Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks and Licks
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Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks and Licks

Learn the most important techniques and methods of jazz guitar!
4.5 (459 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
11,284 students enrolled
Created by Tyler Larson
Last updated 5/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 24 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand multiple sub-genres of jazz guitar
  • Play a wide variety of simple to advanced jazz chord voicings
  • Read rhythm changes in lead sheets
  • Execute various jazz lines and rhythms
  • Create original music in multiple jazz styles
  • Possess a greater understanding of jazz music as a whole
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  • You should understand basic music theory
  • You should understand basic music terminology
  • You should be able to identify the notes on the guitar neck

Hey guys, my name's Tyler, and I'm the founder of Music is Win. I'm here today for one reason, and one reason alone: to ask you to sign up for my jazz guitar course. It's free.

It's been humbling to see so many thousands of students sign up for my guitar courses, so for that I thank you. I've created this course as a token of my appreciation for all of you who have supported me on my journey so far, and I think you're really going to dig it. So let's talk about what you can expect for this new course.

Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks, and Licks is for those of you who have either never played jazz, dabbled in some jazz licks, or who want to become more versatile guitar players overall. 

I call this course Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks and Licks because you'll find plenty of each. From chord voicings to phrasing to an exploration of various sub-genres like fusion and latin jazz, you'll enjoy a buffet of awesome concepts to consider.

We'll examine some great jazz guitar players' habits, too, like Wes Montgomery and Charlie Hunter, as well as figure out how to infuse a jazz attitude in any musical situation.

Now, this isn't necessarily a beginner course. You should have a basic understanding of music theory, and be willing to put in a little practice to master some of the approaches in this course, but don't worry–I keep things as simple as possible and communicate topics with precise camera angles and plenty of supplemental chord diagrams and tabs.

There's also a message board where you can leave questions, and anyone in the course, including myself, can answer and chat about anything under the sun. 

If you're interested in solidifying your music theory before jumping in, I highly recommend taking my Guitar Super System course (available here on Udemy). A solid grasp of basic music theory will help you absorb the concepts in this course, as well as make you a more well-rounded guitar player.

All of my courses, including Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks and Licks, will be constantly updated and refined based on feedback from you and new ideas I come up with.

I really appreciate all the great support and feedback I've received from you all, and I'm excited to continue to deliver the best content I can for you. So what're you waiting for? Go ahead sign up for free, and I'll see you on the other side.

Keep shreddin'


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn an overview of popular jazz guitar techniques and sub-generes
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:56

Learn what you need to know before taking Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks and Licks.

Let's Get Started
Harmony and Chords
9 Lectures 50:58

The R-3-7 formation will help you simplify and jazz-ify any chord progression.

The Most Important Chord in Jazz

The Drop 2 voicing is the most important iteration of any jazz guitar chord, and I'll show you why.

The Essential Jazz Chord Voicing

These chord progressions are found everywhere in jazz, so you should be able to recognize them by ear and play them in any key. Be sure to sign up for Guitar Super System if you need to strengthen your understanding of intervals and harmonic analysis: bit.ly/G1SS50.

The Most Popular Jazz Progressions

Play 86 of the most important chords in jazz music.

Jazz Chord Library (Part 1)

Play 86 of the most important chords in jazz music.

Jazz Chord Library (Part 2)

Reading lead sheets is the first step to mastering sight reading, and a great way to hone your rhythm chops.

How to Read Lead Sheets

Anticipate the chord voicing in this complex sight reading exercise.

Chord Sight Reading Exercise

The chords in this lesson are some of my favorite and most useful voicings in jazz.

13 Complex Extended Chords

These advanced chord progressions will stretch your ear out and build new sounds into your repertoire.

7 Amazing Chord Progressions
Lead Guitar Methods and Techniques
5 Lectures 29:38

Wes Montgomery's smooth, fluid style and tone are excellent traits to emulate for a guitar player delving into jazz.

Learning from the Master… Wes Montgomery

These moves on the guitar are ways to deliver the jazz style convincingly to your listeners.

Jazz Guitar Stylings

Sweep picking isn't just for rock and metal! See how this popular technique fits into jazz guitar.

Sweep Picking in Jazz

The pentatonic scale is usually associated with rock and blues, but it certainly has a place in jazz, too.

Using the Pentatonic Scale Over Jazz Changes

Chromatic notes and lines can be a bit difficult to pull off convincingly, so try this approach.

When to Use Chromatic Notes
Tips, Tricks, Licks & Sub-genres
5 Lectures 26:32

These two genres of music go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Hip-Hop Jazz Techniques

Two words no guitar player ever wants to hear... SIGHT READING. No worries. Get this book, and you'll be fine: http://amzn.to/2pzRZpZ

Sight Reading for Guitar Players

Add these slick fusion licks to your arsenal.

3 Quick Jazz Fusion Licks

Add these traditional jazz licks to your arsenal.

4 Classic Jazz Licks

The Bossa Nova style is complimented well by jazz voicings and stylings.

Bossa Nova Jazz Basics
What's Next?
1 Lecture 01:56

Congratulations on finishing Jazz Guitar Tips, Tricks and Licks! Be sure to check back regularly for updates, and feel free to sign up for any of my other guitar courses here on Udemy. Also, I'd really appreciate a solid 5-star rating if you enjoyed this course. Until next time, keep shreddin'!

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About the Instructor
Tyler Larson
4.6 Average rating
4,614 Reviews
24,261 Students
6 Courses
Founder of Music is Win

Tyler Larson (born May 30, 1989) is a musician of many influences. With over fifteen years experience playing the guitar, Tyler has appeared on several studio albums, performed with many diverse artists, and studied with some of the most renowned guitarists on the planet, including Joe Stump, Dave Fiuczynski, Tomo Fujita, Dave Tronzo, Jon Finn, and others.

After earning his B.M. Degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music, which includes alumni such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Al Di Meola, and Pat Metheny, among others, Tyler began his career as a professional musician, and in 2015 Tyler founded a brand called Music is Win which has become a rising force in the entertainment and music space, with his videos amassing tens of millions of views to date and his audience rising to hundreds of thousands of subscribers across social media.

Tyler has received endorsements from PRS Guitars, Peavey Electronics, Universal Audio, Wampler Pedals, ZAOR Studio Furniture, Source Audio, Empress Effects, MONO Cases, Bugera, and many other esteemed companies.