” Wanna Learn Jazz Guitar for Real? “
Your search for relevant and free instructional material for jazz guitar stops right here! You just found the holy grail. Bookmark this website now, because you’ll be coming back often.
The JazzGuitarLessons.net website hosts all the information you need to get started or take your jazz guitar playing to the next level. From the beginner looking for basic chord shapes, to the advanced improviser looking for specific concepts, you’ll find something just for you on JazzGuitarLessons.net, including:
- Improvisation Lessons
- More Chords Lessons (with basic charts, fingerings and theory)
- Tons of FREE videos on many topics
- Jazz Standard TUNES (w/ Chord Melody)
- Legendary Jazz Guitarists bio info, with gear and transcriptions
- Instructional Books and DVDs reviews
- Blog Posts and other interesting short lessons
- Jazz Guitar Podcasts
- PLUS Articles, including some from Q&A with visitors)
- …and much, much more!
So, once again, I was serious when I said: Your search for instructional material stops right here!
JazzGuitarLessons.net contains No generic articles and licks, no so-called “Jazz gurus” you’ve never heard of, no B.S. lessons without any “meat,” no lessons where you get overwhelmed with chords and theory (getting lost within 3 minutes of starting) and no boring videos re-posted everywhere online a million times.
What You Get when Visiting this Website
Let me make a haiku out of this one:
Genuine, high-quality jazz guitar instruction.
Taught by an actual pro Jazz guitarist.
Lucky You! (-:
Improve Your Jazz Guitar Playing with a Real Teacher
Virtually everything found on JazzGuitarLessons.net is created (and maintained) by yours truly.
I’m your “real” teacher: Marc-Andre Seguin (more about Marc-Andre Seguin here), Canadian thirty-something jazzer, teacher and composer at times. I graduated twice with music degrees from renowned music schools (classical and Jazz) and have over 15 years of music teaching experience (including the last 7 years on Skype, through this website).
I build, edit and maintain JazzGuitarLessons.net to help other musicians. Here, guitarists can learn about and play jazz to achieve greater levels of confidence and expression on this wonderful instrument.
I started this website in January 2009 because I wanted to contribute (in my very own way) to jazz education. My goal is to help guitarists deal with the apparently overwhelming task of learning and playing jazz convincingly. When I first looked and searched on the Internet, I didn’t find many actual full-time jazz guitar players sharing their wisdom. Most websites had (and still have) minimal information and lots of advertising …
I figured I might as well start a genuine website myself and share the best jazz guitar lessons with the world! After all, my career is in jazz performance, I have a passion for teaching and I know computers well enough to build a website.
Most of all, I’m dedicated to the music, to this website and I have a passion for teaching and explaining stuff to others. This is probably why this website is one of the most genuine and honest you’ll find on the internet.
If you ever have a question, comment or if you simply want to say “Hi,” please drop me a line! I truly exist “for real” and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Seriously.
JazzGuitarLessons.net Structure – Do You Feel Lost?
[Skip over all this reading and go directly to the Start Here Guide …]
First things first, everything (yes, everything) on JazzGuitarLessons.net is absolutely free. There’s about 300 pages, 50 posts and 35 podcasts (at the time of this writing) so it can be a bit confusing. Here’s a short intro to the content.
The big picture structure overview of the website is as follows: “old pages”, built between 2009-2014 have the extension .html at the end or the URL. Those are the classic lessons I posted when first started, and that I personally keep updating to provide the visitors with the best online experience possible. They are the pillars of the website, so to speak.
Chances are, those important pages of the website (with an .html) are the ones you will want to bookmark for later reference. There’s so much materials that I had to create indexes to keep track of everything. Few! About 300 pages. Not bad for a single guy with a laptop. 😉
So, those main sections (the pillar pages and lessons) are accessible through the menu found at the top of every page. Better still: use the the search functionality to search pages, posts, podcasts and lessons in the entire website. Look for the little magnifying glass icon (top right).
Other than that, newer pages are called “posts” (as in blog posts) and do not have the .html in their URL in the address bar. Those are usually shorter, punchier 500-800 words pieces of content published to solve precisely one problem or issue the typical learning jazz guitarist is facing. I started to be more active blogging, podcasts and in general publishing YouTube videos in 2014.
There’s more news in the “free content” department, and it’s a constant work in progress.
And Jazz Guitarists Like That Stuff?!?
Oh yes, they do! There was a complete “Testimonials” page until 2014, that I unfortunately had to take down during a migration to WordPress in 2014. There was literally hundreds of raving reviews for the website and its content.
Now, since everything on JazzGuitarLessons.net is FREE, I keep the testimonials for the products that are sold in the store (see below). They call this “social proof”, and it’s true: people all around the world love everything and anything about what is on JazzGuitarLessons.net
Of course, it’s nice to stay in touch … subscribe here and be the first one to know about new lessons, podcasts, blog posts and more!
Since 2012, yours truly (Marc-Andre Seguin) has started to sell products on JazzGuitarLessons.net … since 2015, all the products can be found in the same place at JazzGuitarStore.net … it makes the process of buying instructional products very straight-forward. No more confusion.
So, just remember:
JazzGuitarLessons.net = free stuff
JazzGuitarStore.net = paid stuff
If you’re interested in buying instructional materials, I highly recommend the Tune of the Month Club, where we cover one standard per month, every month. It includes videos instructions and PDFs for a chord melody, comping study and single-note solo. Check it out! 🙂
Practice well, enjoy your stay and keep in touch.