Learn the Art of Improvisation via Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons. Study the great jazz standards, learn how to improvise, accompany others and also play solo chord melodies. Study worldwide from any country and without leaving the comfort of your own home. Skype video calling is completely free and all you need is a webcam, a broadband connection and of course your guitar.
Find out more details below about my Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons.
(btw – If you aren’t a jazz player, but would still like some Skype guitar lessons, please send me an e-mail via the Contact page, as I do also teach other styles of electric guitar playing)
Skype Guitar Lessons - Details
General Lesson Information
I conduct all my Skype guitar lessons in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, designed to help you quickly progress in an effective and constructive program of study. All the Skype jazz guitar lessons are of one hour’s duration and are supported by supplementary PDF notes and MP3 backing tracks (where appropriate for the subject matter of the lesson) I also offer email support (between lessons) if you have any questions relating directly to the lesson material we’ve discussed.
You will need a good (and stable) broadband internet connection and the free Skype software to connect with me. You can obtain it here: Skype
Once you have signed up for a lesson (or a package of lessons) we will exchange Skype contact details in advance of the first lesson. I also request that students commit to either weekly or fortnightly lessons if they are on a (discounted) package deal.
I have indicated some areas of potential study below for jazz guitar students (of different levels) should you wish to have an idea in advance of what might be covered in the lessons. Depending on an individual’s existing playing standard, this list can however be easily modified.
I will arrange a time and day for our Skype guitar lessons in advance with you. I will maintain this day/time for you whenever possible, however please note that I teach a large number of regular students and I may not always be able to keep to exactly the same day and time during busy periods.
You may record the entire Skype lesson (Skype now has an in-built recording facility) for personal use (only)
Please also read the full terms and conditions for my Skype guitar lessons in the PDF lower down on this page.
I unfortunately don’t teach complete beginners, so some knowledge of basic chords, scales and arpeggios would be helpful for you to gain maximum benefit from these lessons. In some cases, I may also ask for a brief recording of your playing before we begin lessons.
As regards equipment, I would recommend you having an amplifier available for you to play through (during the lesson) and if possible, a means by which to play along with an MP3 backing track. This could be an MP3 player or even a smartphone.
Sadly no, I am not currently teaching beginners. My lessons are designed for players who have been playing for at least two years (or longer) and are wanting to progress to a higher level.
A good question! In short I have 30+ years of playing and music teaching experience (more details on my biography page) and I offer a very friendly, calm and supportive style of teaching to all of my students. I have taught hundreds of guitarists over the years and also held a number of senior academic music positions in the UK. I offer very high quality PDF notes and backing tracks with all my lessons and teach via music first and foremost, so that you won’t get ‘drowned’ in masses of theory.
You don’t have to be advanced player by any means to gain benefit from these lessons. I would however suggest that you are at the very least, familiar with basic barre and open position chords (including dominant 7ths) as well as the following scales: Major, Minor Pentatonic, Blues and Harmonic Minor. Some knowledge of arpeggios would also be helpful.
I currently offer my Skype guitar lessons in English only.
In short, no. As a business model it would be unaffordable for me to offer refunds to students who (for whatever reason) lose interest in playing the guitar. Under certain exceptional circumstances I may be able to offer pre-recorded video lessons instead of live Skype sessions, but otherwise I do not offer refunds to students. Please read my current terms and conditions PDF for more on this.
Of course, although I wouldn’t suggest buying a package deal if that is the case. I discount package deals for students who are wanting a regular lesson either every week or every two weeks. If you would prefer a lesson once a month (or even longer) then I would recommend buying a single lesson at a time.
Yes I do, I also teach rock (not metal) pop, funk and blues guitar styles. Please contact me first though to ensure that I can cover your requirements. Unfortunately I don’t teach classical or acoustic guitar styles currently.
It depends really on how quickly you’d like to improve, but I’d suggest that a minimum of between 45 mins to an hour per day would be a good starting point. Any less than that is not likely to achieve much for you with the lesson material.
The lesson prices vary depending on whether you are just seeking a one-off single lesson or a package of lessons. The lessons packages are discounted bundles of 5 x, 10 x (or more) one hour lessons. My current prices can be found on the Skype guitar lessons page of the main website.
No, all my lesson notes are written in guitar tablature as well as regular musical notation and I put no pressure on students to sight-read unless they wish to.
Sadly no. All my Skype guitar lessons are designed for a one-on-one teaching situation, so I am not able to offer group teaching at this time.
Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons - Areas of Study
Beginner Jazz Guitarists
Intermediate Jazz Guitarists
Advanced Jazz Guitarists
Beginner topics may include:
- Easy Jazz Standards
- The II V I progressions
- Drop 2 and 3 chord forms
- Jazz rhythm and time-feel
- Basic scales and arpeggios
- Chord melody essentials
- Learning songs
- Learning the fingerboard
- Jazz blues progressions
- Chord extensions and alterations
- Understanding Jazz chord symbols
- Guide tone playing
- Basics of chord substitution
- Chord/Scale theory
Intermediate topics may include:
- More Jazz Standards
- Turnarounds and Cycles
- More extended and altered chords
- Time-feel, swing and groove
- Symmetrical scales
- Approach notes and chromatics
- Jazz language and vocabulary
- Using modes correctly
- The Bebop scales
- Pentatonic scales in Jazz
- Fixed note groupings
- Solo guitar and chord melody playing
- Chord on chord substitutions
- Quartal Harmony
Advanced topics may include:
- Advanced Jazz Repertoire
- Coltrane Cycles
- Modern voicings for the II V I
- Triads over Bass Notes
- Advanced rhythmic concepts
- Alternative scales for improvisation
- Transcription analysis
- Using motifs in soloing
- Advanced chord melody playing
- Using clusters and set intervals
- Advanced chord substitution
- Triad pairs and hexatonics
- Transcription analysis/projects
- Playing outside of the harmony
Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons - Packages and Pricing 2019
Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons - Terms and Conditions 2019
Attached below is a PDF copy of my current (2019) terms and conditions for Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons. Please read this document carefully before purchasing any lesson packages as it represents the full terms conditions regarding all my online music teaching. I will only accept students who have read and accepted these terms and conditions first. Click the text below to read the T & C PDF file.