Basic Jazz Chords for the Rock/Blues Guitarist

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Been playing guitar for a while but feel stuck?  This course is designed for those who already know basic first position and moveable bar chords and are ready to take it to the next level.  We'll show you how to build on what you already know and expand your harmonic palette.  You'll be playing sophisticated sounding chords and progressions in no time!


The 6th String Root m7 to m6

Author: Rick StoneComplexity: Standard

In this lesson we’ll learn how to play a 6th String Root m7 to a m6 chord. This progression is useful for “vamps” and lots of fun to improvise over using the Dorian Mode (you may recognize it as sounding like Carlos Santana’s “Oye Como Va”). It also works great as a IIm7 V7.

The I VI-7 II-7 V7 Progression

Author: Rick Stone

The I VI-7 II-7 V7 Progression is the basic “Turnaround” pattern used in thousands of jazz songs. In this lesson you’ll learn to play it starting from a 6th String root voicing.

The I #Io7 II-7 #IIo7 III-7 VI7b9 II-7 V7b9

Author: Rick Stone

This progression builds on the last few lessons. It uses ascending passing diminished chords (which function as dominant 7ths) to approach the II-7 and III-7 chord, and then proceed down a III-7 VI7 II-7 V7 turnaround. This sort of substitution is common in many jazz tunes. You don’t need a lot of different chord forms to play it. Notice how many uses our Diminished 7th chord form can be put to.

The I IV III-7 VI7 Turnaround

Author: Rick Stone

Turnarounds are short progressions that lead you back to the top of a song. Often a song (or a section of a song) will begin on the II chord.  The I IV II-7 VI7 turnaround is an easy way to get back to II.