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Here’s a chord chart with the 17 chord shapes every beginning jazz guitarist should know. Practice these chords by playing the chord progressions below the chord chart.

Beginner Jazz Guitar Chord Chart

How To Practice These Jazz Guitar Chords?

The most fun and effective way to practice jazz guitar chords is playing chord progressions. Here are 3 exercises that should get these beginner’s chords under your fingers:
Exercise 1: in this exercise you will be playing a series of 2 5 1 progressions. Use a simple rhythm so you can concentrate on the chords.


Beginner chords example 1

Here’s the backing track for your practice:


Exercise 2: this exercise combines the beginner’s chords with a walking bass line.


Beginner chords example 2

Here’s the rhythm track:



Exercise 3: this chord exercise includes diminished chords:


Beginner chords example 3

The backing track:


Also check out the shell chord chart (shell chords are the most basic jazz guitar chords): Shell Chords (For Beginners)

  1. Rick SearleFeb 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Dirk,

    I would like to download the chart and backing tracks so I can practice later without having to come back to your website. Is this possible? If so, am I missing the download link?


    • alexMay 19, 2014 at 1:44 am

      While you could download the charts, each visit to this website helps Dirk keep the website going, so your repeat visits are especially valuable.

  2. Larry6stringFeb 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Good Intro to jazz Dirk well done.

    • Louis FrancoisFeb 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I want to have a Jazz Chord Grill Example whith sound…

  3. AminFeb 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Great tabs with great chords and other great stuff. Ty.

  4. MathFeb 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Awesome tutorialm awesome site, awesome course and teacher ! Thanks for such great work !
    Best from France

  5. Rainer MarpeFeb 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This is indeed very useful! I consider myself as a beginner and I’m slowly getting better. These Chords and tracks will help a lot! Thank you very much for your support.


  6. Michael WarmackFeb 12, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Good stuff

  7. chkFeb 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Great! Just what I needed. Thanks

  8. Joseph BeggyFeb 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Beautifully illustrated.

  9. Nance TourignyFeb 13, 2014 at 12:44 am

    The X on the chord means do no play that string. What is the bst way to do that?

    • Matt WarnockFeb 13, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Hi Nancy

      Try using your fingers or pick and fingers to pluck the strings, rather than strum on those chords. Might be helpful.

      • EdwardFeb 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

        Though, you should find it easy to mute the unwanted string by touching it with the finger that’s on the lowest note. Same way as Wes (and all other Jazz guitarists since) mute the unwanted middle string when playing octaves.

    • Frank KorbFeb 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

      I find it the easiest to play the 6th string with my thumb. I know strictly speaking this is bad technique, but it frees up a finger to mute the 5th string (very useful for Latin).
      Happy strumming!

    • Joe TinariFeb 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Very inspiring and motivating for the beginning jazz guitarist. A real treat.

  10. Bill Asher-|LawFeb 13, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Thanks Dirk. As usual all the information you supply is of a high standard and helpful keep up the good work.

  11. Danny CollinsFeb 13, 2014 at 3:04 am

    As always, a lesson filled with hours of fun on my guitar! Thanks Dirk!

  12. Michael CoulesFeb 13, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Fantastic! Thanks Dirk!

  13. Dr. Shyam MudaliarFeb 13, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Great stuff, Dirk !
    Please keep ’em coming.
    Do keep us, senior beginners, in mind.
    I’m a 65-year old retired physician,
    in Kerala, India,and have recently taken up
    the guitar as a retirement project.

    • ChasbaFeb 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Same situation for me . Recently retired, jazz guitar music a passion, have always wanted to play a bit, need to make some modest progress before it’s too late. Learning jazz guitar is not only a great mental exercise but also increasingly a physical challenge as you get older. Any help we can get from teachers like Dirk and Matt that recognise the limitations of the older learner is much appreciated.

