jazz guitar lessons

  • Jazz guitar chord voicings - II-V-I progression - 5 Exercises

    II V I jazz guitar chordsYou will find on this page 5 exercises to learn to play different jazz guitar chord voicings over the most used chord progression in jazz, the famous II-V-I sequence.

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  • Stella by Starlight - Jazz guitar chord melody lesson

    A new video is online on the youtube channel. It is a quick jazz guitar chord melody arrangement with chord diagrams of the famous jazz standard "Stella by Starlight" (Victor Young). 

  • Extended major 7th chords | Guitar diagrams & voicings | Cmaj9, Cmaj#11, Cmaj13

    Major 7th chord extensionsIf the basic sound of jazz is based on tetrad chords (four-note chords), it is common to extend them with other tones. These other notes forms the upper structure of a chord which includes 9th, 11th and 13th. Adding extensions to chords help to get off the beaten tracks and provides some new harmonic colors to your playing (chord soloing, comping, and arrangement). This lesson provides you useful extended major 7th chord shapes to apply to your playing.

    Basically, major 7th chords are made up of a root (1), third (3), fifth (5) and seventh (7). They can be extended with a ninth (9), a sharp eleventh (#11) and a thirteenth (13).

    The notes in yellow in the chart below can be added to the basic structure of a major 7th chord to extend it. Therefore a C major 7th chord can become Cmaj9, C maj7#11Cmaj13.

    C Major seventh chord C E G B D F# A
    Intervals 1 3 5 7 9 #11 13

     

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  • 21 Jazz guitar licks with tabs on youtube

    A new video has just been uploaded on the youtube channel. This lesson contains the 21 most recent jazz guitar licks & transcriptions posted on the channel. 

    Here is the summary :

    1. 10 Kenny Burrell licks
    2. II-V7alt-I lick 
    3. Clifford Brown solo transcription 
    4. Eric Gale solo transcription 
    5. Grant Green airegin solo transcription 
    6. Duet in F - Berklee 
    7. John Scofield Wee #1 
    8. John Scofield Wee #2 
    9. John Scofield Wee #3 
    10. Dominant 7th lick 
    11. Soul jazz lick 
    12. Jazz blues lick 

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  • 10 Kenny Burrell jazz licks | Dominant 7th

    Hi there is a new video online on the youtube channel. It's about 10 easy Kenny Burrel dominant 7th (#9) jazz guitar licks for beginners transcribed from "Chitlins con carne".

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  • 10 easy Wes Montgomery jazz guitar licks / transcriptions | Dominant 7th

     

    Wes Montgomery jazz guitar licks lessonsWes Montgomery was an american guitar jazz player, considered as one of the greatest jazz guitarist of all time. He has influenced and influence again a lot of jazz guitarists. His playing is characterized by the use of his thumb instead of a pick with incredible dexterity. His guitar solos are gold mines for jazz guitar students.

    He often approached his guitar solos by following the same chords progression in three ways and in the same order:

    1. In single note lines using arpeggios, scales and modes.
    2. By playing octaves.
    3. By playing block chords.

    Wes Montgomery played almost exclusively on a Gibson L-5 CES plugged most of the time into Fender amps (super reverb, twin reverb, deluxe). He also played on Gibson L-7, Gibson L-4, Es-175, ES-125D.

    You will find in this free jazz guitar lesson 10 easy dominant 7th jazz guitar licks with tabs transcribed from "West coast blues". They are all in the key of Bb and time signature is 3/4.


     

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