The Developing Jazz Guitarist


The Developing Jazz Guitarist is an interactive video designed for use by music educators as well as beginning and intermediate level guitar students. By clicking on the appropriate links, the student or educator can, at their discretion, view the whole video or any individual section they choose just by a click of the mouse. Most music educators are not guitarists themselves and have little if any training on how to teach the instrument. Most beginning and intermediate level jazz guitar students are unaware of how to develop all of the areas of jazz guitar performance so as to become complete players. Tom Hynes has combined his years of experience as both a player and teacher to create a complete approach to teaching and learning the instrument.

Many of the concepts spoken of are enhanced by charts that appear both on the screen and in a supplemental textbook that can be downloaded as a PDF file below. All of the important issues facing the young jazz guitarist are dealt with thoroughly.

Watch Videos:

  1. How To Get The RIGHT Sound

  2. Chord Shapes I

  3. Chord Shapes II

  4. Swing Rhythm Guitar

  5. Modern Jazz Comping

  6. Latin/Funk Rhythm Guitar

  7. Scale Shapes I

  8. Scale Shapes II

  9. Tips On Technique

  10. Soloing

  11. Final Thoughts

Download the accompanying text HERE…….Developing Guitarist Supplement.pdf

20 Responses to “The Developing Jazz Guitarist”

  1. Randy says:

    I can’t thank you enough for this great information. As a beginning jazz musician, this help’s to fill the void that’s created by learning a little bit of theory and a few chords from where ever you can and not knowing what to do with any of it. The guitar instructor teaching in the video’s, is an outstanding player. Thanks for making this available … and free to boot? Amazing. Thank you very sincerely.

  2. Gary K. says:

    Thanks for the great Jazz primer Tom! You are fantastic teacher! I like the way you explain each lesson in a straight to the point, easily understandable way, without turning the lesson into a 30 minute lecture full of $500 words. It seems so many Jazz instructors talk down to you in order to make themselves appear to be some sort of gifted musical genuis, far superior to what you the student could ever be. You take the mystery out of Jazz and make learning fun!

  3. Nick Morris says:

    Great Stuff. Thank you.

  4. Mary says:

    Thank you so much for providing these excellent videos and the pdf materials. They are a great help and enjoyable. You are a wonderful instructor.

  5. Jim Sacra says:

    I have just found your site today. Thanks! I am a begining jazz student with basically no previous guitar experience. The collected info is invaluable to me, and I want to thank you for taking the time, having the love for the music as well as the wish to share. Happy New Year!

  6. Kevin Gross says:

    I must have a match for my own considerable weight in the number of jazz guitar books and videos I’ve purchased while looking for someone to provide me with this information. This basic course catalyzes all the other stuff I’ve been trying to grok for a couple of years. It really boils down to knowing where everything is and thinking about what you’re actually voicing. Priceless! And free? You gotta be kidding!

  7. Mark says:

    I want every developing guitarist to watch this video closely because THIS IS WHAT A GOOD GUITAR TEACHER LOOKS LIKE. Any player who claims he can teach someone to “Shred” or “Thrash” or “Play any lick” is not a teacher but is probably just someone who has learned the fretboard and has good dexterity and maybe long hair and tattoos. Maybe they’re in a famous band. Big deal! Furthermore, there is no fundamental skill learned through that kind of teaching except rote memorization. If you want to “Impress your friends” then start at the beginning and develop your unique abilities.
    There’s a huge difference between good and bad teaching and Tom Hynes is one of those rare people who has great dexterity, has learned the fretboard matrix AND KNOWS A GOOD METHOD TO TEACH MUSIC SPECIFICALLY FOR GUITARISTS. This doesn’t mean you will play like him because everyone has different limits to their dexterity and musical creativity, but, in my opinion of nearly 20 years playing guitar, the materials here are the best fundamental lessons a mature and serious musician needs to learn the guitar. These short videos and 16 page booklet have just about everything I’ve learned after 20 years. Most music is just improvisation using basic tools described here. It is not easy or fast to learn and unfortunately there are many many more BAD teachers out there than good ones. Tom is a GOOD teacher and would be the first to admit that these methods can be applied to any style of music.
    It’s very hard to keep a student enthusiastic if they want to play “Stairway to Heaven” and the teacher insists that first they should learn 5th position C major scales derived from a G chord formation so they can learn 5th position A minor scales which is what the “Stairway” intro is derived from but that’s what a good teacher does. He or she finds a way to convince the student that it is better to learn to THINK like Jimmy Page rather than to put your fingers where Jimmy Page put his fingers, which is satisfying for about five minutes.

