Jazz Guitar Lessons

Welcome to the section dedicated to jazz guitar. One of the defining elements of Jazz would be its use of 7th chords, extended chords, and altered chords as opposed to just triads. Other elements essential to jazz are the use of syncopation, emphasizing off beat rhythms and the swing feel. Also, the ability to improvise over the standard chord changes in the piece of music. in these lessons we will study jazz style chords, jazz standards, improvisation, and eventually chord melody.

Intro to Jazz and 7th Chords

Intro to Jazz and 7th Chords

In this introductory lesson on jazz Bryan discusses the defining elements of jazz, brief history, and review of major, minor, and diminished 7 chords. As a prerequisite you should have completed the beginner course of Volumes 1-5.
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Harmonizing The Major Scale With 7 Chords

Harmonizing The Major Scale With 7 Chords

In this lesson we will expand on our knowledge of 7th chords and see how they fit together by harmonizing the Major Scale.
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Common Jazz Rhythms

Common Jazz Rhythms

In this lesson we will study 2 common jazz rhythms, the Freddie Green rhythm and the Charleston.
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The ii - V - I Progression

The ii - V - I Progression

In this lesson we will study the most common jazz chord progression, the ii - V - I
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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

In this lesson we will learn our first Jazz standard and apply some of the 7th chords we have learned so far in the tune Autumn Leaves. This lesson covers just the harmonic chord progression.
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Autumn Leaves Melody

Autumn Leaves Melody

In this lesson we will study the melody of Autumn Leaves. Learning the melody to jazz standards is an important part of learning jazz.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Arpeggios for II-V-I

Arpeggios for II-V-I

In this lesson we will study 3 arpeggios you can use to solo over a II V I chord progression. The arpeggios are all located in the same position using the G Major scale. We will cover an Am7, D7, and Gmaj7 arpeggio.
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ii-V-I Riffs

ii-V-I Riffs

In this lesson we will study a couple basic ii-V-I licks based out of our recently learned arpeggios.
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