Join My 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge
“Together we’ll establish a foundation for your jazz guitar skills so you can immediately start improvising creative, cool sounding solos, and master the essential jazz chords for any situation on the bandstand.”
Imagine being able to spontaneously improvise an authentic jazz solo and comp along in the band with the pros. Jazz guitar doesn’t need to be difficult to sound good –
I’ll show you just how easy it is!
Online Event Details:
Challenge Start: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Challenge End: Sunday 1st December 2019
Cost: $39 USD One Time Fee
Hurry! Enrolments close Friday 1st November 2019
Read on for more details about this exciting program…
Calling any guitarist who wants to learn the essential jazz guitar skills, without all the ‘fluff’!
Whether you’ve only been playing guitar for a few months OR you’ve been playing for a while but have never ‘cracked the jazz nut’, this challenge will the exact skills you need to quickly move on the path to mastering jazz guitar.
Yes, I know how you feel right now:
Learning jazz guitar seems like an impossible task.
There is (supposedly) so many scales, chords, theory, transcriptions and techniques to learn…
You think to yourself:
‘Do I actually need to know all this to play a decent jazz solo?’
The answer is NO – jazz guitar teachers have a habit of making things seem so much more complicated than what they need to be.
Instead: what if I told you there was a way to learn to play a cool sounding jazz solo in just 30 days of practice, giving you a firm foundation – but more importantly, a clear methodology of how to build your skills from there?
Look no further:
This Challenge is what you’ve been looking for.
My 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge is the solution you’ve been searching for. I’ve spent months distilling the key points of the process of learning jazz guitar into a fun, easy and concise 30-day program.
You’ll be amazed at the progress you can make with a structured, step-by-step program with the support of a teacher (i.e. me), on hand to answer all your questions.
Now’s the time to finally break into jazz guitar playing so you can connect the music in your mind to your hands on the fretboard!
Here’s What You’ll Learn…
⦁ Why jazz improvisation doesn’t need many ‘tricks’ or ideas to sound convincing (Hint: too many ideas is the downfall of many a jazz soloist)
⦁ How one key rhythm pattern, above all others, can instantly make you sound like a pro in your comping
⦁ Why only learning scales and arpeggios is the ‘long boring scenic route’ to learning jazz improvisation – and what you NEED to be doing instead
⦁ How to play great sounding jazz chords with only 3 notes – and how to easily adapt these small voicings into lush sounding jazz chords
⦁ The counterintuitive rule that is central in all modern bebop soloing, that can get you sounding jazzy when you solo instantly
⦁ How the main way you develop lyrical, melodic solos on jazz guitar is by doing something not on the guitar at all
⦁ How an essential (and often overlooked) study technique can rapidly increase your soloing and vocabulary – without needing a guitar!
⦁ Why the jazz blues is the most important song form for a newbie jazz player to master (Important: You’ll be able to play over hundreds of other jazz standards by learning this one form)
⦁ Joe Pass’ clever secret for navigating the fretboard so you never get lost when you solo, or wonder whether or not you’ll play the right note
⦁ And most importantly…
You’ll learn how jazz doesn’t need to be hard to sound good!
What’s Included When You Join:
⦁ At the start of each week of the 30-day challenge, I’ll send you a new set of HD video lessons showing you the steps you need to take in order to develop your skills. Each video is clear, concise and completely achievable.
⦁ The video lessons come with printable notation/TAB, downloadable backing tracks, and diagrams – everything you need for your practice!
⦁ By joining the Challenge you’ll also have access to a private, members only community to help you on your learning journey.
⦁ Special offer: For the duration of the challenge, you’ll have the ability to ask ME questions directly in the community as well! I’ll be in the community daily checking if there are questions so you can get immediate answers.
⦁ Note: at the end of the 30 days, you’ll lose access to the private community – BUT you will still get access to the content. The only thing you lose after the 30 days, is the community and the ability to ask me questions. Unless of course, you are wowed and amazed at how awesome the lessons are, and you decide to stick around for ongoing training (many do, but no obligation).
