Jazz Guitar Feature Articles

Check out some of great articles, interviews and reports in our library -roughly organised into the categories: Guitars, Guitarists, Playing Jazz Guitar and Questions and Answers

Guitarists Profiles, interviews and reviews of jazz guitarists

Sonny Sharrock

Sonny Sharrock: On Improvisation
Sonny Sharrock talks to Dannette Hill on improvisation: about different types of improvisers, and the starting points for his improvisations

Pat Metheny on Kenny G

Pat Metheny on Kenny G: Secret Story no longer
Pat Metheny talks about Kenny G and his music.
See also part 2

Saying Goodbye to Tal Farlow

Saying Goodbye to Tal
Jazz legend Tal Farlow dies of cancer at the age of 77. This edition of JGO will be dedicated to Tal and his music

Jack Wilkins Jazz Guitar Workshop

Jack Wilkins video
Review of 'the Jack Wilkins Jazz Guitar Workshop' instructional video/DVD title
by Bob Patterson

Martin Taylor interview

Martin Taylor interview
Guitarist Martin Taylor talks to Afdhel Aziz on his career, starting out and the influence of Indian music on his playing

Playing Jazz Guitar Theory, notes on performance, playing and composition

A Short Guide to Group Improvisation

A Short Guide to Group Improvisation
Jim Slansky explains jazz improvisation within a group; how it expands from, and contracts back to the main theme

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part One

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part One
First in a series of Lesson/articles by Gerry Garcia: Gerry Garcia's jazz guitar arrangement of a tune we all know, Happy Birthday

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part Two

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part Two
Second in the series, Gerry Garcia continues his series of arrangements for jazz guitar, Auld Lang Syne

On Soloing

On Soloing
Wonderful piece; Randell Young talks about soloing, and suggests seven rules to maximise your guitar solo's impact

The Jazz Guitar Ensemble

The Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Bob Russell discusses the advantages to students of the college guitar ensemble

Life on the Love Boat

Life on the Love Boat
JGO Editor/Publisher Bob Patterson gives a firsthand account of working and living on a cruise ship. All aboard!

Editorial: Thoughts on Tablature Part 1

Editorial: Thoughts on Tablature Part 1
Logical method or crutch? The role tablature should play in jazz guitar instruction

Editorial: Thoughts on Tablature Part 2

Editorial: Thoughts on Tablature Part 2
Jazz isn't rock

7 String Guitar Part 1

7 String Guitar Part 1
Introduction to 7 string guitars

7 String Guitar Part 2

7 String Guitar Part 2
Playing the thing

7 String Guitar Part 3

7 String Guitar Part 3
A complete 7 string guitar piece

In the Navy

In the Navy
Michael Durig is the guitarist for the US Navy's CINCLANTFLT band. He has some advice for those wishing to try out for a service band

Picking Speed

Picking Speed
Some tips on playing faster by Tom Brown

School and the Street Part 1

School and the Street Part 1
Learning strategies for college bound guitarists

School and the Street Part 2

School and the Street Part 2
The qualities of a successful pro guitarist

Anatomy of a Gig

Anatomy of a Gig
War stories from the life of a working guitarist

Anatomy of a Gig

IAJE '97 Report

Questions and Answers Bob Patterson answers your questions

  • Q&A1: Simplify, Simplify. Why use modal names? are they necessary?
  • Q&A2: Think of 'Scale Position' / Sing it! Fret coverage, and improving sight reading
  • Q&A3: Sightreading / Altered Dominant 7th / Practice Routines
  • Q&A4: Chord soloing
  • Q&A5: Wes Montgomery / Transcribing / Archtops / Soundposts
  • Q&A6: Playing Octaves / Tendonitis
  • Q&A7: Summer Jazz Camps - Where to go for an intensive learning experience this summer?
  • Q&A8: Bob takes on a variety of questions on theory, gear, and playing jazz guitar

Guitars Articles on guitars, amplifiers and other gadgetry