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New Video: Beautiful Love

New Video: Beautiful Love

I thought it would be cool today to show you something I’ve been working on lately:

Here’s a rendition of Beautiful Love, one of my favorite tunes to play.

I’ve tried to go out of my comfort zone on this video and incorporated more modern intervallic approaches to soloing, using parallel 5ths and 2nds moving horizontally across the fretboard.

The best part?

I’ve put together a new lesson series for you which shows you how to do everything I demonstrate on the video and more – the chord melody, soloing approaches, comping, how to understand the harmonic progression, and everything else you need to jam with this tune.

To get instant access, all you need to do is to join up now to the FretDojo Academy Club online jazz guitar learning group.

Become one of the inner circle via this link:

www.fretdojo.com/club

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

Here’s one for all you lonely hearts out there

Here’s one for all you lonely hearts out there

Given it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought you (or your spouse) might be in a bit of a romantic mood.

So, start a cozy fire, bring out a fine wine, and check out this video:

It’s Joe Pass playing a heartfelt rendition of Beautiful Love (very fitting for today’s occasion). Joe’s dialogue at the start of this video might put a smile on your face too.

The best part:

I just put the finishing touches on a brand new lesson series which will teach you the ins and out of soloing over this tune – which is one of my all-time favorite standards.

The new lesson series will teach you about intervallic soloing approaches, and how to negotiate horizontal movement across the fretboard as you solo – so you can break out of the box patterns (like those used in the CAGED system) and master the fretboard in a new way.

How to access the new lessons?

Easy – join up to my Fretdojo Academy Jazz Guitar Club, and get instant access to the set. Here’s where to go:

www.fretdojo.com/club

Let me know if you have any questions about the new lessons and I’ll be happy to answer any queries.

Cheers,

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

Bob gets a back-stage ticket and all his questions answered

Bob gets a back-stage ticket and all his questions answered

I was in an online recording session with Stuart King the other day for our new course, “Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar”, when FretDojo subscriber Bob Bachman jumped in on the call…

Bob had scheduled a short session with me to ask me some questions about the new course.

He has kindly agreed to share our short conversation for all to see on YouTube.

Check it out here:

Specifically:

Bob was concerned that he wouldn’t have enough time for the new “Fast Lane” guitar technique course, given his other practice commitments.

I told him that if he was thinking like that, he was looking at the course in the wrong way.

Here’s the thing:

Working on your guitar technique is something that actually saves you time.

It means you don’t have to practice difficult lines as much to get them under your fingers.

It makes your speed, coordination, and effortlessness on the guitar go up a notch, which logically makes everything easier and faster to learn.

Here’s another big misconception:

You don’t need to spend that much time per day working on technique either to see great results. As Stuart explained to Bob in the video, you often get the best improvements by spending 5-10 minutes here and there through the day on technical work, alongside whatever else you’re working on.

But – only as long as you are focusing on:

1) the most important exercises,

2) in the right order,

3) with the right approach.

In a nutshell, this new course will give you all of these.

No more excuses – the time has come. Get on board the fast train, just like Bob has, by going here and signing up to “Fast Lane” – before it’s too late (be quick – enrolments are closing this evening at 9 pm USA Eastern time):

https://www.fretdojo.com/fast-lane/

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

Don’t be a lemon

Don’t be a lemon

Sloppy scales.

Loose licks.

Rusty runs.

It’s about time that your jazz guitar playing was in for a tune-up.

Here’s what you need to do:

Enrolments are closing tomorrow for my new course,”Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar”. No enrolments will be accepted after the closing date.

It’s been a thrill to see so many players join up to this new program.

Why not join them? Trade in your lemon and get your “Lamborghini” jazz guitar technique here (but you better be quick):

https://www.fretdojo.com/fast-lane/

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

The power of the technique triangle

The power of the technique triangle

Have you ever thought about what ingredients are for a rock solid technique on guitar?

Here’s the answer, in a nutshell:

The “Technique Triangle”.

This is a three-point framework for understanding what you need to do in order to take your technique to the next level.

Let me show you what it is:

Point #1: Coordination. A defining feature of technique is well-coordinated hands and fingers. You need to ensure any technical work out you do includes this as a core component.

Point #2: Effortlessness. One of the pillars of technique is that your hands must be relaxed, and free of tension. This helps you avoid injury, and can lead to better coordination – and speed. Speaking of which…

Point #3: Speed. Even if you’re not interested in playing like Pat Martino, having a speed “headroom” will make regular tempos far more easier and better controlled. Increasing your speed is one of the keys to improving every aspect of your technique.

Ensure that any technical program that you undertake serves these three goals in equal measure.

The best part?

The “Technique Triangle” is the entire framework that my new course, “Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar”, is built upon.

Get the blueprint for your step-by-step, powerful and concise jazz guitar technical program by going here (enrolments are closing very soon):

https://www.fretdojo.com/fast-lane/

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

When Sensei Greg met Obi-Stu Kenobi

When Sensei Greg met Obi-Stu Kenobi

Exciting times – it’s great to see so many of you sign up for my new course, “Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar”.

If you’re keen on checking it out, here’s where to get it (you better get your skates on, enrolments are closing tomorrow):

https://www.fretdojo.com/fast-lane/

Anyway, today I received an interesting question about the new course from one of my subscribers, Neil.

Here’s his question:

Q: “I’ve been working diligently a couple hours a day for the last 3 years on alternate picking with minimal success. I’ve tried several well documented approaches. I’m 67 with some mild arthritis in the hands. I feel the only roadblock to playing what I hear is my relatively slow right hand speed and lack of endurance at faster speeds. I can’t seem to relax the right hand enough to build enduring speed without sacrificing clean articulation. After several years of being obsessed with increasing guitar speed, right left synchronization, and effortless improvisation I believe if improvement doesn’t happen soon, I’ll have to settle with my current limitations. Have you seen much success in players like myself who have worked hard on attempting to selectively practice right hand technique without much progress? Thanks, Neil”

My answer:

Yes, I definitely have seen improvement in players who have previously worked a long time on right-hand technique but getting limited results despite the hours invested.

I can say this with confidence because…
 
I myself am a case in point.
 
For years I had a bottleneck of around 120bpm with my picking.
 
I was lucky though. I got some help to break through this threshold from my very own jazz guitar “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, Stuart King.
 
A few years ago, Stuart (who is the co-creator of the new “Fast Lane” course), showed me an alternative method to building speed that is very counterintuitive, but within one week I was able to play at 150 bpm instead.
 
This is why was so keen for Stuart King to collaborate on this course with me, as he has some groundbreaking approaches to learning technique – and his own technique is nothing short of astonishing.
 
The best part:

We explain Stuart’s “secret” Jedi techniques in detail in the new course (and a whole lot of other amazing technical shortcuts, too).

Thanks for your great question Neil! if you’re keen on finding out more about the new technique course and joining up before enrolments close tomorrow, go here:

https://www.fretdojo.com/fast-lane/

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

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