Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 1 - Chords

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hi GMC, welcome to my new series about Jazz called "Little Jazz Workshop"!

    In this series we will go through some main stages of making a good sounding jazz composition. By the end of the series I hope you will acquire enough knowledge to make your own jazz material, even if you never played jazz before. This lesson series are good for beginners, but those of you who already play jazz can also benefit from few tips&tricks. So let's begin!

    You will have all the theory explanation in slow videos. I promise it would be easy, and don't be scared by those chord names on-screen. I will explain everything very straightforward so you can understand it.

    This series contain three lessons. This one is the first in series and we will make chords for our jazz composition here. Some theory knowledge is important to have and I will write down exactly what you need to know.

    Chords are the basis of a good composition, so I suggest you go step-by-step in the series. Lot of people think that scales and arpeggios are what is the most important thing, but chords are actually the most important thing. We will be doing scales and arpeggios for our composition in the second video. First we need to make a good solid basics and that my friends, are the chords.

    Have fun learning and playing!

    The Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 1 - Chords can enhance:

    1. your chords playing
    2. your right hand fingerstyle playing
    3. your theory knowledge
    4. your left hand muting
    5. jazz composing

    Tempo: Fast Shuffle 180bpm

    Sound: Bridge humbucker, Line6 Piezo emulation preset.

    Here are links to the second and third lesson in series:

    Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 2 - Scales&Arpeggios
    Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 3 - Solo

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