Jazz Guitar Techniques

Jazz Guitar Techniques

You can find all downloadable resources at the end of each curriculum in Guitar Super System, or altogether for use outside the app at https://musiciswin.com/resources

From chord voicings to phrasing to an exploration of various sub-genres like fusion and latin jazz, you'll enjoy a buffet of awesome concepts to consider. We'll examine some great jazz guitar players' habits, too, like Wes Montgomery and Charlie Hunter, as well as figure out how to infuse a jazz attitude in any musical situation. You should have a basic understanding of music theory for this curriculum, which you can find in Music Theory: Level 1.

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Jazz Guitar Techniques
  • The Most Important Chord in Jazz

    Whether you know it or not, you've probably already played a shape or two of the Drop 2 chord family. In this lesson, I'll show you how to construct any Drop 2 shape on the guitar neck with a simple formula. This lesson comes with tabs, so check them out below and incorporate these shapes into yo...

  • Root-Third-Seven Chords

    If you're not a jazz player, fear not! Here is a simple way to take chords you're already very familiar with and imbue them with the ancient sound of jazz. While this method may be old hat for more experienced players, the underlying foundation of these shapes will translate into many areas of yo...

  • 6 Popular Jazz Progressions

    When you think of jazz chord progressions, a few pop into mind, such as the ii-V-I cadence which *spoiler alert* is the first progression on my list. Other chord progressions that make the cut, however, are a bit more interesting and can provide a landscape for extremely creative guitar playing, ...

  • Learning Licks from Wes Montgomery

    This Wes Montgomery lick is a great way to get the feel of jazz guitar, and what better way to do that than to emulate one of the best jazz guitarists to ever live?

  • Jazz Guitar Stylings

    If you've ever hit a wall with your songwriting or guitar playing in general, there are a few things you can try to make the ordinary, well... extraordinary. In this lesson, I'll show you how a little style can go a long way in making a boring chord progression more interesting.

  • When to Use Chromatic Notes

    Chromatic notes are the beginning and the end of all the "correct" notes in your phrases. The perfect way to consider these tones are like stepping stones, where you don't want to stand for too long, but can afford to put your weight on for a moment or two.

  • 3 Quick Jazz Fusion Licks

    Fusion usually means fusing two genres together to form one super genre. These licks are primarily jazz fused with R&B fused with rock fused with awesome. Before I experimented with fusion guitar playing, I always thought of each chord change as requiring its own chord scale, rather than trying t...

  • 4 Classic Jazz Licks

    If you aren't moved to learn jazz or forced to learn jazz from teachers or in music school, chances are you've never considered dipping your toes in the vast ocean of standards, chromatic lines, altered chords, and tone scooped sounds of jazz guitar. If you're not planning to be a jazz musician, ...

  • Bossa Nova Jazz Basics

    The laid-back vibes of Bossa Nova are made even more chill by jazz-infused stylings, particularly when it comes to the harmonic construction of the chords. Prepare to groove as we examine a couple basic Bossa rhythms in a jazz context.

  • How to Read Lead Sheets

    Being able to interpret lead sheets is a valuable skill for any guitar player to have, as it tests all aspects of your musicianship: improvisation, sight reading, and timing, to name a few. If you’ve looked at a lead sheet, you may have asked yourself “Where are all the notes!?” A lead sheet is a...

  • Four-on-Six-Tab.pdf

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  • Four-on-Six-Backing-Track.mp3

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  • Pentatonic-Scale-Positions.pdf

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  • Maj7-Drop-2s-String-set-1.pdf

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  • Maj7-Drop-2s-String-set-2.pdf

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  • Maj7-Drop-2s-String-set-3.pdf

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  • min7-Drop-2s-String-set-1.pdf

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  • min7-Drop-2s-String-set-2.pdf

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  • min7-Drop-2s-String-set-3.pdf

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  • min7b5-Drop-2s-String-set-1.pdf

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  • min7b5-Drop-2s-String-set-2.pdf

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  • min7b5-Drop-2s-String-set-3.pdf

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  • Dom7-Drop-2s-String-set-1.pdf

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  • Dom7-Drop-2s-String-set-2.pdf

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