Who were the best jazz bassists? On this page we take a look at the lives and work of some of the greatest bassists in jazz history…
Contemporary jazz guitarists include Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman, Julian Lage, Tom Misch, Mike Moreno and Lionel Loueke. These young jazz guitarists represent a new generation of musicians carrying on the jazz guitar tradition.
If you’ve listened to your favorite jazz guitar albums so many times that you can sing each solo note-perfect in your head and hear the first notes of the next song before it’s even started, then check out this guide to the new generation of jazz guitarists and their work…
What are the best Rush albums? We delve into the Canadian trio’s entire nineteen (studio) album back catalogue to identify the key albums in the band’s almost 40-year career.
How To Get A Jazz Guitar Sound
Getting a good jazz guitar sound requires a combination of gear, playing technique and acquired knowledge. Jazz guitarists typically use archtop guitars, strung with heavy gauge, flatwound strings. They play using small, thick picks and rarely use anything other than the neck pickup, often with the tone turned down. The sound is amplified with powerful solid state amps, or valve amps with a clear, unnuanced sound. The use of effects is kept to a minimum, but reverb may be used in varying degrees.
While the above may describe how to get a traditional jazz guitar tone, there are many variations on this theme. On this page we take a look at the gear and techniques used by jazz guitarists, and how jazz guitar tone has evolved since the early days of jazz guitar…
The warm, shimmering sound produced by a chorus effect is one of the most recognizable electric guitar sounds in modern music.
Whether it’s provided by an old-school effects pedal or its modern, software equivalent, this classic effect includes a number of ‘standard’ controls such as depth and rate that can be altered according to the player’s requirements.
On this page we’ll explain just what the chorus effect does; take a look at the standard chorus pedal controls; and find out how you can use chorus in your own playing.
Most guitarists use an effect pedal, or ‘stompbox’ to get their chorus sound, and further down the page we’ll take a look at some classic guitar chorus pedals.
Lydian scale guitar tab, fretboard diagrams and information. On this page you’ll find out: how to play a Lydian scale on guitar; how the scale is formed; and when to use it.
- See more guitar scales on this page: Guitar Scales Main Page.
- Download a printable guitar scales book here: Guitar Scales Chart Book.
What Is A Compressor Pedal?
A guitar compressor pedal smooths out the audio levels of your playing by suppressing the loud parts and boosting the quiet parts. This results in a flatter, more even tone. Potential benefits of compression are: increased sustain; a louder overall tone; and a sound that potentially sits better in a mix. Over-use of compression can result in a lifeless, un-musical tone that lacks nuance and can be tiring for the listener.
A single bass guitar scale is often represented with multiple diagrams. Why is this? Do you need to learn more than one pattern in order to play a scale on the bass guitar?
Many bass guitar scale books (including our own Bass Scales, Chords and Arpeggios Book) use fretboard patterns / diagrams to represent bass scales, and often provide more than one pattern per scale.
On this page we explain why there is often more than one bass scale pattern for a scale, and what those extra patterns are for…
C major pentatonic scale guitar tab, notation & fretboard patterns: a complete lesson on how to play the pentatonic scale in C on guitar.
E major pentatonic scale guitar tab, notation & fretboard patterns: a complete lesson on how to play the pentatonic scale in E on your guitar.