Jazz Guitar Chords for Comping

Master Index

This section of the website covers everything you need to get started with jazz guitar chords (or improve your current abilities). The jazz guitar comping lessons on this page focus mainly the harmonic aspect of the instrument: chord shapes, progressions, chord melody, etc. You’ll find plenty of FREE material.

If this is your first visit, I recommend looking at these jazz guitar chords lessons in order. You should ethumb-jg-chordsvidently have a few basic chord shapes at your command before attempting chord melody stuff on standards (or more intricate progressions with substitutions.)

Start with the chord charts. As soon as you’re familiar with basic jazz guitarchords “grips” (shapes), it is highly recommended to apply them by creating accompaniments on actual jazz tunes. Always remember: be musical and tasteful in your comping! A bunch of chord changes or cool substitutions simply won’t work if the final result isn’t SWINGING …

Have fun and make good music!

Jazz Guitar Chords: For Beginners

  • Jazz Guitar Chords: Introduction Course Never played jazz guitar? Learn these chords first … This eCourse is designed especially for absolute beginners OR experienced guitarists without a jazz background. No theory, just playing!

Jazz Guitar Chords Intro: Udemy

 

  • Jazz Guitar Chord Chart #1 Major, Minor and Dominant. The best starting point for complete jazz guitar beginners : over 30 *useful* chord forms diagrams to get you started. All moveable chord shapes.

 

 

 

Jazz Guitar Chords: Comping Basics

  • Jazz Guitar Comping: “Lesson 2″ Already intermediate with jazz chords? Use what you know to develop more chords… This is eCourse is the “sequel” to the Introduction Course above. If you’re already familiar with regular 7th chords, 12-bar blues, II-V-I progressions then this is what you’re looking for.

How to play jazz guitar: comp lots!

 

  • Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass: Chord Melody With just these few videos and written ideas (with TABS), you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can connect melody and harmony in seamless beautiful chord melody lines … entirely dedicated to the art of chord melody playing.

 

  • Jazz Guitar Chord Chart #2 Diminished 7th and altered dominants. Spicy chords with some harder fingerings. This is where to go when you see “b9″ or “#5″ (or both!) in the chord symbols. All moveable chord shapes.

 

  • Chord Progressions #1 The basics of playing and understanding how chords go with one another. Covers the diatonic cycle and the I-VI-II-V progression. Great starting points.

 

  • *Custom* Lessons Learn at your own pace. Get real tailor-made exercises to dramatically enhance your comping. Submit your questions, issues and recordings to get fully customized lessons (from a jazz guitar expert) in a timely fasion.Find out more here…

 

 

  • Videos See the free videos section for more lessons…

 

Jazz Guitar Chords: Essentials

  • Chord Melody The fine art of accompanying oneself. Learn to create enjoyable jazz guitarmoments by shaping *your own* chord melody arrangements on jazz standards.

 

 

  • Chords Warmup (the Big Five) Get your fingers loose for the practice session or gig. Five very useful voicings played up and down the fretboard (all diatonic in C major). Great workout for the left hand!

 

  • Chords in Scales (aka diatonic chords) Chords found in three scales: Major, melodic minor and harmonic minor. Generate 7 new chords every time you learn a single voicing! Also : explanations on the nature of drop2 and drop3 voicings.

 

  • Chord Progressions #2 Modulations: how to get to other keys. Let’s start by modulating to the almighty IV chord… (heard in many standards and within the blues progressions)

 

  • The No Nonsense Guide – Part 2 Some more clarifications on harmony. Practical suggestions to understand and play secondary dominants, interpolation, back cycling, turnarounds (and more…)

 

  • Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass: Chord Melody With just these few videos and written ideas (with TABS), you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can connect melody and harmony in seamless beautiful chord melody lines … entirely dedicated to the art of chord melody playing.

 

 

  • Videos See the free videos section for more lessons…

 

Jazz Chords: Beyond

 

  • *Custom* Lessons Learn at your own pace. Get real tailor-made exercises to dramatically enhance your comping. Submit your questions, issues and recordings to get fully customized lessons (from a jazz guitar expert) in a timely fasion.Find out more here…

 

  • Chord Progressions #3 Minor Progressions. The final chapter in this jazzy chord progressions survey. The minor diatonic cycle, I-VI-II-V in minor and minor blues progressions.

 

  • The No Nonsense Guide – Part 3 The final article in the “no-nonsense series”. Covers more advanced topics and defines harmonic concepts such as tags, back door progressions, extension, inversions and more…

 

  • Chord SubstitutionsJazz Guitarist’s Survival Guide Now that you understand chords and progressions it’s time to create effective variations on them. Simple tricks to help you spruce up all the “boring” chord stuff found on leadsheets. Real chord subs used by the pros and jazz guitar greats.

 

  • Videos See the free videos section for more lessons…

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