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Itty Bitty Jazz Ditty - An addictive little exercise.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

Here's a real quick one for you, one pass through the 12 bar progression. I found myself playing it over and over the other night and thought I'd put it down as a lesson in case you also find it an addictive little exercise.

In G as usual (it's such a good guitar key) and it uses a not-so-usual progression, moving to an E7 then to A7 before reaching the V chord, the D. That E7 acts as a V chord to the A7, which in turn acts as a V chord to the D7 ... which is the actual V chord of the ditty. Each leads to the next ... a bit of of a 'circle of fifths' happening there.

There is nothing tricky here, just a bit of moving around the fretboard. There's an art to that, of course, getting from A to B and back again all the while keeping the flow of the music going. That just comes over time with plenty of practice. You get to know the distances and how to prepare your grip for the next chord. Thinking ahead is the main trick. Always try to think ahead at least to the next move, preferably the next TWO moves.

You'll see and hear how that high G note keeps coming back into the melody line and how the chord shapes accommodate that note. So over the C9, that note is a 5; over the G, it's the root, the 1; over the E7#9 it's the #9; over the A7 it's the b7 and over the D7sus4 it's the 4.

Apart from that interesting little titbit of musical fact, that's about it for this one.

Once you get this down, try working out some variations. That's always good fun.

See you next time.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

Kirk LorangeAs well as putting together these fingerstyle guitar lessons, I am also the author of PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Package, which teaches a mindset, a way of thinking about music and a way of tracking it all on the guitar fretboard. Yes, there IS a constant down there in the maze of strings and fret wire, a landmark that points to everything at all times. I call it The Easiest Yet Most Powerful Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn and many testimonials at my site will back up that rather superlative description. If your goal as a guitar player is to be able to truly PLAY the guitar, not just learn by rote; to be able to invent on the fly, not memorize every note; to be able to see the WHOLE fretboard as friendly, familiar territory, not just the first 5 frets and to do it all without thinking about all those scales and modes, then you should read more here.