Jazz Guitar For
Lyle: In this lesson you'll be working with an
measure jazz chord progression and practicing several ways to play this
Lyle: Here's the first example to
Don't worry about how to strum or what type of rhythm to play, keep it simple
like in the TAB and video example. Make sure each note can be heard
Lyle: Here's a Jam Track for you to practice
Now the fun begins! Let's substitute a few chords around to add color to our
sound. Change the first Cm7 to a Cm9, change the Fm7 to a Fm9. Then change the
G7 to an altered dominant such as a G7(#5b9):
like chords option 2 and how it starts with the Cm9, then ends on the Cm7. To
me, the Cm9 sounds mellower than the
Lyle: Any questions?
Guitarman: What do you prefer to use with these riffs,
distortion or no distortion? I like that little extra kick.
Lyle: I prefer to play the chords with a clean
amp setting and a little reverb.
bmw: I'm confused about how to finger the
Lyle: The fingerings for the chords show up on
the virtual neck when you playback the
SteveR: It's a little difficult to get that
I got it now, a bit of a stretch.
Lyle: In this next example you'll be playing the
standard chords but in a different place on the neck than earlier like from
I'll tell you right now, that version of the Dm7(b5) is tough to
Yea that's hard with the squished fingers!
bmw: So, you
are supposed to avoid playing the 5th
Lyle: If that version is hard to play, substitute
it for a different version. Here's a few options for the Dm7(b5)
Lyle: The next example is very colorful. You'll
start by changing the first Cm7 with a Cm11, then to Fm9 instead of
Lyle: The Dm7(b5) is the easy one. Then the G7 is
changed to "the Hendrix chord", G7(#9), then you'll end on a
Lyle: I like option 4 the
Lyle: Mix them up any way you want. Here's a
video of me playing all 4 chord options in order.
Pony: Looking at the chords, I assume these are moveable chord
like it when you can change the chords without moving up and down the fretboard
Lyle: When playing jazz, even a simple
progression like this, you don't want to keep playing the progression the same
way all the time. You want to mix it up by changing or substituting the chords,
just like what we've been doing.
Lyle: All chords are movable if they don't have
Lyle: Check the progression one more
Pony: Lyle, what kind of guitar are you playing? Are
Lyle: The Cm7 gets two measures in the beginning.
Might as well play two different Cm chords there. Same with measures 3 and 4
during the Fm7. Play two different chords there. Here's a TAB
You have a nice jam if you play the progression thru all 4
Pony, that's a Epiphone ES-295 with P90 pickups.
Pony: Very nice
looking guitar. I guess they always look better on someone who can actually play
it though ;-)
Lyle: Cm9 is that last chord in the
I'm finding some of these shapes a little tricky on an acoustic steel string -
Taylor Big Baby
Lyle: Yes, I can imagine these chords can by
difficult if you've never played them before, no matter what guitar you're
Lyle: My Epiphone guitar feels like an acoustic
with slighter lighter strings.
size strings do you use? 10's?
Lyle: I use 10-46 on this
Lyle: 9-42 on my strat style guitars, 10s on
Next weeks lesson is about playing melodies and improv over this same
progression so get good at all the chord options for now. Use this scale to
noodle with until next lesson:
Lyle: That's all for this lesson. Thanks everyone
for coming to the lesson. Practice all the chords, and jam along to the jam
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