*Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation – Book Now!*

“What if I told you that 80% of Guitarists are trying to learn Jazz Improvisation

COMPLETELY the WRONG WAY?”

 

There’s a better way to learn to improvise.

Let me show you the way that ACTUALLY WORKS…

Dear Friend,

If you desire that rare ability to be a confident, fearless jazz improviser on guitar, but want the ultimate shortcut to get there, then this letter will show you how.

Let me ask you:

When you go along to a jazz performance, do you ache to be able to improvise, just like those you’re watching on stage?

Do you get an uncomfortable feeling whenever anyone asks you to improvise a solo during your band rehearsal or at a gig, for fear of messing it up badly?

“Sorry man, rhythm guitar is more my thing…” Do you rely on the others in your group to take the solos, instead of you?

And are you wondering how to turn all the scales, arpeggios and complex theory of jazz you’re learning into something that vaguely sounds musical – instead of sounding like you’re just playing a boring bunch of scales and arpeggios?

But, just imagine for a moment:

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly gain the confidence you so desperately want in your jazz guitar improvisation skills?

Imagine busting out a great sounding solo in a jam session.

Imagine playing to your family and friends and connecting the music that’s in your mind effortlessly to your hands on the fretboard.

Here’s the thing:

There is a way. And it’s easier than you might think.

Improvisation isn’t just something that some people are good at and some people aren’t.

I can’t emphasize this enough:

Jazz Improvisation Is A Skill

That Can Be Learnt By ANY Guitarist.

I’m Going To Show You Exactly How.

Presenting the first ever A – Z guide to building a rock solid foundation for your jazz guitar improvisation skills:

My online course, The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation,  is a revolutionary step-by-step 10 week program in which you’ll learn how to improvise confidently and musically over five classic jazz standards – which feature the most common chord progressions of the jazz language.

This means you’ll be able to solo over hundreds of jazz standards just by learning these five tunes!

You’ll acquire authentic sounding jazz vocabulary and be able to navigate with it across the fretboard in a way more confident than ever before.

You’ll be fluent and more intentional in your soloing, and finally be able to keep up with the chord changes as you improvise.

You won’t sound like you’re just playing scales and arpeggios anymore – instead, you’ll be busting out hip sounding melodies spontaneously.

The result?

You won’t need to think so much when you improvise. Soloing will become an effortless, natural process – which is how it should be.

You’ll be comfortable taking a solo when someone asks you to.

You’ll be able to solo melodically – rather than just ‘scientifically’ applying a bunch of scales and arpeggios.

And – You’ll finally have the confidence YOU need to truly call yourself a “jazz guitarist.”

How awesome is that!

It’s Everything YOU Need for Hip Sounding Soloing: 

  • A rock solid approach for navigating the guitar fretboard in any key and any position
  • A detailed look at the most common jazz chord progressions and how to tackle improvising over them
  • Classic jazz lines from the master jazz players to build a rock solid vocabulary.
  • And it won’t be just boring exercises – you’re going to apply all this to 5 classic jazz standards that are some of the most commonly played tunes at jams and gigs.

 Meet Your Instructor:
Greg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU

– Professional Jazz Guitarist, and Founder of

fingerstyle-jazz-guitar-greg-orourke-fret-dojo“Hi, I’m Greg O’Rourke, founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today. I have over 6000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, and am now also an established author, with my book The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar that I collaborated on with my good buddy Matt Warnock becoming an international bestseller. My website has helped thousands of people improve their jazz guitar playing, and I’ve been featured on several high profile jazz guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes, and Takelessons.”

“Putting all that aside, what I love doing most is jazz improvisation on guitar, and teaching it to you guys.”

 

Check out one of Greg’s highly acclaimed Youtube performances on the video below:

Learning Jazz Guitar Improvisation Has Never Been This Easy:

Over 40 Video Lessons

9 Hours of pre-recorded video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music. Watch the video lessons anytime, from any device!

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Detailed Checklists and Progress Tracking

Every lesson includes a step-by-step checklist to keep your study and guitar practice on track.

Integrated Feedback

Regular opportunities to submit examples of your playing for feedback. Participate as much or as little as you like.

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Get Your Questions Answered

Get your burning questions answered by Greg and other senior students – so you can be confident you are practicing effectively.

Online Forum - Join A Supportive Community

Connect with your fellow students participating in the course across the world, so you can discuss the curriculum in a helpful and safe environment.

Certificate of Completion

Get official recognition for completing the course, by completing key milestones along the way.

Not just any old online course – this is an Interactive & Collaborative Training Program:

An issue I have with learning online is that often there’s no feedback on your playing.

But that’s where this course is different.

In addition to the detailed step-by-step pre-recorded video lessons, this course is unique in being a truly interactive experience with your instructor and your fellow students:

  • Ability to submit examples of your playing and get feedback (participate as much or as little as you like)
  • Post in the members only forum where you can discuss the course and have your questions answered 
  • Opportunity to build connections and friends with your fellow jazz guitar students all over the world

This Course is The Ultimate Foundation for your improvisation skills:

  • You’ll go from feeling frustrated and self-conscious about your playing to being confident and happy about your soloing.
  • You’ll go from feeling confused about how to improve to having clarity and direction on the step-by-step method to learning improvisation, using my unique Four Elements Framework.
  • And – you’ll go from being scared to play your jazz guitar to anyone to nailing it in any jam session or performance situation.

 

Let’s do this! 

Will This Course Work For You?

Here’s Proof…

Here are some of the many success stories from past students of this groundbreaking online course from all around the world:

“This course has exceeded my expectations.
It’s inspired me – and it’s
TRANSFORMED my playing.”

 

“I have to say that at first I was a little skeptical of Greg’s claims about the effectiveness of the course, but after having completed the course I would say that it is a remarkable undertaking he has accomplished. I would say that this course is a GAME CHANGER for an introduction to jazz guitar.

Greg is a master teacher, and it has been a pleasure to watch his videos and be encouraged by his gentle, encouraging style. Thumbs up Greg, thanks so much for such a fabulous course – it is such an achievement on your part.”

~ Josh Gordis, USA

“It’s kind of like when you first learn to play the guitar – and your progress is exponential.
It’s like that again.
I haven’t experienced that feeling for ages…”

 “This course is just absolutely brilliant in getting you to play and be musical. I can’t speak highly enough of this course. It’s changed my musical journey. I’m so excited with what I have now to build on over the next few years.

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

~ Paul Flynn, UK

“At the end of this 10-week course, I feel like I can say that I AM a jazz guitarist now…”

 “Prior to this course, I’ve been playing jazz guitar 2.5 years.

Before the course, I could noodle around the fretboard, used scales, but never learned jazz vocabulary and never even thought about it as a way to improve my improvisation skills on guitar.

I’ve learned so much vocabulary and so many skills to approaching soloing over a jazz standard. It was a really great community and a really great vibe, and I learned so much from this course.”

~ Angie O’Neill, Australian (living in Germany)

 

“This course is a model in how to effectively deliver visual, auditory and tactile e-learning content. I wish my Uni courses were like this!”

“I really liked Greg’s curriculum and how each lesson built on the previous one. Continuity and re-use were the strong points of Greg’s teaching style. Greg is a proper music teacher and not just some guy doing an info dump at a pace too advanced for the students. The use of the e-learning platform was excellent.

