Announcement: GuitarControl.com releases “Theory Guitar Lesson on Jazz Chords - Learn to Play Jazz Chords on Guitar”

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GuitarControl.com released a new video guitar lesson from GuitarControl.com instructor and creator Claude Johnson. In this guitar lesson, now available on YouTube.com, Claude Johnson teaches a theory lesson on jazz chords.

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Jazz is the most theoretical of all the styles

“Jazz is the most theoretical of all the styles”, says Johnson, “so it’s good to get into the theory because it’s all easy stuff once you understand it.” Claude teaches this easy guitar lesson in the key of C because there are no sharps or flats and he is basing everything off of the major scale. Johnson demonstrates this concept by building chords based off of the degrees of the major scale with the example of playing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees which creates a major triad. Claude continues by taking this concept a step further by constructing chords with four notes and making them into the jazz family of chords. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy theory guitar lesson at GuitarControl.com.

The major scale, aka the Ionian Mode, is a seven tone diatonic scale that is widely used in western music. The eighth duplicates the first at double its frequency so that it is called a higher octave of the same note, which its name is derived from Latin "octavus", the eighth.

A Triad is a three note chord. A Major Triad consists of the Root Note, the note that a chord derives its name from, the Third (Major Third) and Fifth (Perfect Fifth) notes of the Major Scale. A Minor Triad consists of Root Note, Flat Third (Minor Third), and Fifth (Perfect Fifth). When a Triad is composed in Root Position the notes are arranged in the order of 1-3-5 for Major and 1-flat 3-5 for Minor. Triads can be inverted so that the Root Note is not the lowest note. The First Inversion is where the Root Note is moved to the highest pitch making the order 3-5-1 for a Major Triad and flat 3-5-1 for a Minor Triad. The Second Inversion is where the Root Note and Third Note are both moved about the Fifth making the order 5-1-3 for a Major Triad and 5-1-flat 3 for a Minor Triad.

Claude Johnson
Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of GuitarControl.com and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at GuitarControl.com

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