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Lesson List:
  • How to Hold the Guitar - Part 1
  • How to Hold the Guitar - Part 2
  • How to Hold the Guitar - Part 3
  • Caring for Your Guitar
  • Parts of the Guitar
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 1
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 2
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 3
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 4
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 6
  • Tuning the Guitar - Part 7
  • Right Hand - Part 1
  • Right Hand - Part 2
  • Right Hand - Part 3
  • Left Hand - Part 1
  • Left Hand - Part 2
  • Left Hand - Part 3
  • Left Hand - Part 4
  • Left Hand - Part 5
  • Left Hand - Part 6
  • Guitar Tab
  • Basic Minor Guitar Chords - Overview
  • Basic Minor Guitar Chords – C Minor
  • Basic Minor Guitar Chords - G Minor
  • The F Chord - Part 1
  • The F Chord - Part 2
  • Barre Chords - Part 1
  • Barre Chords - Part 2
  • “I Know You Rider” - Analysis Part 1
  • “I Know You Rider” - Analysis Part 2
  • “I Know You Rider” - Performance
  • “I Know You Rider” - Variations
  • “Amazing Grace” - Performance
  • “Frankie and Johnny” – Analysis Part 1
  • “Frankie and Johnny” – Analysis Part 2
  • “Frankie and Johnny” - Performance
  • 7th Guitar Chords - Part 1
  • 7th Guitar Chords - Part 2
  • Barre Chords – Part 3: A Shape Majors
  • Barre Chords – Part 4: Minor Chords
  • Major 7th Guitar Chords - Part 1
  • Major 7th Guitar Chords - Part 2
  • Major 7th Guitar Chords - Part 3
  • Minor 7th Guitar Chords - Part 1
  • Minor 7th Guitar Chords - Part 2
  • Minor 7th Barre Chords
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Analysis Part 1
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Analysis Part 2
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Analysis Part 3
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” – Performance
  • Using a Capo - Part 1
  • Using a Capo - Part 2
  • Using a Capo - Part 3
  • Using a Capo - Part 4
  • Using a Capo - Part 5
  • Using a Capo - Part 6
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 1
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 2
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 3
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 4
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 5
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 6
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 7
  • Right Hand Technique - Part 8
  • 2 Note Boogie-Woogie
  • Self Accompaniment
  • The B Chord
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Guitar Chords
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Guitar Melody
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Performance
  • “Darlin Cory” - Analysis
  • “Darlin Cory” - Performance
  • “Salty Dog” - Analysis
  • “Salty Dog” - Performance
  • “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” - Analysis
  • “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” - Performance
  • How to Change a Guitar String
  • Fingerpicking - Part 1
  • Fingerpicking - Part 2
  • Fingerpicking - Part 3
  • “Peggy O” - Analysis
  • “Peggy O” – Performance
  • Alternate Tunings
  • “Darlin Cory” - Performance
  • “Salty Dog” - Analysis
  • “Salty Dog” - Performance
  • “Can’t Lie Awake” by Scott Law - Performance
  • Intro to other ArtistWorks Guitar Schools

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Guitar Lessons with Martin Taylor: Improvising over Jazz Chords
Jul 17

In this sample lesson from Martin Taylor's Online Fingerstyle Guitar School, he goes over improvising over jazz chords using a 2-5-1 progression consisting of Dm7, Gm7, C.

The 2-5-1 progression is simple but effective and it's a great way to practice your improvisation skills. All you need is a long backing track or loop with the right chords, then let those notes sing with your own melody for as long as you like.

For a beginner first learning improvisation or even with you have been playing awhile, this exercise can be a good way to practice clean and tasteful soloing without too many notes. Just let the feel of the 2-5-1 dictate where you place the notes and from there focus on creating your own melody.