Also, Greg has a kind heart and it really shows in his commitment to his students. I feel privileged to have been part of the inaugural Jazz improvisation course at the Fret Dojo!“

~ Paul Platt, Australia

 

“I’ve participated in TWO 12 week courses with an internationally famous music university…I can safely say the investment in lessons with Greg has been worth more than 95% of all the other formal and informal education I’ve managed to derive for myself.”

 

“With a little bit of the right approach, one can achieve so much. 

I can wholly recommend that anybody who is really wanting to play jazz guitar and is struggling to get beyond “running scales” where I was, and instead start to really sound “jazzy” – this is the course for you.”

~ Gordon Hooper

Johannesburg, South Africa

What the Jazz Greats Are Saying About Greg:

Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable fingerstyle technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!

Howard Alden

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, howardalden.com

This is the online course I wish I’d had when I started trying to improve my improvisation skills.

 

  • “How do I use scales for soloing without sounding like an exercise?”

  • “How do I make my lines sound “jazzy”?”

  • “How can I avoid ‘theory overload paralysis’ and just play a great sounding solo?”

  • “At the moment jazz guitar improvisation to me is like when  you start a drawing or a painting –  I have a big blank canvas and I just don’t know where to start!“ 

These are the kinds of questions I get all the time about learning jazz improvisation on guitar.

Here’s the thing:

If you’re asking these questions, you’re trying to learn improvisation completely the wrong way.

It isn’t your fault though.

Although well intentioned, too many jazz guitar teachers mislead students when it comes to learning improvisation.

Too much emphasis is placed on scales, modes, boring exercises, and theory. ‘Use a Dorian mode for a iim7 chord’. “Then use a mixolydian scale for the V7 chord”. “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 learning jazz is very much like learning 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. What I mean here are short, jazzy sounding melodic phrases that form the basic building blocks of jazz vocabulary. Learn enough of these jazz ‘words’, and they will form jazz ‘sentences’ – and the right pathways for improvisation 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.

But that’s only one piece of the puzzle…

 

The critical failure point for most guitarists…

 

  • “How do I translate what I hear in my head to my fingers and guitar?”

I get this question a lot, too.

Are you fumbling about to find the notes that will sound good over each chord?

Are you struggling to keep up with the fast-moving chord changes of jazz as you attempt to improvise?

If so, there’s a clear reason for this:

You don’t really understand the guitar fretboard.

Or, you don’t know it well enough to use it in the heat of the moment during a solo.

Learning jazz licks and being creative with them is only one side of the coin. You also need to have a secure system for understanding the layout of the fretboard, in a way that makes sense for jazz. 

You need to have absolute security that the note you are playing at any given time is, in fact, the sound that you have in your mind at that moment.

Sounds tough to do? Here’s a little secret…

It’s not hard to learn how to do this. It’s actually EASY – you just need the right recipe, and a step-by-step method.

 

The Answer To Conquering Your Improvisation Struggles Is Here

My revolutionary course, The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation, is the answer you’ve been searching for – a roadmap for relating what you’re hearing in your head, to the sounds of the fretboard.

You’ll get a secure system for learning jazz vocabulary, but then, in addition to that, that crucial process of being able to relate that vocabulary to any fret position and any key on the fretboard.

The best part:

Once you establish these foundations, improvisation will become a natural process for you – and you’ll finally unlock your creative and expressive potential on the guitar.

 

I’ll be honest with you…

It took me years to work out how to do all this. But once I worked it all out, it was so simple.

And the step-by-step process contained in this course is the exact method I used to rapidly develop my improvisation skills. In fact, I wish I’d had this course all those years ago – it would have saved me HUGE amounts of time!

By doing this new course, you’ll have the blueprint to learning to improvise effortlessly on guitar, and establishing the rock-solid foundation for the improvisation skills you desperately need.

If you wanted a shortcut to learning to improvise on guitar, you’ve just found it.

 What Exactly Is Included In The Course?

I’m glad you asked!

This course runs for 10 weeks and covers 6 modules of material.

The program consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for later.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans – everything you need for your study!

At key points in the course, you have the opportunity to submit recorded examples of your playing so you can get detailed and helpful feedback on how to progress. Note though that this is entirely optional – you can get involved as much or as little as you like.

You also have lifetime access on all the materials – so even if you don’t complete the course in the ‘official’ 10 weeks, you’ll still be able to access all the course materials to go through at your own pace in the future.

Topics That Will Be Covered:

Click each of the blue bars below to find out what’s included in each module:

Module 1: First Steps

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • The key ingredients you need to be able to sound good when you improvise on guitar
  • How your mind really learns to improvise and what you may be doing wrong if you’re struggling
  • Despite what is commonly thought, jazz improvisation can be a lot easier than what people make it out to be 
  • How to learn jazz standards and licks, and tips for your practice sessions to help retain what you’ve learned.

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 1: What Jazz ‘Improvisation’ Actually Is
  • Lesson 2: How Your Brain Learns To Improvise
  • Lesson 3: The Four Elements Of Jazz Guitar Improvisation
  • Lesson 4: Jazz Improvisation Can Be Easy – Minor Blues Exercise
  • Lesson 5: Your First Set List Tune: Summertime
  • Lesson 6: How To Get Into A Good Practice Routine
  • Lesson 7: Four Minor Blues Licks
  • Lesson 8: Applying Minor Blues Licks to Summertime

Module 2: Navigate The Fretboard With Confidence

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • A rock-solid way to navigate the fretboard, so you hit the notes that sound great in your improvisations
  • How to analyze a jazz standard to understand how to improvise over it
  • How to learn licks so you’ll never forget them, and how to be more creative with them in your soloing
  • How to use a jazz standard’s melody line as material for improvising 

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 9: Cracking The Code With The CAGED System
  • Lesson 10: Improvisation with CAGED Scales
  • Lesson 11: New Set List Tune – Autumn Leaves
  • Lesson 12: Using Melodies In Improvisation
  • Lesson 13: Three Static Major Licks
  • Lesson 14: Minor Blues Licks Revisited

 

Module 3: Guide Tones - The Critical (And Often Missing) Ingredient

In this section you’re going to learn about: 

  • Why guide tones are so important for jazz improvisation
  • How to easily find guide tones on the fretboard as you improvise
  • The Major ii – V – I progression, the most important progression in jazz

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 15: The 3 Ways To Improvise
  • Lesson 16: Introducing The Major ii – V – I Progression
  • Lesson 17: Navigating The Fretboard With Chords
  • Lesson 18: Introduction to Guide Tone Voice Leading
  • Lesson 19: Major ii – V – i Comping in The CAGED Positions
  • Lesson 20: Major ii – V – i Guide Tone Licks
  • Lesson 21: New Set List Tune – Tune Up
  • Lesson 22: Applying Major ii – V – I Licks to Autumn Leaves
  • Lesson 23: More Ways To Be Creative With Jazz Licks
  • Lesson 24: Connecting Licks Together

Module 4: Modal Jazz

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • What modes are and how to use them
  • Easy ways to solo over modal jazz tunes
  • How to incorporate more bebop vocabulary into your improvisations

