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  • Do you get “lost”in the changes?
  • Do you know how to solo on any chord progression – regardless of its difficulty?
  • How is your knowledge of substitutions?
  • How do you organize your comping?
  • Are you satisfied with your chord melodies?
  • Is your technique at the level that you’d like it to be?
  • Do you have questions that have remained unanswered?

Jazz Guitar Studies will address all these issues and much more!

Chuck Anderson, world renowned virtuoso jazz guitarist, composer and educator, is offering his ground-breaking teaching methods to the online world.

For decades, Mr. Anderson’s privately trained students have enjoyed the highest levels of success in music. Whether your goal is a career or the fulfillment that comes from playing and expressing yourself through music, this program will guide you step by step through the intricacies of the jazz guitar.

With the internet, the limitations of time, distance and money are no longer obstacles to gaining access to these powerful teachings. Taking advantage of the latest online education technologies and practices, Chuck has developed a unique program of private, customized lessons called Jazz Guitar Studies.

a message from Chuck…

The Jazz Guitar is the most difficult style to learn without expert guidance.

I’m looking for a small number of highly motivated students to join this program.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced player, I’ll be working with you personally and creating lessons for you.

This is NOT pre-written, stock material. I’m going to assess your current level and then create customized lessons for you.

I will instruct you at your pace and will help you develop your full potential.

The FIVE Essential Skills of the Jazz Guitar

Skill I: Technique

Technique is the physical side of the guitar. Once we have a grip on the physical skills, we graduate into musical technique. Scales, arpeggios, intervals and sequences are all explored through the six essential fingering principles. The goal of these studies is to give you the control you need to play what you hear.

Skill II: Jazz Chords

We’ll begin with the “Big Six” jazz chords – 7, m7, maj7, half dim 7, o7 and +7. This is a set of essential chords that dominate the jazz idiom. These chords will be presented in many different string combinations and in four positions per string combination. From there, we’ll move into Derivation which will take us into more advanced chord territory including: Advanced 4 Part Chords, Upper Partial Chords, Altered Chords, Quartal, Quintal, Secundal Chords and beyond.

Skill III: Street Theory

Theory is often an intimidating term but it doesn’t have to be. I use the term “Street Theory” to indicate that this information is not academic. It’s nothing more than understanding the principles behind music. This will eliminate a lot of confusion you may have felt about music theory.

Skill IV: Improvisation

Improvisation is the crown jewel of jazz. It is one of the most important elements differentiating jazz from other idioms of music.

Improvisation is the art and craft of spontaneously creating melody over a chord progression or a tonality. There is more time spent on this element in the jazz educational world than on any other element of repertoire. We’ll see the role of chord progressions, scales, intervals, arpeggios, sequences, the ear, theory and how to put it all together into your own unique improvisational style.

Our goal is to play what we feel and hear.

Skill V: Repertoire

In the long run, the songs you play and how you play them creates the connection between you and the audience. No one is paid to perform exercises. The song is the vehicle for your own self-expression.

The Four Elements of Repertoire

Element #1Single Note Melody: Melody is the most recognizable element of a song.Without the melody, an audience is hard pressed to even identify what song you’re playing.

Element #2Background or Accompaniment: Simply put, these are the chords that support the melody. In this section, we’ll use our chord knowledge and rhythmic sense to create effective accompaniments for melodic instruments, singers and improvisers. Rhythmic styles include Comping, Freddy Green style, Bossa, Samba, Jazz Waltz, Swing, Ballad and many more.

Element #3Chord Melody: This is the technique of combining the harmonic side of chords with the melodic side of single notes. It’s unique to the jazz guitar and ultimately requires an extensive chord vocabulary and a strong grip on harmony.

Element #4Improvisation: In this section, we’ll study soloing over key based changes, over 12 bar Blues and over modes. The individual song will serve as the basis for developing creative solos.