When learning how to play jazz guitar, many of us are drawn to the jazz blues chord solos of great players such as Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Lenny Breau and others in order to expand our jazz guitar chords and chord soloing ideas.
While we may be excited to learn how to play chord solos in the style of these legendary jazz guitarists, it’s often difficult to know where to start in order to maximize time in the practice room, and begin to play a convincing jazz blues chord solo.
One of the best ways to learn how to build a jazz blues chord solo, is to learn a few jazz blues chord solo etudes in order to get an idea of how these choruses are built, how they are phrased, and how they fit under your fingers when you take them into your own playing.
In today’s lesson, we’ll be looking at a chorus of jazz blues chord soloing in the key of Bb that I’ve written out to help get you to the next level in your jazz guitar chord soloing development.
Check this solo out, first breaking it up into each phrase and then attacking the entire chorus at once. It features some classic riffs, and it will help get some chord soloing ideas into your ears and under your fingers as you explore the fun and exciting world of jazz guitar chord soloing.
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Before digging into the entire chord solo, you might want to break it down into the three, 4-bar phrases from both a physical and theoretical standpoint.
Here are a few items to notice, and possibly take out of context and practice in 12 keys, apply to other tunes, or improvise with in other context, from the first 4-bars of the chord solo.
Here are a few items to keep in mind, and extract for further practice, within the second, 4-bar phrase of this jazz guitar chord solo.
To finish up, here are a few items to keep in mind when learning and studying the last, 4-bar phrase of this jazz guitar chord solo.
Now that you have learned and studied each individual phrase of this jazz guitar chord solo, you’re ready to dig in and learn the entire chorus.
Take your time and use a metronome and/or backing track at a slow tempo when first learning how to play this chord study.
After you are comfortable playing it through at a slow tempo, maybe starting around 50 bpms, the slowly raise the tempo in order to take this solo to a more medium tempo.
After you have learned this chord solo as written, at a slow or medium tempo, you will want to explore and expand it further in your practice routine in order to get the most out of each lick, phrase and rhythm in this etude.
Here are a few ways that you can break down and expand on this chord solo further in your jazz guitar practice routine.
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