Introduction to Jazz Guitar Chords

Written by on September 24, 2015

Guitarist Tom Dempsey
(Tom Dempsey, Photo Courtesy of the Artist)

When you start playing Jazz Guitar, you may find that the chords you learn in a chord book sound too heavy and too bulky. You might also find that it’s too difficult to move about the fingerboard smoothly when you’re voicing such large chords. However, there’s good news: you don’t have to do those voicings. In fact, with a full rhythm section, you can focus on much sparser outlines of chords for your playing and comping.

Guitarist Tom Dempsey shows you how:

Want to learn more? Check out our YouTube Playlist How to Play Guitar.

Once you’ve done that, check out a resource page devoted to Count Basie’s legendary rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, which contains transcriptions and lessons on how to comp like him. You can find that here.