    • billJun 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      i have played guitar for many years as a singer, last few yrs into jazz guitar. retired for 7yrs, found getting into a band of great benefit! you will soon find the things that are hard that you wont find playing alone. currently in four bands (all different) this type of info will set you right, and for me, invaluable.
      good luck and enjoy!

  14. GlennFeb 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

    This is just great.
    I appreciate it that you make the time to do this.
    Thanks so much!….

  15. jpFeb 13, 2014 at 3:51 am

    This is a nice beginner lesson: easy-to-read diagrams and notation, backing tracks, succinct text. It’s attractive enough for me to read and play through it a little even though it’s for beginners

  16. ron murchFeb 13, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Dirk, this is really valuable stuff and helps to explain how to play good-sounding jazz. Please keep it up.

  17. TommyFeb 13, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Best Email I have received all day! Dirk is awesome! Tune in to Jazz Quest Radio on KX 93.5 Laguna Beach! Plenty of Podcasts!!!

  18. Dana WooaamanFeb 13, 2014 at 4:35 am

    can’t ever go wrong reviewing the basics!

  19. jerryFeb 13, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I have been playing guitar for 40 years and have just now wanted to learn some jazz. thanks for the chord chart.

  20. RalphFeb 13, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I downloaded your guitar chord chart for beginners. I don’t play guitar; I have always found it to be a difficult instrument with respect to the fingering. I respect it and enjoy listening to all kinds of guitar music: Flamenco, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical guitar. I truly liked your lesson on chord progressions. This I found to be a very useful lesson on chord progressions and chords.

    Ralph Sirvent, Jr.

  21. ValdirFeb 13, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Great!!! Thanks a lot.

  22. Abhirup RoyFeb 13, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Great lesson Dirk. Really helpful to learn and/or teach the basics.

  23. RodsterFeb 13, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Cool man’ Like dig it Daddy-O.

  24. RobertoFeb 13, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I’m a newbie and this is GREAT! Thanks a lot!

  25. rick bourneFeb 13, 2014 at 6:32 am

    nice and easy using the three bass strings

  26. RichardFeb 13, 2014 at 7:14 am

    AWESOME! Just what I needed. Baie dankie, Dirk!!

  27. lenardFeb 13, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Very good stuff i like

  28. DauidFeb 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Thank you loads! Those are very helpfull.

  29. ChasbaFeb 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Thanks Dirk. You’ ve no idea how useful lessons like this are to us beginners. You read this and suddenly the penny drops and you take another step forward. You and Matt are great teachers!

  30. Frank KorbFeb 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Awesome foundation study.
    No guitarist can ever know too many II V I progressions.
    I will pass this on!!!
    Dank je wel, Dirk.

  31. RajFeb 13, 2014 at 8:32 am

    After years of playing pop,rock,funk. I am now moving to jazz . Thank you so much . This is of real help . appreciate the good work . Keep it coming .

  32. HansFeb 13, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hi Dirk, good stuff!Thanks
    Can I print the lesson somehow??

  33. FuquaFeb 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

    This is great! I don’t know many shapes so this will help a lot. Thank you!

  34. FrankFeb 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Very good Dirk. Your teaching makes me a better player!!

  35. RolandFeb 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Thanks Dirk. A very valuable lesson even for non guitar beginners… I finally clearly understood how these chords are built. Once again it is shown that a picture is worth a thousand words…

  36. AndreasFeb 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Dirk great idea for that kind of lesson. If it is meant for beginners its maybe more easy for them if you insert the fingering instead of the interval relationship into the chart. Just a hint from a colleague.

    Keep on the good work very nice lessons I point my students to watch your project here.

    • LollofunkyFeb 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

      interesting, opposite idea of mine ( i think note intervals very useful and should always be there), even for beginner i think learning the intervals is easy, it is better, and even if it might seems hard at beginning it opens the “world of understanding” 🙂

      • GuyApr 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm

        Actually, I don’t see it as an either or… it’s helpful to understand how chords are related, and it’s helpful to know how they are fingered.

