Jazz blues guitar

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Description: Learn how to play Jazz Blues chords on guitar, starting with a 12 Bar Blues and working up to a full Jazz Blues. With TAB, audio, and chord studies.

The jazz blues progression is not only the basis for many of the greatest songs in jazz, it’s also one of the most popular standards called at jazz jam sessions.

Because of these reasons, knowing how to build and play jazz blues chords is an essential skill that every jazz guitarist need to have in their repertoire.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to take a 12 bar blues progression, then with a few slight changes, build and play a jazz blues chord progression.

By the end of this lesson, you’ll not only now what a jazz blues is, you’ll have enough chords under your fingers to confidently comp through a jazz blues tune in a jam.

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If you’ve already studied blues or jazz blues songs on guitar, you’ll have noticed that there are different ways to play these progressions on guitar.

To keep this lesson focused on how to play a jazz blues chord progression by altering 12 bar chords, you’ll play one variation of these changes.

In this lesson, you’ll work from the most basic 12 bar changes up to the most popular jazz blues chords.

The first step to building a jazz blues chord progression is to learn, or review, the 12 bar blues chord progression .

As their name suggestions, 12 bar blues chords have a 12-bar form, which will be the case for every blues chord progression you study in this lesson.

Because these chords are the I, IV, and V, of the key you’re in, a 12 bar blues can also be called a I IV V blues progression.

Dominant family chords, such as 7 th. 9ths, and 13ths. are the fundamental chords used in a 12 bar blues.

As you progress towards the jazz blues chord progression, you’ll start to introduce altered and minor family chords.

Here’s a 12 bar blues progression in the key of G so you can see how those three chords relate to the 12-bar form.

There’s also a backing track, bass and drums only that you can use to hear this progression and to practice the chord studies that you’ll learn below.

To help you take the 12 bar blues chords onto the fretboard, here are guitar chords that you can learn and play when jamming on this chord progression.

This first study is geared towards guitarists that are new to blues chords. but have played other shapes such as barre chords in your studies.

Lastly, you’ll use the same rhythm in each bar to begin, for this and every blues chord study in this lesson.

Once you can play these chords from memory with the given rhythm, jam the chords over the backing track and start to alter the rhythm in your comping.

This’ll help you memorize the chords with any easy rhythm pattern before being more creative with these 12 bar blues chords in your practice and jamming.

For those guitarists that have already begun to study jazz guitar chords, you can learn this more advanced 12 bar blues chord study.

In this study, you’ll use rootless chords, as well as a few extensions such as 9ths and 13ths in the progression.

The rhythm is a bit more advanced than the previous 12 bar blues chord study, but it is still pretty static.

Again, use this rhythm to learn the chords. memorize the shapes, and then begin to alter the rhythm as you take these blues chords to the backing track in your studies.

After learning how to play a 12 bar blues, you’re ready to begin adding chords to that 12-bar form as you progress towards a jazz blues progression.

In this 12-bar blues progression, you’ll still only use three chords, I IV V, but will be playing more of those chords in the progression.

As you can see and hear in the example below, you’re now playing a IV chord in bar 2, and a V chord in bar 12 of the progression.

Because you are quickly moving from I to IV and back to one again at the start of the form, this progression is often called a “quick change blues” progression.

Take a listen to this new blues progression, and comp along to the backing track if you feel ready using the chords you learned in the 12 bar blues studies.

When you’re ready, you can learn the two quick change blues studies below as you begin to expand your chord knowledge over this popular blues progression.

For the more advanced guitarists. here’s a quick change blues study that uses rootless chords, extensions, and other intermediate clues comping techniques.

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