If you want to learn how to play jazz guitar, there are obviously some things you need to know in advance. Now, we could be snide and just say that if you are looking to learn, well…then just start playing. Anyhow, sarcasm aside, you will find no shortage of options out there when it comes time to learn how to play jazz guitar. If you are serious about it and follow through there is no reason why you cannot become quite good at it. Everybody has to start somewhere.
You need to understand from the outset that even though, from an observer’s standpoint it looks like quite a bit of fun, it is also very challenging learning how to play jazz guitar. In order to become good at it, you will have to devote a considerable amount of time to your lessons. And there will be times when it can get frustrating and downright boring. But as with anything else, the key is to practice hard and be very persistent in your efforts.
It is also very important, especially when first learning how to play jazz guitar that you don’t just go in trying to wing it. That is a recipe for disaster and will often leave one discouraged to the point of quitting. When first starting out, you want to learn how to play songs that are already in the mainstream and if they are ones that you happen to personally like, all the better. Also, you must make sure that you have a plan of action in regards to how you will be learning.
Explore the various options out there, such as taking classes with an instructor, investing in books or digital media or even taking lessons online. One thing you will quickly discover is that there is a whole lot to choose from. Just don’t spread yourself too thin. In the beginning, just stick with one or no more than two different methods.
Also, take time to study the jazz guitar greats and see if you can pick up pointers from them. In addition to that, find videos online that show great jazz guitar performances. And even when you reach the point where you feel you…