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2Edition
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Congratulations, your search for a


practical chord chart is over.
Within the pages of #1 Jazz Guitar Chord Chart (Second Edition), you will find all
you need to master jazz guitar chords. Be sure to check out Quick Start Guides
to instantly expand your chordal pallete, otherwise browse to any chord type you
wish to explore.

This Second Edition is an opportunity for me to add new material and fix a few
errors from the first edition, published two years ago. The new ideas and chord
shapes youll find come directly from my time spent in NYC studying my Master
of Music in jazz guitar. I was very lucky to learn from two masters; Paul
Bollenback and Lage Lund.

This free eBook is my opportunity to share the knowledge I was generously


given. Thanks for reading it, please feel free to share it with your friends!

All the best ~ Sam Blakelock

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Table of Contents
I. Key
II. Quick Start Guides
Top 10 Beginner Jazz Guitar Chords
Top 5 Modern Chord Voicings
III. Chords

(updated)

Major
- Most essential Major Chords *new*
- Major Chord Chart

Minor
Dominant
Altered Dominants
Suspended Dominant
Half Diminished | Diminished
I V. Understanding Chords
What is a Chord?
6 Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Chords *new*
What are Rootless/ Multi-Function Chords?
How to Construct Minor Chords - Lesson *new*
V. Chord Formulas
VI. Useful Resources

extra: 10 Turnaround Licks & Chords

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Part I Key
Root Note
Note
Dont play string
Root (dont play)
Numbers indicate which
finger to use

3
4

The Root Note


TARGET this white circle on
your chosen root note.
e.g. this is F# Maj7

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Part II Quick Start Guides

Top 10 Easy Jazz Guitar Chords

Here are my top 10 jazz guitar chord voicings I recommend beginner jazz guitarists learn.
These chords will enable you to play almost any jazz standard. Awesome, right?
I recommend you have a basic understanding of bar chords before attempting these chords.

maj7

min7

min9

dom9

m7b5
or half diminished

dom13

dim7

dom7#5
or dom7b13

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Part II Quick Start Guides

Top 5 Colorful Jazz Guitar Chords


Want some chords with a little zing and zap? I am happy to share with you a few
of my secret jazz-guitar-chord-weapons. Swap out plain chords for these ones
and you will immediately sound more sophisticated and jazzy (if that is a term).
open strings

m9 pinky stretch

Am9 (open string)

You can also use this as a major7


voicing with the relative major chord.
e.g with this voicing on Am9, it also
works as C maj7. That half-step
crunch is now the root and 7th of the
maj7 chord.
Cool, right?

5th fret
stretch that pinky (4th) finger!

The Charmeleon Chord


This awesome chord can take on 6 different functions
depending on which root note you use

dom13b9

Pick any white diomand as


your root note. In RED is the
chord you are now playing.

min6

susb9
maj7#11
m7b5 add4

Listen to the b9 , mmm


This note is always played but
doesnt have to be the root note.

The Modern Chord

min b13

dom13
dom7#9b13

This is another multi-use chord often used


by modern guitarists (and probably over
used by me!)

maj7 add9
maj13#11
min11
maj add4
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Part III Chords

Essential Major Chords


These 8 chords are the most used major 7 chord chapes. Make sure you know all 8 then move on to the next page.

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Part III Chords

Major Chords
major = maj =

maj7

Stretch that pinky (4th)


finger!

maj9

maj6

A good rhythm voicing


ala Freddy Green

maj69

maj7#5

maj7#11

A very modern sound.

maj7#11 chords use


the Lydian Mode.

maj9#11

The Modern Chord

maj69#11

This chords function changes depending on


which root note you choose. You have three options:

maj9
maj13#11
A
Quick
Definition
of
Major
Chords

maj add4 add6

A major chord is any chord with a root, major 3rd, and perfect 5th. Major chords may have an added 7th,
which must be a major 7th. Common extensions on major chords include a 6, 9, 11, #11, 13th. Common
major chords include: C, Cmaj7, C6, Cmaj9, Cmaj7#11, Cmaj69, Cmaj7#5

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Part III Chords

Minor Chords
min7

min9 chords are


often used instead
of min7 chords in
jazz.

min9
Bit of a stretch but totally
worth it.

Stretch that pinky


(4th finger)!

min6

min69

Dorian mode
chords

min11

My favourite
minor voicing.

min-maj7

min-maj9

The Modern Chord


This chords function changes depending on
which root note you choose. You have three options:

min7b13 (This root note is played)


min11 (this root note isnt played)

A
Quick
Definition
of
Minor
Chords
A Minor chord is any chord with a root, Minor 3rd, and Perfect 5th. Minor chords
may have an added 7th, which may be a Minor 7th or a Major 7th. Common
extensions on Minor chords include a 6, 9, 11, Common Minor chords include:
Cminor, Cminor7, Cminor9, Cminor11, Cm69, Cminor6
A minor chord cannot have a major 3rd.

