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Jazz Guitar Chords; an Introduction

Quickly learn the essential beginner chords you need to know

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Are you ready to kick-start your guitar playing?

  • NEW learn 7 neo-soul grooves
  • Save time; only learn the most important chords
  • Premium HD video lessons from NYC-based guitarist Sam Blakelock
  • Learn Blakelock's original songs 'Sunday Feels' and 'Waterfalls and Reverb'
  • Have fun while you learn!

Your teacher is a pro. Blakelock has his Master of Music in Jazz guitar from the Aaron Copland School of Music, NYC. With extensive experience performing in the US, Europe, Australasia and on cruise ships worldwide–Blakelock is in a strong position to share practical, read-to-use advice, and tips.

How much time have you spent watching long-winded YouTube jazz guitar videos? Don't download another 170 page eBook. Let Blakelock guide you through only the most essential chords every beginner should know.

Content Overview

You'll be guided step-by-step through the basics of playing chords on guitar. This course is best suited for beginner guitarists looking for a quick start.

Your course includes:

  • 30 minutes of HD video lessons
  • 9 minutes of play-along video backing tracks
  • Our 28-page Chord Chart PDF
  • Detailed chord diagrams
  • 800-word course summary
  • 7 easy-to-play Neo Soul Grooves

Blakelock breaks your course into four chord progressions: the Major II V I, the Turnaround, Major Chord Vamp and the Minor II V I. For each chord progression you will learn how to play the individual chords and how they fit together.

Upon completion of your course, you'll be challenged to play along with Blakelock through all four chord progressions.

In short–whatever your current abilities are–your course will quickly equip you with the most useful guitar chords you need to play any jazz standard.

Bonus Content

Your course includes a 18 minute discussion by Blakelock on Joe Pass. You will gain valuable insight into the chordal approach and genius of Joe Pass.

Neo Soul Jams

A recent addition to your course is seven simple neo-soul chord progressions.


Your Instructor


Sam Blakelock
Sam Blakelock

Sam Blakelock is a NYC jazz guitarist. He has toured the US and Europe extensively and holds his Master of Music in jazz performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music, NYC.


Blakelock shares hard earned advice in humorous, easy-to-digest chunks with his students.

Originally from New Zealand, Blakelock toured the world for three years as the Music Director on luxury cruise ships.

He completed his Master's in Jazz guitar in NYC under the tuition of Lage Lund (Marie Schneider) & Paul Bollenback (Joey DeFrancesco) and now performs regularly in Brooklyn and Manhattan while maintaining a busy touring schedule abroad.

He is the mastermind behind @pickupjazz, a 190,000+ Instagram music community. His own Instagram page @samblakelock has over 58,000 fans. Over time he has developed a unique, step-by-step approach to learning jazz guitar.


Sam is VERY passionate about teaching jazz guitar. He believes learning should be fun & gradually paced.

Are you ready to take your playing to the next level?



Class Curriculum


  Your #1 Jazz Guitar Chord Chart PDF
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  Chord Progression #1 - The Famous II V I
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  Chord Progression #2 - The Turnaround
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
How difficult is this course?
I have targeted this course for absolute beginners with little or no experience playing jazz. I recommend you have the ability to play simple major, minor & dominant barre chords before taking this course.
I'm an intermediate play, is this course for me?
To bring added value to more advanced players, I have included an 18 minute discussion on the chordal approach of Joe Pass. If you are more experienced, you'll find a bunch of tips & concepts in this video to take your playing to the next level.
Why does this course cost money?
This course is largely video based whereas the free lessons on pickupjazz.com are text based. This is my most well planned and thought out course. It took me a year to create including the addition of two videos & the #1 Jazz Guitar Chord Chart (Second Edition) eBook.

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