Lessons

Jazz guitar and improvisation lesson materials are posted below for free download.

At the bottom of this page, I have included a list of music books that have been most helpful to me.

Ten Recommended Solos for Transcription This sheet also includes some tips for the transcription process.

Mark_Bolings_List_of_Recommended_Jazz_Guitar_Solos_for_Transcription.pdf

 

II-V-I Voice-leading Here are some common ways to voice-lead II-V-I progressions. Notice that the V7 chord may be altered in the major key II-V-I. The V7 chord is usually altered in the minor key II-V-I.

Maj_key_II-V-I.voicings.pdf

Min_key_II-V-I.voicings.pdf

Maj_key_II-V-I.3_note.voic.pdf

 

Drop 2 and Drop 3 Seventh Chord Voicings “Drop 2” and “drop 3” voicings are some of the most common in jazz guitar comping. To create a drop 2, take a four-part close voicing in any inversion, and drop the second note from the top down an octave. This creates a bigger gap between the top note and the next note down the voicing, accentuating the top (melody) note. To create a drop 3, take a four-part close voicing in any inversion, and drop the third note from the top down an octave. This creates a bigger gap between the bottom note and the next note up the voicing, accentuating the bottom (bass) note. Drop 2 and drop 3 voicings should be learned in all inversions and all roots for the following chords types: Minor 7, Half-Diminished 7, Major 7, Dominant 7, and Diminished 7.

drop2-drop3Rev2.pdf

 

Voicing/Arpeggio/Scale Here is an integrated approach to learning chord voicings, arpeggios, and scales on the guitar fretboard. There are two PDF files; one with the chord roots on the 5th string, and another with the roots on the 6th string.

Voicing-arpeggio-scale.pg1.pdf

Voicing-arpeggio-scale.pg2.pdf 

 

Voicing/Arpeggio/Bebop Scale These sheets offer a fretboard overview of how to get started with metrically aligned chord-scales. In bebop scales, an extra chromatic passing tone is added in order to keep chord tones on the downbeat and passing tones on the upbeat when playing in 8th notes or 16thnotes.

G7_Voic.arp.BBS.pdf

C7_Voic.arp.BBS.pdf

Gmaj7_Voic.arp.BBS.pdf

Cmaj7_Voic.arp.BBS.pdf

G7b9b13_Voic.arp.BBS.pdf

C7b9b13_Voic.arp.BBS.pdf

 

Eight Ways to Practice Diatonic Intervals  These excercises help develop familiarity with scales that is very important for improvisation. The variations with chromatic approaches are especially helpful.

Diatonic_Interval_Practice.pdf

Open String Picking Exercises These tremelo excercises are great for loosening up the right hand. they will also help with feeling all the various subdivisions of the pulse.

picking.exercises.pdf

 

24 Left Hand Fingering Combinations Great for developing left hand dexterity.

24_LH_combinations__Shane_Roberts.pdf

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading
by Mick Goodrick, pub. Liquid Harmony Books

Approaching the Guitar
by Gene Bertoncini, pub. Kjos

Creative Comping Concepts for Jazz Guitar
by Mark Boling, pub. Mel Bay

Effortless Mastery
by Kenny Werner, pub. Aebersold

Elements of the Jazz Language
by Jerry Coker, pub. CPP/Belwin

Exploring Jazz Guitar
by Jim Hall, pub. Hal Leonard

Free Play
by Stephen Nachmonovitch, pub. G. P. Putnams Sons

Inside Improvisation Series (vol. 1-6)
by Jerry Bergonzi, pub. Advance Music

Sheets of Sound for Guitar
by Jack Zucker, pub. www.sheetsofsound.net

The Advancing Guitarist
by Mick Goodrick, pub. Hal Leonard

The Brazilian Guitar Book
by Nelson Faria, pub. Sher Music Co.

The Jazz Theory Workbook
by Mark Boling, pub. Advance Music

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 —  — Mark Boling TRIO The Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville The Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville
 —  — Mark Boling & Taylor Coker The Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville, TN 37902 The Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville, TN 37902
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Allen Smith Trio Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville, TN Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville, TN
Mark Boling TRIO LIFE Hyatt Place Rooftop, Knoxville, TN Hyatt Place Rooftop, Knoxville, TN
Greg Tardy Quartet Concert on the Square - Jazz Tuesday, Knoxville, TN Concert on the Square - Jazz Tuesday, Knoxville, TN
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Mark Boling TRIO LIFE Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville
Greg Tardy Quartet Hyatt Place Rooftop, Knoxville, TN Hyatt Place Rooftop, Knoxville, TN
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Mark Boling TRIO LIFE Public House on High, Maryville, TN Public House on High, Maryville, TN
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