Watch the Half-Steppin' online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 7: Style Variations

Half-Steppin' - Demonstration is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Swing Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm.


Half-step approaches to chords help create motion through tension and release. In this exercise, we'll kind of overdo a bit to hammer the concept home. Pay attention to the transition over the 7th and 8th measure, and the final chromatic turnaround (after the II - V - I turnaround) in the 12th measure. Starting to hear half-step approaches is the key to opening the door to lots of other chromatic ideas.