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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A brand new PDF method is available for download. It rounds out the two previous eBooks Ionian jazz guitar licks and Dorian jazz guitar licks. This book contains 40 dominant jazz guitar lines with tabs, audio files and theory based on the Mixolydian mode for beginners and intermediate players.
- 1 Printable PDF file (high resolution).
- 40 MP3 Audio files related to each lick (high quality).
- 1 Jazz backing track.
This lesson explains how jazz chords are built and how to play them on guitar using common positions. This will help you understand, identify, build and play one of the most important types of chords.
All the shapes proposed in this tutorial are movable and playable anywhere on the fretboard. So, try to play them in all twelve keys.
To simplify learning, the voicings used in this course ensure that the root is always the lowest note, either on the sixth, fifth or fourth string. In other words, there are no chords with third, fifth, seventh or any other note in the bass.
Don't hesitate to create your own chord positions. In the meantime, take a look at the following essential chord shapes proposed below, classified into four distinct categories :
- (major, minor, augmented, diminished, sus4 and sus2).
- SEVENTH CHORDS (aka tetrads)
- (maj7, min7, dom7, m7b5, dim7, minMaj7, maj7#5, 7b5, 7#5).
- SIXTH CHORDS
- (maj6, min6).
- EXTENDED CHORDS
- (min9, maj9, 9, 6/9, 7#9, 7b9, m11, maj11, 11, m13, maj13, 13, 7b13)
The minor II-V-I sequence is equivalent to the major II-V-I sequence, but played in minor harmonic key. It is a must know for any guitarist who wants to learn to solo over tunes in minor keys.
You will find minor II V I progressions in many jazz tunes as Autumn leaves, Blue Bossa, Black Orpheus, Stella by Starlight, The nearness of you, I love you, Speak low, Soul eyes, Valse Hot, Along came Betty, Stablemates, Are you real, I'll remember April, I hear a rhapsody, In your own sweet way, Nuages and many more.
This guitar lesson for beginners explains what is the minor 2 5 1 progression, what scales and what chords you can use over it.
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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: 01/23/2020