Podcast by Marc-Andre Seguin
Podcast #44 - Chord Synonyms
A powerful tool that doesn't get mentioned enough is chord synonyms - chords with enough similar notes that they can be used interchangeably.
It can be overwhelming to learn all your inversions for every chord type in every key, etc.
Using synonyms is a quick way to expand your chord arsenal without having to learn any new voicings!
In this podcast we'll discuss 3 chord synonyms that you can use right away for comping on standards, using chord shapes you already know 👍
Podcast #43 - Turnarounds, I-VI-II-V and Tadd Dameron Chords
Turnarounds! No, this isn't your GPS speaking - it's real jazz lingo 😉They're the chord progressions you can use to get from the end of the tune all the way back to the top.
In this podcast, I'll be discussing the most common turnaround (I-VI-II-V), and how you can make it more hip using tritone substitution and shifting chord qualities (à la Tadd Dameron).
Podcast #42 - How To Practice Jazz Guitar Licks
For a jazz guitarist, learning licks is the equivalent to learning phrases in a language. However, it can often feel quite forced to use new licks in a solo - after all, aren't you supposed to be improvising?!
This podcast will help clarify things by giving you a method to practice jazz guitar licks, the right way. Marc takes a classic lick and runs it through his patented Jazz Guitar Assimilation Machine... you'll be amazed by what comes out!
Podcast #41 - Creative Metronome Exercises
Developing a strong sense of internal time is an essential part of learning jazz guitar! No more chasing the beat - this skill will make your solos and comping sound steady as a rock at jam sessions and gigs.
In this podcast I'll cover some metronome "games" (ranging from beginner to advanced) that will strengthen your time feel! You'll learn how to set your metronome up for 4/4 and 3/4, playing double time, and a neat trick for playing fast tempos.
Podcast #40 - Quartal Harmony and Fourths Voicings for Jazz Guitar
In this episode we decipher the whole mysticism behind "voicings in fourths", also called quartal harmony. The first few voicings on Miles Davis' "So What" immediately come to mind when think about quartal chords.
In the first part of the podcast, we'll discuss voicings built in fourths "under" all the notes of the C major scale, as their top notes ... and learn how to create so-called "quartal inversions" of those.
In the second part of the podcast, we'll discuss real world applications for chords such as Cm7, C7 and Cmaj7(#11) ... all using quartal-based chord voicings.
The original videos and sheet music are found here:
Podcast #39 - Blues Substitutions
As a jazz guitar player, you'll be asked to and will likely want to play the blues. It's a ubiquitous form and there are so many heads out there. Likewise, there have surely been times where you've heard someone play the blues and thought that it sounds way cooler than how it does when you play off of a lead sheet.
It's probably because they were using all sorts of jazz blues substitutions. In this podcast, I cover different blues substitutions and where and how to use them to make your blues sound hip and jazzy.