Guitar shell voicings are simple jazz guitar chords. Shell voicings allow you to play ANY jazz chord using just 8 shapes. Learn exactly how in this guitar shell voicings lesson.
Weekly Lesson #60
*** FREE supplementary booklet for playing any jazz chord: https://bit.ly/3msntbe
For years I've been teaching a method for how to play any jazz chord using as few as eight simple jazz chord shapes by leveraging the power of guitar shell voicings.
It sounds like the promise of an infomercial but it really works!
Last year I made a free pdf booklet laying out these simple jazz guitar chords.
But this shell voicings method is such a powerful and useful system for jazz accompaniment that I wanted to make a video about it too.
In this tutorial I walk through the whole guitar shell voicings method and also play examples of how it can sound while jamming.
If you're even slightly interested in jazz guitar or classic standards then learning these powerful but simple jazz guitar chords is definitely the way to go.
This is the kind of material that can be a complete game changer and that you may find yourself using for many years to come.
Video Lesson Content Outline with Links:
0:00 - Intro: About this shell voicings lesson
0:55 - About the “Any Jazz Chord” method
2:28 - Shell voicings explained
5:48 - All the shell voicing chord shapes you need
6:29 - Major 7 shell voicing
7:17 - Major 6 shell voicing
7:32 - Dominant 7 shell voicing
7:42 - Minor 7 shell voicing
7:58 - Half diminished shell voicing
8:35 - 7sus4 shell voicing
8:58 - Minor 6 shell voicing
9:16 - Diminished 7 shell voicing
10:08 - Min(maj7) shell voicing
10:47 - Major triad (the only non shell voicing)
11:54 - Minor triad (use same shape as min7)
12:38 - What to ignore
14:49 - Note names along the 6th & 5th string
15:10 - Lead sheets / Get iReal Pro
16:39 - Putting it to the test!
18:52 - Shell voicings in real music example
19:39 - Recommended tunes to practice
19:51 - Conclusion / Outro / What’s next
Links Mentioned in this Lesson
- Full “How to learn guitar chords” lesson series playlist: https://bit.ly/37Jenmg
- Sus chords lesson: https://youtu.be/0xFd5cU4gJ8
- 6th chords lesson: https://youtu.be/rc54JJU58iw
- The Girl From Ipanema full chord tutorial: https://youtu.be/4Tq1mm5W8g0
- Lesson on the Bossa Nova rhythm comping pattern: https://youtu.be/YaaVjCL9NHc
Check out related lessons I've made on similar topics with these tags
Get any of my FREE PDF downloads that are awesome for guitarists
- Chords with Color, Free Booklet - Amazing chord options chart
- Any Jazz Chord, Free Booklet - Learn just 8 shapes to play any jazz tune
- The Top 3 Pentatonic Scale Patterns PDF - Exercise for more melodic soloing
- Solo Guitar Arrangement Pack - Free Sheet Music with tabs
Guitar shell voicings are powerful and I’m thrilled to be able to teach this simple jazz guitar chords method to you. After knowing these we can add all the tasty extensions on top in the future. :)
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