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 25: New Set List Tune – Impressions
  • Lesson 26: Soloing in Dorian Mode with CAGED
  • Lesson 27: Bebop Finger Patterns
  • Lesson 28: Incorporating Blues Sounds into Impressions
  • Lesson 29: Static Minor Licks
  • Lesson 30: Reusing Static Major & Major ii – V – I Licks on Impressions

Module 5: The Minor ii - V - i Progression

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • A simple approach to soloing over the Minor ii – V – I progression
  • How to connect Major ii – V – I and Minor ii – V – i ideas
  • How to use Major ideas over Minor (and vice versa)

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 31: The ‘Minor’ Fretboard
  • Lesson 32: New Set List Tune: Blue Bossa
  • Lesson 33: Minor ii – V – i Guide Tone Licks
  • Lesson 34: Connecting Major ii – V – I and Minor ii – V – i Licks
  • Lesson 35: Applying Minor ii – V – i Lines To Your Other Jazz Standards
  • Lesson 36: The Relative Major/Minor Trick

Module 6: Spicing Up The Dominant 7th

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • How to make your soloing over Dominant 7th Chords more interesting
  • The importance of adding tension into your improvisations
  • How to use altered and diminished sounds over Dominant 7th harmonies

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 37: Considerations for Comping V7 Chords
  • Lesson 38: The Altered Scale
  • Lesson 39: Three Altered Licks
  • Lesson 40: The Diminished 7th Arpeggio & Licks
  • Lesson 41: Three Diminished Licks

Course Features:

  • Over 40 video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music
  • Over 9 hours of HD video included in the course
  • Optional feedback on YOUR playing as part of the curriculum (entirely up to you)
  • *NEW Feature* – Lifetime Access to all course materials
  • An online forum so you can connect with the other students participating in the course and get your questions answered
  • Eligibility for a certificate upon completion of the course
  • BONUS Course: Jazz Guitar Triads Soloing Course With Ant Law
  • And much much more…

Who this course is for:

Disclaimer: This course is NOT for everyone.

If you are a professional jazz guitarist with an established set list, and can already confidently improvise, then this course likely isn’t a good fit.

On the other hand, if you are a complete beginner at guitar (i.e., you’ve only been playing for a few weeks or a couple of months), this course definitely isn’t for you either.

But, if you’re an intermediate level guitarist, even if you haven’t tried jazz before, this course would be spot on.

If you’ve been struggling for years to have confidence and security in your improvisations, and have been frustrated with your lack of progress, and are confused about the process of how to improve your skills, then this course is for you.

Course Details:

Recommended Course Prerequisites:

  • How to read music notation. It’s not necessary to sight-read music, but it would make it easier for you if you can at least ‘limp’ through notation enough to be able to figure out the basic notes and rhythms. Note though that TAB will be provided for all the musical examples if you are more familiar with tablature.
  • Knowing where most of the notes are on the fretboard. Again there is no need for instant recognition, however, it would be beneficial if you have a way of working out what the names are.
  • Understanding of basic harmony: i.e. understanding of what a major chord, a minor chord and a dominant chord is. Note that beyond that, it’s not necessary to have any significant understanding of jazz theory – we’ll cover the essentials throughout the course.
  • This course is not suited for a complete beginner at guitar. It is for someone that has been playing guitar for a while, with an intermediate level technique, but is struggling to learn to improvise or play jazz on guitar.

 What You Will Need For The Course:

  • 1 hour per week to study the recorded lectures and accompanying materials
  • At least 45 minutes of practice time per day, at least 5 days a week
  • A way to record yourself for the feedback assessments that are part of the curriculum. This doesn’t need to be complicated – just recording yourself using your inbuilt computer microphone or using an iPhone or Android phone would be more than sufficient. Full instructions on how to record and upload videos to the course website are provided throughout the course.
  • A computer, or tablet connected to the Internet so you can view the video lessons and access the course content. You can access the course on a mobile phone, however the music might be a bit hard to read if it’s that tiny :) You’ll get the best experience on a computer or tablet.

 

 Course Duration:

  • 6 modules of material paced over 10 weeks.
  • There will be 3 weeks to work on 2 modules of material at a time, giving you a flexible learning schedule.

Course Assessment:

  • Every three weeks will have an assessment task, with a major assessment on the final week of the course to qualify for the certificate.

If you need to go on holiday during the 10 weeks:

  • Extensions for assignments are available on request if you want to still obtain the certificate for completing the course.
  • The course materials, including the videos, are all downloadable to your computer if you wish to review the material at a later date. *NEW Feature* – You now have lifetime access to the online version of the course materials, accessible from any device. .

 Tunes You’ll Learn:

Throughout the course, you’ll learn 5 of the most well known and loved jazz standards – which are some of the most commonly played ones at gigs and jam sessions:

  • Summertime
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Tune Up
  • Impressions
  • Blue Bossa

I chose these tunes because these feature the most common chord progressions in the jazz language. If you can improvise over the chord progressions in these tunes, you’ll be able to improvise over hundreds of other jazz standards!

30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is included in this course? Are the video lessons live, or pre-recorded?

The course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online, or download for later. You can watch the videos at any time that suits your schedule.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans.

At key points in the course, you have the opportunity to submit recorded examples of your playing (in either video or audio format), and get detailed and helpful feedback on how to progress.

For full details of the lessons included in all the modules of the course, click here.

What will this course help me achieve?

In this course, you’ll learn how to improvise confidently over the most common chord progressions of the jazz language. To do this, you’ll acquire authentic jazz vocabulary and learn how to apply it to the fretboard in a confident way.

The result – you’ll be comfortable taking a solo when someone asks you to, and you’ll be happy with how you sound. You’ll no longer get lost in the ‘fretboard maze’, and you’ll start to solo in a much more melodic way – rather than just ‘scientifically’ by applying a bunch of scales and arpeggios.

 

Are the video portions of the lessons downloadable? Will I be able to keep the course materials, including the diagrams and sheet music?

Yes! All the lesson materials, including the videos, are downloadable if you want to revisit the material at a later date at your own pace. For this release of the course I’ve also included Lifetime Access on the online version of the course materials, accessible on any device!

 

What if I need to go on holidays or a work trip during the course?

Don’t worry – extensions for assignments are available on request if you want to still obtain the certificate for completing the course. As mentioned above, the course materials, including the videos, are all downloadable to your computer if you wish to review the material at a later date, and there is lifetime access on the online version.

 

Do I need any special equipment to send in the videos of my playing for feedback and assignments?

You just need a webcam or inbuilt camera on your computer, or a smartphone to record video. The video doesn’t need to be super high quality, just a basic video you would get from e.g. a smartphone would be fine. Detailed instructions on how to record and upload videos are provided in the course.

What does my guitar skill level need to be for this course?

If you’re an intermediate level guitarist, this course would be a good fit for you. (Important note: It’s not necessary to have prior experience playing jazz for this course, but it would definitely help.) If you’ve been playing for at least a couple of years and have familiarity with basic chord shapes and scale patterns, then you’ll be fine. When I designed this course, I particularly had in mind a guitarist that may have been playing for some time but had never really gotten confident with improvisation or jazz skills, and was confused about how to learn it. If you resonate with this, then this course is definitely for you.

Is there any prior knowledge required in order to take the course?

