It is of utmost importance that beginners (and intermediates alike) spend the time to learn the instrument thoroughly. Good jazzmen know the notes, scales, arpeggios and melody inside out!
You should also learn to *find* all of this on the fretboard ... (so it can be available to you, "on the spot" when improvising).
Here's an overview to help up and coming jazz guitarists cope with this difficult instrument. In this video, jazz guitar beginners (and perhaps intermediate) will discover three ways to learn to find notes, scales, chords, arpeggios and melodies on the instrument.
Please ask your questions in the "Your Questions" section of JazzGuitarLessons.net. Practice well. (-:
Rhythms are omnipresent in jazz music. African rhythms and European classical harmonies meet in this American art form.
Yet, when is the last time you worked on time or rhythms specifically?
I believe every jazz guitarist should be conscious of the groove. As accompanists and soloists, our "time feel" should compare to drummers, bassists and pianists... (yeah, I know, it's scary!)
Working with the metronome is the first step in time awareness for all musicians. Use it today and you'll be rewarded!
Many elements of the blues are present in traditional jazz improvisation.
In this video, you will learn how to use the "major blues" scale (derived from the major pentatonic) along the (common and well-known!) "minor blues" scale (derived from the minor pentatonic.)
Examples are demonstrated on a blues in the key of C :
C7, F7, C7, C7
F7, F7, C7, A7
Dm7, G7, C7, G7
Please refer to the blues section of this website.
A simple and effective way to outline chord changes while improvising.
Great beginner exercise that sounds good right away!
Most great solos are anchored in the harmony (chords) of the given tune. Learn "what changes" and "what stays the same" at the point of chord change so you can clearly define the harmony.
Please refer to this articles series on jazz improvisation for more info.