Jazz for the Curious Guitarist
4.5 (376 ratings)
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6,700 students enrolled

Jazz for the Curious Guitarist

Complete jazz guitar lessons course. Extended & altered jazz guitar theory, chords, scales, & arpeggios. All levels.
4.5 (376 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
6,700 students enrolled
Created by Dan Dresnok
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 12 hours on-demand video
  • 43 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to play jazz guitar!
  • Learn how to play & construct any chord that exists.
  • Learn all of the relative modes throughout the fretboard.
  • Learn how to solo using every arpeggio!
  • Extensive music theory to allow you to teach yourself.
  • Guitar basics for beginners or as a refresher.
  • Multiple advanced scales & soloing techniques!
  • Chord progressions & practice jam examples.
  • Use tablature and learn to read music.
  • Learn about altered theory!
  • This course is for everyone - including complete beginners!
  • You only need a guitar - any guitar with six strings.
  • We will start at the very beginning.

What Students are saying:

  • 5 stars, "This is an awesome jazz guitar class."  -Ike H.

  • 5 stars, "Really straight forward and simple. He makes the material easily digestible and shows how to implement the music theory. It isn't a "here's a scale" type of lessons, he goes over the function of everything very smoothly."  -Nicholas P.

  • 5 stars, "I learned a lot of fun stuff on jazz guitar and for the first time was able to get through a guitar course because it was made very well."  -Simo H.

  • 5 stars, "If you are looking for an excellent course, this is well worth the money."  -Daniel S.

  • 5 stars, "Very clear, precise, easy to follow and understand."  -Brandon J.

Welcome to Jazz for the Curious Guitarist!  If you are ready to finally learn how to play real jazz guitar, then this course is for you.  I will take you from the very beginning to show you the basics of guitar playing through to a high level of jazz in which you'll have knowledge of all chords that exist, basic & advanced scales & arpeggios, rhythm, and music & guitar theory.

I start the course assuming that you don't play guitar at all.  I assume you are a complete beginner.  The first section of the course is all about teaching you the guitar basics to get you ready for the jazz lessons.  Every lesson video in this course has PDF attachments in the additional resources tabs.  Some lessons have multiple attachments.

The next five sections are the jazz lessons.  They are: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, & Expert sections.  The lessons are cumulative (each lesson builds on the previous lesson.)  We will work extensively on chords, scales, arpeggios, rhythm, music theory, and various jazz concepts.

Any kind of six-string guitar will work well for this course - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, or classical guitar. 

It's well-known that many of the best guitarists in the world are jazz guitarists, so we have a lot of work to do, but I will get you there as quickly as I can!  I know exactly what you need to learn.  I know exactly how to teach you.  

I'm excited that you're here!  The world needs more jazz guitar players. 

This is going to be a lot of fun!  Let's begin.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn jazz guitar.
  • Complete beginner guitar players.
  • Intermediate guitar players.
  • Advanced guitarists.
Course content
Expand all 43 lectures 12:00:57
+ Guitar Basics
8 lectures 02:33:06

Welcome to the course!  Here, we'll discuss the sections of the course and ways to navigate so that you'll get the most out of your experience here.

Preview 11:25

Learn the string names, how to read tab (tablature), and how to find any note on your guitar.

Guitar Fundamentals

Learn all of your open chords including major, minor, 7th, and minor 7th.

Open Chords

Learn your major & minor barre chords each in two different positions.

Barre Chords - Basic

Learn your major & minor arpeggios throughout the fretboard.

Arpeggios - Basic

Learn to count all rhythms in both duple & triple time and learn to tap, strum, and pick using this new skill.

Rhythm Study

The the most popular scale in jazz - and the world.

Major Scale in C

Learn the guitar techniques that will make your playing special, such as hammer ons, pull offs, slides, bends, and vibrato.

+ Jazz Beginner
6 lectures 02:13:50

Learn multiple positions of dominant 7, minor 7, major 7, m7b5, and diminished 7th chords.

Types of 7th Chords

Learn how & what chords work well together in relation to the major scale notes.

