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Connecting Chords & Scales

Starting September 15th - Each Thursday at 6pm EST

Starting September 15th, 2016 and live each Thursday for the following 6 weeks. This course will help beginners of any style or genre to begin connecting scales with their associated chord voices.

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This course is a continuation of Chris' past 3 beginner courses. With this six-week set of lessons, we will bring scales and chords together. So often, guitar players treat lead and rhythm as separate ways of playing. It is easy to compartmentalize certain aspects of guitar when, in fact, they are all intricately intertwined. After this next six weeks, you will be able to play simple chord progressions in a new way.

Get access to this live course with a full JamPlay Membership, which includes access to all past live courses and over 5,000 on-demand lessons. This also includes all teaching tools, chord and scale libraries, along with gear giveaways, teacher reviews, and daily live lessons.

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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. We are bringing live, educational instruction into the next generation with this platform.

5,000 Lessons

In 2016, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams to your computer, in qualities as high as 1080p!

79 Instructors

Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

Live Lessons

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up 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!

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Full Course Schedule

View the full course schedule below. 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 instructor and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Session 1

9/15/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Putting Things Together

We have only got 12 notes. Music is all about organization. We will look at how scales and chords are related by using a linear scale pattern and a few chords you already know. We will also discuss key signatures because they are important to understanding the building blocks of chords.

Session 2

9/22/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Blurring the Lines

You will get to learn a scale pattern that contains the good old familiar C chord inside it. We will start looking at the same notes from three different viewpoints: the scale, the chord, and the arpeggio. Learning this way of looking at notes in this open C position will set the stage for working in different keys and up the neck.

Session 3

9/29/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Infinite Possibilities

The key of A in open position will yield some interesting and fun ways to embellish around your basic A chord. We will spend a bit more time looking at chord extensions after we look at the chord, scale and arpeggio.

Session 4

10/6/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Greatness Will Come

You will hear a lot of familiarity in the Open G scale, chord and arpeggio. Many songs take advantage of what you will see and hear demonstrated in this lesson. Many of the chord modifications that we have done to G will start to make sense in this lesson as we relate everything back to the major scale.

Session 5

10/13/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Every Guitarist Needs To Know This

The Key of E might require a little bit of stretching of the hand and mind compared with some of the other patterns we have looked at, but there is a lot of music in here. In keeping with the previous weeks, we will look at how the basic E chord relates to the scale it comes from. Then we will look at the arpeggio in that position. Finally, we will spend some time being musical with it.

Session 6

10/20/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Diving In Head First

We have done a lot with the D chord already in our lessons together. Here is where you will get to see the roots in what we have done in those past lessons. You will recognize many of the ways we will work with the D chord, and your eyes will be opened to many more possibilities.