new private member's site includes: *Inside
Track TV, an exclusive monthly TV show featuring a special
guest jazz guitar superstar! *Play Along Tracks - super
high quality! *Exclusive Jazz Guitar Lessons - made
to order! *Video Performances & Transcriptions!
*And much more! The Inside Track goes live March 2015!
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groundbreaking new program is focused 100% on jazz guitar
chord melody. Learn how to play in the style of Joe Pass,
Ted Greene, Jim Hall and many others. Eleven in depth video
jazz guitar lessons,
including three live video performances complete with transcriptions
and exact fingerings. TAB included. Also includes tons of
play along tracks!
Standring performs Night & Day
Hi I'm Chris Standring and I run PlayJazzGuitar.com
- the website you have just landed at. I've been ensconced in
the jazz guitar world for about 25 years now. I've made many
records and it's time to give back a little. I'm very interested
in creating new effective ways to teach the jazz guitar language
and since the success of my Play What
You Hear CD ROM program I am intrigued to be able to capitalize
on that interactive idea to present new programs in the future.
Do subscribe to my newsletter as I have many cool items of jazz
guitar news for you, including a ton of free lessons. The subscribe
box is over to the right here.....>
We have a thriving jazz guitar
forum where hundereds of like minded jazz guitar aficionados
get together and chat about all aspect of jazz guitar.
I have a section that features jazz
guitar articles I have personally penned. I have many thoughts
about the artistry of jazz guitar, particularly as I am often
going through issues myself and I like to get my thoughts down
Check out the all new jazz
guitar solo transcriptions section. This will grow to be
a great resource for all players wanting to expand their melodic
If you are looking for systematic step
by step jazz guitar lessons to really
improve your playing, I invite you to check out my programs.
My Play What You Hear course has stood the test of time
where thousands of students have become fantastic players.
For many years I would have private classical guitar lessons.
I would get on a bus and go to my guitar teacher's house and watch
him warm up and maybe play through something he was working on.
Then he would ask me to perform what I had been working on that
week. I was a diligent student. I worked bloody hard. And I have
an inbuilt competitive thing that has been with me for a long
time, and won't go away. But it is this that also drives me to
do my best, and hopefully succeed. More
I get many emails from people
asking me how to get a great clean jazz guitar tone. I'm always
a little perplexed when I hear this because a good jazz guitar
sound is simply the cleanest setting you can get on an amp. Now
if someone said to me, "how do you get a great overdrive
guitar sound", that might be more challenging as there seem
to be a million different distortion tones to choose from. However,
the more I think about the clean jazz guitar sound question, the
more I think I understand the problem. More
Discover how to play blistering jazz lines using a simplified
Using diminished vocabulary we can play lines over dominant chords
and create some harmonically interesting melodic ideas.
Playing outside the key center successfully requires some harmonic
knowledge and a strong sense of phrasing. Discover how in this
jazz guitar lesson.
Ending a jazz standard well separates the men from the boys. It
also shows others how seriously you take the genre. In this free
jazz guitar lesson you will learn three different ways to end
a standard song.
Take That Scale
& Shove It
There are neat tricks we can adopt to spice up our melodic lines,
harmonically. Creating tension, shifting up in minor thirds is
one effective technique.
2 & 3: "Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume
1 "By Chris Standring
intermediate to advanced, this cutting edge video software
program presents Chris Standring in the first of a jazz
guitar masterclass series. In this 11 lesson program Chris
discusses building vocabulary, connecting new phrases
to existing vocab, rhythm & comping including walking
basslines and comping at the same time, and six live performances
by Chris, all transcribed with notation and TAB. Comes
with play along tracks, spiral bound workbook and optional
"I downloaded the course and found
it to be much more informative than I expected one of
these courses to be! You lay it out very clearly and the
musical ideas are all super cool, especially the II -
V - I bebop phrases. I also liked your solos over "All
the Things You Are" and the other tunes, too. In
fact, all your solos have good, solid construction and
a very swinging feel. I think this course will be very
helpful to anyone that's looking to play over changes.
Playing through this course will give the serious student
of the instrument a more linear way to play up and down
the neck, and in turn expand their range on the guitar.
I can tell a LOT of work went into this project....All
the best!" - Carl Verheyen, LA studio guitarist
2 & 3: "Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume
2"By Chris Standring
100% on chord melody, this groundbreaking program walks
you through the essential steps of improvising a melody
whilst playing chords at the same time. Utilizing a step
by step regimen and tons of video examples, this program
is the fastest possible way to get to playing chord melody
at the highest level in the shortest amount of time. With
play along tracks and downloadable pdf. Also comes with
optional DVD and print workbook.
2 & 3: "Play What You Hear"By
intermediate to advanced level, this highly acclaimed
course teaches you how to "play what you hear".
You will learn the jazz vocabulary and understand how
to improvise using this vocab over many different harmonies.
You will learn to hear major, melodic minor and blues
scales and learn harmony and how to see it all very simply
on the fretboard. Over 300 audio examples and tons of
play along tracks.
"By far the most innovative and
effective ear training program for guitarists I have seen!
Simply the best learning method to come along since Jamie
Abersold. Chris has hit on something really good and much
needed today. Players of my generation learned to play
on the bandstand as we were forced to "play what
we heard" and if we didn't, we had to get it together
pretty darn quick. This course will help speed up that
learning process rapidly. I will recommend this course
to my students highly!" - Ron Eschete
Concord Recording artist and educator