There is some prerequisite knowledge that is recommended, but not compulsory. Click here for more details.

Do I need to know a lot about jazz theory in order to do the course?

No – beyond understanding what a major, minor and dominant chord is, it isn’t necessary to have more theory knowledge than that. We’ll cover the essentials you need to know throughout the course.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the course is a one-off payment of $97. Click here to purchase the course now>>

What is your refund policy?

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day 100% money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away.

What material does the course cover?

This course will walk you through learning to solo with single lines over 5 classic jazz standards, so you’ll end up with a solid set-list by the end of the course. Along the way, you’ll learn how to confidently solo over major and minor ii – V – I progressions, major, minor, and dominant chords, and more. You’ll also end up with a rock solid, logical system for navigating the fretboard as you improvise. Click here for more details about what the course covers.

I'm worried I won't have enough time in my schedule to do the course - Is there any flexibility in the pace of the course, or is the assignments/feedback on a rigid schedule?

I’ve designed the course to be a 10-week coaching program, comprising of 6 main modules. The tutorial videos and material will be released in 3 parts over the 10 week period. Every 3 weeks, there will be a short assignment to complete, with a final assignment in the last week of the course.

There will be periods throughout the course which will allow for consolidation of the material covered. For this course, I wanted a balance between the program being too rigid or too flexible in order to cater for people with busy schedules –  I’ve designed the course with these considerations in mind.

 

Do I need to be able to read music?

It’s not necessary to sight-read music, but it would make things easier for you if you can at least ‘limp’ through notation enough to be able to figure out the basic notes and rhythms. At any rate, TAB will be provided for all the musical examples.

Will beginners be able to participate in this course?

It depends on what you mean by ‘beginner’. If you’re a beginner at jazz – that should be ok, as long as you have the basics under your fingers of guitar playing in another style. But if you’re a complete beginner at guitar (i.e. have only been playing guitar a few weeks), then this course may not be the right fit for you.

I noticed you play with fingerstyle technique - do I need to know fingerstyle to do this course?

This course doesn’t require a particular technique for the plucking hand. You can use a pick, fingers, a combination, or your thumb like Wes Montgomery – whatever technique you are most comfortable with is fine by me.

Am I too old to be able to get better at jazz guitar and learn to improvise confidently?

You’re never too old to learn. Don’t talk yourself into that mindset. I have had an 84 year-old student take lessons with me and he went really well – so you’re likely still a spring chicken in my book!

What Recent Students Have Been Saying About The Course…

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!

“Let me tell you – this is an AMAZING course and I highly recommend it…”

 “Greg O’Rourke is an excellent teacher – a clear thinker, a really nice guy, encouraging and helpful. The course is designed in a way that brings REAL results for REAL people – using technology. I’d advise you that if you’re eligible and you’re up for the right requirements of this course – GO FOR IT!”

~ Alan Voss, Australia

 

“Greg is a dynamite player and I enjoyed his teaching style…”

 “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was a worthwhile investment of my time and money. Greg puts together a very good foundation of essential elements in manageable chunks. My ultimate goal was to play a few tunes with these new skill sets. These goals were met. With this foundation, I have more to improve and build upon after the course.”

~ Danny Yee, USA

 

“This material has definitely advanced my level of playing…”

 “Before doing the course, I had a lot of questions and issues with my jazz guitar improvisation. I was losing my place where I shouldn’t have been, and I was looking for something to close that gap. This course was really the right course to help with this. Greg does a wonderful job of teaching, he is very patient and very clear minded and clear with his lessons, they are very easy to follow.

I learned a tremendous amount and I got to see the others in the class also progressing at every level – whether beginner or advanced, we were all growing and getting something out of the course. It was a fantastic experience – it was well worth the effort and I’m glad I did it. I hope you have the opportunity to participate in it – I think you’ll enjoy it!”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

 

“Greg is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across…”

 

“If you all have loads of books that make no sense that you never use, Greg breaks it down and makes it useable. This is unlike any course you’ve ever been involved with, mainly because Greg is so good at explaining things that I now understand that I didn’t understand before. It’s a fabulous course and I highly recommend it.”

~ Mike Bryant, UK

“Greg has put together a really clear, well-designed curriculum, that makes a whole lot of sense…”

 

“I wanted to say a couple of things about how great the course was. It is well laid out, the video examples are great, the handouts that are provided are really useful. His concepts of the four pillars of jazz guitar improvisation (technique, fretboard knowledge, vocabulary, and play) are well woven throughout the course so that it really gives you a good grounding in what you’re doing.

There’s definitely a whole lot more to be learned and a whole lot more to do, but this was a wonderful way to start and I think everyone should give it a try. Thanks!”

~ Chip Carvell, USA

 

“The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was just the course I was looking for…”

 

“I was looking for something to help fill in the gaps when it came time to perform a jazz guitar solo.

The course provided plenty of exercises to help me hone my skills, and gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learned on complete songs. I would highly recommend this course.”

~ Rodney Harris Jr., USA

“I’m really happy with any cent, and any minute I’ve spent on this course…”

 “Hi Greg, I must tell you I’m very happy with the course. The philosophy of it (that improvisation means to play with vocabulary) was really eye-widening for me. I now see that there are just a handful of ingredients to create a well sounding solo. The lessons dealing with guide tone lines are a real breakthrough for me…Thanks a lot Greg!”

~ Bernhard Laabs, Germany

 

“I truly recommend this for someone who really wants to break through in their improvisation skills and also improve their confidence level.”

 “This course has helped me to be more confident in my playing, and there is now something ‘under my belt’ that I can now confidently use.”

~ Eugene Tse, Canada

 

“Greg has a wonderful way of presenting the material. It’s high energy, it’s infectious – he really enjoys what he does.”

 “Hi Greg, I wanted to thank you for your fantastic course, the Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation. I enjoyed it very much and heartily I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about how to improvise in a jazz style over standard songs.”

~ Angelo J., USA

 

“It worked extremely well…you learn to improvise on a higher level.”

 

~ Jürgen Schwibs, Germany

“I have acquired a greater jazz vocabulary and enhanced level of confidence and enjoyment in my playing.”

“Intensely studying, receiving individual feedback, and practicing the material presented in audio and visual form in Greg O’Rourke’s “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation” course I have come to look at jazz in terms of this quote from Greg himself: “If you’re an artist, it’s good to have a paint set with quite a few colors in it!”

The primary colors are the sound licks Greg describes as ‘vocabulary’ over the 10 week course of study. From that revelation I now picture and practice playing jazz as laying out a palette of colors, which I mix in variable quantities to create additional colors and hues.

All the material PDF’s and videos of the course can be downloaded to your computer.”

~ Larry Peyser, USA

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“I took a chance with Fret Dojo and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.”

“Trying to establish a strong jazz foundation has been difficult for me. I was tired of cobbling together disjointed lessons from all over creation. There are so many different lessons and hacks out there, some good but mostly not. I was spinning my wheels trying to curate my own curriculum while trying to learn jazz at the same time. What I really needed was a long-term structured course.

Greg designs this course so that you have clear guidance every step of the way. Everything I’ve learned from Fret Dojo is incredibly indispensable and it also consolidated my previously cobbled together nuggets of theory.”

~ Louis B., USA

 

“I would highly recommend Greg’s course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money.”

