What most jazz guitarists get wrong

What most jazz guitarists get wrong

  Many jazz guitar teachers mislead students when it comes to learning improvisation. Too much emphasis is placed on scales, modes, arpeggios, and theory. ‘Use a Dorian mode for a iim7 chord’. “Use a Dmaj7 arpeggio to highlight chord tones”. “Apply a melodic minor...

The Stella explosion

The Stella explosion

  Today I want to share a recording I've been listening to a lot lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLliS0wf8x8 This is the Cuban band Irakere's unorthodox rendition of Stella By Starlight. It has a funny story too: Irakere seemingly got the name of Stella By...

Video: Fast Blues Solo

Video: Fast Blues Solo

  Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQy_eHcQHdI This is something I've been working on lately in the FretDojo Academy Club, my monthly online jazz standard learning group. I've been looking in detail at the soloing approaches of Grant Green, the "hidden...

Enter the Jazz Guitar Dragon

Enter the Jazz Guitar Dragon

  I've been ruminating today on this quote by Bruce Lee: “Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever...

The biggest “mistake” of all

The biggest “mistake” of all

  Do you know one of the biggest stumbling blocks is getting started with jazz guitar? This is a big one: Thinking you need to sound perfect right from the start. Ironically, this is one of the things that will block you from improving with jazz. Here's why: Mistakes...

FretDojo student shows how it’s done

FretDojo student shows how it’s done

  I just wrapped up the latest challenge in the FretDojo Academy, and I thought I could share with you one of the member's efforts. Here's Steffen Böhm with a tasty rendition of Beautiful Love that he submitted for the challenge:...

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

  As the old saying goes... "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". We all know that, right? But... It's 100% untrue. For humans at least. Check this out: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170828-the-amazing-fertility-of-the-older-mind This article dispels many of...

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