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Dennis Hodges

F Blues Solo

Dennis kicks off the lesson series with a lesson on an F major blues solo.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Jazz Guitar With Dennis Hodges seriesLength: 27:19Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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musicminner3musicminner3 replied

Hi Dennis, ok my second lesson here, first jazz lesson, it is difficult to explain the rythm when there is no beat heard on the background, very abstract, but i will succeed. thanks.

jbedinghausjbedinghaus replied

Great stuff! I've always been a rock/metal guy that wanted to break the jazz barrier but have had a difficult time of it.

bam711711bam711711 replied

Great Job Thanks for breaking it down so even a beginner can understand

bluesrunbluesrun replied

Hey Dennis -- great stuff -- am easy way for blues rockers and country players to edge into jazz!

vasvilivasvili replied

I've just joined JamPlay.com and this is my 1st lesson I did from start till the end. It really puts jazz from the 'nah, I'll be never able to do this stuff' category into 'well, that's actually not that hard to do' category. It means a lot to me Dennis. Thank you!

hideki519hideki519 replied

Hey Dennis! Your finger movements of your last four notes reminded me of Michael Jackson's Moon Walk!! I had to watch it again and again.

cgotiearcgotiear replied

Great intro Dennis - well said

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied

Dennis! Thank you for your help!

jayohhjayohh replied

Hmm... Good to see you qgain Dennis. So Im just halfway through the first lesson, but Im confused. Youn just called this a blues solo, and all the headings on these lessons says blues. Is this just a small mistake, or am I missing something here?

coalonfirecoalonfire replied

it's a "jazz blues". just listen to the sound, definitely not your T-Bone Walker or B.B. King kind of blues.

adamhrockadamhrock replied

yea......nice work dennis

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

wonderful playing, Dennis!

dbaylessdbayless replied

It's nice to see another lesson from you, Dennis. I've enjoyed your metal series, and I'm looking forward go giving jazz a try.

gotatelegotatele replied

thanks for doing this series, looking forward to it, i am an old guy, but i totally agree that black sabbaths music is pretty old, the whole classic rock era , in general seems less fresh to me than jazz

eitanprouserepiceitanprouserepic replied

neil your mad old. btw i havnt been able to stop playing this solo all day dennis. i love the ending. i love the way that feels to play. i cant wait till i can make my own jazz solos.

mesaguitarmesaguitar replied

Dennis, I think this is a great lesson and hope that you will continue.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

thanks everybody! I'm glad to hear the positive response, we were a little unsure how this would go over.

eitanprouserepiceitanprouserepic replied

i am so excietd about this. i got plenty out of your metal lessons and im sure ill get plenty here too

SylviaSylvia replied

Welcome back Dennis!!!

jessjammerjessjammer replied

Hi Dennis, I only now started listein to the first lesson, but iI noticed seem to be doing you're doing your notation in Guitar-Pro. I, for one (and maybe only) would appreciate it you would include the GP* files as well. It's such a great tool to add to my practice. David Wallimann does and I try my best to put them to good use. I love Jazz, especially fusion, but George Benson, Harry James, the Gershwin boys, are never far from my ears. Thanks for taking this on... Jess

gibstratgibstrat replied

great lesson dennis, nice chord changes ,solo and arrangement. thanks for counting it out at the beginning while playing too, that always helps.

apodestaapodesta replied

Great to see another jazz series. I don't know anything about jazz guitar at the moment, but this sounds like a great place to get started. B

jesperlindejesperlinde replied

yeah Dennis is back.. lovely.. great series looking forward.

Jazz Guitar With Dennis Hodges

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Dennis Hodges teaches jazz for students with a rock background. In this series you will learn to play jazz chord progressions and licks without theory being forced upon you.



F Blues SoloLesson 1

F Blues Solo

Dennis kicks off the lesson series with a lesson on an F major blues solo.

Length: 27:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
F Blues CompingLesson 2

F Blues Comping

Dennis covers the rhythm accompaniment to the F blues solo presented in the previous lesson.

Length: 16:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bb Blues SoloLesson 3

Bb Blues Solo

Learn how to play a 12 bar jazz blues solo in Bb. Dennis provides an in depth analysis of the solo from a theoretical standpoint.

Length: 20:30 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Bb Blues CompLesson 4

Bb Blues Comp

Dennis teaches the accompaniment part to the Bb blues solo taught in the previous lesson.

Length: 13:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eb Blues SoloLesson 5

Eb Blues Solo

Learn a 12 bar jazz blues solo in Eb.

Length: 21:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eb Blues CompingLesson 6

Eb Blues Comping

Learn how to accompany a 12 bar jazz blues in the key of Eb. Dennis uses a walking bass line and three note chord voicings for this particular accompaniment.

