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Guitar Practice

This week, we'll take a look at the common 'ii V I' chord progression.

ii V I is the single most common chord progression used in jazz, and can be heard in standards like Autumn Leaves, Perdido and countless others.

While jazz players often use chord substitutions, this example is a straightforward ii V I progression in the key of C Major.

The ii Chord wants to move forward to the V Chord, and the V Chord wants to resolve to the I (or the tonic).

You can think of a ii V I progression as Setup > Tension > Resolution.

Below are 2 different ways to voice these chords. Play each version for several minutes straight, and then practice the corresponding arpeggios for these chords.

Sample Rhythm Options:

Chord Voicings:

Arpeggios for these chords:

Connecting these:

Gear Spotlight

Blade Guitars

Switzerland-based Blade Guitars has been producing high-quality guitars and bass guitars for over 3 decades.

After repairing guitars for over 2 decades, luthier Gary Levinson launched Blade Guitars in 1987 based on a concept he calls 'Classic Design, Creative Technology".

Blade produces a wide range of guitars and basses that are played professionally around the world by the likes of greats like Keb Mo, Bernard Allison and many others.

Blade's guitar models range from the telecaster-inspired Delta line, to the Strat-style Classic Series, to retro look of the Durango series.

Blade makes some incredibly high-quality guitars for very reasonable prices. Check out Blade Guitars, or check out available Blade guitars on Reverb.com.


Is bamboo the future of sustainable guitar-building?

With recent restrictions being placed on the use of rosewood due to it being classified as endangered, guitar manufacturers have been scrambling to find good alternative wood options.

While companies like Fender have shifted to using Pau Ferro for fretboards, French luthier Alquier Guitars thinks bamboo might be a usable (and sustainable) wood.

Jean-Yves Alquier recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help launch the Cosmic One bamboo guitar. They've already beaten their goal, and have raised over $18K.

From five years of research, Alquier found bamboo to have acoustic, durability and aesthetic qualities to rival tropical hardwood, while retaining CO2 neutral credentials, including production, transport and transformation.

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Guitarists apparently don't want single-fret capos

Fretlocks was a company that made single-string capos that can be placed anywhere on the fretboard.

If you're first reaction is 'that sounds weird', you likely weren't alone, as the company announced that they are permanently shutting down, and sited 'management issues' as the reason.

We wish Frelocks inventor Johnny West luck in whatever he tries next.