    Yes, some of this material is more advanced/complicated than I would’ve liked/tolerated when I was a teenager wanting to learn a Bob Dylan song but that’s because I was an impatient and foolish teenager. If you are interested in learning guitar in any style then find a teacher like Tom who ALREADY KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED TO PRACTICE. The material here makes me wish I could have Tom as a private instructor. If he’s taking requests I would ask for more videos with lessons on how to solo over standards like “All of Me.” Exactly what options are there and why…and how do I fluently alternate chord scales? Mentally, what is the process and physically what is the easiest way to execute it?
    Also, put a paypal “donate” button up here and I’m sure it would generate some revenue.
    Great work.

  8. David says:

    Great videos with golden advice. Don’t overlook the free .pdf booklet. Download and study it. The vids and book present the most rational and easily learned system for the various chord forms. If only I’d had this years ago…

  9. Robert Iandolo says:

    Tom, I have only watched 1 and 1/2 of your video lessons and am so excited! 1st I am a rock player. My band does soul, rock, pop not really jazz. I am not institutionally trained on anything except maybe drums [6yrs of private lessons]. i don’t really know theory but over the years I have discovered it as I became more and more interested in chord shapes! Now you know why i am excited. 2 yrs ago I decided I was going to destroy my mind by playing, as much as possible, in position. It isnt always the best sounds but it has the advantage of blending the scales [I only know a few] so it is easy to select notes to play when soloing. I could be here forever talking about this but I am going to go through your lessons more before I say more. I like jazz more and more but I must say I think it is quiontessential guitar simply because the chord progressions are really line progressions either bass, harmony, melody or some combo. it makes you think more than blues or rock and in turn helps you play those styles way, way better.
    Keep up the great work!

  10. Matt Zoccali says:

    You probably don’t remember me, but I attended FJC in the early 90’s and was a student of yours! You have always been, and obviously continue to be, a great teacher and player. Tremendous videos and instruction. I wish you lived around Fort Collins, Colorado, so I could continue lessons! Keep uo the great work and Best of luck!
    Matt Zoccali

  11. valentine says:

    Looking for a jazz guitarist to do some sessions in Nashville
    Are u available?
    Valentine 305 535-3000

  12. Ken says:

    Wow! the best things in life really are free. Thanks so very much!

  13. Don Schade says:

    I learnt ‘rhythm’ chords and classical guitar many years ago, and have been enjoying playing jazz, but had problems getting a grip on the ‘newer’ comping, great sounding chords.
    Tom Hynes great videos have opened my eyes and ears to this and I thank you for your excellent (but a bit hard to find) web site. Many thanks.
    regards from an Aussie old fart.

  14. st forgione says:

    dear tom: loved your teaching! i tried to download the booklet,however the download doesn’t work. i hope a hope you can get it working.
    thank you
    st forgione

  15. Kreg Kovalik says:

    I stumbled across one of your videos on Youtube, and felt like I hit the mother lode with this site. To have jazz material demystified and presented as a logical outgrowth of the chords I use everyday exponentially increased my confidence in learning the jazz idiom on guitar. The material is concise and presented in a practical manner, and I have strongly recommended this site to my friends who play. Thanks to your material, I expect to be a very different guitarist in the next 12 months. My enthusiasm is running wild!

  16. Michael Shelby says:

    I read some of the comments and I truly agree, Tom is exactly what a learning guitarist need a person who can teach why and how the play. While I was viewing each video, I was so exicted about the different techinques that he was sharing, but really I enjoyed when he was playing the chords. I plan to try all of his techinques. I was wandering to, do he have a website or a book of lessons out on the market? Great Thanks to Mr. Carter for his website…

  17. Joe Starr says:

    Hi: Your videos are the very best that I have seen and heard on the web !!
    I find it difficult to practice your lessons presented on the video and would like to know if you have a published jazz guitar method book that I can purchase.
    Once again: You are a superb guitarist and teacher.

  18. Greg says:

    Tom, you are the best guitar teacher I have experienced to date. Do you have any other teaching books or videos available? I can use more of your style to bring the real jazz guitarist out of me! Oh also you mentioned some exposure to classical guitar and I have been thinking that all along. I would love to know a good direction on the classical technique as related to jazz guitar. Thanks again.

  19. J-D. Sauser says:

    Nice No-Nonsense approach to effective teaching!
    Thank you Tom Hynes!

    … J-D. Sauser

  20. Jeff says:

    Great lessons from a great teacher! A question for Tom,(or anyone) – what is the chord progression you are playing in the Swing Guitar Lesson?

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