My whole philosophy in this Crash Course is to learn each layer of jazz guitar as simply as possible. Focusing on one element and really get a handle on it before moving.
It is discouraging and unhelpful to struggling to play chords that way out of your range. Heck, it discouraging to do anything like that. You don’t start of on the high dive, ya know?
I believe you learn how to play 3-note chords first. Get good rhythm, a fantastic vocabulary, and a working knowledge of standard chord progressions. You simplify, and you’ll never be confused by what is happening in the music.
If you follow the step by step program you will be able to play the tune at the end, Grasshopper Reaches Top of the Mountain.
The Sample below is an excerpt. Much, much more is covered. You can check out the Table of Contents to get more idea of what is covered. The goal of this book is to get you playing jazz rhythm guitar quickly, correctly, with voicings that are legitimate and sound great!
There are many ways to strum the guitar while playing Rhythm Guitar. Swing Jazz guitar has a very specific way, and it primarily involves downstrokes. There are a lot of subtle variations, but we’re going to start with the basics, just pure downstrokes, then downstrokes with short notes in the left hand.