Written by Bobby
A lot of the programs I'll talk about here have already been mentioned in my top online guitar lesson roundup. Start there if you want more general info on the top programs. In this page I'm going to be a lot more specific, focusing on only jazz guitar lessons online, looking at both specific courses and full jazz programs. While these aren't going to be full reviews of each program, I will give a brief overview and short "bio" of whatever resource I list. Keep in mind, some sites have a scope that is much larger than just jazz guitar.
For example, Guitar Tricks has several jazz courses, though the entire site is not explicitly a jazz-only guitar program.
I'll link directly to the courses within Guitar Tricks that are jazz-focused.
In total, I'll cover content from all of the following websites (click to jump):
If you have questions about the programs or courses referenced, feel free to drop those in the comments section below.
JamPlay Jazz Resources
I believe the most sophisticated collection of jazz guitar lessons online (perhaps rivaled by TrueFire) comes out of the JamPlay program. With multiple instructors (one of whom is a music professor from the Berklee College of Music), you've got a total of over 275 lessons, a number eclipsed only by TrueFire's repertoire.
Here's a listing of each jazz course that JamPlay offers with the number of videos listed next to the course. Keep in mind that each lesson contains its own video and supplemental material.
Jazz EDU Lessons
- Jazz Guitar with Matt / 25 Lessons
- Jazz Guitar with Jane / 70 Lessons
- Jazz Guitar with Dennis Hodges / 24 Lessons
- Smooth Jazz with Nick Kellie / 7 Lessons
- Jazz Guitar with Brendan Burns / 4 Lessons
- Chord Alchemy with John March / 31 Lessons
- Walking Bass Lines / 7 Lessons
- Improvising with Mini Arpeggios / 7 Lessons
- Gypsy Jazz with Austin Filingo / 53 Lessons
- Creative Chords / 38 Lessons
- Jane Miller Artist Series / 11 Lessons
Guitar Tricks Jazz Courses
The Guitar Tricks jazz courses are presented a little differently than JamPlay. First, there's less content overall. But they do section the courses off into smaller segments with less videos each. For example, the Extended Harmony Chord Series is a three part course with 18, 11, and 12 videos respectively in each segment.
Also Guitar Tricks' navigation and interface is a little better than JamPlay's and easier to navigate. Though the material in Guitar Tricks doesn't quite meet the level of depth and detail that you get with JamPlay.
I'd recommend beginners go with Guitar Tricks and intermediate to advanced players go with JamPlay.
- Extended Harmony Chord Series 1 / 18 Videos
- Extended Harmony Chord Series 2 / 11 Videos
- Extended Harmony Chord Series 3 / 12 Videos
- Intro to Jazz Rhythm Guitar / 13 Videos
- Intro to Jazz Lead Guitar / 15 Videos
- Jazz Walking Bass Line Turnaround / 25 Videos
- Joe Pass Style Series 1 / 4 Videos
- Joe Pass Style Series 2 / 6 Videos
- Joe Pass Style Series 3 / 4 Videos
- Joe Pass Style Series 4 / 9 Videos
- Basic Jazz Chords / 7 Videos
- Modal Jazz Licks / 9 Videos
- Jazz Blues with Two Guitars / 10 Videos
- Gypsy Jazz: The Style of Django Reinhardt / 8 Videos
- Barre Into Jazz Chords / 7 Videos
- Christmas Jazz: Angels We Have Heard on High / 4 Videos
- In the Style of Wes Montgomery / 10 Videos
- Stanley Jordan Style Touch Technique / 12 Videos
- Walking Bass Line Turnaround / 3 Videos
Jazz Song Lessons
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game (simple version) / 6 Videos
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game (advanced version) / 5 Videos
- Summertime (Jazz) by George Gershwin / 12 Videos
- Breezin' by Bobby Womack / 11 Videos
- Georgia On My Mind by Willie Nelson / 13 Videos
- Our Love is Here to Stay by George and Ira Gershwin / 7 Videos
- They Can't Take That Away From Me by George and Ira Gershwin / 6 Videos
- How Sweet it is to be Loved by You by James Taylor / 10 Videos
- St. Louis Blues by Standard / 7 Videos
- After You've Gone by Standard / 5 Videos
TrueFire Core Jazz Lessons
In terms of pure content volume, TrueFire has the largest body of online jazz guitar lessons in existence. I've listed the structured jazz courses, which alone are a huge body of content. But additionally, TrueFire has nearly 9000 different standalone jazz courses from various instructors, giving you an extremely wide pool to draw from.
