Jazz Guitar Extended Chords

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This lesson is on how to play jazz guitar extended chords. Add 9s, 11s, and 13s to basic jazz chords on the guitar. Extended chords are an important part of the jazz language.  

Weekly Lesson #62

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Lesson Description

Last week I published a lesson on the theory of extended chords on the guitar.

Two weeks ago I published a lesson on how to play ANY jazz chord with as few as eight simple chord shapes.

That outcome is possible by reducing every chord down to it's most essential components and ignoring all chord extensions.

But what if we want more than just the essentials? What if we want to add all those tasty, colorful extended chords?

In this week's lesson I go through every type of jazz chord and demonstrate what kinds of chord extensions can be added to each of them.

If you want some rich and sophisticated sounding chords in your tool box, and you're curious about how to play all those fancy jazz guitar extended chords in standard jazz tunes, then definitely check out this video. 


Video Lesson Content Outline with Links:

0:00​ - Intro / About this lesson
1:48​ - The formula for adding extensions
2:47​ - Adding 9 to Major 7
4:07​ - Why some extensions don’t work
5:25​ - Other Major 7 chord extensions 
6:48​ - Major 6 chord extensions 
7:19​ - Dominant 7 chord extensions 
9:20​ - Minor 7 chord extensions 
10:31​ - Half diminished chord extensions
10:58​ - Dominant 7 sus4 chord extensions 
11:33​ - Minor 6 chord extensions 
11:49​ - Minor-Major 7 chord extensions 
11:57​ - Diminished 7 chord extensions 
12:23​ - Adding two extensions to one chord
12:55​ - Example: Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
13:16​ - Example: You’ve Got A Friend in Me
13:45​ - Example: Blue in Green by Miles Davis
14:34​ - Example: Laurie by Bill Evans
15:33​ - Summary / When to take liberties
18:09​ - Outro / Coming up next


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Final Thoughts

Jazz guitar extended chords can be intimidating! They can be so daunting that we ignore working on really understanding jazz chord extensions for years. But it doesn’t have to be so scary. These jazz guitar chord voicings that I demonstrate in this video are the most common and standard chord shapes that guitarists use when applying chord extensions to jazz chords. They are sometimes considered advanced jazz guitar chords, but the method for learning them isn’t as complicated as it seems at first. That’s why I made this video.  

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and found it beneficial. Let me know what you thought. 

Thanks! :) 

- Jared

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