Can you play guitar in a jazz band? You definitely can.
The guitar has been an important part of both traditional and modern jazz ensembles over the years.
Playing guitar in a jazz band can be a challenge to get right at first, especially if most of your experience is from other styles, like rock, blues, country, really anything other than jazz.
It can be very easy at first to get overwhelmed or discouraged, and it can seem like none of your other guitar skills transfer over.
There are going to be a lot of new chords that you feel like you've never seen before.
The strumming patterns that you bring with you from your other styles don't sound quite right.
Your guitar sound might stick out like a sore thumb when the band is playing.
In this lesson, we're going to take a look at how to play guitar in a jazz band from a technical standpoint.
We'll look at the equipment you may need to get, and how to use the equipment that you already have to get a good jazz sound.
We’ll look at the types of chords you need to use and give you links to good resources you can rely on.
We’ll look at the comping and strumming patterns you’ll need for playing jazz and again, provide links to good lessons you can use.
And we'll also talk about how listening is the most important thing for you to do to be successful playing guitar in a jazz band.
Let's get started.