⦁ SPECIAL BONUS: I’m going to include 2 video workshops entitled ‘A Bird’s Eye View To Mastering Jazz Guitar’ – valued at $79, this is exclusive training revealing the roadmap to learning jazz guitar, distilling the essence of the main things to keep in mind as you build your skills.
Cost: $39 One Time Fee!
Here’s what students from all around the world have to say about Fret Dojo…
“I messed around with guitar now for long long time but never really understood how to improvise on the spot. If you’re wondering whether this course is for you, I suggest you go for it. I’m sure you’ll be glad that you did.”
~ Alan Voss, Queensland, Australia
“In the 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge Greg tooks us back to basics, and introduced us to simple and effective ways to play over jazz harmony. You realize you are making progress!”
“I’d like to say a few words about Greg O’Rourke and FretDojo after participating in the 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge course. I suspect lots of guitar players are a bit like me, who have played in a few bands and can get by with different styles (rock, blues, country). We enjoy jazz and would like to play it, but we don’t really know how to. In the 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge Greg tooks us back to basics, he explained what makes jazz-blues different and introduced us to simple and effective ways to play over jazz harmony. You realize you are making progress and can hear more.
Greg gives excellent advice on how to practice. Guitarists, if they’re like me, tend to noodle. Greg presents an organized system to learning jazz. With Greg’s direction, you won’t waste time and you will improve.“
– P.J Clarke, Otago, New Zealand
“After 4 weeks of going through this course, I feel now that I truly understood what are the main principles I can use to improvise.”
“I’ve been struggling quite a bit how to improvise in jazz. I was going through a lot of materials like books and trying to understand how to improve my improvisation skills. I was really stuck.
Then I can across 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge course. After 4 weeks of going through this course, I feel now that I truly understood what are the main principles I can use to improvise. I can not stress enough how much I recommend this course to anyone that wants to improvise, regardless if you’re just starting out or got experience.
Just have a go and have a look, because you’re really going to improve your playing. Thank you Greg for putting all this together. It’s been a pleasure to learn with your friendly approach and you’re a fantastic teacher. Thank you for your help!”
– John Toulson, WA, Australia
– Jonathan Kuttner, New Zealand
“I’ve participated in TWO 12 week courses with an internationally famous music university…I can safely say the investment in lessons with Greg has been worth more than 95% of all the other formal and informal education I’ve managed to derive for myself.”
“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.”
“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!”
Meet Your Instructor:
Greg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU Professional Jazz Guitarist, and Founder of FretDojo.com
My name’s Greg O’Rourke and I’m the founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today. I have over 6000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, and am also an established author, with my book on jazz chord melody, The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar becoming an international bestseller. My website has helped thousands of people improve their jazz guitar playing, and I’ve been featured on several high profile jazz guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes, and Takelessons.
“Putting all that aside, what I love doing most is playing jazz guitar, and teaching it to you guys.”
“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!”
~ Howard Alden, Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist
The Good News Is:
You Can Learn The Essentials of Jazz Guitar in Just 30 Days!
Here’s how the program works…
Week 1: Getting Started
⦁ The importance of listening to jazz to develop your skills
⦁ Rudimentary comping techniques using shell voicings, and a look at Freddie Green comping approaches
⦁ An introduction to the Jazz Blues song form, and how it’s different to a regular blues
⦁ Essential rhythm patterns to jazz up your comping to make it more creative
⦁ Basic soloing approaches using easy scales and patterns – and tricks for reusing these patterns in other fretboard areas for more harmonic interest
⦁ ‘Trading fours’ exercises to develop your listening and soloing skills
Week 2: Lines and Melodies
⦁ The most efficient ways to learn a jazz head (i.e. the melody of a jazz tune), with a blues head as an example
⦁ Your first jazz licks, and how to best use licks in your solos without sounding clichéd
⦁ How to use the melody of a jazz tune to improvise your own solos
⦁ Tricks to create interest with shell voicings for comping
Week 3: Harmony
⦁ How to analyze jazz charts and spot common chord progressions so you understand the harmony of the song form
⦁ How to highlight chord tones and guide tones when improvising
⦁ Adding extensions to chords to give them more flavor
⦁ How to use Dominant licks in your solos
⦁ How to incorporate classic bebop patterns into your improvisations
⦁ How to use Charlie Christian’s anticipation trick to instantly sound more authentically jazz
Week 4: Putting It All Together
⦁ The all-important ii – V – I (two five one) progression, and why it’s so crucial to learn and master
⦁ ii – V – I sample lines and approaches
⦁ How to use your voice as an essential improvisation practice tool
⦁ How to integrate everything you have learned in a holistic way to make a convincing jazz performance
⦁ How to transcend all the knowledge and theory to make solos spontaneously (in Charlie Parker’s words ‘forget all that B.S. and just play!) – but why you need to know everything covered beforehand in the program before you can do this.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does it work - are the lessons 'live' or pre-recorded?
