords’ – basically it’s just playing a chord one note at a ... Read More

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