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Old 11-08-2017, 10:23 AM
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What are some beginner Jazz Chords for my new archtop. I have a jazz chord chart but there are too many to know which ones would suit me in playing simple progressions in jazz chord fingering. Keep it simple please.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:18 AM
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Why not start with something like Maj6s? That's a very nice jazz chord. Jazz uses a lot of extensions, but the 6s are a good starting point. Ninths might come next.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:54 AM
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What are some beginner Jazz Chords for my new archtop. I have a jazz chord chart but there are too many to know which ones would suit me in playing simple progressions in jazz chord fingering. Keep it simple please.
I strongly recommend Walter Rodrigues Jr.'s recent course. It's $10 I believe. It's just what you're looking for. A great teacher and a really wonderful player and arranger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRMh8vqCDLQ
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:55 AM
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Better to ask for some typical progressions, I feel, then find the chords/inversions/fingerings you want to flesh it out.

Context tends to suggest or even dictate your choices of the above. Here's a link you may find of interest:

http://all-guitar-chords.com/index.php?ch=C&mm=7b5&v=0

And another link for context in applying/choosing from the above:

http://www.guitarcats.com/realbook-jazz-standards/A
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:09 PM
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Mickey Baker's old jazz method book is $8 on Amazon I think? Money well spent for some fun, simple archtop-worthy chord progressions.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:20 PM
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Iíve been dabbling with jazz on my archtops as well. I purchased a video course off of the Truefire website. Itís called Jazz 1-2-3 taught by Frank Vignola. Great starter course. He teaches 3 moveable chord forms and 3 basic rhythms you can use to play many jazz songs. They have many other courses as well.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:13 PM
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Iíve been dabbling with jazz on my archtops as well. I purchased a video course off of the Truefire website. Itís called Jazz 1-2-3 taught by Frank Vignola. Great starter course. He teaches 3 moveable chord forms and 3 basic rhythms you can use to play many jazz songs. They have many other courses as well.
That's where I started. Major 7th, minor 7th, and dominant 9th chords.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:16 PM
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The Joe Pass Guitar Chords book presents and organizes the go-to chord positions that are useful in jazz.

https://www.alfred.com/joe-pass-guit...rds/p/00-3319/
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:17 PM
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Great ideas and enough to keep me busy for awhile. Thanks so much for the spot on ideas. Now off to some jazz chords.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:47 PM
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Look thru your chord chart, and focus on those chords using the 2-3-4-6 string set. You can play alot of chords in that style. Enough to play tunes. They are my Jazz cowboy chords.
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Start with Maj7, Min7, Dom7, and then get 6ths, diminished, and altered. Those will hold you until you start getting into things like +5+9 chords and such....there are plenty of good fingering diagrams on the internet for those chords with root on 6/5/4th strings.
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http://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/17-ess...rds-beginners/

Check out this site. I bought a couple of their books and got on their email list and they are sending me free video lessons every week. They do come with a pitch to buy more but so far I have resisted as I can't keep up with what they send me for free.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:52 AM
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Hey hotroad--

You're getting a lot of advice here, which is good, but there's some contradictions and stuff so maybe I can lend a little clarity...

For beginners to jazz, I reccomend looking at four chord types-- maj7, m7, 7, and m7b5 (half diminished)

Approach these looking at string sets 4-1, 5-2, and 6+4-2.

So here's some major 7ths to get you started...

Fmaj7: x x 3 5 5 5

Cmaj7: x 3 5 4 5 x

Gmaj7: 3 x 4 4 3 x

Then look at the process of how notes shift to create the other chord types. Then, inversions.

Here's a video I made ages ago that I think will be very helpful.

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Old 11-09-2017, 11:58 AM
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Learned from this one myself back in the day, used to use it with my students:

https://www.amazon.com/Rhythm-Guitar...40_&dpSrc=srch

From Amazon's review:

"Commonly referred to as the 'rhythm guitarist's bible,' this innovative book is a system of guitar chord formation which maximizes power voicing while minimizing left-hand movement. Originally written by Mel Bay in 1947, this landmark publication was reissued in its original typesetting in 1973 to become the definitive text on jazz chords in private teaching studios and university jazz guitar departments around the globe. Mr. Bay's practical, analytical approach to the fingerboard produced this comprehensive system for learning full-sounding orchestral jazz guitar chords. This landmark text comes with an instructional online video."
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:02 PM
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Always loved Mel Bay. Used to use his booklets in teaching acoustic flat top guitar. I will check this out along with all the other recommendations here. I just ordered this book from Mel Bay. I am still after the very basic beginning Jazz chords that I can use in a song progression. BUT I have not said that I want to use a flat pick doing this, not finger picks yet. So this is rhythm stuff.
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