Jazz standards practice #1 – marking the form by playing intervals: roots/fifths

Killing 2 birds with one stone, or how to work on memorizing Jazz standards/form and working on Ear training at the same time – here’s an example of going through All the things you are using roots/fifths –



Other combinations – roots/thirds, roots/sevenths, thirds/sevenths etc are also good work, all under the ruthless supervision of the metronome of course. A good start would be to apply this routine on a few different standards and then branch into more than one key – hours of fun!

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Alternative guitar summit, June 2018 – jam with Nir Felder, Solar

Alternative guitar summit jam – Solar



With Nir Felder and Walsh Kunkel

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Drop 3 dominant chords on strings 6, 4, 3, 2 – 4 inversions

Next in the Guitar Dojo practice routine arsenal – Drop-3 chords! This time on strings 6, 4, 3 & 2. Between the PDF at the bottom of the page and the video, this material illustrates the movement of dominant chords up the neck as well as detailing the spelling of these harmonic structures in terms of intervals. Part two of this lesson will deal with the 5, 3, 2 & 1 drop-3 dominant chords and their shapes/sounds, in the meantime here are some exercises to be applied to the guitar neck and brought to the attention of your ears: (As ever, it would be great to run them through all 12 keys for versatility and ear training).

For visuals of the shapes, as well as more information on the structure of the chords – roots, thirds, fifths and sevenths – please click on the following link, which redirects to a PDF:


Drop 3 dominant chords on strings 6,4,3 &2


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