Triad Superimposition

Triad Superimposition: B major over D7

  The concept of superimposition in a musical context is often debated. The direct definition of superimpose is to place an object or idea on top of an existing object or idea. Seems simple enough…right? The confusion occurs at the intersection of two similar concepts: superimposition vs. upper structure triads. Some would consider superimposition to …

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Autumn Leaves Jazz Guitar Chords

Autumn Leaves is another classic jazz standard that every jazz guitarist should have under his belt.

Learn the fun and cool-sounding Autumn Leaves jazz guitar chords based on intervallic ideas and rootless chords.

Jaco Pastorius The Chicken

The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius)

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 …

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Besame Mucho

Besame Mucho Chords

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 Chort Chart

Drop 2 Chords

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.

On Green Dolphin Street Jazz Guitar Chord Study

One of the most commonly learned and played jazz standards is On Green Dolphin Street. In a similar fashion to Autumn Leaves, this tune is often played in two different keys, C and Eb. In this lesson, you’ll learn a chord study played over On Green Dolphin Street in the key of C major. If …

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Minor/Major Seventh Chords For Jazz Guitar

When exploring minor key sounds as a jazz guitarist, one of the first chord qualities you will discover is the mMaj7 chord (the minor major seventh chord). Coming from the first mode of the melodic minor scale, this chord can be used over various minor chord situations, in both major and minor keys, but it …

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5 Jazzy Pentatonic Scale Patterns

As many guitarists begin playing rock, blues, and pop music before exploring jazz, one of the first scales we have under our fingers are the various positions of the major and minor pentatonic scales. To help you translate these commonly used scales to a jazz context, here are 5 jazz pentatonic scale patterns that you …

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Augmented Major Seventh Chords For Jazz Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar chords, one of the uncommon, yet cool-sounding shapes, which you will run across, is the maj7#5 chord (aka augmented major seventh chord). Though it is not as commonly used as the maj7 or maj7#11 chord shapes, the maj7#5 chord is an interesting sound that you can add to …

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Killer Joe Jazz Guitar Chord Study

A fun and interesting chord progression, the tune Killer Joe is a commonly called jazz standard on jam sessions and gigs. While the tune looks easy from an initial look at the chords, especially the A sections which are only two chords, it can be tricky to keep things from becoming monotonous when playing over …

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Shell Jazz Guitar Chords (For Beginners)

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.

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The Best Jazz Guitar Amps (Top 25) – Survey Results

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 …

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5 Thelonious Monk Licks For Jazz Guitar

Though not a guitarist, Thelonious Monk is one of the most commonly studied jazz musicians when guitarists begin to explore improvisational and compositional techniques on the instrument. With a strong focus on polyphonic lines, playing two or more notes at once, as well as a unique rhythmic approach to improvising, Monk’s lines are full of …

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Playing Chord Melody Jazz Guitar

Playing chord melody guitar is playing melody, chords, and bass at the same time (a must-have skill when they ask you to “play something”).

This introduction to chord melody jazz guitar will teach you the basics you need to master this art.

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5 Essential ii V I Jazz Guitar Licks

II V I chord progressions are the bread and butter of jazz, that’s why every jazz musician should be able to navigate these changes well. In this lesson you’ll learn 5 classic ii V I jazz guitar licks, in both major and minor keys, that you can use to bring a sense of jazz vocabulary …

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Take the A Train Jazz Guitar Chord Study

When learning how to comp over ii V I chord progressions, many of us struggle when taking exercises and chord shapes that we’ve learned in our technical workout and apply these ideas to a practical, tune-based situation. One of the best tunes that you can use when transplanting chords and comping concepts from the technical …

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The Best Jazz Guitars (Top 15) – Survey Results

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 JGO readers and asked them about their best jazz guitar. After getting back over 5000 responses from …

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17 Easy Jazz Guitar Chords For Beginners

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. …

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Summertime guitar chord study

Summertime Guitar Chord Study

Summertime is a classic jazz standard that is often played at gigs with a singer.

In this chord study, you will learn how to play Summertime’s chord changes with a variety of voicings such as drop 2 chords, 4th chords and 3 to 9 chords.

The Lick

"The Lick"

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.

How To Play Diminished Arpeggios

How To Play Diminished Arpeggios

Diminished arpeggios are an essential tool every jazz guitar player should have under his/her belt + they are relatively easy to play on the guitar because of their symmetric formation. Read on to learn how to play diminished arpeggios on guitar and how to use them in a musical context. How is a Diminished Chord …

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Understanding the Minor ii V I Progression

Playing the minor ii V i progression is an essential skill for any jazz guitarist, and this progression is often seen by jazz guitarists as being derived solely from the harmonic minor scale. However, as with many musical concepts, there are standard alterations that are often used to make things sound sweeter to Western ears. …

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5 Essential Jazz Guitar Soloing Patterns

Learning jazz guitar patterns is a good way to improve your jazz vocabulary.

In this improvisation lesson, you will focus on 5 classic jazz guitar patterns that will take your jazz guitar solos to the next level.

Steely Dan Chords

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: …

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Amazing Grace jazz guitar arrangement

Amazing Grace Solo Guitar Arrangement

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.

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10 Ways to Play My Funny Valentine Chord Changes

My Funny Valentine starts with a recognizable descending minor chord progression that you will find in many other jazz standards as well.

In this lesson, you will learn 10 ways to play the chords of this famous progression.

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Top 100 Jazz Albums

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.

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Top 50 Jazz Guitar Books

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.

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Top 100 Jazz Guitar Albums

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.

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