Here’s a very smooth chord/melody arrangement of the classic jazz standard The Days of Wine & Roses. The arrangement is from the hand of Chris Standring and is a part of his jazz guitar chord melody course called Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2. Here are the tabs for the first 8 bars: If you want to learn how to arrange jazz standards like these, then click here to learn more about Chris…
The Chicken is a cool jazz funk standard composed by Pee Wee Ellis, saxophonist and member of James Brown’s band in the 60s. The Chicken first appeared as a B-side of a 1969 James Brown single called The Popcorn but was later made famous by Jaco Pastorius, who made it his signature song. The chicken is a lot of fun to play and a great song for jam sessions. Below you’ll find the bass guitar tabs and…
Besame Mucho is a popular Bolero song played by Elvis Presley, Andrea Bocelli, and The Beatles, among many others. The most famous jazz version of Besame Mucho has been recorded by Wes Montgomery on his album Boss Guitar.
In this lesson, you will learn a chord accompaniment on acoustic guitar.
Drop 2 chords are the most popular and useful chord voicings for jazz guitarists and have been used by many great jazz guitar players such as Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.
Download our chord chart and learn how to play drop 2 chords for comping, soloing and chord-melody arrangements.
Shell jazz guitar chords are also known as guide tone chords and are the most basic type of chords used in jazz.
Shell chords are a good place to get started because they contain the most important notes of a chord and can be used to build more complex chords.
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.