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Watch the Intros: How to Begin online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from Solo Guitar Handbook

Geez - I apologize. I don't know what I ate before we filmed this section, but damn if I can't get it out of my teeth! So, as a reminder to you young aspiring solo jazz guitarists - always floss! Usually I use a.010 E string, or sometimes, just a long augmented chord...but you gotta get that nasty out of your mouth before you can swing.

Anyway, after you've returned from flossing, get to work on your triads in open and closed positions. These are beautiful sounds and can really help out in all kinds of arrangement situations. Closed position triads are simply triads with the notes as close together as possible: For a C triad, think C, E, G, or E, G, C or G, C, E. Open position is even more lovely and even more useful: To open up your triads take the middle note up and octave: C, G, E, or E, C, G or G, E, C. Practice playing scales in triads, for ex. C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim, C. Try 'em in first inversion closed, then open position...experiment!

Another useful device that i didn't mention in our overview is to play a pedal tone, usually the 5th of the key, and move some triads to 3rds or 6ths over the top of the pedal leading to the V chord, and then into our tune. Pedal tone is playing the 5th in the bass, pedal point would be playing the fifth or some note on top and moving parts underneath.