Length: 18:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Ab Blues SoloLesson 7

Ab Blues Solo

Learn this Ab jazz blues solo taught by Dennis Hodges.

Length: 21:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Ab Comping LessonLesson 8

Ab Comping Lesson

Dennis explains the accompaniment part to the Ab blues solo taught in lesson 7.

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Db Blues SoloLesson 9

Db Blues Solo

Dennis teaches a jazz blues solo in Db major.

Length: 20:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Db Blues Comping LessonLesson 10

Db Blues Comping Lesson

Dennis teaches the accompaniment part to the solo in lesson 9.

Length: 7:46 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Gb Blues SoloLesson 11

Gb Blues Solo

Learn this Gb blues in 6/4 time based on the Miles Davis tune "All Blues."

Length: 12:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Gb Blues CompingLesson 12

Gb Blues Comping

Dennis teaches the accompaniment to the solo in lesson 11.

Length: 12:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
B Blues SoloLesson 13

B Blues Solo

Dennis continues his straight ahead jazz series with a lesson on a jazz blues solo in B.

Length: 18:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
B Blues CompingLesson 14

B Blues Comping

Here's a lesson on jazz blues accompaniment with a walking bassline.

Length: 12:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
E Blues SoloLesson 15

E Blues Solo

Learn jazz guitar with this straight-forward look at a solo in E major.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
E Blues CompLesson 16

E Blues Comp

Learn the accompaniment part to the solo in lesson 15.

Length: 3:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
A Blues SoloLesson 17

A Blues Solo

Dennis Hodges continues his growing Jazz-Blues series with a lesson on a solo in A.

Length: 15:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
A Blues CompLesson 18

A Blues Comp

Learn the accompaniment to the solo in lesson 17.

Length: 11:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
D Blues SoloLesson 19

D Blues Solo

Learn jazz with a straight-forward lesson on a solo in D.

Length: 21:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
D Blues CompLesson 20

D Blues Comp

Learn the accompaniment to the solo in lesson 19.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
G Blues SoloLesson 21

G Blues Solo

Here is a very "outside" and modern sounding jazz-blues solo. The timing is very important here! This is one of the trickier solos that Dennis teaches in this series.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
G Blues CompLesson 22

G Blues Comp

Learn the rhythm accompaniment for lesson 21.

Length: 3:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
C Blues SoloLesson 23

C Blues Solo

Here is the final solo to learn for this jazz series. This solo is inspired by the great bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Length: 15:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
C Blues CompLesson 24

C Blues Comp

Here is the final lesson for Dennis Hodges jazz series. Learn the comping for lesson 23.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Dennis Hodges

About Dennis Hodges View Full Biography For better or worse, Dennis Hodges cannot stop playing music, and (he hopes) will never stop playing music.

Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Dennis had a tremendous passion for drawing. He couldn't stop copying moves from bands he saw on MTV, though, and it didn't help that his parents filled the house with Santana, Stevie Ray, and Allman Bros. (on real records, no less!) so it wasn't long till he got his first guitar. It was junk. Within a few weeks his parents traded in a poor acoustic for a less junky 3/4-size electric.

Dennis started lessons right away at the age of 8. He still remembers hating it for awhile, and not taking it seriously until he was 12. He is thankful his parents forced him to practice early on and kept paying for lessons, even though rational thinking should have stopped them after a year.

Around this time drawing became less important, and guitar consumed all his attention. After 6 years of lessons he parted ways with his teacher and, after trying out two others with no results, decided to continue alone. His nerdistic tendencies paid off, as he put in hours working on picking and left hand exercises and learned as many Randy Rhoads and Kirk Hammett solos as he could.

Luckily, there were playing opportunities at school talent shows and church. Dennis was playing bass at his church when he was 13, helping to hone his performance skills in a group setting.

In high school, Dennis joined the marching band on sousaphone for all 4 years. It was as awesome as you could expect. He was also fortunate enough to be in several different metal bands, still play at church, and get the incredible opportunity to play guitar for many local community theaters. This kept his sight-reading in shape and gave him an appreciation for different styles of music (and paid pretty well, from a high schooler's perspective).

In 2001, Dennis came to Bexley, Ohio to study guitar at Capital University with Stan Smith. His studies emphasized jazz and classical guitar. Here his metal past merged with a deeper understanding of the instrument and music in general, and the basis for most of his teaching style was set in motion.

Dennis now plays guitar for Upper Arlington Lutheran Church every Sunday, for St. Christopher in Grandview, Ohio, with the youth group, and also plays for touring Broadway shows that stop in Columbus. Occasionally, he plays weddings and private parties, and he is starting a new cover band with some friends, called Dr. Awkward. He is blessed to have his understanding and supportive wife Kate, and is glad to be at JamPlay!

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