Introduction to Jazz Improvisation

Course Details

The goal will be to generate a better, more visual understanding of the fretboard and be able to jam with simple jazz tunes.

By the end of the course, you will be able to play 3 types of bar chords and to use these bar chords over the progressions. You will also learn simple progressions using the chords and also using arpeggios. This will lead to some simple improvisation and generate an understanding of how improvisation over chords works.

Prerequisite foundation:

  • An understanding of the major scale and basic open chords
  • Power Chords
  • C major Scale
  • Basic Improvisation

This is a new course launched in April 2018! We are publishing a new lesson every week for this course. Stay tuned!

Course Instructor: Rowan Pattison

  • Guitar

  • Early Intermediate and above

  • 15+ Lessons

  • 2+ Hours of Video

PREREQUISITE FOUNDATION:

  • An understanding of the major scale and basic open chords
  • Power Chords
  • C major Scale
  • Basic Improvisation

WHO IT’S FOR:

Guitarists who have mastered the basics and want to develop their understanding of jazz guitar music 

Course Content

Module 1:

Be Inspired: Jazz Guitarists Worth Listening To
Inspirational Jazz Guitarists

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Top 10 Inspirational Jazz Guitarists of All Time

Module 4:

Using Major and Minor Arpeggios to Improvise

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – How to Use Major and Minor Arpeggios to Improvise
  • Lesson 2 – Major and Minor Arpeggios
  • Lesson 3 – Linking the Arpeggios Through Progressions

Module 2:

Getting the Jazz Sound

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Getting the Jazz Sound
  • Lesson 2 – Getting the Jazz Sound Part 1
  • Lesson 3 – Getting the Jazz Sound Part 2

Module 5:

Introducing the 7th

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – 7th chords/arpeggios and why we use them
  • Lesson 2 – Major chord 7 off E and A strings
  • Lesson 3 – Minor 7 Chord off E and A Strings
  • Lesson 4 – Dominant 7 Chord Off E and A Strings
  • Lesson 5 – Major 7 Arpeggio

Module 3:

Jazz Progressions Using Barre Chords

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Mastering Jazz Chord Progressions Using Barre Chords
  • Lesson 2 – Major and Minor Barre Chords Off the E-String
  • Lesson 3 – Major and Minor Barre Chords Off the A-String
  • Lesson 4 –Jazz Progressions ii-V-I and I-vi-ii-V Using Barre Chords

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