Beginner's Guide to Jazz Guitar

Essential Jazz Guitar Lessons - Soloing and Chords

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"May the jazz guitar god bless you. This is the best ever beginner jazz guitar course and it's free. I've learned so much in a matter of minutes. Bravo."

- Garland


What You Learn

  • ii V I soloing and comping concepts.
  • Essential jazz chord shapes.
  • Approach chords.
  • Jazz picking patterns
  • Major Scale patterns.
  • Jazz soloing lines and phrases.
  • And much more!

What You Get

  • Video Lessons
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • PDFs with musical examples and practice guidelines.
  • Backing tracks to jam online and offline.
  • Ability to ask questions and get quick, helpful answers.
  • And much more!


  • Become confident with ii-V-I soloing.
  • Learn to nail II-V-I chords.
  • Multiple camera angles for easy study.
  • Slow down videos to learn exact hand movements.
  • And much more!

Why Enroll

  • Make all your lines sound like jazz.
  • Comp chords like a jazz veteran.
  • Learn how to play the cool notes outside scales.
  • Mix chords and scales like a pianist.
  • And much more!

Course Curriculum

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  Chapter 6 - Chords and Single Notes
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  Chapter 7- What's Next?
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can you play jazz on acoustic guitar?
Yes, you can play jazz on an acoustic guitar. As well as an electric, archtop, flat top, and any guitar you can think of.
What chords are used in jazz?
Extended and chromatic chords are used in jazz. These chords are played using chord shapes such as drop 2, drop 3, 4th chords, rootless chords, guide tones, and more.
What is the most common chord progression in jazz?
The major and minor ii-V-I is the most common chord progression in jazz. It is found in hundreds of jazz standards and if you can play ii-V-I's you can play countless jazz songs.
What is a jazz chord progression?
Jazz chord progressions use secondary dominant chords (II7 and VI7), turnarounds (iii-VI-ii-V-I), and blues chords (I7-IV7-V7), and more. ii-V-I's make up a large part of jazz harmony, but there are also many other popular changes to check out.
What scales are used in jazz?
Jazz musicians use melodic minor modes, bebop scales, diminished scales, pentatonic scales, and more. When learning jazz, scales are a beginning, not an end as you learn to apply the jazz language to any scale you learn.
What does comping mean in jazz?
Comping is short for accompanying and is when you play chords, as a guitarist, behind the melody or a solo. It is the art of complimenting and inspiring the soloist using chords, subs, rhythms, lines, and more.