Category: Jazz Guitar

Autumn Leaves – Chord Tone Mapping
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In this lesson we will be taking a dive into the chord tone mapping of Autumn Leaves. Chord tone mapping is the process of mapping out the chord tones for each chord of the progression to give us a better handle on improvising over the tune. For example we will map out the root, 3rd, 5th, and 7th of each chord. The targeting of these notes will help us play better, more melodic solos. A great exercise for any tune in any genre.

Autumn Leaves Harmonic Analysis
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In this lesson we will be diving into a harmonic analysis of the jazz standard Autumn Leaves. Understanding the harmonic structure of the tune is an important element in learning the jazz language.  It will help develop our ear, recognize common chord progressions, and help with improvisation over the chords.

Intro to Jazz and 7th Chords
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In this introductory lesson on jazz Bryan discusses the defining elements of jazz, brief history, and review of major, minor, and diminished 7 chords. As a prerequisite you should have completed the beginner course of Volumes 1-5.

Harmonizing The Major Scale With 7 Chords
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In this lesson we will expand on our knowledge of 7th chords and see how they fit together by harmonizing the Major Scale.

Common Jazz Rhythms
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In this lesson we will study 2 common jazz rhythms, the Freddie Green rhythm and the Charleston.

The ii – V – I Progression
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In this lesson we will study the most common jazz chord progression, the ii – V – I

Autumn Leaves
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In this lesson we will learn our first Jazz standard and apply some of the 7th chords we have learned so far in the tune Autumn Leaves. This lesson covers just the harmonic chord progression.

Autumn Leaves Melody
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In this lesson we will study the melody of Autumn Leaves. Learning the melody to jazz standards is an important part of learning jazz.

Arpeggios for II-V-I
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In this lesson we will study 3 arpeggios you can use to solo over a II V I chord progression. The arpeggios are all located in the same position using the G Major scale. We will cover an Am7, D7, and Gmaj7 arpeggio.

ii-V-I Riffs
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In this lesson we will study a couple basic ii-V-I licks based out of our recently learned arpeggios.