All of these lesson packages, including each individual section of TrueFire's "Play Jazz Guitar" course, can be downloaded and purchased as a standalone product for a one-time fee. They also have the traditional "access to everything" for a monthly fee type membership, if you prefer to go that route.
- Play Jazz Guitar 1: Quick-Start for Beginners / 36 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 2: Rhythm and Lead Fundamentals / 30 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 3: Tools and Techniques / 33 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 4: Rhythm Approaches / 54 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles / 53 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 5: Lick Library / 53 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 5: Lick Lexicon / 69 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 6: Soloing Principles / 42 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 6: Soloing Approaches / 51 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 7: Style Variations / 51 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 7: Style Diversity / 49 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 8: Advanced Rhythm Principles / 41 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 8: Advanced Rhythm Approaches / 70 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 9: Advanced Lick Vocabulary / 71 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 10: Advanced Soloing Principles / 59 Videos
- Play Jazz Guitar 10: Advanced Soloing Approaches / 62 Videos
- Full TrueFire Listing of Jazz Courses / 8978 total Lessons
Matt Warnock Jazz Guitar
Matthew Warnock is one of the most active jazz guitar teachers online, having published his own course called "Jazz Guitar Essentials." It's about 60 lessons worth of free content that compliment some of the books he has written. His free eBook, pictured in the screengrab below is also quite good, certainly worth an email signup.
- Jazz Guitar Essentials Lessons / 60 total Lessons
The Guitar Compass interface is really simple and it's just a handful of lessons hosted on a YouTube channel. At the same time, it's good content and might be helpful for someone who doesn't want to sift through a massive amount of content in favor of just covering the material in a shorter, simpler fashion.
- The Guitar Compass Jazz Course / 12 total Lessons
Like Matt Warnock, Jens Larsen is a professional jazz musician who happens to be very active online. He has a ton of free content, most of which is hosted on his YouTube channel. My only gripe with the main lesson page is that it doesn't seem to be organized in any particular fashion, but that's a small complaint given the amount of great work he has contributed to the community.
- Free Jazz Guitar Lessons / TONS of videos
Justinguitar Jazz Courses
I've covered Justin Sandercoe's program in depth in my Justinguitar review, which is worth exploring in its entirety. While Sandercoe isn't a jazz specialist (more of a jack-of-all-trades guitar player) he has some solid jazz courses that are well-designed and very thorough. Like the rest of his site it's all completely free and, as of 2018, supports progress tracking for logged in users.
Any online jazz guitar lessons or programs I missed?
Do you know of or have you used any online jazz guitar lessons that would be a helpful inclusion to this piece? I try to keep articles like this updated routinely, but it's super helpful when readers take the time to bring things to my attention that I haven't come across on my own.
If you know of any jazz guitar resources I should include, leave it in the comments section below and I'll take a look.
Jazz guitar is an academic pursuit, more so than a lot of other guitar styles. If you're going to get good at it, I believe it's crucial to have good instruction and education at your disposal. The internet has made that easier than ever and given us access to a lot of great guitar teachers and musical thinkers.
If you check out some of the paid resources in this article, it helps support Guitar Chalk. But please, consider the free ones as well. They can be helpful starting points to get you going with jazz guitar before you start paying for an online course.
Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave questions in the comments section.