Jazz for the Curious Guitarist

Complete jazz guitar lessons course. Extended & altered jazz guitar theory, chords, scales, & arpeggios. All levels.

4.70 (501 reviews)


14 hours


May 2021

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What you will learn

Learn how to play jazz guitar!

Learn how to play & construct any chord that exists.

Learn all of the relative modes throughout the fretboard.

Learn how to solo using every arpeggio!

Extensive music theory to allow you to teach yourself.

Guitar basics for beginners or as a refresher.

Multiple advanced scales & soloing techniques!

Chord progressions & practice jam examples.

Use tablature and learn to read music.

Learn about altered theory!


What Students are saying:

  • 5 stars, "This is an awesome jazz guitar class."  -Ike H.

  • 5 stars, "Really straight forward and simple. He makes the material easily digestible and shows how to implement the music theory. It isn't a "here's a scale" type of lessons, he goes over the function of everything very smoothly."  -Nicholas P.

  • 5 stars, "I learned a lot of fun stuff on jazz guitar and for the first time was able to get through a guitar course because it was made very well."  -Simo H.

  • 5 stars, "If you are looking for an excellent course, this is well worth the money."  -Daniel S.

  • 5 stars, "Very clear, precise, easy to follow and understand."  -Brandon J.

Welcome to Jazz for the Curious Guitarist!  If you are ready to finally learn how to play real jazz guitar, then this course is for you.  I will take you from the very beginning to show you the basics of guitar playing through to a high level of jazz in which you'll have knowledge of all chords that exist, basic & advanced scales & arpeggios, rhythm, and music & guitar theory.

I start the course assuming that you don't play guitar at all.  I assume you are a complete beginner.  The first section of the course is all about teaching you the guitar basics to get you ready for the jazz lessons.  Every lesson video in this course has PDF attachments in the additional resources tabs.  Some lessons have multiple attachments.

The next five sections are the jazz lessons.  They are: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, & Expert sections.  The lessons are cumulative (each lesson builds on the previous lesson.)  We will work extensively on chords, scales, arpeggios, rhythm, music theory, and various jazz concepts.

Any kind of six-string guitar will work well for this course - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, or classical guitar. 

It's well-known that many of the best guitarists in the world are jazz guitarists, so we have a lot of work to do, but I will get you there as quickly as I can!  I know exactly what you need to learn.  I know exactly how to teach you.  

I'm excited that you're here!  The world needs more jazz guitar players. 

This is going to be a lot of fun!  Let's begin.


Jazz for the Curious Guitarist
Jazz for the Curious Guitarist
Jazz for the Curious Guitarist
Jazz for the Curious Guitarist


Guitar Basics

Welcome to the Course

Guitar Fundamentals

Open Chords

Barre Chords - Basic

Arpeggios - Basic

Rhythm Study

Major Scale in C


Jazz Beginner

Types of 7th Chords

Relative Chords

Relative Modes

Relative Chords with 7ths

Arpeggios - 7ths

Jam - Relative C Chords

Jazz Novice

Types of 6 and 9 Chords

Relative Chords to the 9th Extension

Arpeggios - 6s and 9s

Various Types of Chords

Chord Numbering

The ii V I Change

Jazz Intermediate


Relative Chords to the 13th Extension

Arpeggios - 6/9, 11, 13

Chord Tones & Dyads

Reading Music

Cycling 4ths

Jazz Advanced

Altered Chords

Altered Arpeggios

Whole Tone Scale

Super Locrian Mode

Diminished Scale

Passing Dim7 Chords

Jazz Expert

Passing Dominant Chords

Tritone Substitution & Secondary Dominants

Advanced Pentatonics

Bebop Scales

Jazz Progression 1

Jazz Progression 2

Honorable Mention

Jazz Bonus Lessons

Dominant in Music

Phrygian Dominant Scale

Lydian Dominant Scale

Bonus Lecture


Mollie29 September 2020

Excellent instruction by a master teacher---step-by-step---very comprehensive jazz course---Dan has a steady and even manner of teaching that allows the student to truly grasp each and every concept---wonderful resources---I've taken many of Dan's courses-do not hesitate to sign up-you will learn so much AND be confidently able to apply it all!

