Video – Jazz guitar guide tone soloing shortcut (Free workbook)

Video – Jazz guitar guide tone soloing shortcut (Free workbook)

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Click this link to get a print friendly worksheet and backing track for your practice.

It’s been a while, but it’s great to be back in front of the video camera.

If you’re finding it impossible and frustrating to solo over those tricky jazz standards like All The Things You Are (hint: you haven’t been the first person to drop those key changes)…

It’s probably because you aren’t doing what my new Youtube video demonstrates.

In this brand new video lesson (which includes a FREE workbook and backing track), you’re going to get the down & dirty on guide tones, and how they are an essential shortcut for easily mastering the changes of any jazz standard.

You’ll learn which notes to target over those tricky chord progressions and still get through alive and kicking to the other side.

Check out the video now and let me know what you think (remember to get that free workbook).


Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

A tasty sneak peek of my new technique course inside

A tasty sneak peek of my new technique course inside

Woah – check out this video, it’ll blow your socks off:

The player in the video:

Stuart King – nationally acclaimed jazz guitarist and featured artist on ABC Jazz.

Stuart is the co-instructor in our new online course all about mastering jazz guitar technique, “Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar”.

Stuart and I have been working hard getting the videos for this brand new course ready, and the above film has some tasty snippets of what Stuart can do on the guitar.

Pretty jaw-dropping stuff as you can see.

And you now have an opportunity to learn from Stuart in this new course and directly pick his brains about all things jazz guitar, technique, or anything else besides.

Anyway, the course enrolments are closing soon – bookings are only open for a couple more days. If you want to have technique like Stuart, you’d better sign up because he’s going to reveal all in the new “Fast Lane” course. Here’s where to get access:

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

Obi-Wan Kenobi would have made a great jazz guitarist

Obi-Wan Kenobi would have made a great jazz guitarist

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie yet? (Don’t worry, no spoilers in this email). Great film, highly recommend.

As I was watching it, it reminded me of one of my favorite (old school) Star Wars scenes – video below:

Here, we witness Luke Skywalker getting his first taste of using a lightsaber, the weapon of choice for a Jedi.

And he sucks.


Obi-Wan Kenobi (Luke’s wise old mentor) notices that Luke is trying too hard, and thinking too much.

“This time,” he instructs, “let go your conscious self, and act on instinct”.

All of a sudden, Luke can defend a barrage of laser shots – even with his eyes closed.

Here’s the thing:

Obi-Wan Kenobi is not just a great Jedi master. He would have been a great jazz guitar teacher as well.

Too often, jazz players are thinking too hard when they play, resulting in tight, awkward technique, choking their ideas and phrasing.

By learning to “let go”, and “trusting your feelings” (more Obi-Wan wisdom), your technique, and hence your music, will begin to flow effortlessly, spontaneously and naturally.

I know you may scoff at this, like Han Solo in the above video, but I’m serious.

This simple approach has done wonders for my own playing, and it will do wonders for yours. All you need to do is learn how to take advantage of the natural power of your subconscious mind.

To learn the exact steps how to become a Jazz Guitar Jedi and become one with the music, your journey begins here my apprentice:

Greg O’Rourke,
Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

This micromanaging boss could be killing your jazz guitar progress

This micromanaging boss could be killing your jazz guitar progress

Have you been ever at work just trying to do your job, and there’s that micromanaging boss peering over your shoulder every five minutes, making sure you’re doing the job correctly?

Yes, it’s annoying – and gets in the way of your work.


Those “helicopter” parents that hover over their kids, watching and overanalyzing the tiniest details, and giving them a stern talking to every time they make a small mistake.

Here’s the thing:

When it comes to getting better at their instrument, a lot of jazz guitarists are approaching their practice in this “micromanaged” way.

Overanalysing themselves when they make any mistakes.

Wanting to get something perfect right then and there, and spending hour after desperate hour playing endless drills and exercises, but not getting anywhere and giving up thinking “Well, I’m just not good enough for this.”

Now, I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

The problem is not their ability – it’s how they’re approaching their practice.

Let me explain:

Basically, the mind has two levels – the conscious mind and the subconscious.

The conscious mind is like the captain of the ship, giving orders to the crew and determining the direction the ship should go.

The subconscious mind is the crew – it’s actually what does all the work when it comes to guitar practice. The conscious mind’s job is simply to present problems to the subconscious mind. The subconscious is what does all the “heavy lifting” – figuring out the problem while you go walk the dog.

You need to leave the subconscious mind to simply do its job and not interfere.

In summary:

The best way to get better at your technique, or improvisation, or anything else, is to intimately know the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Because when you do…

You can structure your practice session in a massively more effective way, making loads more progress than if you bang your head against the wall for hours a day on end.

So now, the big question?

Are *you* micromanaging your practice, like that annoying obnoxious boss peering over your shoulder?

To learn how to stop micromanaging your practice, and to gain insight over how your subconscious, inborn abilities can do all the work for you when it comes to improving your technique, you’ll need to check out my new course, “Fast Lane: The Total Technique Masterclass For Jazz Guitar”.

It looks like at this stage the course will be starting on Tuesday the 6th February. If you haven’t already, sign up to get instant notifications when the course will open for bookings here:

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

Australian virtuoso jazz trumpeter multiplies his own body

Australian virtuoso jazz trumpeter multiplies his own body

Here’s a bit of fun for you:

Did you notice anything a bit odd about this video?

If not, watch it again then come back, you’ll have a laugh I’m sure.

That’s right:

Through the magic of trick photography, the same musician is playing every instrument (except for the drummer) in this 17 piece band.

This is James Morrison – one of the leading figures in Australian jazz.

But stop and think about this for a minute:

Most of us struggle to master just one instrument in our lifespan.

But here’s a guy that can play trumpet, piano, all the brass section, saxophones, and double bass.…with flawless technique at that.

How is this possible? Surely there’s no man on earth that has this many hours a day to perfect their technique on all those instruments.

But it gets even weirder.

James Morrison claims to never practice. I’m not kidding.

I’ll prove it to you – here’s an excerpt from an interview with Morrison:

“Q: What is your daily practice routine?

JM: I have no routine, I don’t practice. As far as physically playing goes, I just play my performances and jam with my sons when I’m home. For me, the preparation for playing is done completely mentally, I think about it subconsciously and then it feels familiar when I go to play on a conscious level. Although this may sound strange, it’s really quite simple. The thing that makes it work is having an awareness of your subconscious mind, this is what does all the work when you are playing anyway — nobody actually thinks consciously of everything they are doing, that would be impossible. When somebody practices for hours, they are really just transferring information many times to their subconscious, so it can perform the task at a later time. All I do that is different is transfer the information very few times (maybe only once).”

The moral of the story:

It’s obvious that James Morrison knows something profound (that he hinted at in the above interview) that most other musicians overlook when it comes to training their technique…

Namely, how to harness the power of your subconscious mind – to get astonishing results.

And if you’re interested in learning the exact process you need to unlock the power of your subconscious, James Morrison style, we’ve dedicated a whole module to this very topic in my new course on supercharging your jazz guitar technique – “Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar.”

To be the first to get notified about the new course when it comes out, so you can get the best window seat on this technique train that will soon be arriving at the FretDojo website, get on the early bird notification list here:

Greg O’Rourke,
Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

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