F Jazz Blues Chord Solo

The Easy Guide to Chord Melody and Chord Solos


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.


Jazz Blues Chord Solo 2


Jazz Blues Chord Solo 3


Jazz Blues Chord Solo 4


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.


Backing Track

Listen & Play

Jazz Blues Chord Solo 1



The Easy Guide to Chord Melody and Chord Solos

  1. Richard JohnDec 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    For some reason, I’m having difficulty interpreting the chord diagrams you’ve displayed.
    #1- How do I know what frets you are fingering?
    #2- What do the numbers on finger placements mean? Like b9 or b13. Does the “b” indicate a flat?
    #3-Do the red dotes indicate the root note of the chord?
    #4-Finally, what do the numbers at the bottom of the diagrams indicate?

    Thank you,
    An old Rocker trying to learn some Jazz/Blues to incorporate into my playing some Grover Washington Jr. and Meters tunes.

    • Matt WarnockDec 17, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Hey, thanks for checking out the lesson.

      1. The number underneath the fretboard is the starting fret. If there’s no number, it’s the first fret.

      2. Those numbers are the intervals of the chords, so b7 is the flat seventh of that chord. It shows you how the chord is built.

      3. Red notes are the root.

      4. Those numbers are the frets.

  2. JustinDec 18, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Great teachings I need to get a book but I thank you for the help.

  3. Gordon HooperDec 18, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Thanks Matt. I like this arrangement as it has lots of space to include licks, embellishments and chord stabs. Greg is teaching me this approach at the moment.

    BTW, congrats on the Chord Melody Easy Guide you co-authored with Greg. It is a fabulous dissertation in the topic, entirely thorough and structured in a way to be both accessible and valuable to jazz guitar players of all levels.

    This is a MUST HAVE book.

    Best, Gordon Hooper.

  4. Antonio CarvalhoDec 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Great lesson…thanks for the blue voicings..Cheers

  5. DingoDec 19, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I notice that in this lesson and in your books, you often do not place on the staff the key signature for the composition to tell us what key you are in. The staff you use in this blues lesson is that of C major (or A minor). Should not it show one flat (B) to indicate it is in F ? Why is this ?

    • Matt WarnockDec 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Hey, yes using a key signature is optional in most jazz charts. Since jazz tunes change key so often, it can make it tough to read so many accidentals. So starting without any is often the cleanest way to write the chart. Also, this tune is in the key of F Blues, so it would have Bb and Eb, which is already a bit confusing. So no key signature avoids that confusion.

  6. Joe GulliDec 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Is there a significant difference between “the easy guide to chord melody and chord solos” (above) and “the easy guide to jazz guitar chords” and “Jazz guitar Blues eBook”? Thanks.

    • Matt WarnockDec 21, 2016 at 9:38 pm


      Yes they are completely different learning programs. Chord Melody/Soloing focuses on chord melody and chord soloing techniques. Jazz Chords focuses mostly on comping, and the jazz blues book does soloing and comping only on jazz blues progressions. Hope that helps.

  7. RobbieTheKJan 30, 2017 at 3:27 am

    The audio seems missing?

  8. TimeslicerFeb 12, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Would like to have the audio tracks restored, please:-)

    • Dirk LaukensFeb 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for letting me know Kees!
      Fixed the audio…

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