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  • wes montgomery

    Using Chord and Scale Shapes to Improvise

    by Simon James

    One of the problems many people have when they come to me for lessons in improvisation is being able to navigate the fretboard with fluency. Often when soloing you will want to move around the neck from one position to another which at first, may seem that you need to know a multitude of different shapes and patterns.

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  • john mayer

    Using Minor to Major 3rds in Blues Soloing

    by Simon James

    A real key element in blues playing is utilizing the Minor to Major 3rds. It is a method of playing introduced by some of the earliest Blues players like Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Lemon Jefferson and has since gone on to become a staple formula in blues guitar solos. What this means is that you can use notes from a Major and a Minor chord.

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  • winton marsalis

    Jazz Blues Licks

    by Simon James

    Learning to solo over Jazz Blues Progressions can give extremely valuable insight into how to construct solos and harmonise correctly. The 12 bar form is relatively simple to master and because nearly all aspects of modern popular music are in some way touched by the blues it should sound suitably familiar.

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  • kenny burrel be bop guitar

    Useful Bebop Solos and Phrases

    by Simon James

    When studying Jazz guitar it is very easy to get bogged down by learning scales and to not spend enough time really working on the phrasing and traditional vocabulary that really makes Jazz improvising sound well- jazzy!

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