Jazz

Hanspeter: Jazz Guitar

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Hanspeter Kruesi
Basic Jazz Chords

This tutorial gives you the theoretical background behind basic jazz chords - where they come from and how they are used. Take your time to get familiar with the theory behind it, as this will give you the maximum output from the lessons. Pay close attention the the introduction as there is a lot of vital information there which will take you through the 4 diatonic chord progressions and the examples.

Published: 07/24/2008 Upgrade
Hanspeter Kruesi
Modal Jazz Licks

This tutorial will help you to get into jazz improvisation using the ionian, dorian, phyrgian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, and locrian modes. You'll also get some instruction on phrasing and how you can take these licks a step further.

Published: 11/03/2007 Upgrade
Hanspeter Kruesi
Jazz Blues With Two Guitars

In this series of lessons, you'll learn all the essentials of rhythm guitar, timing, phrasing, licks, and concepts to play jazz blues as a guitar duo... or in any other type of duo or band situation.

Published: 06/02/2010 Upgrade
Hanspeter Kruesi
Gypsy Jazz: The Style of Django Reinhardt

This tutorial on gypsy jazz takes you through some of the basics of Django Reinhardt's style: from learning the rhythm guitar in two different progressions through some basic exercises on scales, arpeggios, and chromatic licks. This will bring you to a point where you can start to put these things together and start playing in the style of this jazz legend.

Published: 10/09/2007 Upgrade

Christopher: Introduction To 7th Chords

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Christopher Schlegel
Introduction To Major 7th Chords

Christopher will introduce you to major 7th chords. This tutorial assumes you already know & can play basic barre chords & barred, movable chords. In this tutorial you will learn to play various voicings of major 7th chord shapes rooted on the E, A and D strings.

Published: 01/10/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Introduction To Minor 7th Chords

Christopher will introduce you to minor 7th chords. This tutorial assumes you already know & can play basic barre chords & barred, movable dominant 7th chords. In this tutorial you will learn to play various voicings of minor 7th chord shapes rooted on the E, A and D strings.

Published: 01/22/2020 Upgrade

Christopher: Jazz Guitar

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Christopher Schlegel
Chord Melody Style Series 1

Christopher will explain the basics of chord melody style playing in a jazz context. The basic technique involves playing or suggesting more than one part at a time. In this case, a bass line along with higher register chord tones that suggest a melody. We'll start by applying this technique to major 7th chords, dominant 7ths chords, and minor 7th chords. Then we'll put them together to play along with some backing tracks.

Published: 09/10/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Chord Melody Style Series 2

Christopher will expand on the basics of chord melody style playing in a jazz context. The basic technique involves playing or suggesting more than one part at a time. In this case, a bass line along with higher register chord tones that suggest a melody. We'll expanded the bass line to a complete octave with upper voicings of major 7th chords, dominant 7ths chords, and minor 7th chords. Then we'll put them together to play along with some backing tracks.

Published: 10/09/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Chord Melody Style Series 3

Christopher will expand on the basics of chord melody style playing in a jazz context. In this tutorial we'll focus on making all the upper register scale notes available for a melody line. We'll still keep a bassline going along with chord tones from major 7th chords, dominant 7ths chords, and minor 7th chords. Then we'll put them together to play along with some backing tracks.

Published: 11/10/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Extended Harmony Chords Series 1

This tutorial is about extended harmony chords, covering 7th chords beyond dominant 7ths, major 7ths and minor 7ths. This tutorial assumes you already know & can play those more basic 7th chord forms & shapes. We will extend the concept of triadic harmony to include: diminished 7ths, dominant 7th/flat 5th, minor 7th/flat5th, and minor/major 7th chords. We will learn how to play these as chord shapes rooted on the E, A and D strings. Then we will play them in a jazzy chord progression with a backing track.

Published: 02/20/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Extended Harmony Chords Series 2

This tutorial is about extended harmony chords. We will learn types of 9th chords. This tutorial assumes you already know & can play those more basic 7th chord forms & shapes. It also assumes you have worked through Extended Harmony Chords Series 1. We will extend the concept of triadic harmony to include the 7th and the 9th of: 6/9ths, minor 9th, dominant 9th, dominant 7th flat 9th, dominant 7th flat sharp 9th (also called dominant 7th flat augmented 9th). We will learn how to play these as chord shapes rooted on the E, A and D strings. Then we will play them in a jazzy chord progression with a backing track.

Published: 03/10/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Extended Harmony Chords Series 3

This tutorial is about extended harmony chords. This covers types of 11th and 13th chords. This tutorial assumes you already know & can play 7th and 9th chord forms & shapes. It also assumes you have worked through Extended Harmony Chords Series 1 and 2. We will extend the concept of triadic harmony to include the 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th of: dominant 11th, minor 11th, dominant 13th, dominant flat 13th. We will learn how to play these as chord shapes rooted on the E, A and D strings. Then we will play them in a jazzy chord progression with a backing track.

Published: 03/23/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Intro To Jazz Rhythm Guitar

In this introduction to jazz style rhythm guitar, we'll cover the three primary characteristics of jazz as a distinct genre of music: sophisticated harmony, swing rhythm, and improvisation. We'll look at an 'A' section and a 'B' section, learning the chord changes and some rhythm variations; we'll also do play alongs for each section at different tempos.

