Everything you ever wanted to know about jazz guitar chords is here. How they are built, how to play them on guitar .
These lessons with tab, charts, diagrams and practice tips give useful information on triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented, etc.), tetrads (seventh and sixth chords) , extended chords (9th, 11th, 13th) , altered chords, drop voicings, etc.
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Jazz guitar scales are very important devices when learning jazz guitar.
You will find in these lessons the most important scales and modes that any jazz guitar player need to know such as diatonic scales, melodic minor, harmonic minor, harmonic major, melodic minor, symmetic, pentatonic scales, bebop scales, blues scales.
Each article contains charts, exercices, theoretical explanations and guitar shapes.
Here is the list of the printable PDF methods with audio files available for download.
Each eBook contains exercises with tab : standard notation, charts, guitar diagrams, theoretical explanations and numeral analysis.
They also have the advantage of being quite easy to learn and to play on guitar, that's the reason why beginners generally start to learn jazz improvisation using arpeggios.
There is a plethora of arpeggios used in jazz such as triads (minor, major, diminished, augmented, sus2, sus4), tetrads aka four-note arpeggios (maj7, min7, dom7, dim7, m7b5, 7sus4, 7sus2, min6, maj6, etc).
There are also five-note arpeggios (min9, maj9, dom9), six-note arpeggios (min11, dom11, maj11) seven-notes arpeggios (maj13, min13, dom13) and other types as altered arpeggios (maj7#11, 7b13, 7#5).
Arpeggios are directly related to chords because these are chords whose notes are played one by one. Here is a non-exhaustive list of what you can find about arpeggios on this website:
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Learning basic jazz patterns, essential licks or riffs and lines taken from improvised solos of the greatest jazz players can be very helpful to expand your jazz vocabulary.
This section offers some exercices with tab, standard notation, audio files and theory based on classic jazz lines transcibed from famous jazz musicians such as Wes Montgomery, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Miles Davis, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Barney Kessel, Grant Green, Charlie Christian.
Some of these jazz lines are accompanied with YouTube videos.
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Jazz guitar chord voicings present a real challenge for beginners. Many guitarists think they need to know a lot of complicated chords with unpronounceable names to play jazz. But, the truth is that jazz guitar chords are based on easy shapes that you can move anywhere on the guitar neck.
These basic chords are divided into several distinct qualities (minor 7 , major 7 , dimininished 7 , half-diminished, dominant 7). They can be altered or enriched with extra tones as explains in this tutorial.
By studying the basic chord voicing shapes in this lesson you will understand how jazz chords are built, how to play them on guitar and how to apply them to any jazz standard or chord progression.
A new video has been published on the YouTube channel. It contains 10 exercises with chord shapes and numeral analysis about different types of variations of the jazz blues progression for jazz guitar rhythm.
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The triad pair system is a technique used by many jazz improviser to build modern improvised lines. It consists of playing two adjacent triads from a scale. The most used are from the major diatonic system, however it is possible to use triad pairs from other scales as melodic minor, harmonic minor and harmonic major. This guitar lesson with tabs, shapes and theory is focused on triad pairs from the major scale only.
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A chord progression is a succession of musical chords (with at least two notes) played one after another. Chord progression can be named harmonic progression and represent the foundation of western and traditional music.
Many jazz standards use similar chord progressions, in different keys it is very important to recognize them by ear and visually. Working and practicing basic chord sequences will make you feel more comfortable when you will need to learn jazz standards, it will more evident and easy to comp and solo.
In this lesson you will learn to recognize the 14 most important jazz chord progressions as minor and major II-V-I, the turnarounds and their variations, how to use passing diminished chords. You will find charts with roman numerals to easily transpose these harmonic progressions in different keys and some examples of comping with audio files, tabs and standard notation.
- By Stef Ramin
- On 11/26/2016
Mastering triads on the guitar is necessary for any guitarist who wants to expand his fretboard and theory knowledge.
These chords are not really considered as jazz chords because of their basic sound, but they can be efficient tools for comping and chord soloing. Indeed, the strong point of these chords is the simplicity of learning and playing.
You will find in this guitar lesson 84 ways of playing major, minor, diminished, augmented triads using root and inverted voicings in close and open positions.
Autumn leaves is a 1945 song composed by French musician Joseph Kosma. The original lyrics are in French, written by Kosma but in 1947 Johnny Mercer wrote the English ones. Since that time it has become a very popular song and surely one of the most played jazz standards.
This song is in a AABC form (32 bars), very much appreciated by beginners because the harmonic progression is pretty simple to play and easy to understand. It covers a very important chord sequence found in jazz, the ii-V-I both in minor and major.
How to Play Autumn Leaves With Guitar Chords?
Autumn leaves is one of the most popular non-American jazz standards on pick-up gigs and records. It is a must-know tune for any jazz guitarist and a great choice when you want to play both chords and melody on guitar. Indeed, the chord progression is not difficult to learn and easy to play. This blog article provides an easy chord melody arrangement to play the famous jazz tune on guitar. This lesson runs in three steps :
- Listening to instrumental and vocal versions.
- Playing basic chords (drop 2 and drop 3 voicings).
- Learning to play the melody.
- Playing the chord-melody arrangement.
Last edited: 02/14/2020