The lessons are all pre-recorded – so you can watch them at your own schedule at any time of day that suits you. All you need is a computer or other device such as a smartphone or tablet to access them.
Is this Challenge just for beginners? Is it still relevant to participate in if I'm more advanced?
This Challenge is beginner friendly, but will teach you the core concepts to improving jazz relevant to any level of ability. Main questions to ask yourself are “Am I happy with how I sound when I improvise in a jazz style?”, “Am I comfortable with jazz improvising in a band context?”, “Do I have confidence in my comping abilities?” – if you aren’t confident yet with any of these core jazz skills, this Challenge is definitely for you.
Who is this Challenge NOT for?
If you are a complete beginner of guitar (i.e. haven’t played guitar for at least 3 months) I wouldn’t recommend you take this Challenge – you need to establish the foundations of guitar playing first. E.g. GuitarTricks is a great website for rank beginners of guitar.
On the other hand, if you’re a pro jazz guitarist already gigging, and are a confident improviser, I don’t think this Challenge would suit you either.
However – if you have been playing guitar for more than a few months, OR you have been playing guitar for years and years but have never been able to improvise or comp effectively in a jazz style, or if you’re unsure how to develop your skills – this challenge would be a perfect fit.
How much practice time do I need?
At a minimum, I would recommend at least 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week to get the best results from this program.
What if I get stuck?
Don’t worry, that’s why you have direct access to the private community that you get with this Challenge, and I’ll be answering questions daily in there so you get my help directly!
How much theory do I need to know already?
None whatsoever – I will cover all the essentials during the program.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No – TAB will be provided for all examples (note that there will also be notation provided for people who can read music, but keep in mind it’s not essential to read music for this program).
“For years I struggled with learning to improvise. But then everything changed…
I know where you are now at the moment with your jazz guitar – frustrated that you’re not sounding great. Self-conscious about your ability, and you’re confused with how to make all these scales and arpeggios you’re learning and practicing for hours on end actually sound like music.
Why do I know this? Because I was once in exactly the same place you are now.
About 18 years ago, I gave jazz guitar improvisation my first try. After having studied classical guitar for many years and reaching the highest levels in that style, learning jazz felt like starting from scratch again.
And I struggled. It felt like I was learning a new instrument. And it was made painfully obvious to me that, despite my rigorous years of training, I didn’t have any real deep knowledge on how to relate the music in my mind to my hands on the fretboard.
So I gave up jazz for about 10 years, but came back to it again about eight years ago.
But then, things started to change.
I realized that it wasn’t my lack of ability that was the reason I was struggling with jazz guitar. It was the lack of a clear method and a step-by-step process that’s missing from most jazz guitar education.
Once I realized that, I started to develop a logical method for learning jazz guitar, based largely on my experience with language learning – rather than trying to improvise with a bunch of scale and arpeggio patterns. Once that happened, I was able to build my skills in jazz guitar incredibly quickly.
And you can do the same…
This 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge is the program that I wish that I’d had all those many years ago when I first started trying to learn to improvise and comp and actually sound good.
I’m so thrilled that I can offer you this program that’s been months in the making – I believe it’s the ultimate shortcut to building your jazz guitar skills in the shortest possible time.”
~ Greg O’Rourke, BMus (Hons), ANU
Any questions? Email me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to help you out.