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The Ultimate Jazz Chord
The Ultimate Jazz Chord
This lesson covers one of the most helpful chords you'll ever know—some might even say it's the ultimate jazz chord, the tritone augmented chord. Don’t let the complex name fool you. This chord is relatively easy to form and gives an immediate “jazz” sound to almost any chord progression.

The tritone augmented chord functions as a V chord (or dominant). So, you can substitute it for a V chord. It’s an augmented chord built on the V but with a bass note that is a tritone, or three whole steps away from the root. The combination of the augmented dominant chord and the tritone in the bass creates a very unstable chord that needs to be resolved. It is so unstable that it can resolve to anything major or minor, which makes it an incredibly helpful chord to know in order to create harmonically rich jazz chord progressions.

Grab your guitar and let’s learn some Jazz Chords! - Steve Krenz

Steve plays a Gibson Acoustic J-45 "The Workhorse" in this lesson.

Steve Krenz
    Steve Krenz

As an instructor, Steve is best known for the top-selling guitar instruction course, Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar. He has helped thousands of students in over 95 countries across the globe to learn, improve, and master the guitar.

Steve's performing experience covers a large gamut, from playing guitar with the symphony orchestra, to jazz big bands, to performing with Grammy-winning artists like Donna Summer, Michael W. Smith, The Fifth Dimension, Israel Houghton, and Tommy Sims (producer, renowned bass player for Bruce Springsteen and co-writer of Eric Clapton's Grammy-winning song "Change the World").

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Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar Course     This Skills House Style Lesson was brought to you by the makers of Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar with Steve Krenz. Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar, the world's most in-depth home study course for guitar. Developed in partnership with Legacy Learning Systems, this 20-DVD course takes beginning players from the ultra-basics of guitar all the way through advanced skills training. It is truly years' worth of training in a single box, all presented in a simple step-by-step progression that anyone can follow on their path toward mastering the guitar. The Learn & Master Guitar course received the 2011 Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice GOLD Award for outstanding guitar instructional materials. Steve is also the author of the Learn & Master Blues Guitar DVD course with Legacy Learning Systems. For more information, go here!


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