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“The main thing I have gotten out of the Fret Dojo, is that it has given me the confidence to go out and find a piano player, and a bass player who plays jazz. And now, we’ve worked up a set list of 11 songs, including bebop and standards, and are about to start gigging… which I don’t think I would have done that without the help of this.”

– Mike Bryant, UK

“I had a lot of questions and issues with my jazz guitar improvisation. I was losing my place where I shouldn’t have been, and I was looking for something to close that gap. Greg does a wonderful job of teaching, he is very patient and very clear minded and clear with his lessons, they are very easy to follow. I think you’ll enjoy it!”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable fingerstyle technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!

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Jazz Guitar Warmup: (Almost) Slurred Scale Exercise

Jazz Guitar Warmup: (Almost) Slurred Scale Exercise

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In this FretDojo episode we’re going to cover a very cool jazz guitar warmup which I call the ‘Almost Slurred Scale Exercise’ – a multilayered exercise to work out your speed, phrasing, position shifting, slurs and more – and also help get those creative juices flowing for your jazz guitar practice session. Enjoy!

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Bruce Mathiske – The Athletics and Creativity of Jazz Guitar

Bruce Mathiske – The Athletics and Creativity of Jazz Guitar

On today’s podcast, Carl Orr shares an insightful interview with one of Australia’s stars on guitar, Bruce Mathiske!

Bruce has been touring the world and composing for the guitar for the last thirty years. He has studied Classical and Jazz guitar and received his Diploma of Music in improvising, arranging and composing. He has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “The Authentic Guitar Virtuoso”.

His use of the guitar to become its own orchestra, and his unique style of playing bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously has led to standing ovations and sell-out concerts all over the world.

Bruce’s recording catalogue includes 25 predominately solo/original albums and he also composed the music score for the Australian Geographic documentary series “The best of Australia” as well as numerous television productions for ABCTV and various other documentaries.

You are going to love this episode with Bruce. He shares some real gems such as his theory of athletics and pure creativity on guitar and also some great practical examples of solo guitar arrangements during the show.

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Charlie Christian – Rose Room Lick

Charlie Christian – Rose Room Lick

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In this session I take a look at some of Charlie Christian’s vocabulary, and how you can easily use this to make a convincing jazz solo that still sounds fresh and relevant today!

Video Sections:
00:00 Intro
00:48 Lick Demonstration – Full Tempo
01:16 Lick Demonstration – Slow Tempo
01:45 Lick Analysis
05:21 Triad Example Ideas over Bb7
07:36 Substitution Analysis
09:07 Triads on Jazz Blues Exercise (with corresponding PDF)
11:01 Exercise Example – Full Tempo
12:30 Wrap Up

This material will instantly spice up your jazz guitar improvisations to make them sound more authentic, and will help you open up the creative soloing possibilities on guitar.

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