The ii V I chord progression is the most common progression in jazz music.
Learning ii V I licks is an important step in building a jazz vocabulary, and the licks on this page can quickly and easily add some great sounding jazz phrases to your arsenal.
Learning jazz guitar licks is an is essential when learning how to play jazz guitar. By studying classic jazz guitar licks, you learn how to phrase and develop rhythmic as well as melodic ideas.
In this lesson, you will learn 25 classic jazz licks over major, minor, and dominant chords.
One of the most successful, and sometimes controversial, jazz guitarists of all time is George Benson. While he began his career as a pure jazz guitarist, taking up the lineage of Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, Benson later branched off into the pop world where he achieved worldwide success with albums such as Breezin’. Though his pop work brought him fame, it did alienate some of his fans from the earlier, more bebop oriented recordings. Nevertheless,…
Guitar modes are a type of scale that you need to master to be able to improvise in jazz.
Modes can be a bit confusing at the start, but once you get your head around the basic idea, you will notice modes can be quite simple and very useful for improvisation.
In this lesson, you will learn the modes of the major scale. You will learn the theory behind guitar modes, the different fingerings on guitar, and how to use them in your solos.
Known for his enormous contribution to jazz and electric guitar, Pat Metheny has become a household name over his long and illustrious career. But, while Pat has elevated the electric guitar in jazz, he has also brought attention to the acoustic guitar and its role in jazz improvisation. One of his most memorable acoustic releases is the duo album he recorded with Charlie Haden, Beyond the Missouri Sky. On that record Pat brings his slippery lines…
Autumn Leaves is a must-know jazz standard.
In this lesson, you will learn a chord/melody version of Autumn Leaves. You will also learn how to solo over Autumn Leaves’ chord changes.
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.
Chord melody is a highly sought after skill by many guitarists, and it’s easy to see why. Being able to play melody and chords on a single instrument has immense creative possibilities in both trio and solo guitar situations. But, if you’ve tried to learn chord melody, it’s likely you’ve been overwhelmed. There are so many approaches to chord melody that you’ve probably found yourself scratching your head from information overload. This is where this lesson comes…
Here’s a great solo jazz guitar arrangement of the standard Night & Day, arranged and played by Chris Standring, the author of Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2. Here are the tabs for the first 16 bars: If you want to learn how to play solo arrangements like this one, then click here to learn more about Chris Standring’s Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2. Night & Day Solo Jazz Guitar Arrangement…