1. Etta James - At Last
2. Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'
3. Branford Marsalis - Mo Better Blues
4. Chick Corea - Spain
5. Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
6. George Benson - Breezin'
7. Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island
8. Jaco Pastorius - The Chicken
9. Kenny Dorham - Blue Bossa
10. John Coltrane - Mr. PC
11. Kenny Burrell - Chitlins Con Carne
12. Wes Montgomery - Road Song
Lesson 1: Cantaloupe Island - Electric Guitar Lesson
Herbie Hancock is a very talented pianist, keyboardist and composer that worked with Miles Davis in the Second Great Quintet. Mile Davis sought out Hancock when he saw the talent he had as a jazz musician. Cantaloupe Island was recorded during Hancock’s early years with Miles and was featured on the 1964 album Empyrean Isles. The lesson will walk you through the chords for Cantaloupe Island and also give you a few tips on how to “spice” it up to really improve your jazz guitar skills.
Lesson 2: At Last - Guitar Lesson
This beautiful and epic song by Etta James is one that almost everybody has heard. The perfectly sung melody and the jazzy chords combine to make a fantastic song that will challenge you as a guitarist.
By learning the chords as well as the melody you’ll not only be able to recreate the entire tune on guitar, but it will also improve your understanding of music theory, songwriting and harmony.
Lesson 3: Mo Better Blues - Electric Guitar Lesson
If you have trouble playing and improvising over changes in certain keys, than this lesson might just be what you’ve been looking for. This jazz song by Branford Marsalis is a melodic and vocal like groove that sits on top of some sweet chord changes.
By learning the chords that make up this song, you’ll see how the blending of tonalities and keys can create what I call a “pool of notes” that you can choose from while improvising. In addition to some great tips on how to think through these changes, you’ll get a simplistic and very easy-to-learn arrangement of this 90’s jazz classic.
Lesson 4: Spain - Electric Guitar Lesson
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Lesson 5: Red Clay - Electric Guitar Lesson
This Freddie Hubbard song is an unusual one as far as jazz standards go. Using suspended chords almost exclusively, this tune provides an awesome opportunity for the late-intermediate/ advanced player to gather some chops that use a totally different harmonic structure than what we’re used to. In this lesson you’ll get a detailed breakdown of the chords and rhythms used, as well as the melody and how best to think about playing through these changes.
Lesson 6: Breezin' - Electric Guitar Lesson
There are few players who are so universally recognized as George Benson. His uncanny ability on the guitar is equally matched by his rhythmic, harmonic, and vocal prowess. Here is your chance to delve into his jazzy world of groove and melody. In this lesson we will go into detail and cover all the parts of this song starting with the chords and following all the way through to some new solo ideas for you to try out. With many different techniques and a progression that begs to be played over, Breezin’ is sure to give even the most experienced of players a challenge.
Lesson 7: Ain't Misbehavin'
For the players out there that want to learn how to play jazz chords while accompanying yourself, this is the lesson for you. We’re covering this classic jazz standard but doing so in two parts, one where you’ll learn how to play the walking bass line and chords at the same time, and the other with the melody. In the end you could recreate the entire tune using just a guitar!
Lesson 8: The Chicken - Electric Guitar Lesson
Welcome to the world of fusion! This jazz funk standard is one that every up and coming player needs to have in his/her repertoire. Similar to a blues, but oh so different, Jaco Pastorius was able to bridge the gap harmonically between several styles of music. With this in depth lesson, you’ll learn the chords and the head and will walk away with the confidence to improvise over this classic track.
Lesson 9: Blue Bossa - Electric Guitar Lesson
One of the most popular jazz standards of all time, and an excellent way to step into some new territory, Blue Bossa is a perfect way to get introduced to the world of jazz. In this lesson we will be covering not just the chords and the head, but also what sort of extensions and substitutions you can use when comping. In addition there are also some great tips on soloing in a “jazzy” style while retaining the classic blues-rock foundations that so many players are built upon.
Lesson 10: Mr. PC - Electric Guitar Lesson
John Coltrane’s homage to bassist Paul Chambers is a grooving break neck tempo jazz blues. This song is rife with opportunity to shed some jazz licks over a bluesy canvas. With this lesson you’ll uncover not just the chords and the head, but also how to spice up your own playing with new scales and approaches that transfer well from jazz to other genres.
Lesson 11: Chitlins Con Carne - Electric Guitar Lesson
This blues is one of the coolest and most accessible ways to get into jazz. Written by Kenny Burrell and covered by Stevie Ray Vaughn, this classic is a guitar player’s dream. With jazz oriented chord extensions and bluesy licks, this tune makes a great practice piece for improvising and expanding your guitar vocabulary.
Lesson 12: Road Song - Electric Guitar Lesson
A fantastic way to get introduced to jazz guitar, Wes Montgomery’s Road Song is a standard that all aspiring guitarists’ should know. A pioneer on the instrument, Wes employed many techniques and harmonic ideas that are still being copied today by players of all styles. With this in-depth lesson, you will learn the ins and outs of what made Wes great and by the end you’ll have a good enough grasp on some jazz concepts to start applying them to the rest of your repertoire.