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Watch the Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Survival Guide online guitar lesson by Sean McGowan from Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Survival Guide

Hi, I'm Sean McGowan, and welcome to the Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Survival Guide. Fingerstyle is a very organic and rewarding way of approaching the guitar both technically and harmonically, allowing you to play complete arrangements of songs as a soloist. It enables you to play multiple parts simultaneously such as walking bass lines, chord structures, and melody or solo lines. Fingerstyle also allows you to explore textures simply not possible with a pick.

In the jazz guitar tradition, players such as Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, and Tuck Andress have used fingerstyle techniques to expand the harmonic palette and technical possibilities of the instrument. I've organized this survival guide in two sections. In the first section, we'll focus on essential concepts that'll help you get your fingerstyle jazz technique together. Each and every concept lesson includes specialized exercises designed to help you get these techniques under your fingers.

In the second section, we'll explore six performance studies in a variety of keys and tempos, each of which will help you apply the key techniques and concepts from the first section. All of the exercises and performance studies are tabbed and notated, and you'll be able to loop and slow down any of the exercises or studies so you can work through them at your own pace. So, grab your guitar and let's get started!