Watch the Jazz Textures online guitar lesson by Christopher Woitach from Jazz Textures

In this video, we'll explore an exciting and often neglected area of jazz guitar playing, the textural ground that lies in between single notes and classic chord melody. We're going to learn about various ways to create your own chord vocabulary, different approaches to using these chords, and techniques for incorporating them into your improvisations. There are sections on harmonizing jazz lines with dyads, moving chords horizontally, and even some examples of using counterpoint in improvisation. I play lots of examples, and perform several improvisations using all the techniques discussed in the video.

Included with this video are many pages of textural material to help you expand your skills and fretboard knowledge. To get the most out of the material, I suggest you play the examples in all twelve keys, using all scales. The most important thing you can do, however, is to apply what you learn from the material and this video to the songs you know, and new ones you're working on. All the information in the world won't help you grow musically unless you apply it, so be sure to use anything you learn in your own improvisations and arrangements. And just as important, have fun!