Welcome to the wonderful world of jazz. These days, most guitar
players do not start out playing jazz. It is usually a migration
or expansion of playing rock, blues, or other popular styles.
Jazz is the arena where you can take harmony, melody, and improvisation
to it's extreme. The ideas that you learn in jazz will help you
become a better player in what ever other styles that you play.
your jazz chord vocabulary
The first step in your jazz journey, will be to learn some new
chord voicings. In jazz, the most common chord forms are seventh
chords (ex Cmaj7, Fm7) as opposed to basic major and minor chords
(ex. C, Fm). There are 5 basic types of seventh chords that you
will need to know to start with.
Think of this as the basic major type chord used in jazz. There
are two forms of this chord to learn, one with the root on the
6th string, and on with the root on the 5th string. Understanding
basic major and minor
barre chords is a prerequisite to this lesson.