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Peel your eyes away from the amazing right-hand technique and listen to these great choruses by Matteo. Lots of great ideas in here!… More…

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Here’s a fun way to end a tune, from Roy Lanham’s recording of 1961 “Lover Come Back To Me.” It’s very similar to a lick of his I posted earlier today (https://www.soundslice.com/slices/5NBVc/). More…

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Roy is a great player I’m just now discovering. The lick in the second half of this phrase is nice and guitarry. :) From the 1961 album “The Most Exciting Guitar.” The tune is “Lost Weekend.” More…

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I love the phrasing, harmonies and swing here. I‘ve transcribed both guitars because I wanted to figure out the precise harmonies that define this kind of sound/feel. “No, not six guitar, just two!”… More…

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The Washington Post had a nice story yesterday about the 1868 novelty tune “Impeachment Polka” — written during the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/16/impeachment-polka-how-composer-1868-sought-capitalize-americas-political-obsession/… More…

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Here’s a new lesson Cecil Alexander posted to his YouTube channel: “In this video I show 2 concepts that I'm trying to integrate into my playing: Symmetrical Scales and playing voicings in a linear manner.… More…

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So beautifully dissonant I can barely stand it. From a 1951 recording. More…

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A very fine arrangement for solo guitar of the Beatles tune. More…

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Here’s a nice exercise Adrien taught at Djangofest Northwest 2018. Thanks to Paul Sommer for posting the YouTube video. More…

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I recently discovered Venezuelan guitarist Juan Vidaurre and fell in love with this performance of Stardust. The musicianship is simply incredible. It has it all: beautiful chord voicings, crazy guitar… More…

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From the 1945 recording by Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen. It’s simple circle-of-fifths stuff but works as a nice melodic intro. More…

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I recently got turned onto Lucian Gray, a really tasteful player in Toronto. Here’s two choruses he played over a B flat blues. More…

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Love the phrasing and the sassy harmonics at the end! More…

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I saw this in person at the Django Sur Lennon festival in Ireland on Sept. 28 and was grinning ear-to-ear during this fantastic scat/violin solo. I love Tcha’s phrasing and especially the call-and-response… More…

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I love the contrast between the nice and simple motif at the start and the nasty lick at the end. From their album “Some Place New.” More…

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I’m always looking for new ideas over this particular chord progression; here’s a nice one from Angelo. From Samois 2011. More…

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From Samois 2010. This was played over the B section of “Dinette.” More…

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From “What Kind of Friend” (1947). The two things I love here are the syncopated motif and the Ab minor substitution (which I've marked in the notation).… More…

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Simple but effective stuff from The Count! This comes from the tune “Bluebeard Blues,” from the radio broadcast of Jazz Club USA episode 16 on April 15, 1951.… More…

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This is either Billy Strayhorn or Duke Ellington — I don’t know their styles well enough to be able to distinguish. It comes from a “C Jam Blues” piano duet they did, which was broadcast on the radio program… More…

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I’ve been following Isto on YouTube for more than 10 years — he’s got a lovely voice, great taste in repertoire, quirky sense of humor and an excellent fingerstyle guitar technique. He just posted this… More…

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So good! Here I’ve attempted to do a guitar reduction of this fantastic shout chorus by the Modern Art Orchestra. It comes from the album “Tribute To Stephane And Django” by Roby Lakatos and Bireli Lagrene… More…

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Order your magic fingers to fly — and defy the power of gravity — with this nice G major lick by Adrien Moignard.… More…

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Here’s a nice little meandering thing by Barney Kessel from a live performance with The Great Guitars in 1982. More…

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A straightforward but nice 1-6-2-5 intro from the tune “A Fine Romance,” from the 1961 album “Weaver of Dreams.” More…

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From the tune “Hootchie Koo” from Kenny Burrell’s 1961 album “Weaver of Dreams.” The album mostly consists of Kenny’s singing, but it has some good guitar playing too. More…

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I learned this one at Django In June a few weeks ago. At first glance, it seems like a finger dexterity exercise, because it’s not very melodic and it involves moving certain fingers while keeping other… More…

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Here’s something Romane taught us at Django In June 2019 last week — a blues accompaniment while keeping the same note in each voicing. Really nice. Note that I didn’t notate the various rhythmic hits/feel. More…

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Awesome way to end a song here, from Johnny Smith! Super dissonant, then super straightforward/melodic. This is the ending for “It Could Happen To You” from Johnny’s 1955 album “Plays Jimmy Van Heusen.” More…

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I love George Barnes’ sound — swinging, treble-heavy and unapologetically happy and humorful. This particular lick comes from “The Opener” on his 1973 album “Swing, Guitar!” More…