“I really do believe that Greg’s course on the ‘Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation’ helped me to further not only my playing skills in soloing but also to become a better performing musician on guitar in Jazz and other styles as well. Greg’s positive and informative approach to teaching is inspiring. His explanations are simple but are loaded with enough information to keep even the seasoned players building and adding to their skill set. His course is laid out in an easy to understand way that builds one concept on the other and gives his students a well-rounded understanding of navigating the fretboard and in speaking the language of Jazz through their playing.

I would highly recommend his course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money. I look forward to studying with Greg again in the future in more of his amazing courses. I Hope to see you there!”

~ Bryon Thompson,

(BMus from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.)

Working Musician, and Music Teacher.

 

“For years I struggled with learning to improvise. But then everything changed…

I know where you are now a the moment with your jazz guitar improvisation – frustrated that you’re not sounding great. Self-conscious about your ability, and you’re confused how to make all these scales and arpeggios you’re learning and practicing for hours on end actually sound like music.

Why do I know this? Because I was once in exactly the same place you are now.

About 15 years ago, I gave jazz guitar improvisation my first try. After having studied classical guitar for many years and reaching the highest levels in that style, learning jazz felt like starting from scratch again.

And I struggled. It felt like I was learning a new instrument. And it was made painfully obvious to me that, despite my rigorous years of classical training, I didn’t have any real deep knowledge on how to relate the music in my mind to my hands on the fretboard.

So I gave up jazz for about 10 years, but came back to it again about five years ago.

But then, things started to change.

I realized that it wasn’t my lack of ability that was the reason I was struggling with improvisation. It was the lack of a clear method and a step-by-step process that’s missing from most jazz guitar education.

Once I realized that, I started to develop a logical method for learning improvisation, based largely on my experience with language learning – rather than trying to improvise with a bunch of scale and arpeggio patterns. Once that happened, I was able to build my skills in improvisation incredibly quickly.

And you can do the same.

The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation online course is the course that I wish that I’d had all those many years ago when I first started trying to learn to improvise and actually sound good.

I’m so thrilled that I can offer you this online course that’s been years in the making – I believe it’s the ultimate shortcut to building your improvisation skills in the shortest possible time.”

~ Greg O’Rourke, BMus (Hons), ANU

 

Join The Course Now – Click Here:

Any questions about the course? Email [email protected] to get in touch.

*Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation – Book Now!*

“What if I told you that 80% of Guitarists are trying to learn Jazz Improvisation

COMPLETELY the WRONG WAY?”

 

There’s a better way to learn to improvise.

Let me show you the way that ACTUALLY WORKS…

Dear Friend,

If you desire that rare ability to be a confident, fearless jazz improviser on guitar, but want the ultimate shortcut to get there, then this letter will show you how.

Let me ask you:

When you go along to a jazz performance, do you ache to be able to improvise, just like those you’re watching on stage?

Do you get an uncomfortable feeling whenever anyone asks you to improvise a solo during your band rehearsal or at a gig, for fear of messing it up badly?

“Sorry man, rhythm guitar is more my thing…” Do you rely on the others in your group to take the solos, instead of you?

And are you wondering how to turn all the scales, arpeggios and complex theory of jazz you’re learning into something that vaguely sounds musical – instead of sounding like you’re just playing a boring bunch of scales and arpeggios?

But, just imagine for a moment:

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly gain the confidence you so desperately want in your jazz guitar improvisation skills?

Imagine busting out a great sounding solo in a jam session.

Imagine playing to your family and friends and connecting the music that’s in your mind effortlessly to your hands on the fretboard.

Here’s the thing:

There is a way. And it’s easier than you might think.

Improvisation isn’t just something that some people are good at and some people aren’t.

I can’t emphasize this enough:

Jazz Improvisation Is A Skill

That Can Be Learnt By ANY Guitarist.

I’m Going To Show You Exactly How.

Presenting the first ever A – Z guide to building a rock solid foundation for your jazz guitar improvisation skills:

My online course, The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation,  is a revolutionary step-by-step 10 week program in which you’ll learn how to improvise confidently and musically over five classic jazz standards – which feature the most common chord progressions of the jazz language.

This means you’ll be able to solo over hundreds of jazz standards just by learning these five tunes!

You’ll acquire authentic sounding jazz vocabulary and be able to navigate with it across the fretboard in a way more confident than ever before.

You’ll be fluent and more intentional in your soloing, and finally be able to keep up with the chord changes as you improvise.

You won’t sound like you’re just playing scales and arpeggios anymore – instead, you’ll be busting out hip sounding melodies spontaneously.

The result?

You won’t need to think so much when you improvise. Soloing will become an effortless, natural process – which is how it should be.

You’ll be comfortable taking a solo when someone asks you to.

You’ll be able to solo melodically – rather than just ‘scientifically’ applying a bunch of scales and arpeggios.

And – You’ll finally have the confidence YOU need to truly call yourself a “jazz guitarist.”

How awesome is that!

It’s Everything YOU Need for Hip Sounding Soloing: 

  • A rock solid approach for navigating the guitar fretboard in any key and any position
  • A detailed look at the most common jazz chord progressions and how to tackle improvising over them
  • Classic jazz lines from the master jazz players to build a rock solid vocabulary.
  • And it won’t be just boring exercises – you’re going to apply all this to 5 classic jazz standards that are some of the most commonly played tunes at jams and gigs.

 Meet Your Instructor:
Greg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU

– Professional Jazz Guitarist, and Founder of

fingerstyle-jazz-guitar-greg-orourke-fret-dojo“Hi, I’m Greg O’Rourke, founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today. I have over 6000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, and am now also an established author, with my book The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar that I collaborated on with my good buddy Matt Warnock becoming an international bestseller. My website has helped thousands of people improve their jazz guitar playing, and I’ve been featured on several high profile jazz guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes, and Takelessons.”

“Putting all that aside, what I love doing most is jazz improvisation on guitar, and teaching it to you guys.”

 

Check out one of Greg’s highly acclaimed Youtube performances on the video below:

Learning Jazz Guitar Improvisation Has Never Been This Easy:

Over 40 Video Lessons

9 Hours of pre-recorded video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music. Watch the video lessons anytime, from any device!

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Detailed Checklists and Progress Tracking

Every lesson includes a step-by-step checklist to keep your study and guitar practice on track.

Integrated Feedback

Regular opportunities to submit examples of your playing for feedback. Participate as much or as little as you like.

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Get Your Questions Answered

Get your burning questions answered by Greg and other senior students – so you can be confident you are practicing effectively.

Online Forum - Join A Supportive Community

Connect with your fellow students participating in the course across the world, so you can discuss the curriculum in a helpful and safe environment.

Certificate of Completion

Get official recognition for completing the course, by completing key milestones along the way.

Not just any old online course – this is an Interactive & Collaborative Training Program:

An issue I have with learning online is that often there’s no feedback on your playing.

But that’s where this course is different.