  37. LollofunkyFeb 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hi, well done, I always thought that to learn chords with the “chord tones” and not finger position is the best way, It is so important to know what note your finger is pressing.

  38. RolfFeb 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Awesome Dirk, really nicely put together, thank you for this!

  39. SilverfoxxFeb 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    A great insight into jazz chords for beginners, which IMHO is as equally important as single lines.
    I had the privilege of being taught by a professional musician who put great emphasis on chord
    melody playing, which is very effective when playing in trio”s etc.and very satisfying to listen to.
    A very high proportion of the great players are /were very adept at chordal playing in addition to
    phenomenal single lines/ octaves.

    yet more pearls of wisdom from Dirk ! ( a masterly player )

  40. José RamónFeb 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Great, Dirk

  41. MassimoFeb 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Great lesson! NOt only for beginners!

  42. PalFeb 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    It is absolutely great and generous what you send us, Dirk!

    I am a visual artist, so I am not always able to follow the lessons in time, but it is just so convinving and seducing all the stuff you send! I am sure I will go through all of it as soon as possible. I have already studied a bit your chord construction lesson with good results 🙂

    Many many thanks!

  43. MarkovFeb 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Nice Work!

  44. Sergio GiocondiFeb 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Hi Dirk,

    I would like to download the chart and backing tracks so I can practice later without having to come back to your website. Is this possible? If so, am I missing the download link?

    Sergio Giocondi

  45. TonioFeb 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Nice! Keep up with this stuff!

  46. EricFeb 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Excellent material. Thanks for sharing.

  47. robFeb 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Dirk it is so nice to receive lessons from you . They are so informative and helpful . Thanks man ! Rob!

  48. AnnaFeb 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Well done, valuable, clear, user-friendly. Thank you, Dirk!

  49. ALEXFeb 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    another one great, simple and well graft lesson from you Dirk

  50. Dave RFeb 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Very nice lesson and definitely useful – thanks!

  51. HarryFeb 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Just seen this. Haven’t had time to try out yet but it looks very, very useful. Many thanks in advance.

  52. JohnFeb 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Dirk,
    Very nice lessons to begin with.
    Is it possible to download the backtracks.

  53. CharlesFeb 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Dirk,

    Thanks for the teachings. How can I get this particular write up in PDF format?

  54. LouFeb 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Excellent guide to help players from other genres open up their ears to experimenting with jazz

  55. raul zapataFeb 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Dirk.
    Your lessons make me love jazz more than I did!

    Kindest regards from Colombia

  56. DamianFeb 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Excellent and deep explanation of the way the chords change, amazing site and amazing work!!

  57. Joseph TuccilloFeb 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Dirk, Many years ago I bought the Micky Baker Jazz Method. It took awhile for me to learn the basic Jazz chord changes. I see that you have presented these chords in a straight forward manner. Thanks for demystifying this important part of learning Jazz.

    Joseph Tuccillo

  58. Steven D'AntonioFeb 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Dick,

    Excellent lesson. Is there any way to download the tracks from the sound cloud? I would love to be able to take the backing tracks with me, especially since my practice room doesn’t have a internet connection (I planned it that way so there are fewer distractions).


  59. jess setzlerFeb 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Dirk, I appreciate your effort to help me understand what’s going on with that thing called “guitar.” Maybe one day I’ll catch on!

  60. RodolfoFeb 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hi man, thanks for you lesson. It is cool

  61. nolimoreFeb 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I haven’t been studying, practicing or playing ‘jazz’ guitar for a few years now. Got the email link this morning, read through the page and started practicing the useful cycle exercises. For a free ‘taster’ lesson it is very generous and practical and I think you can get a lot of mileage alone out of whats on the page as an access point to practicing most jazz and I have read through other educational texts. Its not boring or rigorous, easy-on-the-eyes, easy-to-understand, succinct and to the point. Good Job Dirk, and thanks for your generosity.

  62. waldivinoFeb 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    bom de mais gostei mto

  63. bill parkerFeb 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Good , clear explanation of the chord structures.

