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Jazz Beginnings For The Rock Guitarist


Often approaching how to learn jazz guitar is a mystery to rock guitarists. It’s like an area of interest but they don’t know where to begin. With this course there will be no more mystery. You needn’t start from scratch to learn a whole new style. I share the secrets to taking what you already know as a rock player and use it as a solid foundation to building your jazz skills.

Part 1 – Deriving Jazz chords: Learn to derive those cool sounding jazz chord shapes from common bar chord shapes you already have experienced as a rock player. Memorize them with ease.

Part 2 – Root Note Names and Naming Chords: Introduces the concept of naming chords based on a root note that you may already know. Teaches half steps and whole steps on the guitar, the major scale interval pattern and how to find note names on the guitar. Uses the C major scale on the 4th, 5th and 6th strings as an example.

Part 3 – Take the chord shapes you learned to derive in part 1 and the root note names and scale intervals you learned in step 2. Combine them to form the harmonized scale, the scale which many jazz progressions are based upon

Part 4 – Learn the concept of chord variations to add color to your chord progressions.

Part 5 – The ii-V-i Progression. The most basic of jazz progressions, this is to jazz what the 1-IV-V is to rock. Here I show you the chord shapes and movements to play it.

Part 6 – “Backcyling” Progressions Study. Learn to “backcycle” through the circle of 5ths, creating a progression based on 4ths, integrating all of the knowledge you learned in parts 1-5.

Part 7 – Intro to Bass Lines: Learn a logical method to construct bass lines based on chord progressions. A I-V bass line that is based on the backcycling progression you learned in part 6. The sample bass line you construct is based on a Bossa-Nova rhythm, on of jazz’s most common.

Part 8 – Combining Bass Lines and Chords – Combing the bass line created in part 7 with the chord progression you learned backcycling. This shows the mechanics of how to combine them as far as fingering technique goes for both the right and left hands. Learn to use your right hand fingers to pluck chords while simultaneously walking the bass line with your thumb.

Part 9 – Common Chord Progressions: Several common chord progressions found in jazz songs. I list a couple songs that use each so you can research them to hear the progressions as the are applied in real situations.

Part 1
Deriving Jazz Chords

Part 2
Root Notes And Naming Chords

Part 3
Harmonized Scale

Part 4
Chord Variations

Part 5
Progressions: ii-V-i

Part 6
Progressions: Backcycling

Part 7
Bass Lines

Part 8
Combining Bass And Chords

Part 9
Common Chord Progressions