Simplifying Chord Changes For Soloing

One of the things that overwhelmed me when I first tried soloing over changes in jazz was how fast the chord changes often pass. How could I change scales that quickly and express anything? An instructor I worked with years ago taught me a way to simplify a series of changes by looking at what key the chords are implying. Here's how you do it.

First, let's look at the A section (the head) of Line For Lyons by Gerry Mulligan:

Eternally Up To Date Copyrights

I can't tell you how many times, both personally and professionally, I've come across web sites that have out of date copyright dates. A living, breathing, up to date site should have a current copyright date somewhere on the page, usually in the footer. Changing the year is easy enough if it's static, but it's one of those things you have to remember to do (and you have to know how to do it).

Finding A Jazz Guitar Sound

Oddly enough, much like with the modern country tone, a basic jazz guitar tone eluded me for a long time. Now, I fully admit that I don't tinker with knobs like I should. I tend to set the knobs on my amps, pedals, and guitar where I think they should be and then just leave them as opposed to tweaking knobs and listening to the results. This is probably why a basic jazz tone eluded me for so long.

Spam-proof MailTo Links

I like providing links for e-mail on web pages, but I hate that spam-bots scrape sites looking for e-mail addresses linked in the usual manner. There are many hacks to try to avoid spam-bots

The Cander Method Version 1 (AKA: "Make The User Do The Work")

Named for a friend that I learned this from, one way to avoid this is to use ineffective links that require a person to modify address before sending it. Here's an example:

<a href="someuser_AT_somedomain_DOT_com">someuser_AT_somedomain_DOT_com</a>

...which appears as...

Make A File Dropbox For Quick Downloads

I frequently need to setup a quick and temporary link for file download either for myself or others, but I hate having to create a new page with links to files that are only going to exist for a few hours. Apache and other web servers often provide this functionality with directory browsing, but I usually want directory browsing disabled or the server that I'm using (that isn't mine) has directory browsing disabled and I can't turn it on.

Finding A Modern Country Guitar Sound

For some reason, there are not a lot of resources (or at least not that many that I've found) that describe a general approach to getting a good modern country guitar sound. Of course, now that I've said that I'm sure I'll get a dozen people pointing me sites that I somehow missed. But anyway, I'd like to go over what I've learned from various readings, speaking to other guitarists, and from my own experimentation.

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