Soloing Over The Major Chord Family (Group 1) Pt.1

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Welcome to the first lesson in the Jazz Guitar University lesson series. This project will be a long one that I hope will eventually enable you to feel like a real jazz guitarist. I am going to try to start frorm the ground up, but before you attempt this course please make sure that you are familiar with all of the prerequisite lessons.

The most essential element to learning jazz is too make sure that you are actually listening to jazz music on a regular basis. The concepts found in this course should be useful to all guitarists and if you have no desire to actually play jazz guitar but would love the theory knowledge that is fine. But if you truly want to be able to sound like and think like a jazz guitarist there is no substitute to actually listening to the music.

I feel absolutely honored to be able to offer this information to so many people. My goal for this course is not to offer you snippets of how to sound like a jazz guitarist so you can impress your friends and family, but to truly establish yourself as a REAL jazz guitar player.

This venture is obviously gonna take a lot of work on your part and my part, but I hope that you will meet me half way on this and over the course of the next few months and years you will follow the materials offered in this course in a positive and serious way.

I will constantly be adding more material to this lesson series because the art of jazz music is a bottomless ocean of sound that I think you will find great pleasure in discovering.

Also, please take the time to read the introduction to this course, then download the PDF material to all of the lessons before watching the videos. That way you will be sure to get the most out of all of the material.

Please don't hesitate to visit the forum and ask me any questions about the course you may have. Make sure you place the questions in the jazz guitar lesson section though. 🙂

I hope that this lesson will be the beginning of the long and incredible journey of learning jazz guitar and I once again want to thank you for trusting me to show you the ropes.

One more thing, make sure you download the backing tracks as well, so you can have something to practice to. Remember, jazz is an improvisational art, and to master it, you need to practice improvisation. 🙂

Jazz University Introduction PDF

Lesson #1 "Soloing Over The Major Chord Family (Group 1) Pt.1" PDF

E Major Chord Jazz Backing Track (Right-click & Save To Your Computer)


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Soloing Over Major Chord Family Group 1 (Reg. 1)


  1. Earl Pavao on May 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm


    What and where are the prerequisite lessons for the jazz guitar series?



    • Carl Brown on May 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Sorry Earl, I was gonna put those up tonight. Check back in a few minutes. Cheers!! 🙂

  2. Earl Pavao on May 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm


    Also where are the backing tracks for the jazz series?



  3. tweedguitar on May 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Hey Carl,
    Thankyou for introducing Jazz into your progressive lessons. To be honest, I have always avoided Jazz because I have perceived the extensions and alterations of the existing diatonic chords within all keys beyond my comprehension and mental capacities . Thankyou for explaining the chord tones , and articulating exactly what the chord tones are from the particular chords in the lesson , and linking the content of this lesson to your previous lessons , especially the major and modal lessons . I am so glad you are maintaining continuity and making Jazz a possibility for me now. After years of avoiding Jazz , I am now very reassured and confident I will be able to approach Jazz under your expert guidance. Thankyou for reminding us that your approach is an extension of our existing studies within guitarlessons365 , that can be adapted to any musical style , especially Rock improvisation .

    • Carl Brown on May 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

      Hey Tweedguitar, thanks a lot for the great feedback. I do hope to make it a step-by-step process that while still needing to be practiced to be absorbed, it will at least be easy to understand. Every lesson will build on the last, so make sure that if you get stuck on something place a question in the Jazz Guitar Section of the forum because I am sure there will probably be other people with the same question eventually.

      Speak with you soon!! 😀

  4. Josh on June 15, 2010 at 7:39 am

    hey…where are the pdfs cudnt find themm….

  5. erick on June 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    hey carl, the link is broken for the lesson #1 pdf

  6. enrique on April 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    forever thankfull!

  7. diogo alex on July 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    i can´t open the pdf file, can anywone help me?

    sorry by the english

    • Carl Brown on July 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Hey there, what are you trying to do to open the file? Did you try and right click it and save it to your computer?

  8. Bryan Gill on September 8, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Hi Carl, at the end of the lesson pdf the Major and Lydian scales look to me like the Phrygian and Aeolian scales! AM I NUTZ? =) Great lessons!

  9. Bryan Gill on September 8, 2011 at 2:02 am

    im an idiot… pardon my last comment. lol Region 1!!!

  10. Mike on April 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Hi Carl,

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