When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the most commonly asked questions is, “How do I add chord extensions to my soloing ideas?” To help answer this question, in this lesson we’ll be looking at an easy, fun and effective way to bring extension notes into your jazz guitar solos — upper structure triads.
By looking into the four dim7 and four 7th chords that are built from this scale, you can expand your 7b9 diminished soloing ideas without having to study anything beyond these two common arpeggio shapes. Let’s dig in and check out how you can use harmonic arpeggios to build interesting lines when using a 7b9 diminished scale in your soloing ideas.
While it might sound alien to someone who wasn’t born in Brazil, or who hasn’t spent time in the country studying its music, learning the bossa rhythm on guitar can be broken down into three steps in order to quickly learn this fun rhythm on the fretboard. In today’s lesson, we’ll be studying this three-step process as you begin to apply a bossa rhythm to a I VI ii V progression in C major.
Miles Davis' album Kind of Blue and his song "So What" are often a gateway into jazz for many musicians with a rock, pop and blues background. But while some of us are drawn to the opening chords of "So What" and learn them on the guitar where they fit nicely on the fretboard, we may stop there rather than digging into making single-note shapes out of these same chords.
In this lesson, we’ll be adding to your tritone sub soloing vocabulary as we explore how to add scale ideas to your soloing phrases. We'll also check out a few common licks that use scales to outline tritone subs in a ii V I chord progression.
In this lesson, we’ll look at a picking exercise that mimics the way horn players tongue their notes in the jazz style. By picking the up beats of each bar and slurring onto the down beats, you will be able to transform your scales from exercises into cool-sounding jazz lines in no time.
In this lesson we’ll be looking at adding the 5th of each chord on top of these fun and cool-sounding blues chords. Though you are only adding one note to each chord in the progression, the 5th, you might be surprised how well this works in expanding the texture and color of the two-note chords you learned in the first two lessons of this series.
In today’s lesson, the third part in our series about two-note chords, we’re going to look at adding one note on top of the 3rd and 7th shapes you learned in the previous two lessons. When doing so, you begin to create a “two hands of the piano”-type feel, especially when rhythmic variation is involved — as is the case in Example 3 in this lesson.
As we discovered in the first part of this series on 3rd and 7th chord voicings, sometimes all you need to properly and musically outline any chord progression is two chords. Today, we’ll be continuing our exploration of these fun and easy-to-play jazz guitar shapes by looking at how to apply 3rd and 7th two-note chords to the fourth and fifth strings of the guitar.
When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the main items we need to tackle is playing effective, jazzy-sounding chords that properly outline the chord changes all at the same time. While this may seem like a tall order, there are some easy-to-play and effective shapes we can learn in order to quickly and effectively outline any tune or progression we are jamming on in the woodshed or on the bandstand.