JA-024 • Functioning & Static Chords (Jazz Guitar Lesson)

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Understanding if a Dominant V chord is functioning or static is important, so you know what to “alter”.Taught by Justin Sandercoe. Full support at the web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a great forum too to get help, no matter what the problem. And it is all totally free, no bull. No sample lessons, no memberships. Just tons of great lessons :) To get help with your lesson or song look up the number at the start of the video title (like ST-123 or whatever) on the Lesson Index page. www.justinguitar.com .
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Comments posted (25)

this is what i needed, thanks,

Thank you so much Justin.


From a fellow educator, very, very nicely done! I think that your teaching style may wind up influencing me. Thanks for posting these. I’ve got a dozen or so posted but only a fraction of the views. By the way, I just noticed that you have 270 VIDEOS! Wow. I’m pretty much in awe.

Awesome lesson! Thanks for taking so much time to do these.
Isn’t it also true that if a dominant chord resolves to a chord a half step down it is also functioning? E.g. Db7 going to C. Since Db7 is the tritone substitute for G7, the ‘V’ chord of C.

@musiccalgary While this is handy, I think this very service is exemplified on his website – everything grouped by category with helpful material alongside.

By the way, Justin, I have seen your site grow since its very beginnings and it is now, in my honest opinion, the best guitar tuition site on the net. Three thumbs up. :)

ur too cute. sometimes it’s hard to listen to what you are saying… I just keep spacing off. :) lol You are a great teacher though, when I do listen I learn a lot more with you than I do with most people. I’m not sure where you’re from but Happy Thanksgiving anyway.

A suggestion Justin — it would be helpful if you grouped your videos into playlists which center on a given topic.

Peace and lunch.

well explained as always justin!

Great reminder of some ‘base’ theory! I remember doing this in every key with classical book of cadences… ah the good old days LOL

Hey,the faces look funny when resolving the chords.Its like,when playing the g7 you’re holding in a big crap,then the c major, you’ve pebble dashed the toilet

you,re crazy man,,, you,re the best…
thanx for teaching all whole world..
greetings from venezuela

shhh…. after watching most of the JA-lessons and applying it to my fingerpicking i can’t stop playing. never thought i’d actually learn something this theoretical.
Justin … what have you done to mee? ;D

Mark Lavine’s Jazz Theory book is indeed a brilliant book. Probably the written on the topic. J

your lessons are great, have seen a few of them, and I think I will try to go over all of them to cover up the many holes of understanding I have about the guitar. I think this one is very useful indeed.

to avoid confusion I don’t mean justin guitar his videos are great

by “these sort of tricks” do you mean basic harmony? lmao its shocking how terrible most guitar education sites are

get mark levines jazz theory book (it isn’t guitar focused but it has all you need to know). Maybe check out some of Ted Greenes books


I love the faces you make when you resolve the G7 to the Cmaj chord. On the G7 your like “I can’t fap to this” then on the Cmaj your like “You can put that there!?”

thats a really nice tele

Nice lesson about the tricks with the guitar neck, I already had realized this and I assumed everyone figured that out when they played their first Ramones song. But I guess that shows why its important to understand bit of theory behind everything you play and understand the major scale.

You are very passionate…. and I Love it dude.

obviously ill still be looking at your you tube bits…..check out my stuff for playing ability

can you recommend a good book then justin? for the jazz standards and bits of theory

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