Jazz Guitar For
This lesson will teach you many ways to play chords for a simple 4 chord
progression built all on the dominant 7 chords. You'll also learn and practice
Lyle: Here's the basic chord
Lyle: Here's two different jam tracks for you to
choose from. You'll use these to play the exercises with:
you can see in the chord chart, these are all dominant 7
Lyle: You can learn many ways to play these. I'd
like to show you a few common ways. Try this next shape of the dominant
Lyle: This shape is moveable up and down the
neck. The root note is on your 5th
I think the jam track tempo has picked up since last
Lyle: Now try playing the progression using these
dominant chord shapes. I want you to strum the chord on beat 1 of each
Use the jam track with the counting if that helps.
makes these dominants?
Lyle: Try playing along to either of the jam
tracks. Listen to the TAB playback to hear what it should sound like or watch
Lyle: Dominant chords are major triads with a
Lyle: Here's another way to play dom7
A7 - example
Lyle: This time your root note is on the 6th
string. Again, these are all moveable.
Lyle: Mute the 5th and 1st strings with your
easier to play.
Lyle: Now try playing this shape of the dom7
chords along to the jam tracks, but this time strum on beat 2 of each
Lyle: In most cases in Jazz, when you see a chord
chart like the one you are working with here that has plain dominant 7 chords,
you don't have to play just a dominant 7 chord. You can play other dominant chords for
Pretty much any dominant.
Lyle: The plain dom7 chord such as A7 is built on
root, 3, 5, b7. The next dominant chord is the dom9 such as A9. This is built on
root, 3, 5, b7, 9.
Lyle: These dom9 chord shapes sound real cool,
but can be hard to play if they are new to you.
Lyle: Now replace the dom7 chords with these dom9
chords to play against the same jam track. Also, try strumming on beat 3 of each
measure! This will have you
on beat 3
Notice these 9 chords are more colorful than the 7
chords. And the root is on the 5th
They have a real chime to the sound.
Lyle: Here's another way to play dom9 chords, but
this time you don't have a root note fingered.
A9 - example
Lyle: Now try playing these on beat 4 of each
measure like this:
Strum on beat 4
Another popular dominant chord to use is the dom13 chord. This shape is pretty
easy to play and the root note is found on the 1st
Lyle: Now you can substitute the dom7s with these
Lyle: Here's a way I played the rhythm for the 13
chords. I strummed on beat 1 for the first measure of the chord, then I
arpeggiated the chord for the 2nd
beat 1 and arpeggio
sounds cool alternating the 7ths with the 13ths as well!
Lyle: Yes, you'll want to learn to mix it all up
in any way you like. Many different combinations are available to you now. Now you have learn 5 different ways to play
that basic chord progression, and 5 different rhythm
Lot's of info here to digest!
Lyle: Next lesson I try to show you a couple ways
to play melodies and improvise over this progression.
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