  64. bill parkerFeb 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Good, clear explanation of the chord root and relevant tones.

  65. stan howlettFeb 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    just the sort of help I need., am new at this jazz stuff, but i really like it and want to be able to play it. thanks

  66. ChristopherFeb 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Dirk and Matt–Like Dr. Mudaliar and Mr. Chasba, I took up guitar when I retired (college professor) some years ago. Your methodology is THE BEST–especially your very jazzy, engaging way of playing the chords on the backing tracks! It’s as if it’s not a lesson so much as a cheerful jam session we’re invited to attend that just happens to be the essential chords needed for jazz. Because it sounds like part of a jazz tune, it adds to the enjoyment of playing and learning these chords. Bravo and kudos to you both, and thanks again!

  67. AnthonyFeb 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    The great lesson: every day, before pick up the guitar, i’m a beginner, from 36 years. Thanks to remember Dirk!

  68. FelipeFeb 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you for this lesson!

    I actually knew those chord shapes but couldn’t figure out a musical way to practice them!

    Thanks to you guys I won’t be lost and waisting my time anymore!

  69. ChyouFeb 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    This is the best chord chart for beginning jazz guitarist.

  70. RobFeb 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    A great lesson Dirk. Thanks so much!

  71. MichaelFeb 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Dirk, it’s a great lession. Fine explanation – also for beginners.

    Greetings from Austria 🙂

  72. bishopFeb 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Great! Just what I needed. Thanks

  73. mike berminghamFeb 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    thank you so very much Dirk for some really great lessons
    i am a senior citizen still thinking like a hippie
    playing guitar for most of my life in bands
    now just for myself and i still love the challenge of learning
    something different every day
    again thank you for making my time quality time

  74. Andrew B.Feb 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I’m a beginner, and you delivered exactly what I need right now. Thank you!!!

    As for feedback, I’ve thought about the comment of providing fingering instead of root and intervals. As a beginner, I would find both very helpful. The intervals teach me the role of each note in the chord, and the fingering shows me how to play it.

    The finger numbers could be placed to the right of each chart next to the strings that are being pressed, including the muted ones.

  75. Pierre RichardFeb 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    As always….good stuff..very good..

    A great site…to be sure…

    Time on the instrument…

  76. AyodeleFeb 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

    i really enjoy d lesson, they are the chords i need now!! thanks

  77. PetrosFeb 14, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Thanx Dirk,your lessons are always very helpful

  78. DrEduardoFeb 14, 2014 at 1:26 am

    By far, this is the most simplest yet interesting Jazz tutorial I have ever tried. Excellent work and thanks heaps, Dirk.

    Ed from Sydney Australia.

  79. naimeFeb 14, 2014 at 2:11 am

    cool stuff you got..

  80. Mig MalFeb 14, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Thanks Dirk. it’s a great lesson, to enjoy

  81. philFeb 14, 2014 at 2:56 am

    bet no one can come up with credible chords to to ” who do you think you are kidding mr hitler” All time BBC hit comedy

    You may laugh but that is a very challengin construction,

    otherwise always looking for credibel jazz prgresions for popular tunes…all of me eg


  82. JohnFeb 14, 2014 at 6:37 am

    So much to learn and so slow at it but really appreciate your course and love the insights I have from learnng to play when listening to it.

  83. aniruddha baruahFeb 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Excellent introductory studies to set the mindset for jazz. Should be helpful for all.

  84. LindaFeb 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Excellent, but i think you could add the software where i could print the lessons.


  85. OllieFeb 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for your lessons. I am very new here, first steps in jazz, and I have not used tabs before. I am not familiar with the graphical presentation of chords above. I guess vertical lines are strings, and horizontal are frets? Black dots are fingers? What are the small gray dots? Also not sure of positions, because fret numbers are not marked? I have used to barré type chords when playing dance music here. That is why I am very confused. Could someone explain?


