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Jazz Guitar For Beginners

Lesson 6

Lyle: In this lesson you'll be working with an typical 8 measure jazz chord progression and practicing several ways to play this progression.

chord chart

Lyle: Here's the first example to play:

Lyle: 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 clearly.

Lyle: Here's a Jam Track for you to practice along with:

Lyle: 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):

Lyle: I like chords option 2 and how it starts with the Cm9, then ends on the Cm7. To me, the Cm9 sounds mellower than the Cm7.

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 Cm9.

Lyle: The fingerings for the chords show up on the virtual neck when you playback the TAB.

SteveR: It's a little difficult to get that chord.

bmw: Right 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 option 1.

Lyle: I'll tell you right now, that version of the Dm7(b5) is tough to play!

Guitarman: Yea that's hard with the squished fingers!

bmw: So, you are supposed to avoid playing the 5th sting.

Lyle: Yes

Lyle: If that version is hard to play, substitute it for a different version. Here's a few options for the Dm7(b5) chord:

Lyle: The next example is very colorful. You'll start by changing the first Cm7 with a Cm11, then to Fm9 instead of Fm7.

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 Cm9:

Lyle: I like option 4 the best.

LiveOak: I do too.

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 shapes?

pault: I like it when you can change the chords without moving up and down the fretboard much

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 open strings.

Lyle: Check the progression one more time:

chord chart

Pony: Lyle, what kind of guitar are you playing? Are those P90's?

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 example:

Greg: You have a nice jam if you play the progression thru all 4 options!

Lyle: 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 TAB.

chuck: 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 using.

Lyle: My Epiphone guitar feels like an acoustic with slighter lighter strings.

Pony: What size strings do you use? 10's?

Lyle: I use 10-46 on this guitar.

Lyle: 9-42 on my strat style guitars, 10s on my LP.

Lyle: 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 track.

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