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Right from day 1 learning jazz guitar, you quickly realize that jazz chord progressions are an essential part of playing in this style.


You hear people talking about ii V I’s, backdoor ii V’s, turnarounds, dominant cycles, and more.


But, while you hear about these progressions, you don’t know what they are or don’t know how to play them on guitar.


Not to worry, you’re not alone, and this eBook is here to help.


If you’ve ever looked at a jazz lead sheet and thought,


“Wow, there are so many chords and I have no idea how they fit together.”


Or, you worked hard to learn a jazz tune, then moved to the next song and felt like you were starting from scratch.


Or, you tried to play a jazz standard but couldn’t keep up with the chords in your comping or soloing.


Then the Easy Jazz Chords Progressions eBook is just what you need to make playing jazz tunes fun and stress free.


Jazz chord progressions aren’t normally described as easy, and if you don’t have the right tools in your vocabulary they never will be.


But, with the right concepts and efficient exercises, you can make any jazz chord progression easy in your comping and soloing.


The material in Easy Jazz Chord Progressions does just that.


It gives you everything you need to master jazz chord progressions, and in turn jazz standards, with fun and beneficial exercises.


Never get handcuffed when reading or learning a new jazz standard again.


Get your copy of Easy Jazz Chord Progressions and take your playing to the next level today.




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The 12 Essential Chord Progressions


Here are the 12 essential jazz chord progressions that you learn in this 170-page eBook.


By working on these 12 progressions you learn to recognize, comp, and solo over countless jazz standards that are built with these changes.


  1. Major ii V I
  2. Minor ii V I
  3. Major Turnaround
  4. Minor Turnaround
  5. Mixed ii V I Number 1
  6. Mixed ii V I Number 2
  7. Backdoor ii V I
  8. Take the A Train
  9. Rhythm Changes Bridge
  10. Turnaround to the iim7 Chord
  11. From IVmaj7 to Imaj7
  12. Minor Cliché




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What You Learn With Easy Jazz Chord Progressions


  • How to build each chord progression.
  • Chords in multiple positions for each progression.
  • Chord licks for chord melody and chord soloing.
  • Chord patterns and arpeggiations.
  • Voice leading concepts.
  • Arpeggio shapes, one and two octaves, in multiple positions.
  • Extended arpeggio shapes.
  • Scales, one and two octaves, in multiple positions.
  • Tetrachords and Coltrane patterns.
  • Single note licks.
  • Basslines.
  • Lenny Breau Chords.
  • Alternating single notes and chord soloing studies.
  • And much more…




What You Get With Easy Jazz Chord Progressions


  • 170 Page Printable PDF
  • 156 Mp3 Audio Examples
  • 12 Backing Tracks – 1 For Each Progression
  • 178 Musical Examples With Tab and Notation
  • Easy to understand theory and musical concepts.
  • And more…



Learning to play jazz guitar means learning jazz standards, and learning jazz standards means learning jazz chord progressions.


By studying these 12 essential jazz chord progressions, you build your confidence when soloing or comping over any jazz standard in a jam or on a gig.


Don’t wait, pick up your copy of Easy Jazz Chord Progressions and take your jazz comping and soloing to the next level today.




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  1. Jose, August 15, 2017:

    the easy jazz chord progression is an essential ebook that every serious jazz player must have.Matt explain clearly for ,all level,the different progressions in jazz.I suggest for all guitar player not only jazz.Also I suggest to join his facebook group to learn to play the guitar,is so effective and fun.Thanks Matt

  2. Kai, August 15, 2017:

    Learning to play Jazz on guitar always seemed nearly impossible to me: I had no clue what was going on in the music I listend to.

    Enter Matt Warnock. Matt has written so many great books about learning to play jazz guitar and this Easy Guide to Jazz Progressions is no exception. Combining chords, arpeggios, licks and lines it offers a wide variety of tools for me to learn, study and practice.
    I’ve started to work on the Easy Guide to Jazz Progressions in combination with the Easy Guide to Arpeggios – another book that I can highly recommend. Both books together (and some looks into the Standards Guides) give me enough material to work on for the next hundred years to come. I never thought that learning could be so much fun – demanding, struggling, but great fun. Thank you, Matt.

  3. Chris Beyer, August 15, 2017:

    I have found the book excellent because it gives basic information that you can use right away in your playing. A great explanation of 2-5-1. I know by the end of this program that I will be really able to play freely.

  4. Oleg, August 15, 2017:

    I’ve tried many times to start to learn jazz guitar and each time I quit because I lacked a foundation and the explanations without basic data were too complex for me to grasp and to advance. I was incredibly lucky (and the correspondence with other subscribers from Play Jazz Guitar only confirmed my opinion) to find Matt’s books in a net because they provide all step by step explanations any newbie needs. This particular book covers the matter of the main jazz progressions which you can find in every jazz standard. It breaks down a complex progressions into an easy to absorb passages as well as introduce you to the most easy and economic fingering to advance easily with your routine. You can use this book as a manual when you learn a new jazz standard or you can use this book to analyze more advanced tunes when you become more experienced guitarist.The clear conclusion is this (read my lips): as for now Matt is a BEST jazz guitar educator in the world for any newbie bar none! If you happened to stumbled across this page consider it as your personal luck!

  5. Brad Smedley, August 15, 2017:

    Hi Matt. Another great e-book. I’m most of the way through the major 251 section. Although I’m up on the theory, I quickly found there is a lot of good tips and tricks for learning this essential material. Working through the complete e-book is now part of my daily practice routine. Did I mention the great value all your volumes are?
    Keep up the good work!

  6. Max Willow, August 16, 2017:

    Very well written introduction to the common progressions encountered in most jazz standards. Very easy to follow, even for the relative beginner through to the intermediate player,
    Thanks Matt

  7. Joseph, August 16, 2017:

    intuitive, fun, and challenging is how i would describe this book.. it can help you understand progressions and push you to succeed and become a better musician..

  8. Leonid Ostapenko, August 16, 2017:

    I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book of Matt, as well as his website, I would give one of the prizes in the system of educational websites for jazz. The book is set out very systematically, consistently, and allows you to practically study the basic principles of jazz harmony, and increase your vocabulary of jazz phrases. I appreciate this work of Matt. Huge thanks, Matt!

  9. Harvey, August 19, 2017:

    Do you look at a lead sheet and think “how the heck do great Jazz players make this sound so good?” Do you know basic music theory and some Jazz chords, but you are not sure what techniques people use to actually make it sound like jazz? If so, then this book can help you. If your theory is solid then you will be able to read this and everything will make sense. Otherwise you need to refer to some of Matt’s books or other material on the web because the book does assume some background.

    Here are some of the things I really liked about this book:
    1. There is a clear explanation of why each progression is important and where it is used.
    2. The format for each progression is consistent. You will learn how the progression is formed, different variations for playing it and techniques for soloing over the it.
    3. There are great exercises which will help you gradually build the skills to play these fluidly, and know when to play them. It is up to you to figure out how to play them in each key.

    If you are a beginner you will get a lot of practical knowledge, but you have a new experience with it after you get more theory under your belt. If you are an intermediate or advanced player, and are pretty familiar with the theory, you will love this book.

  10. Jonathan, August 21, 2017:

    A well written music builders guide and valuable reference for managing and negotiating my music making. I refer to this for my bass guitar playing as well. As always , good work !

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