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Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar

eBook (printable) | 195 pages | guitar tabs, notation, audio & backing tracks
Introduction to Jazz Blues GuitarLearn to play jazz blues in the style of your favorite jazz guitarists with our Intro to Jazz Blues Guitar course. Full of fun and informative lessons with audio and tab/notation, this course is designed to get you sounding like Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass and other great jazz blues guitarists.
  • Solo over the blues like your favorite players.
  • Learn to comp and walk bass lines over blues tunes.
  • Break out of box patterns and “jazz up” your blues.
  • Over 115 audio examples to make learning fun and easy.

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The Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar Arpeggios

PDF eBook (printable) | 182 pages | guitar tabs, notation, audio & backing tracks
The Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar ArpeggiosUsing arpeggios is the most direct way to get a jazz sound in your solos. The Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar Arpeggios is a step-by-step approach that teaches you the fingerings, knowledge, exercises, and common phrases, you need to confidently solo over any set of jazz chord changes.
  • Must know arpeggio shapes for maj7, 7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and mMaj7.
  • How to use arpeggios to solo over chords and common chord progressions.
  • Exercises to build your knowledge of arpeggios in a technical and improvisational context.
  • Over 100 audio examples and backing tracks.

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How to Play Like Wes Montgomery

PDF eBook (printable) | 196 pages | guitar tabs, notation, audio & backing tracks
How to Play in the Style of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery is considered by many guitar players to be the greatest jazz guitarist ever. With this ebook you too can be inspired by Wes Montgomery's playing as you learn how to play lines, octaves, chords and tunes in the style of "The Thumb".
  • Learn classic Wes Blues lines and phrases.
  • Study Wes' common scale and arpeggio choices.
  • Get Wes Montgomery's octave and chord soloing approach under your fingers.
  • 158 audio examples to get these concepts in your ears and fingers.

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The Jazz Guitar Gazette Premium

eBooks (printable) + online | tabs, notation, audio & backing tracks.
Premium Jazz Guitar LessonsThe lessons in our Premium members area are optimized to bring your jazz guitar playing to the next level in a fast, fun and easy way. Each week there's a new topic, here are some examples of past editions:
  • How to Jazzify your Blues playing.
  • How to play in the style of Wes Montgomery.
  • 25 Essential Bebop licks.
  • How to improvise over All The Things You Are.

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Free Lessons
Free guitar lessons

Our Free Guitar Lessons are the center of this website and cover a great variety of topics, for beginners as well as for the guitar pro. All lessons are illustrated with guitar tabs, traditional notation and audio, some have video as well.

Some lesson examples:

  • How to use guitar scales in jazz.
  • Advanced use of the pentatonic scale.
  • How to play bebop, latin, blues guitar & Rhythm Changes.
  • Arpeggios for Guitar.
  • Guitar technique exercises to develop speed and dexterity
  • How to play jazz standards from the Real Book like Autumn Leaves, So What, Take Five, ...
  • Video Guitar Lessons: Stella by Starlight, There Will Never Be Another You, ...
  • Guitar lessons for beginners: How to Read Guitar Tabs, The Major Scale, How to Improvise a Guitar Solo.
  • ...

Jazz Guitar Licks

The Licktionary is a collection of guitar riffs, licks and patterns in the style of over 45 master jazz guitar players such as Pat Metheny, George Benson, Bill Frisell, Django Reinhardt, John McLaughlin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Pass, Al Di Meola, Mike Stern, Les Paul, John Scofield, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, but also jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. It's the ultimate guitar lick collection to use as an inspiration for your guitar solos.


Jazz Guitar Chords

In our Jazz Guitar Chords section, we grouped all the basic guitar chords that are needed to play jazz music. For every chord type there is a free printable guitar chord chart.

You can also download the Basic Jazz Guitar Chord Book, a free ebook that groups all the basic jazz chords together with the music theory you need to know as a beginning jazz guitarist.

Other chord lessons:

  • Jazz Chord Progressions
  • Blues Guitar Chords
  • How to Play Fingerstyle Walking Bass
  • Guitar Chord Inversions
  • Chord Substitutions
  • Comping studies on popular jazz standards
  • ...

Jazz Guitar Gear & Setup

In the Guitar Gear section you will learn how to get a jazz guitar sound and find answers to questions like:

  • How do you choose amongst the range of available jazz guitars?
  • What guitar amp should you buy?
  • Do you need guitar effects?
  • Are Fender guitars any good for jazz?
  • What about guitar strings?

 

Find out how your favorite guitar player gets his signature sound:

  • What kind of guitar amplifiers does Pat Metheny use?
  • What type of Gibson guitar did Wes Montgomery play?
  • How does George Benson get his sound?
  • Did Charlie Christian use acoustic or electric guitars?
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