In addition to the detailed step-by-step pre-recorded video lessons, this course is unique in being a truly interactive experience with your instructor and your fellow students:

  • Ability to submit examples of your playing and get feedback (participate as much or as little as you like)
  • Post in the members only forum where you can discuss the course and have your questions answered 
  • Opportunity to build connections and friends with your fellow jazz guitar students all over the world

This Course is The Ultimate Foundation for your improvisation skills:

  • You’ll go from feeling frustrated and self-conscious about your playing to being confident and happy about your soloing.
  • You’ll go from feeling confused about how to improve to having clarity and direction on the step-by-step method to learning improvisation, using my unique Four Elements Framework.
  • And – you’ll go from being scared to play your jazz guitar to anyone to nailing it in any jam session or performance situation.

 

Let’s do this! 

Will This Course Work For You?

Here’s Proof…

Here are some of the many success stories from past students of this groundbreaking online course from all around the world:

“This course has exceeded my expectations.
It’s inspired me – and it’s
TRANSFORMED my playing.”

 

“I have to say that at first I was a little skeptical of Greg’s claims about the effectiveness of the course, but after having completed the course I would say that it is a remarkable undertaking he has accomplished. I would say that this course is a GAME CHANGER for an introduction to jazz guitar.

Greg is a master teacher, and it has been a pleasure to watch his videos and be encouraged by his gentle, encouraging style. Thumbs up Greg, thanks so much for such a fabulous course – it is such an achievement on your part.”

~ Josh Gordis, USA

“It’s kind of like when you first learn to play the guitar – and your progress is exponential.
It’s like that again.
I haven’t experienced that feeling for ages…”

 “This course is just absolutely brilliant in getting you to play and be musical. I can’t speak highly enough of this course. It’s changed my musical journey. I’m so excited with what I have now to build on over the next few years.

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

~ Paul Flynn, UK

“At the end of this 10-week course, I feel like I can say that I AM a jazz guitarist now…”

 “Prior to this course, I’ve been playing jazz guitar 2.5 years.

Before the course, I could noodle around the fretboard, used scales, but never learned jazz vocabulary and never even thought about it as a way to improve my improvisation skills on guitar.

I’ve learned so much vocabulary and so many skills to approaching soloing over a jazz standard. It was a really great community and a really great vibe, and I learned so much from this course.”

~ Angie O’Neill, Australian (living in Germany)

 

“This course is a model in how to effectively deliver visual, auditory and tactile e-learning content. I wish my Uni courses were like this!”

“I really liked Greg’s curriculum and how each lesson built on the previous one. Continuity and re-use were the strong points of Greg’s teaching style. Greg is a proper music teacher and not just some guy doing an info dump at a pace too advanced for the students. The use of the e-learning platform was excellent.

Also, Greg has a kind heart and it really shows in his commitment to his students. I feel privileged to have been part of the inaugural Jazz improvisation course at the Fret Dojo!“

~ Paul Platt, Australia

 

“I’ve participated in TWO 12 week courses with an internationally famous music university…I can safely say the investment in lessons with Greg has been worth more than 95% of all the other formal and informal education I’ve managed to derive for myself.”

 

“With a little bit of the right approach, one can achieve so much. 

I can wholly recommend that anybody who is really wanting to play jazz guitar and is struggling to get beyond “running scales” where I was, and instead start to really sound “jazzy” – this is the course for you.”

~ Gordon Hooper

Johannesburg, South Africa

What the Jazz Greats Are Saying About Greg:

Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable fingerstyle technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!

Howard Alden

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, howardalden.com

This is the online course I wish I’d had when I started trying to improve my improvisation skills.

 

  • “How do I use scales for soloing without sounding like an exercise?”

  • “How do I make my lines sound “jazzy”?”

  • “How can I avoid ‘theory overload paralysis’ and just play a great sounding solo?”

  • “At the moment jazz guitar improvisation to me is like when  you start a drawing or a painting –  I have a big blank canvas and I just don’t know where to start!“ 

These are the kinds of questions I get all the time about learning jazz improvisation on guitar.

Here’s the thing:

If you’re asking these questions, you’re trying to learn improvisation completely the wrong way.

It isn’t your fault though.

Although well intentioned, too many jazz guitar teachers mislead students when it comes to learning improvisation.

Too much emphasis is placed on scales, modes, boring exercises, and theory. ‘Use a Dorian mode for a iim7 chord’. “Then use a mixolydian scale for the V7 chord”. “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 learning jazz is very much like learning 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. What I mean here are short, jazzy sounding melodic phrases that form the basic building blocks of jazz vocabulary. Learn enough of these jazz ‘words’, and they will form jazz ‘sentences’ – and the right pathways for improvisation 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.

But that’s only one piece of the puzzle…

 

The critical failure point for most guitarists…

 

  • “How do I translate what I hear in my head to my fingers and guitar?”

I get this question a lot, too.

Are you fumbling about to find the notes that will sound good over each chord?

Are you struggling to keep up with the fast-moving chord changes of jazz as you attempt to improvise?

If so, there’s a clear reason for this:

You don’t really understand the guitar fretboard.

Or, you don’t know it well enough to use it in the heat of the moment during a solo.

Learning jazz licks and being creative with them is only one side of the coin. You also need to have a secure system for understanding the layout of the fretboard, in a way that makes sense for jazz. 

You need to have absolute security that the note you are playing at any given time is, in fact, the sound that you have in your mind at that moment.

Sounds tough to do? Here’s a little secret…

It’s not hard to learn how to do this. It’s actually EASY – you just need the right recipe, and a step-by-step method.

 

The Answer To Conquering Your Improvisation Struggles Is Here

My revolutionary course, The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation, is the answer you’ve been searching for – a roadmap for relating what you’re hearing in your head, to the sounds of the fretboard.

You’ll get a secure system for learning jazz vocabulary, but then, in addition to that, that crucial process of being able to relate that vocabulary to any fret position and any key on the fretboard.

The best part:

Once you establish these foundations, improvisation will become a natural process for you – and you’ll finally unlock your creative and expressive potential on the guitar.

 

I’ll be honest with you…

It took me years to work out how to do all this. But once I worked it all out, it was so simple.

And the step-by-step process contained in this course is the exact method I used to rapidly develop my improvisation skills. In fact, I wish I’d had this course all those years ago – it would have saved me HUGE amounts of time!

By doing this new course, you’ll have the blueprint to learning to improvise effortlessly on guitar, and establishing the rock-solid foundation for the improvisation skills you desperately need.

If you wanted a shortcut to learning to improvise on guitar, you’ve just found it.

 What Exactly Is Included In The Course?

I’m glad you asked!

This course runs for 10 weeks and covers 6 modules of material.

The program consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for later.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans – everything you need for your study!

At key points in the course, you have the opportunity to submit recorded examples of your playing so you can get detailed and helpful feedback on how to progress. Note though that this is entirely optional – you can get involved as much or as little as you like.

You also have lifetime access on all the materials – so even if you don’t complete the course in the ‘official’ 10 weeks, you’ll still be able to access all the course materials to go through at your own pace in the future.

Topics That Will Be Covered:

Click each of the blue bars below to find out what’s included in each module:

Module 1: First Steps

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • The key ingredients you need to be able to sound good when you improvise on guitar
  • How your mind really learns to improvise and what you may be doing wrong if you’re struggling
  • Despite what is commonly thought, jazz improvisation can be a lot easier than what people make it out to be 
  • How to learn jazz standards and licks, and tips for your practice sessions to help retain what you’ve learned.

