Chord soloing is one of the aspects of jazz guitar that many players want to explore, but often don’t know where to start. Listening to Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, or Lenny Breau tear through a chord solo doesn’t as much inspire as it does intimidate. Because of this, many guitarists avoid studying chord soloing, as they don’t feel ready. Have you been there? I know I have…
This lesson helps you begin your chord soloing studies no matter where you are in your development. Whether you use this study to expand your chord knowledge, or learn to play along with the track, you’ll benefit from this chord solo study.
Check it out, have fun with it, and let it open new doors in your chord soloing vocabulary as you move to the next level in your playing.
Chords in This Study
Before learning how to play this jazz blues chord solo, here are the shapes used in the study. Start by playing through each shape to get your fingers used to these chords before you learn them in the study below. You don’t have to memorize these shapes to play the chord solo, but using this page as a reference will be helpful in your comping studies going forward.
Also, if you do dig any of these shapes, take them to other keys and apply them to your comping, chord soloing, and chord melody lines.
F Blues Chord Solo Study
Now that you know these shapes, you can start learning the chord soloing study. Start by practicing each four-bar phrase at once, then combine them to play the study as a whole. From there, put on the backing track and jam the study along with the bass and drums on the track.
If you’re up for a challenge, you can make up your own chord solo over the backing track using the shapes from this lesson.
Most importantly have fun with these chords and study as you explore these shapes in the woodshed.