Jazz Guitar Course Content

Lesson 1: Chord Tones E
  • Motivic Improvisation
  • Harmonic Awareness: Importance of Knowing the Underlying Harmony
  • The Difference in Tonic and Dominant Harmony
  • Focus Practice Time on One Area of the Fretboard
  • Adding the 7th to the Root and 3rd
Lesson 2: Scales, Chords, and Arpeggios E
  • Scales, Chords, and Arpeggios on Minor 7 Chords
  • Major 7 Arpeggios on Minor 7 Chords—Up a Minor Third: b3, 5, b7, 9
  • Major 7 Arpeggios on Minor 7 Chords—Down a Major Second: b7, 9, 11, 13
  • Melodic Minor Scales and Arpeggios on Minor 7 and Dominant 7 Chords
  • Dmin7(b5) and G7(b9) Scales, Chord Voicings, and Arpeggios
Lesson 3: Approach Notes on Major 7 Chords E
  • Scales and Approaching Chord Tones: Major 7 Approaches
  • Chords Tones on One String and Introduction to the Entire Fretboard
  • Scale Tone from Above Approaches on Minor 7 Chords
Lesson 4: Approach Notes on Dom7 Chords and II,V,I Progressions E
  • Dom7 Chords, Scales, and the Half Step below Approach to Chord Tones
  • Embellished Scale Tone from Above
  • Introduction to the II, V, I Progression
Lesson 5: Harmonic Minor and Minor II7(b5)/V7(b9b13) Intro E
  • Explanation of Minor II7(b5) Chord
  • Multiple Uses of Minor IImin7(b5) Chord
  • Begin Use of V7(b9,b13) Chord and Harmonic Minor
Lesson 6: Harmonic Minor, Resolving Tension, How to Add Tension, Dominant 7(b9, b13) Drop-2 Chord Voicing E
  • Harmonic Minor Patterns and Resolutions
  • Introduction to Adding Tension with Secondary Dominant Harmony
  • V7(b9,b13) Chord and Harmonic Minor Scale
Lesson 7: The Dominant Bebop Scale E
  • The Dominant 7 Bebop Scale (Relationship to Mixolydian Scale)
  • Starting the Dom7 Bebop Scale on the Third
  • Starting the Dom7 Bebop Scale on the Fifth and b7
  • Omitting the II Chord in a II/V Harmonic Progression
  • The Dominant 7 Bebop Scale and Maj7(#11) Chords and Harmonic Anticipation
Lesson 8: Transcription Basics E
  • What is Transcription? How Is It Done?
  • Transcribing Short Phrases
  • Building a Jazz Library / Some Great Improvisors and Some of Their Techniques
  • Use of Harmonic Minor by Great Improvisors
Lesson 9: Learning the Jazz Repertoire E
  • The Value of Knowing Repertoire
  • Five Songs Every Jazz Guitarist Should Know
  • Learning the Correct Chord Changes Through Listening
Lesson 10: The Minor 7 and Minor 6 Pentatonic Scales E
  • The Minor 7th Pentatonic on Minor 7 Tonic Chords—Three Possibilities
  • The Minor 6 Pentatonic Scale and Its Usage
Lesson 11: Intervals and Triads in Improvisation E
  • Thirds: History and Use
  • Arpeggiating the Major Scale in Thirds and Triadic Improvisation
Lesson 12: The Use of Space and Rhythm in Improvisation E
  • The Importance of a Proper Time Feel and Space
  • Even Eighth Notes vs. "Swing Feel"