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Tips to Play Jazz Guitar

As an expert jazz guitar player and educator, I’ve found a couple of ongoing themes that are basic for tenderfoot guitar players. How about we investigate how you can begin playing this fun and remarkable instrument.

# The most effective method to Play Jazz Guitar

There are a few approaches to start your trip. A standout amongst the most widely recognized issues I find with new understudies is that they are accustomed to playing particular harmonies and particularly. They are set in a propensity for playing acoustic or electric without changing their system. Thus, the initial step is to acquaint yourself with jazz harmonies and fingerings…

# Investigate Chords and Fingerings

Not at all like other guitar play, you won’t utilize many open strings on a jazz guitar. Begin with your initial seven harmonies and after that work your way to the expanded and reduced harmonies. After you’ve gotten those down, you can begin to include augmentations.

# Learn How to Read Music

Another thing I highly recommend is learning how to read music. Yes, I know it might sound like too much of an undertaking, but if you’re seriously committed to becoming a master player, you can’t skip this step. Start by reading chord changes but also don’t shy away from melodies, as those are important to learn as well.

# Play Standards

Next, you’ll want to increase the list of standards you can play. Resolve to spend some time each day learning new standards. Learn the melody then work up to the chords. Once you have a list of at least 10 standards in your back pocket, you’ll be on you way to becoming a pro.

# Go-to Jam Sessions

As you formalize yourself with the chords and standards required in jazz guitar, you can take your skills to the next level by playing in jam sessions. Go out in public and play with other professionals. As you begin to do this you’ll learn from people with more experience. Plus, you’ll get experience by playing in front of others. Choose one or two choruses from a jazz ballad for your first time up in front of everyone.

# Progression

Chord progression is also incredibly important. There are so many twists and turns to modern electric guitar that you can’t count on your previous instrumental experience to pull you through. The most common chord progression used in jazz is the II-V-I progression. This makes it rather challenging to switch genres between pop and rock to jazz. With a bit of practice, however, you’ll get the hang of it.