Video – “Runny” Sunny Double Time Solo (Free PDF)

Video – “Runny” Sunny Double Time Solo (Free PDF)

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Thought you might be interested in this very cool doubletime jazz solo I recorded in my studio recently.

Here Stuart King, one of Australia’s greatest guitarists, is busting out some very tasty minor lines over Sunny (which I’ve aptly named…”Runny” after editing this video).

The best part:
 
Stuart’s agreed to give you a full accurate transcription of his improvised solo completely for FREE! (I’ve also included the backing track Stuart uses).
 
Download it above so you can follow along with the video (very cool substitutions are being used in this).
 
Have fun with this and hope you find it useful.

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Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

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

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

Get your Handy PDF Worksheet & Backing Track Download:

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).

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Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

‘Upgrading’ Rhythms on Your Jazz Licks

‘Upgrading’ Rhythms on Your Jazz Licks

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Get your Handy PDF Download: Click this link to get a print friendly version of all the exercises in this post for your practice.

Recently I put together a complete lesson series on the classic jazz standard ‘Stella By Starlight. Today’s post is a sneak peek of one of the lessons. Find out how to get the full series of these lessons on improvising over Stella By Starlight by clicking here.

 

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 In this free lesson, you’re going to learn:

  • A neat trick for creating flashy virtuosic phrases out of material you already know. 

Something I get asked about all the time by my students is:

“I’m tired of playing eighth note lines all the time! Can you give us something faster and more flashy to play?”

Here’s the thing:

You don’t need to learn anything new to be able to play faster phrases. In fact, you have everything you need at your fingertips already.

Watch the above video where I’m going to show you a neat way to manipulate the rhythms and placement of your slower licks to turn them into virtuosic sounding triplet and double time lines.

 

Example Of ‘Upgrading’ The Rhythm of a Lick

Here’s the example lick I used in the above video:

 
Example Lick – See video at 01:22

 

To make this into a faster line, I could simply transform the rhythms into triplets.

However, that means you won’t have enough material to fill out this chord progression anymore – you’ll need more notes to fill out the line.

But here’s the trick: delay the entry of the new faster line a few beats or even a whole bar into the chord progression, like so:

 

 Voila! You now have a neat sounding triplet phrase to provide a bit more rhythmic variety in your soloing that still makes sense over the chord progression.

Enjoyed this post?
Get your Handy PDF Download: Click this link to get a print friendly version of all the exercises in this post for your practice.

 So there you have it – the ‘Rhythm Upgrade’ trick – a simple way to get far more “bang for your buck” from the lines you spend your precious time learning.

That’s it for today’s lesson – let me know what you thought of this cool rhythm trick by leaving a comment below…

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This concludes this free excerpt of my ‘Stella By Starlight Decoded’ lesson series. To get instant access to the rest of the lessons in this new series (as well as a large number of other lessons on a variety of classic jazz standards for guitar), they are all included in my revolutionary online program, the FretDojo Academy Club. Find out more about the Club here…

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

The danger of the “free”

The danger of the “free”

There’s loads (loads!) of information on jazz guitar on the internet. You could download something new every day for the rest of your life, and there would still be enough to sift through 10 times over.

But:

Information alone is not enough to help you progress.

Information which fails to ‘join the dots’ and help you see the full picture of learning to play jazz guitar and improvise like a pro – is more hindrance than help.

Information without a chance to discuss with other like-minded people, or to be able to ask questions to make sure you’re on the right track, is a slow, confusing route to mastery – if in fact it ever leads you there at all.

Random free lessons may not cost much in dollars, but it costs you way more in the precious resource that you can never replenish – your time.

It’s time to stop wandering the abyss of disconnected, conflicting advice on jazz guitar.

Get on the fast track to creating the foundation for your improvisation skills, with my “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation” course.

Enrolments are closing in a couple of days. Don’t miss out – nab your spot before it’s too late here:

https://www.fretdojo.com/improvisation-fundamentals/

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education 

Are you a “Gollum” guitarist?

Are you a “Gollum” guitarist?

Remember Gollum, that creepy character out of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books like “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings”?

That’s right. The small, slimy creature obsessed with what he calls “his Precious” – a magic ring he never uses, but instead just touches and strokes all day, looking at it admiringly.

Now a question for you:

Are you a “Gollum” guitarist?

What I mean by that:

Do you have a “precious” guitar that’s hung up lovingly in your music room, that looks immaculate and impresses people who walk through your house?

But:

Do you actually play it? Or does it just look at you neglected from its carefully positioned wall mount?

We all know this is not how things should be in the Shire.

Instruments are not meant for just looking at. They are meant to be used.

So my call to action for you:

Get that guitar off that dusty wall, and stop making excuses!

My online course, open for bookings for only this week, will give you the fast path to improvisation mastery on guitar.

Go forth Frodo – make haste here:

 
Greg O’Rourke,
 
Founder, Fret Dojo
 
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

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