Matt Warnock

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Chord Turnarounds

In this lesson, we will look at turnarounds (aka turnbacks) and their various variations as applied to major keys, minor keys, suspended resolutions and other progressions. A turnaround is a series of chords that helps bring a chord progression back to the tonic key and is usually found at the end of a tune. In …

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John Coltrane Giant Steps

Giant Steps

There are few tunes in the jazz repertoire that strike fear in the heart of players such as the John Coltrane tune “Giant Steps,” which can be a challenge from both a soloing and comping perspective. When guitarists first begin to explore John Coltrane’s Giant Steps changes, this series of chords can seem like an …

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Bossa Nova

Latin Jazz Guitar Rhythms

Songs like Wave, Dindi, Blue Bossa, and Corcovada have long been part of the jazz repertoire.

In this lesson, you will learn to play Brazilian jazz guitar with these 10 Latin guitar rhythms from Brazilian and Cuban music traditions. Rhythms patterns include bossa nova, samba & salsa.

Freddie Green

10 Essential Jazz Guitar Chord Rhythms

Besides learning chord shapes, it’s also important that you develop your right-hand technique. Rhythm is an important aspect of playing chords because it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!

In this lesson you will learn 10 essential jazz guitar chord rhythms that every jazz guitarist should know.

How to Read Jazz Chords and Lead Sheets

In this lesson, you will learn how to read jazz chords on lead sheets the way they appear in fake books such as the Real Book.

You will learn how to color your chords, use chord tensions and substitutions while making sure your chords don’t clash with the melody.

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The Diminished Scale

The diminished scale is used to improvise over Diminished chords, which occur quite frequently in jazz chord progressions. This scale is built by alternating whole and half steps.

In this lesson, you will learn the theory behind diminished scales, as well as how to use them in your jazz guitar solos.

Minor blues chord progressions

Minor Blues Chord Progressions

In this jazz guitar lesson, you will learn 11 variations of the minor blues chord progression and 2 guitar chord studies over the minor blues.

Comping over a minor blues tune is an essential skill for any jazz guitarist, as minor blues tunes are some of the most commonly called songs on jam sessions.

Barney Kessel Jazz Guitar Licks

Barney Kessel Jazz Guitar Licks

In this lesson, you will learn 9 jazz guitar licks and a blues solo in the style of the great bebop player Barney Kessel.

Besides learning the vocabulary, you will also learn the concepts behind these jazz phrases.

John Coltrane

John Coltrane For Guitar

John Coltrane’s musical career only spans 12 years between 1955 (the moment he first got noticed as a sideman) and 1967 (the year of his death). Despite his short-lived career, John Coltrane was one of the most influential improvisers in jazz and there is a lot to be learned from his musical legacy, also by guitarists. …

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All of Me – Chord and Single Note Soloing

All of Me is a great jazz standard to practice your solo and improvisation skills on.

In this lesson, you will combine chord comping and improvisation over the changes of All of Me (in the style of Joe Pass). Being able to mix single-note solos and chord comping is an essential skill for jazz guitarists of all levels.

Introduction to Rhythm Changes for Jazz Guitar

Introduction To Rhythm Changes (+ Chord & Solo Study)

Rhythm Changes is one of the most popular song forms in jazz and essential to get under your fingers.

This doesn’t mean that it is an easy chord progression. Playing an inspired jazz solo over a Rhythm Changes can be hard because of the many chords and the fast tempo it is usually played in.

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20 Ways To Play ii V I VI Chord Progressions

The ii V I chord progression is the most common progression used in jazz, that’s why it is important to master this progression.

In this jazz lesson, you will learn 20 ways to play through 2 5 1 chord progressions, in both major and minor keys.

Baden Powell

Brazilian Jazz Guitar Licks and Solo

Brazilian music had a great influence on players such as Stan Getz and Pat Metheny and lots of Bossa Nova songs are part of the jazz repertoire.

In this lesson, you will learn to play Brazilian jazz guitar licks and solos as you study the work of Baden Powell, Hermeto Pascoal, and more.

Essential Jazz Chord Exercises

Take your chord playing to the next level with 5 essential chord exercises in this in-depth lesson.

You will learn how to play chord scales, inversions, tune studies, and more.

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