Jazz Standards

The best way to learn how to play jazz guitar is by playing jazz standards. By applying chords, scales, and arpeggios to jazz standards you transform your technical know-how into real music.

Mr. PC Jazz Guitar Lesson

Mr. PC (John Coltrane)

Mr. PC is a popular minor blues in C, written and recorded by John Coltrane in 1959 for his album Giant Steps. In this guitar lesson, you will learn how to play the melody and how to improvise a solo over its chord changes. In case you were wondering, the initials P.C. stand for Paul …

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The Uninvited

Stella By Starlight

In this lesson, you will learn how to play the classic jazz standard Stella By Starlight, written by Victor Young. Stella is one of the most popular jazz standards played today and one every jazz guitarist should have under his fingers. The harmony and melody of Stella By Starlight are derived from the soundtrack of …

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Wes Montgomery - Unit 7

Unit 7 (Wes Montgomery)

Unit 7 is a great jazz standard composed by bass player Sam Jones during the time he was working with Cannonball Adderley. The most famous version of Unit 7 is on Wes Montgomery’s album “Smokin’ at the Half Note”. This album, which is essential listening for any jazz guitarist, was recorded live in 1965 with …

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Antonio Carlos Jobim - How Insensitive

How Insensitive

How Insensitive (Insensatez in Portuguese) is a bossa nova classic written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. In this lesson, you will learn how to play the melody of How Insensitive, how to solo over its chord changes, and you will have a look at some typical bossa nova intros. How insensitive has been recorded by a …

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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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Blue Bossa

Blue Bossa

Learn how to play one of the most popular bossa nova songs ever, Blue Bossa.

In this lesson, you will learn the melody, the chords and how to improvise.

Misty

Misty – Chord Melody & Solo Studies

In this jazz guitar lesson, you will learn how to play Misty, a great and fun-to-play jazz ballad written by Errol Garner.

You will learn a chord melody arrangement and how to solo over Misty’s chords (backing tracks included).

All the Things You Are

All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is another essential jazz standard and one that is often played by beginning jazz musicians, although it has a fairly complex harmony.

In this lesson, you will analyze the harmony of All The Things, learn a chord melody arrangement and a solo study.

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.

Summertime Melody and Solo Lesson

Summertime Melody & Solo Study

Summertime is another one of those popular jazz standards that every jazz player needs to know.

In this lesson, you will learn a chord/melody arrangement of Summertime. You will also learn to improvise over the chord changes and learn a few soloing concepts.

Fly me to The Moon chords

Fly Me to the Moon Chords

Learn how to play the correct chords of Fly Me To The Moon, a very fun to play jazz standard. The chords of this song follow the cycle of fifths.

You will learn some cool-sounding chords and rhythms that you can use for other songs as well.

Duke Ellington - Satin Doll

Easy Satin Doll Chord Melody for Guitar

Satin Doll is a classic jazz standard composed by Duke Ellington.

In this lesson, you will learn an easy Satin Doll chord melody arrangement for guitar. This chord melody is suitable for beginner Jazz guitarists up to intermediate level.

In the next section, you will learn a chord study that brings some variation in your comping over Satin Doll.

Take 5 Guitar Chords

How to Play Take 5 Chords on Guitar

Take 5 is probably one of the most recognized jazz standards of all time.

As the title of the song suggests, Take 5 is in the 5/4 time signature. You will learn how to play Take 5 chords on guitar with both the original groove and a more advanced, syncopated chord study.

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