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.
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.
One of the most exciting guitarists of his, or any, generation, Mike Stern has created a unique voice in the jazz guitar world. Besides his signature tone and energetic time feel, Stern loves to use certain substitutions in his playing to create a tension-release vibe. One of the most common ways Mike does this is by using the ii V I half-step approach. In this lesson, you learn what those subs are, how to apply them to…
When learning how to solo over jazz tunes, you work on scales, arpeggios, lines, phrases, and transcriptions. While this material is essential, this approach leaves out some of the most important aspects of jazz improvisation, including phrasing. Phrasing allows you to develop ideas over time in your playing, as well as stops you from playing run-on sentences that never stop. To help you develop a strong sense of phrasing, this lesson provides 5 essential phrasing exercises over…
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.
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.
Expand your jazz guitar soloing chops by learning how to play and apply the dominant diminished scale.
Theory, diagrams, licks, solo & backing tracks included.
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.
One of the most popular tunes at jam sessions and pick up gigs is the Herbie Hancock classic Cantaloupe Island. While you can learn the chord progression, melody, and check out soloing on this tune, many guitarists skip the main riff of the tune. Though it’s originally played on piano, you can easily adapt that riff so it sits comfortably on the fretboard, adding it to your comping on this tune. In this jazz funk lesson, you will…