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Jazz Guitar: 25 Exercises for Better Phrasing

Use diagonal fingerings, chromaticism and bebop scales to gain confidence in the language of jazz.

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"Thanks for all the teaching on the 25 Exercises - very useful and helpful fresh advice and a well-structured sequence of exercises."

-Angus, UK

Learn and practice the jazz guitar exercises that you will need to improve your phrasing, chromatic flow, sense of time, bebop and melodic ideas in jazz guitar improvisations.

Get a firm grasp on the “fingers-to-sound” relationship that is so important in jazz soloing with this intermediate jazz guitar video course.

  • Apply diagonal fingerings for familiar scales
  • Learn proper bebop scale fingerings
  • Build the chromatic scale from the ground up
  • Apply bebop passing tones to common modes

Unleash the Power of Diagonal Fingerings

And it is very easy to do so in this course: just practice the exercises! All you have to do is work through them at your own pace. This is not a course to show you what scales go over what chords. In fact, this is not even a course in improvisation. It is a tutorial about jazz guitar phrasing.

And better phrasing means better soloing, in general. You are going to find better ways to express yourself within scales and arpeggios you already know and love. Plus you'll discover new means of building beautiful, chromatic, bebop lines on the guitar fretboard.

These are the very set of exercises that personally “uncorked” my own jazz guitar phrasing and ideas. More freedom over the fretboard, more chromaticism, better control of timing, nuances and etc. You will see that the way you approach the instrument will *feel* different from having worked on all these diagonal exercises.


Content Overview

As a starting point, we cover basic major and melodic minor scales in diagonal fingerings. This smooth introduction gives the students the confidence to work through the rest of the exercises. Then several more interesting, intricate and difficult exercises are presented in diagonal fingerings: bebop scales, three-octave scales, diatonic arpeggios, 6-note per string chromatics, familiar modes with bebop passing tones and more!

Exercises are presented in only one or two keys throughout this course. Obviously, if you want to explore jazz guitar (and music in general) in a serious manner, you should transpose these ideas to other keys. You will discover lots of beautiful things! :-)


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Marc-Andre Seguin
Marc-Andre Seguin

Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, "brains behind" and teacher on JazzGuitarLessons.net, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar.

He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.


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Class Curriculum


  Course Introduction (How to Use this Course)
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  Diatonic Arpeggios in Diagonal Fingerings
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  Chromatic Scales Take Two: Forward Motion
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  Conclusion
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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.
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What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 52 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
  • Practice 25 progressively more difficult single note exercises
  • Break out of scales "boxes" (positions) in your soloing
  • Learn to use diagonal fingerings principles on the guitar
  • Cover more range (2-3 octaves) with your improvised scalar lines
  • Master the use of chromaticism in Jazz improvisation
  • Learn applications of the major, minor, chromatic, bebop scales ... as well as "bebop modes"

What is the target audience?

  • Guitarists and musicians wanting to improvise with more chromaticism and a natural "linear flow"

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