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...

My *second* biggest thrill from music

My *second* biggest thrill from music

  I have a confession to make. I've had a pretty long music career now (over 25 years), but do you know what the *second* biggest thrill I've gotten out of music has ever been? It's not playing to huge crowds at prestigious venues. It's not recording albums either....

Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

  One of my favorite scenes from the movie "The Matrix" is where the hero's elusive guide Morpheus says: "Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." A cool line from a movie...

Free book and the final video

Free book and the final video

  Hold on to your horses folks - it's been pretty busy down at the ol' Fret Dojo. Reading your comments from Video #1 and Video #2 of my 3 part video series, The BIG Secrets of Jazz Guitar Improvisation has been fantastic - I've been really encouraged by all your...

3 reasons why for F – J – G – I

3 reasons why for F – J – G – I

  Today I want to spell out why it's worth enrolling in my upcoming Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation course (or FJGI for short). Here are three good reasons. Reason #1: Efficiency - The course gets straight to the point and tells you the exact vocabulary...

5 jazz standards to rule them all

5 jazz standards to rule them all

  Here's what I love about jazz: Once you know how to comp and solo over a few "key" jazz progressions and chord types, you can then play hundreds of jazz tunes. The reason: Over and over again, jazz standards use the same or very similar progressions. It's just a...

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