Learning how to play jazz guitar chords can sometimes seem like a daunting task. But, there is a quick shortcut that you can use to turn any large chord you already know, or alter chords that you learn in the future, to double your chord knowledge in one quick step.
By taking out the root of many common jazz guitar chord shapes, you will create small, rootless jazz guitar chord shapes that will produce the sound for the chord you want, without taxing your hands with large shapes, or getting in the bass players way at the same time.
In this jazz guitar video lesson, you will learn how to take the chords for a Bb jazz blues progression and transform them from large, root-based shapes, into smaller, rootless jazz guitar chord shapes, doubling your chord vocabulary without having to learn anything new in the mean time.
Here is the tab for the jazz guitar rootless chords used in the video above. Try learning them in the key of Bb first, and then take them to other keys of the jazz blues in order to expand upon them in the woodshed.
As well, you can take any larger chord shape that you already know, such as the ones I sampled at the end of the video, and practice removing the root notes in order to create smaller, rootless chords for any shape you know.
Check out these rootless chords this week in the practice room and see how they can add to your jazz guitar chord vocabulary, and makes things easier on your fretting hand at the same time.
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