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Super hip voicing.

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Part III Chords

Dominant Chords
A
Quick
Definition

dom7

A Dominant 7 chord is any chord with a root,


major 3rd and b7 (diminished 7th).
e.g. C7 = C E G Bb
dom9
cho
Common extensions on Dominant chords
include
9th, 13th and 11. These extensions can be altered
to increase the tension on a dom7 chord: for
example b9, #9, b13, #11
Common Dominant chords include: C7, C9, C13,
C13sus, C7#9, C7b9, C7Alt
Dom7 is short for Dominant 7
C7 = C Dominant 7

Same shape as a min7b5


chord.

dom13

My favourite dominant voicing!

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Part III Chords

Altered Dominant Chords


b5 = #11
b13 =#5
dom9#11

dom7#11

dom13#11

#11 chords are most


often used with the
lydian dominant mode.
A triad off the 2nd,
see it?

dom7b9

dom7#9

HENDRIX CHORD

dom7#5#9

The most common


Altered Dominant
chord voicing.

dom7#5

The upper part of dom7b9 is a dim7 chord.

dom7#5b9

dom7b9#11

dom13b9

13b9 chords are awesome! Use them with the half-whole diminished
scale. You can always move 13b9 voicings up/down minor thirds (just
like dim7 chords).
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dom7#11#9

A triad off the b5,


see it?

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Part III Chords

Suspended Dominant Chords


dom7sus4

Use sus7 chords with the


mixolydian scale.

dom13sus

dom9sus4
dom11

Susb9 Chords
susb9

Use susb9 chords with the


Susb9 scale - the second mode
of the melodic minor.

sus13b9

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Part III Chords

Half-Diminished Chords
m7b5

m7b5sus4

m9b5
Use with the Locrian #2
scale. (Way hipper than
normal m7b5 chords).

Note: any min6 voicing can be played as a m7b5 voicing (and vise versa). Just play a min6
chord a minor 3rd interval above your m7b5 root. e.g. Bm7b5 = Dm6

Diminished Chords
dim7

Use with the whole-half


diminished scale.

Note: any notes in a dimished chord can be a root note. Awesome, right?
You can also move any dim7 voicing up or down minor thirds (3 frets).

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Part IV Understanding Chords


What is a Chord?
A chord is created by stacking up notes from your chosen a scale on top of a root note.
Cmaj7
e.g you can stack up notes above a C using the C Major
Scale to create Cmaj7

The most important notes of any chord are the Guide Tones; the 3rd and 7th. Why? Because those two notes define
the chord as either major, minor or dominant.
If you keep stacking up notes in thirds onto any chord you create the full, complete chord with all available extensions.
Cmaj13 - full chord
Can you see the 3rd and 7th (your guide tones)?
What other extensions can you see?
As guitarists, we cant play this mega-chord so we pick, chose
and rearrange these notes to create jazz guitar chords. Extensions are our colour notes (9,11,13) which add flavor to our
guide tones (3,7) and core (root, 5th).

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Part IV Understanding Chords


The 6 Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Chords
#1: Jazz Chords: Not Only Used in Jazz
Whether you are playing pop, rock, funk or reggae, jazz guitar chords can adapt to virtually any style of music. So even if you
arent strictly a jazz guitar player, this ebook will be of great value to you.

#2: Rock and Pop Chords: are NOT Used in Jazz


The second fundamental is the opposite of #1. Rock and Pop Chords: are NOT
NO Used in Jazz You cant use big clunky pop barre
chords, rock power chords, or even simple open string chords in a jazz setting.

#3: Barre Chords = Very Handy For Jazz


Although your usual plain barre chords will be out of place in jazz the majority of jazz guitar chords are made by barring the
guitar neck with your finger. This means your ability to play simple barre chords is a great start, nice job. Barre Chords = Very
Handy For Jazz

#4: Know How To Transpose Chords


Transposing means keeping the same chord shape and moving it up or down the neck to a different root note.

#5: Maintain A Chords Function, Change its Color


A Cmaj7 and a Cmaj9 have the same function but they have a slightly different musical color one has just a major 7th and one
has a major 9th, but both are Cmajor chords. But take for example: Cmaj9 and C9: these two chords have a similar color (the 9)
but they have different functions and therefore CANNOT be substituted for each other.
We dont have many rules on pickupjazz but here is one for: Swapping Chord Colors is Great! But Never Swap Chord Functions

#6 Build Your Bag of Chords, Know How To Use Them


As you develop your ear and your guitar skills, you will develop a bag or repertoire of chords colors that at any time you can pull
out on the fly.

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Part IV Understanding Chords


Why are some Chords Rootless?
Most often the bass player will be playing the root. Removing the root from a
chord voicing frees up your fingers to play more interesting upper extensions.

