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Jazz Guitar For Beginners

Lesson 8

Lyle: This lesson will teach you many new ways to play a simple chord progression, and those little jazz riffs you hear in the lesson sample.

Lyle: First, look at this chord chart:

chord chart

Lyle: It's almost a repeating 4 bar progression.

Lyle: The GMaj9 is replaced with a GMaj7 every other time.

Lyle: Then you repeat after 8 bars. But you are going to learn how to play a descending chord progression for all 16 bars.

Lyle: Listen again to the chords in the lesson sample and you'll hear them start high and end up down low.

Lyle: This is a basic II-V-I-VI chord progression in G.

Lyle: The object is to hold every note of the chord as long as possible, moving fingers only when absolutely necessary to arrive at the next chord.

Lyle: You're going to learn this progression 4 bars at a time.

Lyle: Here's your jam track:

Lyle: Many of these chords are tricky because they don't have a root note in them or they don't have them in the bass. These will all be 4 string chords. Here's the first group:

Lyle: Learn those 4 chords and practice playing them along with the jam track.

Lyle: Here's the next group of chords for bars 5 thru 8:

Lyle: ....and I've circled the root notes that are in some of these chords:

Lyle: Memorize this group of chords and try playing them along to the looping jam track.

Lyle: Then see if you can play chords 1 - 4 and 5 - 8 all together.

Lyle: These are good finger exercises. No stretching involved but still good for your fingers.

andres: What would this progression be called, II V I ?

Lyle: II-V-I-VI

Lyle: Here's the next group of chords:

Lyle: Now practice this group of chords with the jam track.

Lyle: Next is the last group of chords:

Lyle: No fancy chord names, just a bunch of ways to play these basic chords. Now try putting them all together. Here's all 16 bars and chords. I grouped them into 2 chords per bar in this next TAB only to make it a little easier to read>

Lyle: That should keep you busy for awhile....

Lyle: The little solo in the lesson sample is made in the key of G Major.

andres: Is there a way to remember this trick in all situations, like if I was playing a blues progression?

Lyle: Lots of practice.

andres: :), isn't there an operation I can get instead?

Lyle: Substitute any of these chords into your blues or any other progression.

Lyle: Here's the scales and patterns I used to make the solo in the lesson sample:

LiveOak: Oooh... LOVE those double stops :))

Lyle: This next one is the Bb Minor pentatonic, great to use over the D9 chord only.

Lyle: Very simple scales and patterns.

Lyle: Here's how I used them to make the solo from the lesson sample:

Greg: It's amazing the range of licks you can get with a few simple scales!

Lyle: Yes, that's why it 's so important to learn your basic scales like all your Majors and Minors.

Lyle: A plain scale can be used in so many ways, it's hard to say just one or two ways.

Lyle: Like the Bb Minor pentatonic I used over the D9 chord, you wont find that in most lesson books!

Lyle: Good luck on this lesson. Try to get all the chords down. It will be a small challenge for some tougher for others, and easy for some.

Lyle: The Bb Minor pentatonic provides all the altered tones not found in the key of G Major. So when played against the D9 dominant chord it creates altered tones, giving you blues and outside sounds.

radica: I like that one the best as well.

Lyle: Time for me to take a break. See you again soon!

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