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 1: What Jazz ‘Improvisation’ Actually Is
  • Lesson 2: How Your Brain Learns To Improvise
  • Lesson 3: The Four Elements Of Jazz Guitar Improvisation
  • Lesson 4: Jazz Improvisation Can Be Easy – Minor Blues Exercise
  • Lesson 5: Your First Set List Tune: Summertime
  • Lesson 6: How To Get Into A Good Practice Routine
  • Lesson 7: Four Minor Blues Licks
  • Lesson 8: Applying Minor Blues Licks to Summertime

Module 2: Navigate The Fretboard With Confidence

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • A rock-solid way to navigate the fretboard, so you hit the notes that sound great in your improvisations
  • How to analyze a jazz standard to understand how to improvise over it
  • How to learn licks so you’ll never forget them, and how to be more creative with them in your soloing
  • How to use a jazz standard’s melody line as material for improvising 

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 9: Cracking The Code With The CAGED System
  • Lesson 10: Improvisation with CAGED Scales
  • Lesson 11: New Set List Tune – Autumn Leaves
  • Lesson 12: Using Melodies In Improvisation
  • Lesson 13: Three Static Major Licks
  • Lesson 14: Minor Blues Licks Revisited

 

Module 3: Guide Tones - The Critical (And Often Missing) Ingredient

In this section you’re going to learn about: 

  • Why guide tones are so important for jazz improvisation
  • How to easily find guide tones on the fretboard as you improvise
  • The Major ii – V – I progression, the most important progression in jazz

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 15: The 3 Ways To Improvise
  • Lesson 16: Introducing The Major ii – V – I Progression
  • Lesson 17: Navigating The Fretboard With Chords
  • Lesson 18: Introduction to Guide Tone Voice Leading
  • Lesson 19: Major ii – V – i Comping in The CAGED Positions
  • Lesson 20: Major ii – V – i Guide Tone Licks
  • Lesson 21: New Set List Tune – Tune Up
  • Lesson 22: Applying Major ii – V – I Licks to Autumn Leaves
  • Lesson 23: More Ways To Be Creative With Jazz Licks
  • Lesson 24: Connecting Licks Together

Module 4: Modal Jazz

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • What modes are and how to use them
  • Easy ways to solo over modal jazz tunes
  • How to incorporate more bebop vocabulary into your improvisations

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 25: New Set List Tune – Impressions
  • Lesson 26: Soloing in Dorian Mode with CAGED
  • Lesson 27: Bebop Finger Patterns
  • Lesson 28: Incorporating Blues Sounds into Impressions
  • Lesson 29: Static Minor Licks
  • Lesson 30: Reusing Static Major & Major ii – V – I Licks on Impressions

Module 5: The Minor ii - V - i Progression

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • A simple approach to soloing over the Minor ii – V – I progression
  • How to connect Major ii – V – I and Minor ii – V – i ideas
  • How to use Major ideas over Minor (and vice versa)

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 31: The ‘Minor’ Fretboard
  • Lesson 32: New Set List Tune: Blue Bossa
  • Lesson 33: Minor ii – V – i Guide Tone Licks
  • Lesson 34: Connecting Major ii – V – I and Minor ii – V – i Licks
  • Lesson 35: Applying Minor ii – V – i Lines To Your Other Jazz Standards
  • Lesson 36: The Relative Major/Minor Trick

Module 6: Spicing Up The Dominant 7th

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • How to make your soloing over Dominant 7th Chords more interesting
  • The importance of adding tension into your improvisations
  • How to use altered and diminished sounds over Dominant 7th harmonies

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 37: Considerations for Comping V7 Chords
  • Lesson 38: The Altered Scale
  • Lesson 39: Three Altered Licks
  • Lesson 40: The Diminished 7th Arpeggio & Licks
  • Lesson 41: Three Diminished Licks

Course Features:

  • Over 40 video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music
  • Over 9 hours of HD video included in the course
  • Optional feedback on YOUR playing as part of the curriculum (entirely up to you)
  • *NEW Feature* – Lifetime Access to all course materials
  • An online forum so you can connect with the other students participating in the course and get your questions answered
  • Eligibility for a certificate upon completion of the course
  • And much much more…

Who this course is for:

Disclaimer: This course is NOT for everyone.

If you are a professional jazz guitarist with an established set list, and can already confidently improvise, then this course likely isn’t a good fit.

On the other hand, if you are a complete beginner at guitar (i.e., you’ve only been playing for a few weeks or a couple of months), this course definitely isn’t for you either.

But, if you’re an intermediate level guitarist, even if you haven’t tried jazz before, this course would be spot on.

If you’ve been struggling for years to have confidence and security in your improvisations, and have been frustrated with your lack of progress, and are confused about the process of how to improve your skills, then this course is for you.

Course Details:

Recommended Course Prerequisites:

  • How to read music notation. It’s not necessary to sight-read music, but it would make it easier for you if you can at least ‘limp’ through notation enough to be able to figure out the basic notes and rhythms. Note though that TAB will be provided for all the musical examples if you are more familiar with tablature.
  • Knowing where most of the notes are on the fretboard. Again there is no need for instant recognition, however, it would be beneficial if you have a way of working out what the names are.
  • Understanding of basic harmony: i.e. understanding of what a major chord, a minor chord and a dominant chord is. Note that beyond that, it’s not necessary to have any significant understanding of jazz theory – we’ll cover the essentials throughout the course.
  • This course is not suited for a complete beginner at guitar. It is for someone that has been playing guitar for a while, with an intermediate level technique, but is struggling to learn to improvise or play jazz on guitar.

 What You Will Need For The Course:

  • 1 hour per week to study the recorded lectures and accompanying materials
  • At least 45 minutes of practice time per day, at least 5 days a week
  • A way to record yourself for the feedback assessments that are part of the curriculum. This doesn’t need to be complicated – just recording yourself using your inbuilt computer microphone or using an iPhone or Android phone would be more than sufficient. Full instructions on how to record and upload videos to the course website are provided throughout the course.
  • A computer, or tablet connected to the Internet so you can view the video lessons and access the course content. You can access the course on a mobile phone, however the music might be a bit hard to read if it’s that tiny :) You’ll get the best experience on a computer or tablet.

 

 Course Duration:

  • 6 modules of material paced over 10 weeks.
  • There will be 3 weeks to work on 2 modules of material at a time, giving you a flexible learning schedule.

Course Assessment:

  • Every three weeks will have an assessment task, with a major assessment on the final week of the course to qualify for the certificate.

If you need to go on holiday during the 10 weeks:

  • Extensions for assignments are available on request if you want to still obtain the certificate for completing the course.
  • The course materials, including the videos, are all downloadable to your computer if you wish to review the material at a later date. *NEW Feature* – You now have lifetime access to the online version of the course materials, accessible from any device. .

 Tunes You’ll Learn:

Throughout the course, you’ll learn 5 of the most well known and loved jazz standards – which are some of the most commonly played ones at gigs and jam sessions:

  • Summertime
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Tune Up
  • Impressions
  • Blue Bossa

I chose these tunes because these feature the most common chord progressions in the jazz language. If you can improvise over the chord progressions in these tunes, you’ll be able to improvise over hundreds of other jazz standards!

30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is included in this course? Are the video lessons live, or pre-recorded?

