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Jazz Guitar School

Jazz Guitar School is a 100% free and shareable Open Education Resource shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available by contacting us at:

Getting Started

JGS course books 1-5 consist of chords, scales and arpeggios presented in two octaves per each ‘form’ or ‘position’ on the guitar. If you are just getting started, download JGS-01 first and if you need help, visit our YouTube channel here: YouTube/JazzGuitarSchool. Once you have a good grasp of the JGS course books 1-5, check out CMP course books 1 & 2. These two CMP course books rely more heavily on the YouTube videos and offer an opportunity to contextualize the information you leanred in the JGS course books. Basically, CMP-01 and CMP-02 test the skills that you developed from studying JGS course books 1-5. Included are two MP3 backing tracks, CMP-T1 and CMP-T2 for CMP-01 and CMP-02, respectively. Please note: While CMP-T2 features drums and bass, CMP-01 backing tracks only feature drums. If you preffer an upright bass and/or piano to practice with, head over to our YouTube channel Jazz Standards playlist here: Jazz Standards or Cycle of Fourths playlist here: Cycle of Fourths


Ideally, you should already know how to play some guitar but all leves are encouraged to download and practice these chords, scales and arpeggios as a long term project. As you learn more about jazz guitar and music theory, it will become clearer what it is that you are actually practicing and as a result learning. Many aspiring jazz guitarists begin studying their instruments by playing scales and having no idea why or what they are doing. They all ‘get it’ after jumping into it, so the only real pre-requisite is that you are willing to just jump into it and figure it out as you go or like Kurt Vonnegut said, “developing our wings on the way down.” Enjoy.


You can view, listen or download Jazz Guitar School books and/or backing tracks by cliking on the download links below. If you prefer not to use an internet connection, downloading is the way to go. Each book is presented in a PDF format and the backing tracks are presented in a MP3 format.

You can download our books and related backing tracks here:

Download Description Volume Format
JGS-01 Ionian/Major Volume 1 PDF
JGS-02 Dorian/Minor Volume 2 PDF
JGS-03 Mixolydian/Dominant Volume 3 PDF
JGS-04 Aeolian/Natural Volume 4 PDF
JGS-05 Locrian/Half-Dim Volume 5 PDF
CMP-01 Comping 01 Volume 6 PDF
CMP-T1 Backing 01 Volume 7 MP3
CMP-02 Comping 02 Volume 8 PDF
CMP-T2 Backing 02 Volume 9 MP3


See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.


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