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Watch the Jazz Style Soloing online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Guitar Interactives


A great way to delve into the realm of Jazz style soloing is to take a blues and enhance it with jazzier chords and chromaticism. Of course you can still play modally over certain sections targeting the tonal center but the real test and power will come from targeting chord tones as the chords change. Starting with simple progressions will help and then gradually add some complexity over time.

I’ve thrown you in at the deep end with some very nice blues changes in this A minor Jazz Blues. There will be some familiar passages and some more complex chord forms to target.

Typical traits of Jazz lead guitar are chromatic lines, Glissandos, tension and release, smooth phrasing without bends, double stops, octaves lines etc.

Tonally Jazz guitar is played with a warm and full clean tone but of course there are so many stylists in Modern Jazz that as with any genre, anything goes!