Question by WOO!: What are the first things to learn for jazz style guitar?
I’m a noob to jazz guitar and well…jazz period. But I’ve reached a point in my playing, that I’m ready to branch out from the genres I normally play. (Blues, Rock, Metal, r&b, ect.) Can someone give me help? Video links? Anything really. Thanks!
Answer by Guitarpicker
Learning a vast array of guitar chords is your primary goal and then using them in the songs of your choice. You must understand chord progressions in the key signatures and be able to quickly form and play them instantly without thought.
Getting a quality chord book from your music store is a good step. Learning them with all their associated chromatic applications is another. Some of the chords used exclusively in Jazz are major and minor sixths, ninths, elevenths, and thirteenths. Altered chords, such as those indicating sustaining a certain note in a chord, is also required to know.
Given the opportunity, study the techniques of the late Wes Montgomery and renown George Benson.
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