Learning how to play jazz guitar means learning how to use scales, arpeggios and patterns in order to outline each chord when you play jazz guitar chord progressions or jazz tunes.
While this can be a difficult task to tackle at first, with a little practice and the right exercises, you’ll be able to jam over your favorite tunes and hit every chord change along the way.
One of my favorite ways to practice digging into chord changes is to work on one-octave arpeggio shapes through any new tune I’m learning in the woodshed.
By isolating each chord in the progression, and using easy to play arpeggio fingerings to dig into each chord in the change, you will be able to get the sound of the progression in your ears, get the arpeggio shapes under your fingers, and allow yourself to solo over each chord in the tune, which is a big step when learning how to play jazz guitar.
In today’s lesson I have put together a video for you talking about 4 exercises you can do in order to get your fingers and ears around the arpeggios for any new tune you are working on in the practice room.
First, check out the video and then you can refer to the tab/notation below to follow along with each exercise as I demonstrate them over a jazz blues in Bb chord progression.
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