Published: 06/24/2013 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Intro To Jazz Lead Guitar

This tutorial is an introduction to Jazz style lead guitar. We'll cover the three primary characteristics of jazz as a distinct genre of music: sophisticated harmony, swing rhythm and improvisation. We'll learn how the essence of lead guitar in jazz style is "playing the changes". We'll learn how to build and play chord scales that follow the chords of a stereotypical jazz progression. We'll also learn how to build and play arpeggio lines that are based on the extended harmony chords typically found in a jazz tune.

Published: 09/05/2013 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Jazz Walking Bass Line Turnaround

Christopher will show you a four chord turnaround, then add the bass line notes that connect the chords. Playing a bass note in between each chord fills in the time between each chord and creates the sound of motion "walking" from one chord to the next.

Published: 04/22/2016 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Jazz Blues In B-Flat

Christopher will show you how to modify a basic 12 bar blues into a jazzy sounding piece of music. We'll cover chromatic approaches, secondary dominant chords, shell voicings. Next we'll play the chords as arpeggios in order to learn an important aspect of jazz blues guitar called "playing the changes". Finally we'll put it all together in a play along with a backing track.

Published: 04/10/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Jazz Blues In F

Christopher will show you how to modify a basic 12 bar blues into a jazzy sounding piece of music. We'll cover chromatic approaches, secondary dominant chords, shell voicings. Next we'll play the chords as arpeggios in order an important aspect of jazz blues guitar: "playing the changes".

Published: 05/08/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Joe Pass Style Series 1

In this series of lessons we're going to take a some of the elements of the style from the great Joe Pass, jazz guitar giant: how to orchestrate in his style by using jazz guitar drop 2 chord voicings and walking basslines. First I'll introduce the concepts to you, then show you how to play them. Then I'll show you how to use voice leading with these concepts, and finish off by putting everything together in a blues context.

Published: 10/31/2005 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Joe Pass Style Series 2

In this second series of lessons in the style of jazz legend Joe Pass, we'll expand on the first series and apply drop 2 voicings and walking basslines to three typical types of 7th chords. First we'll look at what we'll be learning in this set, then learn drop 2 voicings with major 7th chords, minor 7th chords, and dominant 7ths. Next we'll learn how to use all three chord types in a progression, and we'll conclude with putting everything together.

Published: 11/20/2006 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Joe Pass Style Series 3

Now we're going to move on to the third set of lessons in the style of Joe Pass, and learn to extend our drop 2 voicings and walking basslines across the fretboard. We'll start by examining the basic concepts here, then learn how to walk the G7 drop 2 voicing along the neck. Next we'll break down how to keep walking those chord voicings way up the entire fretboard, and we'll end by putting things in context and practicing the concepts.

Published: 03/21/2009 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Joe Pass Style Series 4

In this final set of lessons on the style of master Joe Pass, we're going to learn how to play jazz lead lines. As always, we'll start with an overview of the concepts, then we'll look at using chord tones to solo, then practice chord tones with a backing track. After that we'll use scale tones to solo, also followed by a practice lesson with a backing track. We'll then break down two Joe Pass style lead lines, and follow it up with combining them.

Published: 04/18/2011 Upgrade

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Hanspeter Kruesi
In The Style of Wes Montgomery

In this artist study, you'll learn some of the elements in the style of Wes Montgomery's playing: the use of octaves, the technique of playing with your thumb, and the style in which Wes used chords and single note lines. HP Kruesi will set all this against a backdrop of backing tracks in swing, latin, and latin pop styles.

Published: 11/18/2011 Upgrade
Hanspeter Kruesi
Stanley Jordan Style Touch Technique

Are you curious about touch and tapping on guitar? This unusual technique can produce some beautiful, distinct sounding chords and melodies. In this tutorial, HP Kruesi will delve into this fascinating approach in the style of Stanley Jordan using both your left and right hands on the neck. HP will get you started by showing you the basics, put the technique into use in the context of jazz and blues styles, and some exercises.

Published: 04/16/2006 Upgrade
Bobby Howe
Christmas Jazz: Angels We Have Heard on High

In addition to learning about how fingerstyle jazz works as far as the right hand is concerned, you will also learn many advanced chord shapes such as M7, min 7, aug 5, flat 5, 9th, 11th, 13th, etc.

Published: 11/11/2009 Upgrade
Gavin Audagnotti
Walking Bass Line Turnaround

This tutorial is in the key of G and is a blues based turnaround. You will earn that a blues turnaround is made of dominant 7th chords and you will learn how to connect each chord with a walking bass line.

Published: 11/26/2008 Upgrade
Caren Armstrong
Barre Into Jazz Chords

In these seven guitar lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you how to turn barre chords into jazz chords. After introducing you to the tutorial, Caren will first break down the A7 chord, and in the next lesson, the E7 chord. Then it's time to learn to shift between the chords. After that, we'll look at harmonic reationships in A and E, playing progressions that use the I-IV-V chords. Last, Caren will demo some examples with different feels.

Published: 05/15/2012 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Practicing Major & Minor 7th Chords

In this tutorial we will practice a variety of major 7th & minor 7th chords shapes. The goal here is to play & switch between these chords in time with a backing track. This tutorial assumes you already understand and can play the chord shapes. By the end of this tutorial you should be able to play a variety E, A and D string rooted major 7th & minor 7th chord voicings along with a backing track.

Published: 02/10/2020 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Simple Version Traditional

In this tutorial we will learn a simple version of 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game', the classic American tune about baseball. First we will learn the single note melody of the tune. Then we will add some harmony notes and make a simple full arrangement.

Published: 12/10/2009 Upgrade