24 Easy Jazz Chords Every Guitar Player Should Know

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If you know your open and barre chords and are looking for something more interesting to add to your arsenal, this lesson will be perfect for you.

Guitar instructor Darrell Braun shows you 24 easy jazz chords you can use to add some harmonic interest to your playing. He demonstrates E-string-rooted 7 chords you can use as substitutes for standard chords, as well as a 7(#5), which can be used as a turnaround chord. He also demonstrates 9th chords rooted on the A string, as well as a selection of his favorite chords.

Take a look. If you’re interested in learning more, you can pick up Darrell’s Jazz 101 Worksheet on Etsy by clicking here (opens in new tab).

Be sure to visit Darrell’s YouTube channel for more of his videos.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.