Guide Tone Chord Voicings – Everything You Need To Know

Guide Tone Chord Voicings – Everything You Need To Know

Guide tone chord voicings (also known as ‘3-7 voicings’) are the essential building blocks of chordal playing on jazz guitar.

In this video you’ll find out how guide tone chord voicings can made comping astonishingly easy in any comping situation you might find yourself in.

That’s not all:

You’ll also learn how you can ‘dress’ up guide tone voicings to make instantly cool sounding chord solos so you can wow the crowd at your next gig.

Now the exciting bit:

​​This video is a free sample lesson from our new course I’ve been talking about lately, “Comping & Chord Soloing Deep Dive”, presented by special guest Greg Stott, Associate Lecturer of Jazz Guitar at the ANU School of Music.

This brand new course includes a complete walkthrough of the essential chordal techniques required by any jazz guitarist, including drop 2 voicings, drop 3 techniques, chord soloing shortcuts and more.

This course is an excellent opportunity for you to fill in any gaps of your comping knowledge so you can conquer your comping – so you can get more gigs!)

The best part:

You can access this course FREE by signing up to a 14 day, obligation FREE trial to the FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy, my online learning platform for jazz guitar. Sign up here for instant access to the new course as well as my entire collection of video courses (no credit card required): https://www.fretdojo.com/free-trial

Guide Tone Voicing Exercise 1

If you want to get the full transcription of the chord solo Greg Stott plays in this video, sign up to the 14 day free trial of the FretDojo Academy to get instant access:  https://www.fretdojo.com/free-trial

Wrap Up

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What are your exciting ideas and thoughts on this topic?

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Greg O’Rourke
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5 Reasons You Should Focus On Comping In The Practice Room

5 Reasons You Should Focus On Comping In The Practice Room

Comping, i.e. playing the chords in the rhythm section, often considered to be an afterthought for many a jazz student.

But here’s the thing:

Ironically, as a jazz guitarist it’s the MOST important skill you will probably ever acquire.

5 reasons why:

#1. It’s the thing you spend 90% of the time doing on the bandstand. At some gigs you might only take a few solos here and there, but without a doubt – you’ll be comping the whole night long.

#2. Comping can be just as creative as soloing – the possibilities in rhythmic placement, chord inversions, and interactions with the other musicians are endless.

#3. It helps you develop the rhythm feel in your playing overall, which is the most important thing in jazz.

#4. Getting your comping solid can improve your “fretboard literacy”, which will in turn enable you to have more security when you solo. E.g Joe Pass often talked about the way he thought in terms of chord shapes to help him navigate the fretboard. and…

#5. If you are a skilled at comping and can keep the rhythm section moving, you’re much more likely to be booked for more gigs in the future.

Now the exciting bit: I’ve recently released a brand new course entitled “Comping & Chord Soloing Deep Dive”, presented by special guest Greg Stott, Associate Lecturer of Jazz Guitar at the ANU School of Music.

Simply put, this new course is brilliant.

Greg Stott has put together a comprehensive and step-by-step methodology for building up essential comping skills. This was the course I wished I’d had when I was first building up my comping techniques.

The best part:

You can access this course FREE by signing up to a 14 day, obligation FREE trial to the FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy, my online learning platform for jazz guitar. Sign up here for instant access to the new course as well as my entire collection of video courses (no credit card required): https://www.fretdojo.com/free-trial

Wrap Up

I hope you found awesome tips  in the video.

What are your exciting ideas and thoughts on this topic?

Let me know in the comments.

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

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A Jazz Guitar Jedi?

•  FREE Guide: Jazz Guitar Practice Checklist

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Learning Jazz Guitar Scale Patterns – Tips for Success

Learning Jazz Guitar Scale Patterns – Tips for Success

In this video you’ll find out the answers to the following:

  • How do you ensure that you actually remember those jazz scale patterns you’re spending so much time learning in the practice room? 

  • How do you stop tearing your hair out with boredom and start practicing scale patterns in a more musical way?

  • How do you practice scales efficiently to get best results in the shortest possible time?

Check out the above video for the secrets revealed!

Pro tip: If you’re looking for jazz standards to build your set-list, with all the resources and backing tracks in one place, it might be worth giving my FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy a try.

It’s got a huge collection of lessons on the site and features many courses focussed around learning classic jazz standards (melody, comping, soloing, chord melody and more).

The best part:

You can get a no obligation, 14-day FREE access pass to the FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy to see if it is a good fit for you, no credit card required. To get instant access, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/free-trial/

Wrap Up

I hope you enjoyed today’s post on strategies for learning jazz guitar scale patterns.

Now over to you:

what tips can YOU share with your fellow readers?

Leave a comment below with your ideas and thoughts on this topic…

Greg O’Rourke
Founder, FretDojo
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!

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Jazz Guitar Comping Lesson – 4 Cool Steps To Sound Like Ed Bickert

Jazz Guitar Comping Lesson – 4 Cool Steps To Sound Like Ed Bickert


Want to learn how to do jazz guitar comping like Ed Bickert? In this deep dive Youtube lesson, I share with you the 4 essential things you need to do to sound like him, which will supercharge your rhythm section chops (the lesson comes with PDF and audios of the examples played + backing tracks for practice – see the link above to get access).

By the way, I recently released an in-depth course on the secrets of Ed Bickert’s jazz guitar comping approaches, so you can learn the fast path to sounding just like Bickert on the bandstand.

Want to get FREE access to the Ed Bickert course? It’s included in my FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy membership, my premiere online learning platform for jazz guitar, and I’m currently offering 14 days access free. (You also get a HUGE amount of other jazz guitar courses included in the membership on all aspects of jazz guitar instruction – improvising, comping, chord melody, learning standards, and a whole lot more.)

Get a 14-day free pass to the Academy by going here (LIMITED OFFER): http://bit.ly/2DXprNX

Happy woodshedding!

Greg O’Rourke
Founder, FretDojo
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education
www.fretdojo.com

Want To Become...
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!

JOE PASS Chord Phrases Guitar Lesson

JOE PASS Chord Phrases Guitar Lesson


Want to play a chord solo like Joe Pass? In this short Youtube lesson, I show you the method that I’ve used to incorporate some cool Joe Pass style chord licks into my playing (the lesson comes with PDF and audios of the examples played + backing tracks for practice).

By the way, I recently released an in-depth course on Joe Pass single line and chordal style based on his approaches over his landmark recording of “Watch What Happens”, from the album Intercontinental.

Want to get free access to the Joe Pass course? It’s included in FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy membership – Get a 14-day free pass to the Academy by going here: http://bit.ly/2DV8vYu

Happy woodshedding!

Greg O’Rourke
Founder, FretDojo
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education
www.fretdojo.com

Want To Become...
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!

Not progressing with your jazz guitar practice?

Not progressing with your jazz guitar practice?

What happens when a jazz guitarist goes on a random bush walk to clear his mind?

The answer:

A sudden burst of insight into what most jazz guitarists are doing wrong in their practice, and the primary thing you should focus on instead.

It might not be what you expect. Watch the video above to get a scoop.

Pro tip: Interested in getting motivated to practice jazz again? Check out my FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy.

It’s got a huge collection of lessons on the site and features many courses focussed around learning classic jazz standards (melody, comping, soloing, chord melody and more).

The best part:

You can get a no obligation, 14-day FREE access pass to the FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy to see if it is a good fit for you, no credit card required. To get instant access, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/free-trial/

I hope you enjoyed today’s post.

Leave a comment below to share your ideas about this topic…

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

Want To Become...
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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