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

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

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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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‘Upgrading’ Rhythms on Your Jazz Licks

‘Upgrading’ Rhythms on Your Jazz Licks

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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.

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 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

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The Internet – a Double Edged Sword

The Internet – a Double Edged Sword

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

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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 scale for the Im7 chord of a minor ii – V – i…”. On and on it goes.

But this will never sound like jazz.

Why?

Because jazz is very much like a spoken language, e.g. like Spanish or French.

Scales, modes, and arpeggios? They are more like the “alphabet”.

Don’t get me wrong, the alphabet is good to know. But – do you ever use the alphabet to talk to people? Of course not.

So, to learn to ‘speak’ jazz on the guitar when you improvise, you need to learn the words of jazz. These are called ‘licks’ – short jazzy sounding phrases. Learn enough of these jazz ‘words’, and they will form jazz ‘sentences’ – and the right pathways will form in the neural networks of your mind.

The result?

You’ll start to internalize the “jazzy” sounds you need for becoming a great sounding jazz guitarist.

Combine that with a logical system for understanding the fretboard, and the whole “puzzle” of learning improvisation on guitar will start to solve itself.

My online course, “The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation”, will show you the exact steps you need to learn improvisation using this approach.

Find out more here (bookings strictly this week only):

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

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

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The Stella explosion

The Stella explosion

Today I want to share a recording I’ve been listening to a lot lately:

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 Starlight mistranslated to “Stella Explosion”. However, this accurately describes this “explosive” recording.

I’m a big fan of the electric playing from this band led by the acclaimed saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. I particularly like the way Paquito D’Rivera plays the saxophone solo on this recording that you’ll hear towards the start of this track.

In fact:

D’Rivera’s solo has been a key influence in how I approach the improvisation tutorials in my new lesson series on Stella By Starlight. You can access the lessons by joining my Club if you’re not part of it already.

Among various techniques, you’ll learn simple tricks for playing fast double time lines, and how to solo over subdominant minor chords – one of the most common harmonic situations in jazz progressions.

Get the new lesson series here>>

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

P.S – I’ve been getting a lot of questions and interest about my upcoming jazz guitar improvisation course. To get notified of updates and news of when it will open it’s doors for bookings, enter your details on this page to be the first to know:

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Video: Stella By Starlight Chord Melody

Video: Stella By Starlight Chord Melody

Here’s a little something I’ve been working on lately – check it out on Youtube here:

It’s a solo jazz guitar arrangement of Stella By Starlight.

Part of the challenge with this tune on solo guitar is the frequent, long melody notes. You need to work quite a bit to ensure that you can maintain interest in a guitar-only version during those long notes.

It’s easy though – if you know the tricks.

Keen on learning how to play this tune on solo guitar? Well, I have some good news for you:

My latest jazz standard lesson series will teach you exactly how to build an arrangement just like what you saw on the above Youtube video, as well as a detailed roadmap over how to improvise over Stella By Starlight – a tune that you’ll inevitably have to face at one point if you want to call yourself a “jazz player”.

Get instant access to the new Stella By Starlight lesson series by joining my online jazz guitar club here:

www.fretdojo.com/club

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

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A Jazz Guitar Jedi?

•  FREE Guide: Jazz Guitar Practice Checklist

• FREE 49 Page eBook: The Top Ten Mistakes Jazz Guitarists Make in Their Practice Session, for FREE as well!

• My hottest tips for boosting your jazz guitar playing, delivered straight to your inbox!

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