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Guitarist, composer, arranger, and Berklee Associate Professor, Jane Miller has roots in both Jazz and Folk circuits. In addition to leading her own jazz instrumental quartet, she is in a working Chamber Jazz Trio with saxophonist Cercie Miller and bassist David Clark, for which she contributes many compositions. She has been a frequent guitarist with singer-songwriter SONiA, of disappear fear.

Jane is a contributing writer to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, writing lessons for the popular intermediate column, The Woodshed. She also writes a monthly column for Premiere Guitar Magazine called the Jazz Box . She has contributed several lesson columns for the Mel Bay publishing company’s on-line magazine, Guitar Sessions. (More)

Jane's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Jane Miller has 81 videos at JamPlay, with 70 intermediate lessons and 11 lessons in our Artist Series. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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In this lesson series, you will be exploring the world of Jazz guitar with Jane Miller.

Lesson 1

Interview with Jane...

This exciting interview takes a close look at the playing and teaching of Jane Miller....

Length: 43:05
Lesson 2

Introductory Lesson

Jane Miller talks about her new jazz series and provides a couple quick tips to get you...

Length: 9:03
Lesson 3

Hand Warm-ups

Jane Miller explains the importance of hand stretches and warm-up exercises.

Length: 4:06
Lesson 4

Jazz and Blues

Jane explains the chord changes used in a 12 bar jazz style blues.

Length: 17:30
Lesson 5

Soloing Over the Blues

Jane Miller shares some fun ideas about soloing over a 12 bar blues.

Length: 22:08
Lesson 6

The ii-V-I Progression

Jane talks more about the ii-V-I progression and how to work it into your jazz playing.

Length: 7:25
Lesson 7

Tensions on Chords

Jane Miller shares some valuable thoughts regarding chord tensions.

Length: 20:10
Lesson 8

Melodic Minor Scales

Jane provides an introductory lesson on the melodic minor scale.

Length: 2:44
Lesson 9

Melodic Minor Scales...

Jane explains how the melodic minor scale and its corresponding modes are used in jazz...

Length: 18:09
Lesson 10

Movable Chord Forms

Jane takes a look at movable chord forms played on the treble strings.

Length: 20:39
Lesson 11

Movable Chord Forms...

Jane Miller expands on her discussion of movable chord forms and how they apply to jazz.

Length: 19:18
Lesson 12

Groove & Rhythm

Jane Miller shares a wonderful lesson about the importance of rhythm.

Length: 7:58
Lesson 13

Rhythm Part 2

Jane Miller explores more rhythm and groove with another lesson using the metronome.

Length: 7:40
Lesson 14

Rhythm Part 3

Jane Miller continues her discussion on rhythm and using a metronome.

Length: 6:15
Lesson 15

Daily Practice

Jane Miller concludes her discussion on metronomes and forming daily practice routines.

Length: 10:27
Lesson 16

Right Hand Techniques

Jane Miller dives into her first lesson on right hand techniques.

Length: 3:58
Lesson 17

Right Hand Part 2

Jane Miller dives right into part 2 of her Right Hand Techniques mini-series.

Length: 5:00
Lesson 18

Right Hand Part 3

Jane Miller talks about fingerstyle playing exclusively in the third installment of Right...

Length: 18:05
Lesson 19

Drop 2 Voicings

Jane Miller explores drop 2 voicings in this lesson.

Length: 18:06
Lesson 20

Bargain Chord

Jane Miller talks about a "bargain chord" in this lesson. Learn what a bargain chord is...

Length: 15:35
Lesson 21

Chord Solos

Jane Miller talks about chord solos in part one of this fascinating mini-series.

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Lesson 22

Chord Solos Part 2

Jane Miller explores another aspect of chord solos in part two of this fun topic.

Length: 6:27
Lesson 23

Chord Solos Part 3

Jane Miller concludes her discussion on chord solos.

Length: 13:59
Lesson 24

Latin Grooves

Jane Miller explores some common Latin vamps in this lesson.

Length: 10:49
Lesson 25

Repertoire Practice

Jane Miller shares her insights on the topic of practice versus repertoire practice.

Length: 7:39
Lesson 26

Song Demonstrations:...

Jane Miller plays an original song called "Bedtime Story" that showcases techniques discussed...

Length: 4:19
Lesson 27

Song Demonstrations:...

Jane demonstrates another original song called "Free Alongside Ship" that uses techniques...

Length: 3:00
Lesson 28

The Other Room

Jane Miller shares an original tuned called "The Other Room." Similar to songs taught...

Length: 4:55
Lesson 29

Diminished Chords &...

Jane Miller takes a look at diminished chords in this lesson. She also touches on diminished...

Length: 11:36
Lesson 30

Diminished Chords: Inversions

Jane Miller continues her discussion on diminished chords. In this lesson, she touches...

Length: 11:43
Lesson 31

Diminished Scales

Jane Miller changes gears and talks about diminished scales that go along with the diminished...

Length: 12:48
Lesson 32


Jane Miller touches on making diminished 7th chords a substitution for dominant 7th chords.

Length: 15:38
Lesson 33

Diminished Scales Continued

Jane Miller returns to the subject of diminished scales. This time she explains how they...

