First Steps

Learn and Master Basics of Jazz Guitar

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Your first stop for all things jazz guitar!


Being an effective jazz guitarist means wearing a lot of hats:

  • accompanist, playing chords;
  • beautiful chord melody player;
  • and certainly an incredible soloist, improvising lines on the changes!

First Steps is what you need to get your foot in the door as a competent jazz guitarist.

Learn Foundational Skills for Jazz Guitar

Here's what you can expect to learn and master from this course:

  • Learn basic chord GRIPS, comping with "shells" and simple jazz rhythms.
  • Get a few good fancy extensions (9th, 13th, etc.) under your belt.
  • Learn TWO popular jazz-blues tunes!
  • Use the infamous blues scale in new ways, to improvise like a real jazzer.
  • Learn ONE standard (Ladybird) and play rich jazz chords on it.
  • "Trade solos" with your instructor with basic jazz scales.
  • Learn complete chord melody stuff on ALL the above :)

Of course, every single exercise in the course is performed alongside a REAL jazz guitar teacher!

Browse down to the CURRICULUM below to watch video samples of the lessons!

Why Use the Bb Blues to Learn Jazz Guitar?

The blues in the key of Bb is arguably the most important song-form for any jazz musician to learn. Your first steps into jazz guitar will take you into the Bb Blues to learn how to improvise with two pentatonic scales, comp using powerful "shell" chords, and phrase melodies effectively.

Your FIRST Real Jazz Standard: Ladybird

Rhythmically catchy and harmonically complex, "Ladybird" is a short jazz standard you'll tackle in order to develop your newly-learned foundations. On this standard, you will learn the chordscale approach to improv, as well as a freer way to comp with your extended shell chords. Finally, you'll learn a beautifully rich chord melody that you'll love playing and improving upon!

Your Instructor

Marc-Andre Seguin
Marc-Andre Seguin

Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, mastermind and teacher on, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar.

He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.

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Course Curriculum

  First Steps - Getting Started
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  First Steps - Interlude
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  First Steps - Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to master jazz guitar - would this be a good place to start?
If you're new to the world of jazz guitar, you're in the right place - this course will be your first steps into jazz! If you're already familiar with some aspects of jazz guitar, you can take a look at our Learning Path to decide if you would like to start with this course based on your current proficiency with jazz guitar. Our Learning Path is our suggested course order through our curriculum, so click here to check it out!
I've tried to learn jazz before, and so I'm afraid this is too complex for my level. What if I am unhappy with the course after I purchase it?
We know that jazz is a hard style of guitar to master, let alone learn. With that said, we want to remove any fears you have to give it your best shot, and we believe our courses are the BEST the internet has to offer. Go ahead and purchase the course, and if you are unsatisfied with your progress IN ANY WAY, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What's the best way to use the materials in this course?
Take it slowly! There's no time-limit on this course, so focus on an entire module every week. The better you master the material in earlier sections of the course, the easier of a time you'll have as you progress.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling in this course, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
I want to take EVERY course you have to offer, but the costs add up quickly. Is there a more economic option?
Subscribe to the Core Membership! Not only do you get access to ALL of our core curriculum courses for an affordable subscription - you also unlock our Concierge curriculum guide and plenty of valuable Members Only content! You can access the Core Membership from the link below, or from the website's home page.


"I just love Comping 101 and have gone all in with Unlimited Membership now. Your instructional videos are dead on. Not too much talking and I get to play fairly quickly. And the support material that I can print and follow is just great. I wish there were more hours in a day to practice and follow your great course material. I really feel that you are my personal guitar teacher."

- Henrik Saaby L., Denmark

"[Improv 101] is a true '101' course in that it has given us the basic foundations of many aspects of Jazz improvisation. Each step of the course from learning the arpeggios to ['All The Things You Are'] to practicing the blues with you opened up windows of possibilities that drove us to further explore the parts."

- Richard Janosy, China

"I am enjoying the Chord Melody Crash Course a lot. I like your approach and find it helpful. You have a knack for making practical connections between different aspects of chord melody which no one else seems to do. In your 'Misty' arrangements you use different voicings for the same chord in a number of places to demonstrate the flexibility of chord voice selections, and that is EXTREMELY helpful and instructive - good thinking! "

- Steven S., Canada

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