Joe Pass Chords – Essential Lines and Concepts


  Joe Pass is often considered as the greatest jazz guitarist who ever lived. With his ability to play in solo, duo, and ensembles with ease, as well as move between single notes, bass lines, and chords, made his a true virtuoso. When studying his playing, one concept that is essential to spend time on […]

How to Play 6 Chords on Guitar

C6 Chord

  One of the first things you’ll notice when playing jazz guitar chords, is that there are a lot of variations for each chord type to get under your fingers. When playing over major family chords for example, you can play C6, Cmaj7, Cmaj9, C6/9, etc., and they all have a similar function, but sound […]

5 Major Jazz Guitar Licks

Major jazz guitar licks video

  In this lesson you’ll learn 5 finger-friendly jazz guitar licks in the key of Eb major. By practicing these licks you’ll get 2 important patterns into your fingers: the 1235 pattern and chromatic enclosures.   All 5 licks are played in the same position, around the Ebmaj7 or Eb6 chord and Ebmaj7 arpeggio:   […]

Easy Satin Doll Chord Melody for Guitar


  Learning how to play chord melody arrangements is one of the most sought after skills by beginning and intermediate jazz guitarists, but it can seem out of reach for many players. While it may be a tough challenge to play a Joe Pass style chord melody on guitar, you don’t have to wait to […]

Georgia on My Mind Guitar Chords

georgia on my mind

  One of the most popular jazz standards of all time, Georgia on My Mind is a favorite vehicle for jazz guitarists of all levels of experience. With a memorable melody, engaging chord progression, and a slow bluesy feel, Georgia is a great tune to jam on in a solo, duo, or combo setting. In […]

Turnaround Chord Solo Lines for Jazz Guitar


Playing chord solos has been a part of the standard repertoire since the early days of jazz guitar. Players such as George Van Eps, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Kurt Rosenwinkel, to name a few, have all recorded legendary chord solos on their albums. Because so many great Jazz guitarists use chord solos in their […]

Drop 3 Chords & Inversions

Drop 3 chord chart preview

  A favorite of jazz guitarists such as Joe Pass, who used these shapes to perfection in his solo guitar performances, drop 3 chords are ideal to use when playing in a solo or duo setting. While they might take a bit of time to get under your fingers, having a strong understanding of drop […]

How to Play Take 5 Chords on Guitar

Take 5 Guitar Chords

  If you’re like most guitar players, especially when first beginning to study the instrument, you will have a moment where you think; “I really dig that tune Take 5 so I’ll learn it on guitar. How hard could it be?” Then you try and play it, and turns out it’s not as straightforward as […]

Minor ii V I Arpeggio Patterns for Jazz Guitar

dm7b5 arpeggio 2

  Arpeggios are created by playing the notes of a given chord in note order, one note after the other. Knowing which arpeggios to use and how to use them in a musical context is key to becoming a strong improviser. In this lesson you’ll learn how to play three essential jazz guitar arpeggios and […]

Night & Day

Night and Day jazz guitar video

  Here’s a great solo jazz guitar arrangement of the standard Night & Day, arranged and played by Chris Standring, the author of Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2.     Here are the tabs for the first 16 bars:     If you want to learn how to play solo arrangements like this one, […]




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