    • Dirk LaukensFeb 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Ollie, horizontal lines are strings, vertical lines are frets. Black dots are fingers, grey dots are the same dots as on your fretboard. Frets are marked by a number below the diagram, no number indicates first position.

  86. TomFeb 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Nice work. Appreciate your effort with putting your lessons together. It would have been nice to have link to a printable pdf of the chord shapes.


  87. RobertoFeb 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Wonderful! That’s what I was looking for! A PDF link would be really highly appreciated

  88. Marlon PereraFeb 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    This is really helpful.. I learnt quite good progressions from you. Million thanks for sharing this valueble knowledge with us. Warm wishes from Sri Lanka.

  89. Miya CaroFeb 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Hi Dirk

    I also would like to be able to do this exercise offline – don’t see any responses to the download questions. Is it possible?

    • Travis HartnettFeb 18, 2014 at 6:52 am

      The chart of the chord forms is a png file which can be saved to your computer.

  90. saum_jazzieFeb 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

    this is amazing….God bless you Dirk 🙂

  91. Mreenal MamsFeb 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Thanks.. I’ve saved the page to practice it when I shall, but it would have been very kind if you would have provided the backing tracks for download, cuz here in India, internet is not so cheap.. Will be waiting anxoiusly for the next lesson.. Also i would like to ask, why is bebop so complicated, harmonically.. And how do we use quartal harmony.. And by the way could you give some famous examples of 2 5 1, and 1 6 2 5 progressions.. I am a little bit familiar with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Coltrane sort of thing,, any examples from there..?

  92. Unyime B.Feb 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    thanks for your time to let us know these chords, but i don’t undastand staff notations……..so i cant read the chord diagram, i will prefer it if you write on the strings. Thnanks

  93. Mark LockwoodFeb 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This lesson could not have come at a better time. I’m trying to visualize the 3’s and the 7’s in these standard chords as I play through standards. This lessons organizes all my scraps of paper into one location. I wish I had seen this stuff 30 years ago.THANK YOU.

    Inspired to woodshed after seeing Zappa Plays Zappa the other night. WOW,

  94. FabioFeb 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Great lesson as always ! Cheers !

  95. aamosFeb 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    what a nice way to begin to play jazz , the beginner chords helps to build up the your chord , tones , voicing and also helps your fingers to be flexible , how can you help me to build up to the intermediate level in jazz , please can you send me a lesson on how you can improvise on the beginners jazz chord lesson. keep the good work am really learning from your lessons.

  96. garyFeb 18, 2014 at 4:08 am

    thanks a million. i listen to light jazz often and always wished i could get a sound like those guys. but i see that it takes a lot of practice to get the fingers moving the way my brain is telling them to. like you have mentioned, “stuck in the same old rut”….yes…for years…my fingers and brain are starting to come around and heading in a new direction and loving it

  97. JoeFeb 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This is awesome! Thanks Dirk

  98. FrancoFeb 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Muchas muchas gracias!!! Excelente tutorial para comenzar a aprender algo de este hermoso género musical. Saludos desde Argentina!

    Now the translation: Thank you very much! Great tutorial, helps a lot to introduce ourselves into this beautiful world people call jazz. Greetings from Argentina!

  99. HansFeb 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hi Dirk, much appreciate what you’re sharing with us, but why make it impossible to print and/ or download?

  100. frankFeb 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Gracias, es de verdad excelente, y me ayuda mucho en mi aprendizaje, Saludos desde Mexico.

  101. JackMar 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Since I’m just starting to play jazz guitar, this is going to be a great help!

  102. RussellMar 10, 2014 at 10:16 am

    A big help for me the beginner. Great presentation and advice. The suggestion of a back ground loop may be helpful.

  103. Yinghui WanApr 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I love those basic chords, really useful.
    and the practice part is more helpful for me.
    thank a lot..

