Creating Jazz Melodies

Live Guitar Course: Learn how to create melodies over classic Jazz chord progressions!

Each week, Austin will create a new melody or “contrafact” exploring a various melodic technique or device to help you come up with a memorable melody of your own. Acoustic and Electric players are welcome, as well as flatpickers and fingerpickers. These lessons are designed for late beginner to intermediate players, with examples played in different keys at moderate tempos.

Creating Jazz Melodies

Begins March 16th at 4pm

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Creating Jazz Melodies Guitar Course

About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week.

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Download guided practice videos to accompany your practice routine. Keep them for life regardless of your membership status. Just a simple, effective and purpose-driven way to learn the material.

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Each live course is equipped with full tablature and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even provide homework on how to improve and look forward to the next week.

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Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the teacher and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

Date Topic

Week 1

03/16/2022 at 4pm

Silky Doll

This progression is fairly diatonic and is a great example of the use of the ii V I progression. Let’s explore creating a melody using only chord tones.

Week 2

03/23/2022 at 4pm

Honeysuckle Bows

This progression combines use of last week's lesson on the ii V I with a different and very common bridge progression. Let’s create a melody using chord tones like last week and incorporate a more arpeggiated melody as well to add interest.

Week 3

03/30/2022 at 4pm

Blues for Austin

The Blues is one of the most widely recognized genres of music in the world and amongst guitar players. Let’s explore the jazz blues chord progression and keep building upon our techniques. This week, let’s incorporate a pentatonic scale approach to make our melody more interesting.

Week 4

04/13/2022 at 4pm

Blue Mamba

This week we get a taste of the Bossa Nova feel with a Latin jazz progression. Let’s play with the idea of using a simple motif and try and fit it over the changes to this progression.

Week 5

04/20/2022 at 4pm

Austin’s Rhythm Changes

This week we explore the rhythm change progression. Made hugely popular by the Gershwin tune “I Got Rhythm” this progression has been used and heard in countless tunes like “Flintstones” and “Cotton Tail” to name a few. Let’s create a melody using only the thirds and sevenths of each chord.

Week 6

04/27/2022 at 4pm

Take the B Train

Let’s create a melody around this progression by adding melodic interest using chromatics and targeting chord tones to funk up this melody.

Week 7

05/04/2022 at 4pm

The Man from California

This very famous tune makes great use of Tritone Substitution. Let’s explore what TS is and how to incorporate this device in our harmonic progressions and melodies.

Week 8

05/11/2022 at 4pm


Impressions is a famous tune by John Coltrane. What’s interesting about the tune is there are only two chords. Sometimes this can be just as hard to write or improvise over as if there were one hundred chords in the song. Let’s write a melody using a compositional device called rhythmic displacement. A super handy device that keeps the listener engaged.

Week 9

05/18/2022 at 4pm

Sweet Georgia Bright

If you’re a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters then you know the tune. Simple and repetitive, let’s explore how to create a melody and improvisational techniques by making use of thirds and sevenths and how they flip flop in the Circle of Fourths to create a chromatic melody.

Week 10

05/25/2022 at 4pm

Blue Glow

This week's lesson explores the IV iv progression that happens in many tunes. Let’s have a look at how to create a melody using the melodic minor scale over the iv chord.

Week 11

06/01/2022 at 4pm

Manipulating the V Chord

The more tunes you play, the more knowledge you tend to understand playing over chord changes. In this lesson we will look at two different ways on how to give you that “outside” or “modern” sound when playing over changes. Specifically the V chord of the “parent key” of any tune. As we discussed before with Tritone substitution and the use of the melodic minor scale, let’s have a look at using these techniques to enhance our harmonic vocabulary in jazz.

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