JAZZ INTRODUCTION & BASICS
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These lessons are really basic and you will need to know all of this if you are going to start playing jazz.
I'm assuming that many of you will be coming from blues or rock (like I did!) so this stuff is not for beginner players, not the grade, it's the end of the Intermediate level.
I'll also be assuming you have a basic understanding of music theory, if not please check out my ebook Practical Music Theory which will give you the necessary tools!
Basic Jazz Chords
Presented here are most of the common jazz chord shapes (grips) for guitar. Of course there are many many more and they will be covered later - but for now get started...
Basic Jazz Rhythm Guitar
As well as getting the basic chords down it is also important to check out some basic rhythm. In this lesson I will just show you a basic swing rhythm guitar pattern...
The 2 & 4 Jazz Metronome
I saw this technique first on an Emily Remler instruction video casette (yeah that long ago! p.s. if you don't know her playing, check it out, she's incredible!) and i...
Getting A Real Book?
A Jazz Real Book (amusingly also often called a 'Fake Book") is a book showing the chords and melodies of common jazz songs, called "Standards" because they are the st...
Jazz Lingo - Common Jazz Terms
When I first encountered jazz I was a bit baffled by all the terms being used and had to ask one of my older jazzer mates to sit down an explain some stuff to me - so ...
Reading A Jazz Chart
If you want to get into jazz you are going to have to learn to read a chart. You might be able to get away with not learning to read notes if you have a good ear and c...
How To Learn A Jazz Standard
I so thought I'd done the text for this page but I've just cometo link it in and noticed that I've not... I'm in mixing the new We Came As Strangers record in LA, b...
Basic Bossa Nova Rhythm Pattern
Text to come later, too busy today! Vid should explain it all though :) 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Chord Chord Cho...
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