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Jazz Guitar Lesson - Jazz Chord Melody in the Style of Barney Kessel

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Published on May 14, 2013

Jazz Guitar Lesson - Jazz Chord Melody in the Style of Barney Kessel

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In this guitar lesson, Jon MacLennan will teach you a jazz chord melody trick in the style of Barney Kessel. And the chord progression is one of the most common progressions in jazz called II V I, so if you want to get into jazz guitar I really recommend you to check out this lesson. Sometimes we forget about being a good rhythm player, everyone wants to play leads and tons of licks, but we forget the art of rhythm guitar, and in this kind of music you HAVE to have a great harmony background.
So, what is II V I progression? This refers to the degrees of a diatonic scale. As you may know a diatonic scale has 7 degrees or notes so we will be using the 2nd, the 5th and the root or 1st degree. In C major tonality the chords would be Dm7, G7 and Cmaj7.

And also if you don't know Barney Kessel you should check him out... He was an American jazz guitarist born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. Generally considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century, he was noted in particular for his vast knowledge of chords and inversions and chord-based melodies.
Alright, the example of today´s lesson like we already said, it is about this Barney Kessel chord melody over a II V I chord progression in G major. There is something interesting happening here, there´s a chord substitution over the 5th degree, we will play a II V of the fifth chord´s tritone.
Ok, hope this helps and don´t forget to come up with your own ideas, which is the best advice for starting to find `your´ unique sound and style. That is all for today... Also I suggest that you keep enjoying and learning from Jon MacLennan and all the staff of Guitarcontrol.com!

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