Jazz Progression In F And Bar Chord Positions

Bar Chords

I’ve been working on a quick Jazz progression in F my instructor gave me to practice.  The goal with this progression was to teach me bar chords Major, Minor, Dominant 7th and Minor 7th positions with roots on the 6th and 5th strings.

Here’s the progression:
F7        |   Bflat7   |       F7      |      C7
Bflat7  |   Bflat7   |      F7       |        D7
Gm7    |     C7      |    F7 D7   |  Gm7 C7 ||

Here’s a video of me playing it.  I’m not thrilled with it, but that’s what this site is about… showing me learning.  Most of us sucked at one point, some just a little longer than others:

Guitar: Gibson ES-175SP
Amp: Vox AC15CC

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16 Responses to “Jazz Progression In F And Bar Chord Positions”


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  1. jprdgz says:

    From one beginner to antoher, you seem to be having significantly less problems with your bar chords than me. I’ll try this jazz progression when I practice tomorrow, thank you for posting it.

    PS: Nice amp.

  2. nevertoolateguitar says:

    Thanks for the comment.

    Some chords I can transition to pretty easily and others are a bit more difficult (you can see a stutter in the F7 to D7). It took me a while of practicing this specific progression to get it where you see it. If I were to try another progression it probably wouldn’t be very pretty.

    And, let me tell you… by the end of doing this progression a couple times the muscle between my thumb and index finger is killing me. So I don’t see how to keep it up longer. I guess that muscle will build over time.

    Thanks again!

    • Bob B says:

      re: Thumb and finger killing me….

      Buy lighter strings, or check your action and intonation and use finger lube.

      • nevertoolateguitar says:

        The action and intonation are good because I just had the frets leveled and the guitar setup. The strings are .11 gauge, so they are heavier.

        I think I just need a hand workout regimen.

        Finger lube? They make such a thing?


  3. Jason F says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to post about your lesson. It is great to see how an instructor is going about things and being able to see enough detail to try it as well is a bonus too.

    • nevertoolateguitar says:

      Thanks for the comment. Check back tomorrow because I’m going to actually going to start posting lesson recaps after every lesson.

      Glad they are of some use!

  4. C.E.G. says:

    I just found your site from GuitarWorldBlips… very cool. Never Too Late is a great theme and I look forward to practicing along with you.
    .-= C.E.G.´s last blog ..Behringer iAXE393 Review =-.

  5. Mark Counts says:

    I found your site a few weeks ago and have to say it is easily one of the most interesting and insightful sites I’ve seen. I appreciate that you are a beginner (well, you haven’t seen me play, so you clearly have forgotten what a beginner is…).

    Keep posting… love the videos. I would sign up for a guitar print, but it would just inspire me to spend money I don’t have… so I think i”ll pass on it (but what a great idea!) You do beautiful work.. having the eye to see that woodgrain as a backdrop for the goldtop was brilliant.

  6. A. says:

    Nice work, this is exactly the sort of thing you should be working on. But a few things to think about:
    – rather than thinking about this as an “F progression”, think about it in terms of roman numerals and diatonic chords…then transpose to every key. This will hurt your brain but it’s a necessary exercise.
    – keep in mind that while this may be sort of a jazz progression (sort of), these are not at all jazz chords – jazz chords are chunkier, rely on a bit of string muting for the strings you’re avoiding, and rarely use 5 or 6 strings. Try learning “drop 2” voicings for maj7, dom7 and min7 chords (ask your teacher).

    Good luck, keep at it.

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