What are Multi-Function Chords?


Many of chords in this eBook can take on multipile uses. This means you
can play the exact same shape but change the root note to create a totally
new chord. e.g. Am9 = Cmaj7

min11
In this chord, you dont play the
root note (diamond), leaving your
fingers free to play the b3, b7,
9,11 - much more colorful notes!

These chords share the exact same notes therefore any voicing you know
for Am9 can be used for Cmaj7 and vise versa. Wow, suddenly your chordal
vocabularly just doubled!
Check it out: Amin7 = C6
Amin9 = Cmaj7
Am11 = Cmaj9
Am69 = G#7Alt, Bsusb9, F#m7b5
Amin-maj9 = Any A Melodic Minor chord
Adim7 = Cdim7, Ebdim7, F#dim7, Ab7b9, D7b9, F7b9
Am7b5 = F9, Cm6
Can you discover any others?

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In this segment you will construct a Minor from the ground up. Youll start with a single
root note, add a triad, add a 7th and finally add some color notes.
Step 1. Find Your Root Note
The root note is the tonic or home note of a given chord. For example the root note of
C Minor 7 is C. Unlike the piano, on the guitar we have many different places to play
the same C note.
For example:

Step 2. Create Your Triad


Chords can be created on top of any root note by stacking up other notes on top of it.
Play all these notes at once and you play a chord. The simplest chord is a triad, which
you can create by adding two more notes onto your chosen root note.
For example:

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Step 3. Expand to a 7th Chord


Once you have the foundation of your house (the triad), it is time to add in a fourth
note: the 7th (think: the walls and windows). This new note adds further complexity
and color to your triad. Whereas triads may sound simple and pure, having that 7th
note adds an extra level of harmonic complexity and emotional power.
So in order to create a Minor 7th chord, on top of your Minor triad you need to add a
Minor 7th note. For example:

Adding the note Bb above our simple triad creates a Cmin7 chord. The note Bb is a
minor 7th interval above the root C.
What if you wanted to create a Minor 6 chord? For min6 chords, substitute a major
6th for the Minor 7th. For example, in a Cmin6 we would have the note A on top of our
triad.

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How to Construct Minor Chords PAGE 3


How To Read Minor Chord Symbols
Minor chords can be written in many different ways.
All of these mean the same thing:
C Minor 7
CMin7
C-7
CMinor6 = Cm6
CMinor69 = Cm69
CMinor11 = Cm11
C minor-major 7 = Cmin-maj7
Cm7add 4 = Cminor 7th with an added 4th
A Clarification: The Difference between Minor7 and Minor 7th
difference between a Minor 7th interval
It is important you can understand the di
and a Minor7 chord. It can be confusing, right?
Minor 7th: an interval between two notes. e.g. there is an interval of a Minor
7th between C and Bb.
Minor7: Is a 4-note chord, e.g. CMinor7 Chord
Minor 7 vs Minor 6 vs Minor 9: Whats the Difference?
In lesson 1, The Beginner Guide to Jazz Guitar Chords, you learned that you
the performer have the ability to choose which extensions (or flavor) of chord
you would like to play. This harmonic flexibility is what makes Jazz interesting to
play and listen too.

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Part V Chord Formulas


Below are formulas for every chord type. You should memorize and (more importanly) accustom your ears to
each chords unique sound.

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Part VI Useful Resources


Congratulations on making it through #1 Jazz Guitar Chord Chart!
As an added bonus, I have attached a PDF of 10 Turnaround licks and chord shapes
for you to explore.
Thank you for downloading my ebook. See you around at pickupjazz.com and
remember to keep learning and have fun!
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Bonus Material
Below you will find a collection of bonus PDFs on various
chordal topics. Enjoy!

Autumn Leaves Easy Chords


Autumn Leaves Small Chords
Blue Bossa Style Chords
II V I Shell Chords
10 Jazz Guitar Turnaround Licks

Autumn Leaves Small Chords


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Use the same chord shapes as above


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B7(b13)

E9

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V V V V

V V V V

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Minor 9 Shape
White circle is root note.
Cm9 = 3rd Fret

Maj7 Shape
Dbmaj7 = 4th Fret

m7b5 Shape
Dm7b5 = 5th Fret

Fm9 = 8th Fret


Ebm9 = 6th Fret

7b13 Shape
G7b13 = 3rd Fret

Dom13 Shape
Ab13 = 4th Fret

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II V I Jazz Guitar Chords


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Shell Chord FAQ


3rd
7th

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Create Your Own

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+ Altered Dom

+ Color

Shell II V I

Root
(not played)

- Shell = 3rd and 7th of Chord


- Root not played
- A shell is the core sound of a chord
- Can be in any octave. Usually added color
extensions are above the 3 + 7.

Root 6th String

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Root 5th String

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