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Thank You

Thank you so much for taking my course. Let's recap everything I have showed you. First I will reiterate what I showed you and give you a clear instruction ("Take Action") on how to practice & implement what I showed you.

1. A Handy Tool

Firstly, I gave you a 28 page eBook PDF with a lot of chord shapes in it. My goal with this was to give you a reference tool to come back to if you ever wanted to grab a new chord grip. Did you get a chance to look it over?

Take Action: Read through the eBook now. If you are short on time, I recommend only exploring the "Quick Start Guides" - in those you will learn only the most essential chord shapes.

2. Quick Tips to Play Real Jazz

Scattered throughout this course I shared tips on how to make your chords musical. Music is like a language, the WORDS that you speak are only one small part of WHAT you you are trying to say. When playing guitar, your CHORDS are only one small part of WHAT you are trying to say musically.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Fluidity - your movements between chords need to be smooth. Practice chords in progressions not just as individual chords.
  • Use as little effort as possible - If you can leave a finger on the guitar for two different chords, do it. Find common notes between chords. Make it easy for yourself - it will sound better!
  • Take just a little at once - Don't overwhelm yourself. For example, in the 8 major chords I showed you, just take two shapes and learn them really well. Better to learn two really well than eight half-heartedly.
  • Play light - don't grip the guitar tightly. Be relaxed and use as little effort as possible required to make a sound out of your guitar.
  • Rhythm is very important - Practice different rhythms with a metronome.
  • Barre chords are powerful - Why? You can move them around the guitar easily. Practice moving shapes up and down the neck.

3. The Chord Progression

I showed you how to play four very common chord progressions. For the Major II V I, Turnaround & Minor II V I progressions follow the steps below. (I'll cover the major chords separately)

Take Action:

  • Make sure each individual chord sounds clear
  • Play the progression as a unit, out of tempo
  • Practice the progression, 4 beats each, in tempo
  • Jam with my play along
  • Move the chord progression up & down the neck to different keys
  • Find a jazz standard that uses that progression, play the chords

4. The 8 Major Chords

It's not practical or musical to play all 8 of these chords one after the other. Take the following steps to really absorb these shapes into your playing.

Take Action:

  • Make sure each of the 8 chords sounds clear
  • Finding it difficult? Chose two chords and focus on them
  • Play different rhythms with one chord (Jam with a metronome)
  • Select two chords, practice changing between them
  • Choose two different chords and do the same.
  • Practice moving the chords up and down the guitar
  • Can you play all the same chord shapes with a F root note?
  • How about a Eb root note?

5. The Final Play Along Video

I challenged you to play along with me, through all 4 progressions. Don't worry if you were unable to, it is more important that you find a couple of new chords that you really enjoy playing. Music should be fun!

Take Action:

What chord did you find most enjoyable & beneficial to learn? Choose only two chords and focus on playing them.

6. Practical Application: What would Joe Pass do?

I wanted to bring everything I had shown you into context. I compared the chords I showed you with the chords that Joe Pass played.

I found many interesting similarities and differences between our chords and Joe Pass' chords, including:

  • Pass uses our Minor 7 Shape very often (the shape from our Minor II V I)
  • He would often exclude the 5th of this chord
  • He often used Shell chords: Root - 3rd - 7th.
  • The major 7 chord we learned is very, very handy (from the major II V I)
  • Melody is important: the top notes of your chords should create a melody.
  • Breaking up your chords: Pass would often play the root, then the remainder of the chord. This is a great way to freshen up & re-imagine any chord shape.

Take Action:

  • Chose any chord & practice 'breaking it up' - play the root, then the chord
  • Explore 'Shell Chords': go back over the chords I showed you and ONLY play the root - 3rd - 7th. Don't play any other notes.
  • Using all the chords you know, create your own melody using the top notes of the chords.

Well done!

You made it! Congratulations on making it to the very end of this course. Please feel free to leave a comment below with any further questions you have.

If you found this course helpful or have suggestions for improvements, please let me know below in the comments – I would very much appreciate that.