Length: 14:28
Lesson 34


Jane Miller starts explaining arpeggios. In continuation of the last couple of lessons,...

Length: 10:07
Lesson 35

Arpeggios Part 2

Jane Miller continues her discussion on arpeggios in this lesson. This time around, she...

Length: 9:42
Lesson 36

Arpeggios Part 3

In continuation of her last lesson, Jane Miller discusses another use for major 7th arpeggios.

Length: 8:50
Lesson 37

Arpeggios Part 4

Jane Miller gives a few more examples of using major 7th arpeggios against minor chords...

Length: 14:45
Lesson 38

Major 6th Chords

In this lesson, Jane Miller talks about major 6th chords and their relationship with minor...

Length: 8:35
Lesson 39

Scales & Patterns

Jane Miller talks about scales & patterns in this lesson. She addresses some popular questions...

Length: 10:10
Lesson 40

Scales & Patterns Part...

Jane Miller revisits her last lesson and explains how to apply major scales.

Length: 7:24
Lesson 41

Scales & Patterns Part...

Jane Miller continues her lessons about scales & patterns with a discussion on the pentatonic...

Length: 14:43
Lesson 42

Scales & Patterns Part...

Jane Miller continues her discussion of the pentatonic scale and its patterns. She talks...

Length: 13:36
Lesson 43

The Whole Tone Scale

Jane Miller talks about the whole tone scale. This scale consists entirely of whole steps.

Length: 13:41
Lesson 44

The Chromatic Scale

Now that you've learned all about the diminished and whole tone scales, Jane Miller discusses...

Length: 9:21
Lesson 45

Chromatic Scale Part...

Jane Miller continues her discussion of the chromatic scale with a great exercise to help...

Length: 6:58
Lesson 46

Dynamics & Improvising

Jane Miller continues her discussion on dynamics in this lesson. She invites you to think...

Length: 7:01
Lesson 47

Bass Lines

Jane Miller discusses bass lines in this lesson. She begins by explaining how you can...

Length: 15:53
Lesson 48

Upper Structure Triads

Jane Miller begins a discussion on upper structure triads. In this lesson, Jane refers...

Length: 12:37
Lesson 49

Upper Structure Triads...

Jane Miller continues her discussion of upper structure triads.

Length: 15:14
Lesson 50

Upper Structure Triads...

Jane Miller picks up where she left off in her last lesson and shares a great technique...

Length: 4:58
Lesson 51

Upper Structure Triads...

Jane Miller concludes her discussion of upper structure triads. In this lesson, she helps...

Length: 9:29
Lesson 52

Lydian Mode

Jane Miller changes gears and focuses on the E Lydian mode in this lesson.

Length: 13:31
Lesson 53

You Are Many Things

For the next portion of her Jazz series, Jane focuses on a tune called "You Are Many Things"....

Length: 28:17
Lesson 54

The Melody

In this lesson, Jane talks about playing the melody for "You Are Many Things." This includes...

Length: 9:25
Lesson 55

Jazz Comping

Jane Miller gives some advice on comping in the context of a jazz standard. The tune "You...

Length: 21:34
Lesson 56

Advanced Comping

Jane talks about advanced comping techniques for the song "You Are Many Things." By the...

Length: 20:40
Lesson 57

Jazz Rhythm

Jane Miller provides some tips on comping with a swing feel.

Length: 14:11
Lesson 58

Jazz Bass Lines

In this lesson, Jane talks about applying a bass line to the tune "You Are Many Things".

Length: 16:24
Lesson 59

Chords and Bass Line...

Jane demonstrates how to play the chords and bass line for "You Are Many Things" at the...

Length: 13:28
Lesson 60

Time Signatures

Jane Miller talks about putting a song in a different time signature when creating your...

Length: 17:54
Lesson 61

Chord Solo

Jane Miller continues "You are Many Things" with a lesson about putting the chords and...

Length: 20:02
Lesson 62

Chord Solo Part 2

Jane Miller continues her discussion on the chord solo for "You are Many Things."

Length: 23:15
Lesson 63


Jane Miller continues using the song "You Are Many Things" for a lesson on improvising.

Length: 14:24
Lesson 64

Playing from a Lead...

Jane Miller talks about playing from a lead sheet by using the song "You Are Many Things"...

Length: 24:11
Lesson 65

Playing with Backing...

Jane Miller tries out different aspects of the tune "You Are Many Things" against a bass...

Length: 8:46
Lesson 66

Playing with Backing...

In her newest lesson, Jane Miller plays against a comping backing track. This is a great...

Length: 8:29
Lesson 67

Playing with Backing...

In part three, Jane Miller plays against a backing track that has both bass and comping...

Length: 10:44
Lesson 68

Playing with Backing...

Jane Miller is back with another "You are Many Things" backing track lesson. This time...

Length: 11:51
Lesson 69

Playing with Backing...

In her newest lesson, Jane Miller explains what it means to trade fours and plays against...

Length: 16:09
Lesson 70

Playing with Backing...

In Jane Miller's final lesson on playing against a backing track, she talks about the...

Length: 13:17