Jazz Guitar Lessons
in Improvisation

This section of the website covers everything you need to get started in jazz improvisation or improve your current abilities. The jazz guitar lessons on this page focus mainly on single-note lines. You'll find plenty of material including scales, arpeggios, soloing concepts, playing through chord changes, etc.

If this is your first visit, I recommend looking at these jazz guitar lessons in order. The nuts and bolts of jazz are covered at first and they're then explored from different angles ... especially "the jazz guitarist's perspective" if you know what I mean! ;-)

Once you're familiar with jazz improvisation tools, concepts and ideas, it is highly recommended to apply them by soloing a lot on actual jazz tunes. You can also change up your style and try Jazz acoustic guitar strings and other accessories to change up your style.

Always remember : be musical and melodic in your improvisations! A bunch of chord changes and neat ideas won't cut it if the final result does not SING and SWING ...

Have fun and make good music!

Jazz Guitar Lessons : Improv Basics

  • The Major Scale

    This is the universal foundation of music. This lesson covers the scale and basic theory. Then you should also see Melodic Minor and Harmonic Minor scales.

  • Learn the Fretboard

    Know your guitar neck now! Take a few minutes right now, eliminate the guesswork forever. No more fishing for the next note!

  • Jazz Scales : Three Basic Choices

    So, which one should you use to improvise over this or that chord? Find out here! Beginner's guide covers major, dorian and mixolydian scales.

  • The Chromatic Scale

    ... is like our musical alphabet. Learn it on the fretboard with these 2 *great* technical exercises for jazz guitarists.

  • Videos

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Jazz Guitar Lessons : Essentials

  • Jazz Improvisation Series : how to improvise using...

    Three different lessons focusing on the use of scales, arpeggios and chord tones (aka guide-tone lines) in jazz improvisation. Many written out examples with PDFs.

  • Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass: Improv

    A goldmine for anyone trying to learn jazz guitar improvisation for real. Through 4 videos and a few lines, you'll discover new ways to connect ideas. Neat soloing tricks from C. Standring.

  • Positions, positions, positions

    Second only to knowing all the notes on your fretboard comes position playing. This series of SIX Article lessons will get you playing "by positions" in no time...

  • Painless Scale Positions

    The complete course on mastering scale positions on the guitar... containing over 2.5 hours of video lessons, PDF files and FIFTEEN assignments to keep track of your progress. See the course page here...

  • *Custom* Lessons

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

  • On Not Sounding Like Scales...

    Start generating your own *interesting* melodic lines. In this lesson, you'll learn to be creative with simple materials such as scales and arpeggios (and avoid sounding like a textbook).

  • Jazz Guitar Licks

    Learn from the masters with genuine licks. Page 1 for blues and II-V's (generic), Page 2 (from specific major II-V's) and Page 3 (from specific minor II-V's)

  • Transcriptions

    A collection of solos transcribed and notated by yours truly. Learn licks straight from great, historically significant jazz solos.

  • Videos

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Jazz Guitar Lessons : Beyond

  • How to Improvise on the Minor II-V's Mini-Guide

    Dwell on this progression and find out what the "best solution" is regarding chords / scales relationship for jazz guitar improvisation.

  • Jazz Guitar Improvisation : Motivic Development

    A guest lesson by Matt Warnock. Use the simplest melodic material (often found in the tune's melody) as your basis to create interesting improvisations. Matt's demonstration uses the tune "Summertime".

  • Jazz Chord Cycles

    Learn to play in all keys using cycles, starting with the cycle of fourths, of course. Next, take a look at some diatonic cycles.

  • Diagonal Scales

    Are you aware of scales, patterns and positions already? Wanna break out of the boxes? - This diagonal way of perceiving scales and arpeggios can change your playing and hearing tremendously.

  • Jazz Performance Ear Training

    The most important jazz guitar lessons develop your hearing abilities. Ear training done daily will drastically improve not only your ears, but your playing also...

  • Advanced Bebop Scales

    Variations on the Barry Harris (legendary bebop pianist) practice models. Scales with 1, 2 and 3 passing tones. Great bebop exercises including TABS.

  • *Custom* Lessons

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

  • Lee Konitz's Ten-Step method

    Legendary saxophonist shares his improvisational secrets. Simple and effective method for generating unlimited amount of solo lines from the tunes' original melodies. Unleash your creativity!

  • Videos

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