Relative Chords

Learn all of the relative modes, the seven shapes of the major scale that traverse the entire fretboard.  This is a wonderful awakening for your guitar solos.

Relative Modes

We will expand on our relative chords grid by including the respective 7th chords for each scale degree.

Relative Chords with 7ths

Learn the extended 7th arpeggios to solo over any 7th chord perfectly.

Arpeggios - 7ths

Use all of your skills to solo throughout the relative C chords in this tutorial.  Modes, arpeggios, and various chord combinations are fully explored.

Jam - Relative C Chords
+ Jazz Novice
6 lectures 01:40:09

Learn the variations and positions of 6th and 9th chords.

Types of 6 and 9 Chords

We continue to expand on our relative chord grid using all extensions to the 9th degree.

Relative Chords to the 9th Extension

Learn to arpeggiate all variations of 6th and 9th arpeggios to solo over them with perfection.

Arpeggios - 6s and 9s

Learn the shapes & theory of various chord types, such as sus, add, and slash chords.

Various Types of Chords

Take a deeper look at the Nashville numbering system and a full workup of the notes for all 12 music keys.

Chord Numbering

Learn the most common chord change in jazz.

The ii V I Change
+ Jazz Intermediate
6 lectures 02:06:59

Learn how to decipher notes, scales, and chords using intervals.


Learn the shapes of the remaining extended chords, the 6/9, 11th, and 13th variations and how they work within the relative chord grid.

Relative Chords to the 13th Extension

Learn to arpeggiate the remaining extended chords to create perfect solos over those chords.

Arpeggios - 6/9, 11, 13

Learn one of the best-kept secrets of jazz soloing - chord tones.  Also, learn about using dyads to create mini chords within your soloing.

Chord Tones & Dyads

Learn to read music the traditional way - using the standard notation staff.  I will teach you a simple method to get you reading music for the guitar immediately.

Reading Music

We will use a cool jazz concept to arrange our scale chords in an interesting way for us to practice soloing all of our arpeggios & scales/modes.

Cycling 4ths
+ Jazz Advanced
6 lectures 01:31:22

Learn all about altered chords and how & when to use them, as well as a practice jam with altered chords.

Altered Chords

Learn the arpeggios for altered chords and how to construct them in the moment.

Altered Arpeggios

Learn the whole tone (or augmented) scale and how & when to use it to solo over altered chords.

Whole Tone Scale

Learn the most versatile scale for soloing over altered chords - the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale.

Super Locrian Mode

Learn the diminished scale and how to use it, including all basic diminished theory.

Diminished Scale

Learn how to add passing diminshed 7th chords chromatically beside any other chord, as well as a great trick for passing 9b5 descending chords.

Passing Dim7 Chords
+ Jazz Expert
7 lectures 01:37:45

Learn to pass dominant & altered chords chromatically approaching any chord.

Passing Dominant Chords

Learn about tritone substitution and how to pass a secondary dominant over any chord.

Tritone Substitution & Secondary Dominants

Get a crash course in major & minor pentatonic scales, then learn how to use them in extreme ways to solo over major, minor, & dominant chords.

Advanced Pentatonics

Learn how to construct these 8-tone scales (based on the major scale) to access some interesting new tones for a jazzy sound.

Bebop Scales

Use chords, arpeggios, & scales to play through this progression of jazz chords.

Jazz Progression 1

Use chords, arpeggios, & scales to play through this progression of jazz chords.

Jazz Progression 2

Congratulations on completing this course!  Great work, well done!  I will be giving you some final thoughts on what you can do next for playing and listening to jazz.  Thank you for going through this course with me!

Honorable Mention
+ Jazz Bonus Lessons
4 lectures 17:46

We'll discuss what the term 'dominant' means in music and the clues that it's giving us.

Dominant in Music

In this video, we'll discuss how to apply the dominant characteristics to the Phrygian mode.

Phrygian Dominant Scale

In this video, we'll discuss how to apply the dominant characteristics to the Lydian mode.

Lydian Dominant Scale
Bonus Lecture