Watch the Single Lines with online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Jazz Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Lesson Source: Christopher Woitach's Jazz Textures

One very useful thing a piano player can do is play a chord whenever they want, independent of whatever's taking place in their improvised line. While the guitar lacks the same two handed independence (two handed tapping is not part of this discussion, gang!), we can still play chords whenever and wherever we like, by using the techniques discussed here in Jazz Textures. The Embedded Chords segment of the video explores a powerful tool for harmonic independence, "embedding" a chord within the improvised line.

While this technique might be unfamiliar to many jazz guitarists, it's a common texture in classical literature. The big difference is that jazz guitarists have to be able to do it on the fly, not just as part of through-composed arrangement. That being said, there are great benefits to be reaped from playing classical guitar music, especially the music of J.S. Bach. The textures and techniques in Bach's compositions are very useful to jazz guitarists who are interested in textural playing. All of the lute suites and the sonatas and partitas for solo violin are full of great stuff, not to mention, the music sounds so good, it's like sitting on a cloud, listening to a chorus of angels!