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 Lessons: Improv Basics

 

  • 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!

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

 

  • Videos
    See the free videos section for more lessons…

 

Jazz Guitar Lessons: Essentials

 

 

 

how to play jazz guitar: painless scale positions

 

  • *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
    See the free videos section for more lessons…

 

 

Jazz Guitar Lessons: Beyond

Minor II-V-I mini-guide for jazz guitarists

 

  • 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 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
    See the free videos section for more lessons…

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