Learn to Play Jazz Rhythm Guitar [New Course]

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Learn to Play Jazz Rhythm Guitar

with Marcelo Berestovoy

Our latest course with Marcelo Berestovoy teaches the core skills needed for a solid foundation in Jazz rhythm guitar and Jazz guitar improvisation. The course material is ideal for Blues players who want to learn some Jazz, for Jazz players who need to work on their rhythm playing, and really for anyone looking to learn Jazz chord progressions. As Marcelo says, “Jazz is definitely the best way to learn about chords on guitar”.

In Jazz, as a guitar player, if you can only play lead and you cannot play rhythm, you don’t really exist. If I have a Jazz gig and I want somebody to only play solos and I don’t need them to play rhythm, I call a trumpet player or a saxophone player. Believe me, nobody is going to call a guitar player to a Jazz gig just to play lead. So…if you don’t know your chords, you can’t have any pudding.

One of the biggest challenges with Jazz rhythm guitar is that you’re not really playing set patterns of chords or exact rhythms. What you’re doing is taking the concepts of the harmony and the rhythm and you’re improvising over that. So in this course, Marcelo will teach you how he approaches Jazz guitar improvisation and rhythm playing and then you’ll get a chance to practice playing over backing tracks to get more comfortable with this skill.

After you’ve taken this course, you are going to walk away with a much better understanding of Jazz guitar chords and an inspired approach to improvisation.

Jazz Chording & Comping: Core Skills contains 24 lessons along with backing tracks that let you play along. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Economy Picking Exercises with Trevor Gordon Hall

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Economy Picking Exercises

with Trevor Gordon Hall

In this lesson from Trevor Gordon Hall’s latest JamPlay course, the Melodic Picking Practice Plan, you will explore hammer-ons and pull-offs and you will learn simple economy picking exercises.

Economy picking is different from alternate picking in that with alternate picking you’re always going down-up-down-up-down-up, whereas with economy picking you’ll stay in the same direction when you cross to the next string.

Trevor will cover some of the challenges you’ll face as you start attempting hammer-ons and pull-offs and he’ll explain how you can find ways to engage both the picking hand as well as the fretting hand to overcome these challenges. Next, you learn a simple lick that can be applied in the final economy picking exercises.

With economy picking, what we’re really talking about is an “economy of motion”. Is there any wasted space as you play? Are you leaving the area of the strings every time, having to reset and find your place in order to start again? See if there are any extra movements you might be able to eliminate.

The Melodic Picking Practice Plan contains 25 lessons along with guitar picking exercises and backing tracks that let you play along. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Melodic Picking Practice Plan [New Course]

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New Course: Melodic Picking Practice Plan

with Trevor Gordon Hall

In this new JamPlay course with Trevor Gordon Hall, students will explore right-hand exercises through melodic lead playing. This series of 25 guitar lessons is designed to really focus in on some of the problem areas, getting the right and left hand to work together. Trevor breaks them down into technical fingerstyle guitar exercises, then helps you put them back together into musical context — all with fully orchestrated backing tracks for you to play along with!

Some of the concepts this course will cover include: alternate picking, sweep picking, breaking out of pentatonic boxes, interval paying, 3-note-per-string patterns, and major scale patterns. Each of these concepts will be accompanied by a picking practice lesson that breaks it all down in three different tempos.

I had a lot of fun putting the material in this course together and I think that you’ll find that although there is a lot of technical information, all of it is meant to serve a musical purpose. – Trevor Gordon Hall, JamPlay Instructor

Before you take this course, there are a couple of things that might be helpful for you to know:

  • fretboard basics
  • playing some scale patterns
  • right hand alternate picking

However, the material in this should be accessible to players of all skill levels.

After you’ve taken this course, you are going to walk away with improved ability to get your left hand and right hand working together.

The Melodic Picking Practice Plan contains 25 lessons along with guitar picking exercises and backing tracks that let you play along. To access the full course, you must become a JamPlay member.

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Giveaway: Win an Ibanez RG Standard Electric Guitar

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The Ibanez RG series has been a standard in rock music for years, purposely built for high-speed playability. With two hot humbucker pickups, this guitar is perfect for rock, blues, and metal. And it could be yours! View the full product listing at Chicago Music Exchange.


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Giveaway: Win a Souldier Guitar Strap

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Souldier guitar straps are handmade in Chicago and feature unique designs that guitarists love. Artists that use Souldier straps include Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Wilco, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, The Black Keys and many more. This design features Grateful Dead Dancing bears and measures a full 60″. View the full product listing at Chicago Music Exchange.


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Music Theory Madness: Video

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Music Theory Madness: Video

A JamPlay Short Film

Music theory can be intimidating. But connecting the dots between the skills you already have and a few basic music theory concepts will be the key that unlocks your ability to grow as a guitarist. JamPlay can help!

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Giveaway: Win a PRS SE Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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The SE Hollowbody Standard features an all-mahogany body with hollow construction for a warm, resonant tone. This vintage-inspired instrument combines the power and stability of a solid-body electric guitar with the captivating, resonance of a hollowbody instrument, making the SE Hollowbody Standard at home with players of all styles. View the full product listing at Chicago Music Exchange.


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Giveaway: Win a Supro Delta King 8 Combo Amp

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The Delta King 8 is a modern rendition of the low-wattage Supro amplifiers that were produced in Chicago during the mid 1950s. True to the Supro sound, it features a genuine Class A all-tube signal path, featuring a 12AX7 tube preamp, our custom 8-inch DK8 speaker, and vintage-style poplar cabinetry. View the full product listing at Chicago Music Exchange.


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Giveaway: Win a Kramer Nightswan Electric Guitar

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This legendary shred sled from the late 80s returns. Featuring a double-cutaway mahogany body with a deep cut lower horn for unfettered access to all 24 jumbo frets, the NightSwan is powered by two Seymour Duncan JB humbucking pickups and is ready for deep whammy bar dives. View the full product listing at Chicago Music Exchange.


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Guitarist Challenge: Record Your Riff & Share

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JamPlay Guitarist Challenge: Share a video clip (or a photo) of yourself playing guitar. Your submission must be an original video or photo. Show off your favorite riff, share some recent progress, or just show us what you’re currently working on. Be creative, be yourself, (be appropriate please) and let’s have some fun!

One participant (randomly selected at the end of the contest) will WIN 1 FREE Year of JamPlay Membership!

HOW TO ENTER: upload a photo or video file directly our you can simply share a video link from social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Vimeo, etc).

*If you are already a JamPlay member and you are selected as the winner, the free year of membership will be added to your current plan, extending access for an additional year. Contest ends May 25, 2021.


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