  104. note pluckerApr 4, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Very helpful and keep them coming. Your basic book is fantastic and recommend this to everyone and the price is so cheap. I’m waiting for the next one, but must admit there is hardly enough time to fully practice Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar.

  105. RyanApr 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Can someone tell me how to know which fret he’s on when looking at the chord charts?

    • Randy KatzJun 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

      There’s a number in the lower left on each chord chart which represents the fret number. If it isn’t clear look for where the C notes are.

  106. raulzApr 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks a lot Dirk. You´re the teacher!

  107. Johan ClareboudtMay 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Nergens een jammsessie & masterclass ergens in de vlaanders?
    Fijn werk, thx!

  108. jimmyJun 4, 2014 at 6:15 am

    FRom Malaysia, thanking you so much for this illustration.
    The knownledge of chord construction is well explained. Thanks.

  109. PeteJul 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    …best guitar free teaching site on the internet.

  110. Krystof AndressJul 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    This is just great… amazing website, thank you!!!

  111. BillJul 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    How do I get sound from the Soundcloud? I would like to hear the sound clips.


    • BillJul 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I found the answer on another lesson. Looks like my Internet Explorer is the problem. I can access Soundcloud with Foxfire.

  112. Michael BJul 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Great site and great lesson.

    I have a question: where the root in on the 5th string, the alternate fingers for the 7-chord and m7-chord both drop the 5. Isn’t the 5 critical to defining the chord? What are the tradeoffs in the decision to use one shape or the other (keep/drop the 5)?

    • Dirk LaukensJul 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Hey Michael, the 5 is the least important chord note and is not critical to define the chord. 3 and 7 are the more important ones.

      • Michael BJul 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

        Thanks for the explanation. It’s a great lesson that I’ve been working on and enjoying for a few days. I’m still struggling trying to figure out the most efficient fingerings for the exercises.

        I can only imagine how much work goes into assembling this lesson, which I and others greatly appreciate. Would you consider supplementing it with a YouTube video to help on the most efficient fingers for the exercises?

  113. Mikey OJul 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This is such a treat — Great little lessons that have applicable backing tracks
    Thanks so much !!!

  114. CondorAug 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Your site is really great! Thank you!!

  115. Christopher WisdomAug 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    pls send m the jazz tutorials so, I can download it. thks for your assistance.

  116. peterBAug 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    When in doubt or in search for inspiration , I always return to this site.
    You manage to clarify things in a structured and understandale way, there where most other sites fail.
    Thank you for the work; I’m having my regular portion of fun with it and it makes me hope I can one day achieve a reasonable jazz guitar level.

  117. TatayoyoSep 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks again for these lessons.

    Some positions are easier than others (big fingers, small cases…).

    Un grand merci !

  118. garywilson456Oct 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Great, I really appreciate your work because It’s really easy to understand, thanks.


    best beginner guitar

  119. Huub LuikDec 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you so much ,,,, it helps me as a blues player to gett in the jazz , it is not easy but i have so much fun to play 2-5-1 progressions and learn new cords on that way.
    i have a long way to go ,but every day i learn something new .
    thank you mister Dirk.
    Huub Luik

  120. JerryDec 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    great, thanks a lot. Great method, no confusing. Could you put chord inversions as well?

  121. WesDec 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Thank You Dirk!! I’ve been noodling around on guitar for years. Finally learning the proper way to practice and *unlearn* some bad habits. Great stuff.

  122. johnDec 31, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    kinda hard to hold and play a guitar with a computer in front. If these were extracted from a book I could buy and put on a music stand it would be more practical. Because of this I dont understand how all the guys above find this so great.

  123. BobJan 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks Dirk
    This is a lesson I really needed to start playing jazz.
    By the way, I come from the Dallas area & we have another Dirk here (Mavericks).

  124. GermanoFeb 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Proprio quello di cui avevo bisogno…

  125. phumeFeb 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

    your input to the jazz guitar world Dirk is highly appreciatable, but for us in the part of the world with no easy access on the internet, does not offer much help.