Justin29 August 2020

Sets up the fundamentals very nicely which makes the next step easier to grasp. Only critical comment would be the audio quality, would've been even better to have both his voice and guitar more closely mic-ed or amplified.

Rocky25 July 2020

Awesome! looking for secretes to unleash your jazz guitar playing? Here is an amazing place to be. Some basics are explained in a very easy to understand. Especially on a trick how to know the TAB! You'll be surprised how easy it is to relate and understand. So, this is definitely a worthwhile class to join. Thank you Dan! Also, by the time you get done halfway the course, some vital secretes are shared and no one could ever reveal clearly and precise as Dan did! Truly, some beneficial theory solidifying the foundation of guitar playing has been helpful. Thank you Dan!

Alan18 June 2020

Really well explained. Many confusions I had have been addressed and cleared up. Thanks Dan for a really interesting course.

Ian21 April 2020

Nicely organized where I am able to follow the progression of course content. I’ve never known so many chords! (Or how to figure out a chord formula.) Great pacing !

Ralph11 September 2019

An inprogress evaluation. All of the Jazz theory, how to form chord shapes etc. you ever wanted to know but no explanation of how to use the theory, how to play using what is described in an actual song. If you are looking for theory, chord shapes, scales and modes this course is for you. If you are looking for demos of playing look elsewhere.

Paulo15 July 2019

I am still in the beginning but already feel this course is gonna be great and sure the most complete about jazz guitar in this platform. The teacher is a kind of ordinary person, and this is very cool because he is a great teacher and dont need to be exagereated like many others. Great deal!

Ks27 June 2019

Bad presentation, Bad audio. Couldn't really make up what the instructor is saying. Wish that there is some sort QC process in Udemy!

Rudi20 May 2019

I have been following four courses of Dan until now. Maybe, that was not necessary because the first one is more a sort of beginners course. However, I try to complete it as well because at times that is refreshing and the further you go you get new insights and ideas as well. Until now I Always considered myself as a moderate guitar player who could play a lot of songs using open chords. While these lessons have lifted my knowledge and I have become a better player. Not that I will ever be a really great player, but that is not my aim. One step at a time I try to improve and his lessons are easy to follow, he takes time and repeats stuff and it is good that you can go back to videos. I was a bit afraid to start this jazz course, for I thought this would be way to up for my level. Nevertheless it encourages to do more soloing. Okay, this will take time and practice and trying to play ahead with some of the exercises is at times still too difficult. Well, it learns me a lot more about the constitution of chords and extended chords, the fretboard and the different scales. So, if you want to learn more about playing guitar even if you are not into jazz at all, I can recommend this course for it it really helpful.

Matthew22 April 2019

I had a basic understanding of some music theory, however these lectures are drilling deeper, and enhancing my knowledge. The challenge for me is to master playing what is being taught before I move on to the next lecture.

Erhan21 March 2019

It's a comprehensive tutorial but... 1. The lessons are based on memorized patterns than actual jazz theory 2. There are wrong claims (like minor penta scale is same as blues scale. It's actually penta scale + b5) 3. The guitar is not his go to guitar and apparently has tougher strings so he has problems fretting and picks harder to produce the note. That causes unclear tones 4. Guitar has a terrible voice

Daniel4 March 2019

The course is amazing the instructor is concise and very informative. I am very pleased with the level of professionalism. The instructor started off with the basics and is working up from there. I know a lot of the basics but I happy with the level of teaching because it brings everything into one mold. If you are looking for an excellent course well worth the money.

Karol24 February 2019

very good teaching and despite being a self proclaimed intermediate there were concepts that i had not started in blues guitar

Jake15 February 2019

Great course. I have been playing for about 7 years and have a basic understanding of music theory. I have hit a wall with my playing and I was looking for a course that could really push my playing into the jazz realm and ultimately improve my improvisation. Dan is very knowledgable and throws in lots of useful, practical information. He also keeps the course engaging and gives plenty of downloads for reference later on. This course is exactly what I was looking for and I couldn't rate this course highly enough. Thanks, Dan!

William27 January 2019

The course is really good to get a basic understanding of not only Jazz theory but also music theory. All information which is very useful in the music world.


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