Editor’s Note: The following is an excellent jazz lesson from guitarist Matt Warnock. You can find great lessons like these on his site MattWarnockGuitar.com. Check it out for some easy jazz licks!
Learning how to play jazz guitar can seem like a tough hill to climb for many beginner jazz guitarists. Soloing over jazz chords can often seem like complex math with all the scales and arpeggios that seem to be needed to even begin playing a jazz solo.
But, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Soloing over jazz chords doesn’t have to seem impossible, even for those just beginning their jazz guitar journey. By learning how to play easy jazz licks over popular chord progressions, you’ll give yourself the ammunition needed to solo over jazz chords with confidence.
Knock-off guitars. These fake guitars are not something we deal with in the United States and Europe very often, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
However, it’s a hot market in Asia where many of the world’s guitars are produced and exported.
While in China this year, I bought a knock-off guitar just for the heck of it. It’s a dead-ringer for a Baby Taylor guitar, from the headstock to the binding to the gig bag. But I’m now painfully aware that it’s a fake.
I received my Gibson ES 175 as a gift three years ago. I had owned and played many guitars – dozens – up to that time, but I don’t think I ever fell in love so quickly with an instrument.
To my eyes, it recalls generations of the finest jazz musicians to hold a guitar. In my hands, it feels solid, stalwart. Like it has something to say. And to my ears, it produces some of the most remarkably beautiful sounds I have ever heard.
While I know it’s true that the primary purpose of my guitar case is to protect my guitar, sometimes it seems that it serves to fulfill a more important role: providing pockets and compartments for my guitar equipment.
Some of the guitar equipment is small and light while some is bulky. Some is cheap while some is a bit more expensive. Some guitar equipment I use each time I open my case and some are there for a rainy day.
Regardless of how often I use this guitar e, however, I have never regretted having them available at that critical moment when I needed it.