Lesson 2 “Soloing Over The Major Chord Family (Group 1) Pt.2”

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This is the second lesson in our single note soloing section of Jazz Guitar University. Here you will find the two scale types and all arpeggio/chord tones used over the major chord family (Group 1) in an all new region.

Eventually we will have seven regions to cover the fretboard, just for the major chord family (Group 1) alone. As I said in the introduction, this course isn't for you to be able to quickly jump into and get a couple of cool jazz licks then get out. I want you to develop a strong understanding of the art form.

One major element in having a strong understanding of what is going on with jazz guitar is a complete knowledge of ALL areas of the fretboard. That is why we are going to need a full 7 regions or positions on the fretboard for every chord type we solo over. This will get much easier the more you work with it.

Don't forget to try to start improvising within one region at a time because towards the end of this section we will start to make our improvisations include all of the regions at once.

The little exercise I give at the end of the lesson in learning how to take the same phrase and play the exact same thing in another region is essential in developing a strong since of how the guitar is laid out.

Don't forget to download the E Major Chord Backing Track if you haven't already. Just right-click the link and save it to your computer. You should be practicing each region individually over it.

Have Fun and don't forget to the score either!! 😀

Soloing Over The Major Chord Family Group 1 Region 2 PDF

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"Soloing Over The Major Chord Family Group 1 (Region 2)"


  1. tweedguitar on May 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Dear Carl ,
    Thankyou for another thorough , clear , concise lesson.
    In this lesson , the accompanying PDF with the chord diagrams and chord tone diagrams bring the whole lesson together , providing opportunity to revise and solidify the lesson content. I really appreciate the time and energy you put into your lessons , your conscientiousness , scope , sequence , is the perfect triad that is clearly articulated , demonstrated and reinforced via the PDF tutorial.
    I love the pure tone you are creating with your guitar also .
    It is all these clear elements that make your lessons most enjoyable and educational.
    sincere thanks
    tweed guitar

    • Carl Brown on May 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      Hey thanks TweedGuitar, you know I couldn’t do these lessons without the constant support of people like you. I can’t say how much it means to me to see that my lessons are actually being used and enjoyed on a daily basis. Thanks again for your wonderful comments and I hope by the end of the lesson series you will have an added confidence to your playing that you never had before. I am trying to be as thorough as possible so it may take a lot of lessons to get to where I want to go, but it makes the ride a lot easier on me with great support like this. 😀

      Speak with you soon.. Carl

  2. steve scharder on May 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Very Nice,
    This is very cool stuff, The PDF was easy to follow, and took some notes with the video , this another great lesson.
    I am enjoying the school,I went to technical school his is my first university,
    I got all the theory and all the advanced lessons
    And can see already just going to have to get another note book and the one I have is a big book,
    The theory is coming along, this stuff is cool even if you’re not a jazz person these are the same arpeggios use by so many players.
    Thanks Carl

  3. Jordan on August 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Carl, Awesome this helps so much please please please make the third video!!

    • Carl Brown on August 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks, it’s on it way!! Cheers!! Carl..

      • Mike Robinson on May 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm

        Is there a 3rd video? More video/PDFs on the other regions?

        • Carl Brown on May 9, 2016 at 10:56 pm

          Actually I stopped doing this lesson series years ago. All of that info will be in the new improvisation courses that have been going live on the site the past few weeks. 🙂

  4. Jordan on September 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Carl, I’m hoping to be a jazz guitarist and up my solo-ing another gear, I know both the 3 nps theory that you teach and the traditional caged but I’m wondering which form I should learn the arpeggios for?

    • Carl Brown on September 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      Both, you can never know too many ways of looking at things in my opinion. It just gives you a broader understanding. Plus, some people will find the 3nps way easier while others prefer the CAGED. It is really up to you. 😀

  5. Anonymous on April 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

    You help me a lot to improve my knowledge and to get something coherent from those strings that fascinate me.
    Truly thanks

  6. Jeff Dietz on February 14, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Wow the Arpeggio diagrams made a lot more sense once I realized you turned the diagram 90 degrees.

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