Tone is an important aspect of any jazz guitarist’s voice and musical output. Whether you are jamming or out on a gig, your tone is what sets you apart from other players, and gives your playing a distinct voice all it’s own. One of the most important aspects of developing a solid tone is finding the right amp for you and your musical tastes. To help you find that perfect amp, and personal tone, we’ve asked the JGO…
Guitarists in all genres love their gear, especially their guitars of choice, and jazzers are no different. In order to find out exactly what jazz guitarists are playing these days, we set out to conduct a survey of jazzguitar.be readers and asked them about their jazz axe. After getting back over 5000 responses from jazz guitarists all over the world, we’ve put together the results in this handy infographic that you can refer to the next time…
Jazz guitar chords can be complicated and as a beginner, it’s hard to know where to start. When first learning how to play jazz chords, many of us are intimidated by their sounds and shapes. But, jazz chords don’t have to be difficult to get under your fingers if you begin with the right shapes. The chord chart in this lesson features the 17 chord shapes that are essential when learning how to play jazz guitar. This…
The Lick is probably the most famous jazz phrase ever, you will literally start hearing it everywhere once it gets in your ears!
The Lick is a bebop phrase that is usually played over a minor 2-5-1 but can be played over other chords as well.
This short lesson is about a type of chord that occurs frequently in Steely Dan songs and that is known to Steely Dan fans as the ‘mu major chord’ or the ‘µ chord‘. Mu major is another name for an add 2 chord and is nothing more than a major triad with an added 2: Mu chord formula: 1 2 3 5 (This type of chord is not the same as a sus2 chord because sus2 chords do…
Amazing Grace is a famous Christian hymn, written in 1779, and became the spiritual national hymn of America.
Here, you will learn to play a jazz guitar chord/melody arrangement of this classic hymn.
Here’s an amazing version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, played by Tommy Emmanuel. For those of you that don’t know Tommy: he’s an Australian fingerstyle guitarist, known for his virtuosity and energetic performances. Chet Atkins had a big influence on his guitar playing. He scored first place twice (2008 and 2010) in the category “Best Acoustic Guitarist” of Guitar Player Magazines‘ reader poll and Rolling Stone Magazine gave him the title “Best Guitarist” from 1991 to 1994. Tommy…
This listening guide is a top 100 of jazz albums that don’t have a guitar player in the leading role.
If you are looking for a new jazz music to listen to, this is a great starting place.
There’s a ton of jazz guitar books available nowadays, some are great, some are not so great.
This top 50 compiled by our readers is a great place to start if you are looking for a new book to dive into.
Here is a top 100 of best jazz guitar albums, as voted by our readers. If you are new to jazz guitar, this listening guide is a good place to start, with a wide variety of styles and jazz guitarists.