Jazz Guitar Masterclass with PG Music

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Looking to improve your jazz guitar skills? In this masterclass, you’ll learn from one of the best in the business – PG Music. You’ll get expert tips and advice on everything from technique to theory, and come away with a new understanding of this important genre.

Introduction to the course

This course is an introduction to jazz guitar, taught by professional musician and guitar instructor Paul Gregory. In it, you’ll learn the basics of jazz guitar technique, theory, and history, and get tips on how to practice and perform effectively. You’ll also have a chance to play along with some of Paul’s own recordings.

The basics of Jazz guitar

If you’re new to Jazz guitar, or even if you’ve been playing for a while but feel like you’re stuck in a rut, this masterclass is for you! In this class, renowned Jazz educator Peter Gergely will take you through the basics of Jazz guitar, from swing to bebop and beyond. You’ll learn the skills you need to play with confidence in any situation, and explore the music of the masters. By the end of this class, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the beauty of Jazz guitar.

Developing your Jazz guitar sound

In this Masterclass, you’ll learn how to develop your own jazz guitar sound. You’ll start by exploring the different sounds that make up a typical jazz guitar tone, and then you’ll learn how to mix and match these elements to create your own unique sound. You’ll also get tips on how to use effects pedals to enhance your sound, and how to choose the right amplifier and guitar for a jazz setup.

Jazz guitar chord progressions

If you’re interested in learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the first things you’ll need to understand are chord progressions. Chord progressions are simply a series of chords played in a specific order that create a harmonious melody. While there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating chord progressions, there are certain progressions that are more commonly used in jazz. In this Jazz Guitar Masterclass with PG Music, we’ll take a look at some of the most common chord progressions and how you can use them in your own playing.

Jazz guitar soloing

In this class, you’ll learn how to play jazz guitar solos with the help of renowned guitar teacher, PGMusic. You’ll cover topics such as: scales and arpeggios; chord voicing; comping; and much more. With over 30 years of experience playing and teaching guitar, PGMusic is the perfect instructor to help you take your soloing to the next level.

Jazz guitar comping

Jazz guitar comping is the art of creating accompaniment parts that define the harmony, rhythm and melody of a jazz tune. The term “comping” comes from the verb “to accompany”. A good jazz comping part will make the band sound full and complete, even if there are only a few instruments playing.

In this masterclass, you will learn how to create effective jazz guitar comping parts for any tune. You will learn about different chord voicings, how to add interest with rhythmic motifs, and how to solo over your comping parts.

Jazz guitar improvisation

In this video, Geoff explains the basics of comping and walks you through some simple chord progressions. He also demonstrates how to create interesting solo phrases using the blues scale.

Jazz guitar reharmonization

Jazz guitar reharmonization is the process of adding new harmonies to a preexisting melody. This can be done by simply replacing one chord with another, by expanding the harmonic possibilities of a particular melodic fragment, or by completely rethinking the harmony of a tune. There are many different approaches to jazz guitar reharmonization, but the goal is always to create something new and interesting while staying true to the original melody.

There are many different techniques that can be used when reharmonizing a melody. Some common approaches include chord substitution, passing chords, and alternate tunings. Chord substitution is perhaps the most common method of reharmonization, and it simply involves replacing one chord with another. For example, if the melody of a tune is based on the chords C major 7, F7, and Bb7, you could substitute any of those chords with another chord that would still sound good with the melody. For example, you could substitute C6 for C major 7, D9 for F7, or A7 for Bb7.

Another approach to reharmonization is to add passing chords between existing chords. Passing chords are usually dissonant chords that add color and interest to a progression without disrupting the flow of the melody. For example, if you have a progression that goes from C major 7 to F7, you could add a D7 chord in between those two chords. The D7 would resolve down to F7, adding some tension and release to the progression.

Alternate tunings are another great way to add new harmonic possibilities to a melody. Alternate tunings can open up new melodic possibilities and allow you to create entirely new chord shapes and progressions. Many jazz guitarists use alternate tunings on a regular basis to add interest and variety to their playing.

Jazz guitar rhythm playing

In this lesson, we’ll be covering Jazz guitar rhythm playing. You’ll learn how to play various types of chords, how to strum with a pick, and how to fingerpick. We’ll also cover some essential Jazz rhythm concepts.


Thanks for sticking with us through the entire Jazz Guitar Masterclass! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about jazz guitar and are able to take what you’ve learned and apply it to your own playing.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you and help you further your jazz guitar skills.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to learn with us and we hope to see you in future classes!

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