  126. Les CopelandMar 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    You guys are wonderful. the formats that you present are all so easy to understand and laid out in such a logical manner. I look forward to every Email i recieve from you. It is a joy! Keep up the excellent work. All the best to you from Vernon British Columbia Canada

  127. Christopher John BridgmanMar 31, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Wearing my accessibility ‘hat’ I am always on the look-out for praiseworthy sites that present clear, easy to read and unambiguous content. This particular chord chart is so well presented (even to the extent of making the orientation of the chord windows obvious by representing the thickness of the strings) that I would like to offer you a ‘pat on the back’ for the thought that went into assembling the page not only for clear-sighted but also for visually impaired prospective users. The fact that the lesson is probably the bet introduction to jazz chording I have found on the Internet is a welcome bonus!

  128. simon.bApr 2, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Great lesson once again – the backing tracks are also good for practising solo’s too

  129. doug garceauApr 7, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Great lesson on comping too.I’ve played these chords for years and you still came up with a voicing I haven’t used.Bravo!

  130. JamesMay 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Great Stuff!

  131. Steve MeyerJun 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Dirk,
    This makes me want to come back for more! Entertaining good stuff.

  132. NateJul 1, 2015 at 3:36 am

    I’m just starting out and have found this lesson to be a great tool to get me learning some chords without having to sit and just memorize chord charts! Would you more experienced guys out there recomend using a pick or finger picking when starting out with jazz guitar. I feel like the above exercises are easier with fingers, but I feel like most jazz guitarists use a pick. What are your thoughts? I have a background in guitar, just new to jazz.

  133. ROCKY GAug 30, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Hey Dirk I’m a 70 yr old white head and learning to jazz it up. I really appreaciate the tips and tricks THANKS BIG TIME.

  134. SunnydickNov 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Please post more of this to my email. Its really helpful

  135. BabalawoJan 2, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Are these lessons you post included in the Jazz courses you are selling?

    • Matt WarnockJan 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Hey, no there are similar lessons but all of our eBooks are unique content only available in those books. cheers.

  136. OgagaogheneJan 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Do the books come with CDs for each of the exercises given in the books?

  137. pedroJan 22, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    saludos cordiales,por favor no se ingles tiene alguna herramienta para tradusir al español,gracias aprecio su atencion.

  138. RichardMar 10, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    What a great lesson, such an excellent way to learn chords and progressions. Exactly what I am looking for. Spent most of the evening going through the progressions. Your lessons are super, keep em comming 🙂

  139. AlexMay 4, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thanks a lot, this is seriously good and probably the best stuff I found over all internet for beginners. I myself as a blues/rock guitar player for over 15 years couldn’t benefit more to expand my horizons with all this great information from your blog and pdf lessons. Thank you sir, you’re awesome Dirk. Cheers!

  140. KwautztretschkeJul 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

    This website is amazing. I will definitely use your exercises and memorize these chords. Thank you for this incredibly helpful chart and example.

    Greetings from Germany!

  141. KwautztretschkeJul 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

    One thing I don’t understand is why the Chord marked F7 in the second line is tabbed as the m7 shape?

  142. FritsOct 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hoi Dirk, great stuf to start Jazz guitar.

    • Dirk LaukensOct 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Frits!

  143. Len LawsonNov 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Very helpful,Dirk,much appreciated.Appreciate the large printing,Len.

  144. DavidNov 24, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I love this stuff. It really brought home to me, to see how enjoyable this is to listen to and I’m jumping in with both feet. Thanks!

  145. Bernadin EkkaMar 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Awesome because I just began jazz. I am new for jazzing.

  146. RobApr 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Brilliant lessons. Well set out and straightforward to follow. Thank you for the time and effort you put into providing this information for us.

    Kind regards


  147. CORBIN SMITHApr 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Extremely helpful and well done. The slightly harder progression of material makes it easy to build from the fundamentals you teach in example 1.

    Thanks For Your Time and Effort,
    Corbin Smith

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