Jazz Guitar Lessons In Improvisation

Learn How to Solo in a Jazz Guitar Context

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, licks, 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.

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 lots of good music!

Jazz Guitar Improvisation Basics


  • Jazz Scales: The 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. Includes PDF and video (with TABS).
  • The Chromatic Scale
    This is our musical alphabet. Learn it on the fretboard with these 2 *great* technical exercises for jazz guitarists.
  • More: Videos
    See the free videos section for more lessons…

Jazz Guitar Improvisation Essentials

  • 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).
  • Transcriptions
    A collection of solos transcribed and notated by yours truly. Learn licks straight from great, historically significant jazz solos.
  • Videos
    See the free videos section for more lessons…

Jazz Guitar Improvisation: Beyond

  • 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 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 fashion. Find out more here…
  • Lee Konitz’s Ten-Step method
    Legendary saxophonist shares his improvisational secrets. Learn this simple and effective method for generating unlimited amount of solo lines from the tunes’ original melodies. Unleash your creativity!

6 thoughts on “Jazz Guitar Lessons In Improvisation

  1. Hey, thanks for this site.
    I wanna learn how to play a Jazz standard and I found your website very useful but I’m overwhelmed, there is too much information and I dont know where to start.

  2. hi friends i am from cuba a need your help with some free lesson i do not have any car5d or way to pay or enough money i am guitarrist of cuban traditional music but i like jazz and we do not have stores with those books

    • Hey Fernando,

      Lucky You! This website contains TONS of free lessons to get you started in no time! Check out our YouTube channel too!

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