The course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online, or download for later. You can watch the videos at any time that suits your schedule.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans.

At key points in the course, you have the opportunity to submit recorded examples of your playing (in either video or audio format), and get detailed and helpful feedback on how to progress.

For full details of the lessons included in all the modules of the course, click here.

What will this course help me achieve?

In this course, you’ll learn how to improvise confidently over the most common chord progressions of the jazz language. To do this, you’ll acquire authentic jazz vocabulary and learn how to apply it to the fretboard in a confident way.

The result – you’ll be comfortable taking a solo when someone asks you to, and you’ll be happy with how you sound. You’ll no longer get lost in the ‘fretboard maze’, and you’ll start to solo in a much more melodic way – rather than just ‘scientifically’ by applying a bunch of scales and arpeggios.

 

Are the video portions of the lessons downloadable? Will I be able to keep the course materials, including the diagrams and sheet music?

Yes! All the lesson materials, including the videos, are downloadable if you want to revisit the material at a later date at your own pace. For this release of the course I’ve also included Lifetime Access on the online version of the course materials, accessible on any device!

 

What if I need to go on holidays or a work trip during the course?

Don’t worry – extensions for assignments are available on request if you want to still obtain the certificate for completing the course. As mentioned above, the course materials, including the videos, are all downloadable to your computer if you wish to review the material at a later date, and there is lifetime access on the online version.

 

Do I need any special equipment to send in the videos of my playing for feedback and assignments?

You just need a webcam or inbuilt camera on your computer, or a smartphone to record video. The video doesn’t need to be super high quality, just a basic video you would get from e.g. a smartphone would be fine. Detailed instructions on how to record and upload videos are provided in the course.

What does my guitar skill level need to be for this course?

If you’re an intermediate level guitarist, this course would be a good fit for you. (Important note: It’s not necessary to have prior experience playing jazz for this course, but it would definitely help.) If you’ve been playing for at least a couple of years and have familiarity with basic chord shapes and scale patterns, then you’ll be fine. When I designed this course, I particularly had in mind a guitarist that may have been playing for some time but had never really gotten confident with improvisation or jazz skills, and was confused about how to learn it. If you resonate with this, then this course is definitely for you.

Is there any prior knowledge required in order to take the course?

There is some prerequisite knowledge that is recommended, but not compulsory. Click here for more details.

Do I need to know a lot about jazz theory in order to do the course?

No – beyond understanding what a major, minor and dominant chord is, it isn’t necessary to have more theory knowledge than that. We’ll cover the essentials you need to know throughout the course.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the course is a one-off payment of $147. Click here to purchase the course now>>

What is your refund policy?

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day 100% money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away.

What material does the course cover?

This course will walk you through learning to solo with single lines over 5 classic jazz standards, so you’ll end up with a solid set-list by the end of the course. Along the way, you’ll learn how to confidently solo over major and minor ii – V – I progressions, major, minor, and dominant chords, and more. You’ll also end up with a rock solid, logical system for navigating the fretboard as you improvise. Click here for more details about what the course covers.

I'm worried I won't have enough time in my schedule to do the course - Is there any flexibility in the pace of the course, or is the assignments/feedback on a rigid schedule?

I’ve designed the course to be a 10-week coaching program, comprising of 6 main modules. The tutorial videos and material will be released in 3 parts over the 10 week period. Every 3 weeks, there will be a short assignment to complete, with a final assignment in the last week of the course.

There will be periods throughout the course which will allow for consolidation of the material covered. For this course, I wanted a balance between the program being too rigid or too flexible in order to cater for people with busy schedules –  I’ve designed the course with these considerations in mind.

 

Do I need to be able to read music?

It’s not necessary to sight-read music, but it would make things easier for you if you can at least ‘limp’ through notation enough to be able to figure out the basic notes and rhythms. At any rate, TAB will be provided for all the musical examples.

Will beginners be able to participate in this course?

It depends on what you mean by ‘beginner’. If you’re a beginner at jazz – that should be ok, as long as you have the basics under your fingers of guitar playing in another style. But if you’re a complete beginner at guitar (i.e. have only been playing guitar a few weeks), then this course may not be the right fit for you.

I noticed you play with fingerstyle technique - do I need to know fingerstyle to do this course?

This course doesn’t require a particular technique for the plucking hand. You can use a pick, fingers, a combination, or your thumb like Wes Montgomery – whatever technique you are most comfortable with is fine by me.

Am I too old to be able to get better at jazz guitar and learn to improvise confidently?

You’re never too old to learn. Don’t talk yourself into that mindset. I have had an 84 year-old student take lessons with me and he went really well – so you’re likely still a spring chicken in my book!

What Recent Students Have Been Saying About The Course…

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!

“Let me tell you – this is an AMAZING course and I highly recommend it…”

 “Greg O’Rourke is an excellent teacher – a clear thinker, a really nice guy, encouraging and helpful. The course is designed in a way that brings REAL results for REAL people – using technology. I’d advise you that if you’re eligible and you’re up for the right requirements of this course – GO FOR IT!”

~ Alan Voss, Australia

 

“Greg is a dynamite player and I enjoyed his teaching style…”

 “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was a worthwhile investment of my time and money. Greg puts together a very good foundation of essential elements in manageable chunks. My ultimate goal was to play a few tunes with these new skill sets. These goals were met. With this foundation, I have more to improve and build upon after the course.”

~ Danny Yee, USA

 

“This material has definitely advanced my level of playing…”

 “Before doing the course, I had a lot of questions and issues with my jazz guitar improvisation. I was losing my place where I shouldn’t have been, and I was looking for something to close that gap. This course was really the right course to help with this. Greg does a wonderful job of teaching, he is very patient and very clear minded and clear with his lessons, they are very easy to follow.

I learned a tremendous amount and I got to see the others in the class also progressing at every level – whether beginner or advanced, we were all growing and getting something out of the course. It was a fantastic experience – it was well worth the effort and I’m glad I did it. I hope you have the opportunity to participate in it – I think you’ll enjoy it!”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

 

“Greg is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across…”

 

“If you all have loads of books that make no sense that you never use, Greg breaks it down and makes it useable. This is unlike any course you’ve ever been involved with, mainly because Greg is so good at explaining things that I now understand that I didn’t understand before. It’s a fabulous course and I highly recommend it.”

~ Mike Bryant, UK

“Greg has put together a really clear, well-designed curriculum, that makes a whole lot of sense…”

 

“I wanted to say a couple of things about how great the course was. It is well laid out, the video examples are great, the handouts that are provided are really useful. His concepts of the four pillars of jazz guitar improvisation (technique, fretboard knowledge, vocabulary, and play) are well woven throughout the course so that it really gives you a good grounding in what you’re doing.

There’s definitely a whole lot more to be learned and a whole lot more to do, but this was a wonderful way to start and I think everyone should give it a try. Thanks!”

~ Chip Carvell, USA

 

“The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was just the course I was looking for…”

 

“I was looking for something to help fill in the gaps when it came time to perform a jazz guitar solo.

The course provided plenty of exercises to help me hone my skills, and gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learned on complete songs. I would highly recommend this course.”

~ Rodney Harris Jr., USA

“I’m really happy with any cent, and any minute I’ve spent on this course…”

 “Hi Greg, I must tell you I’m very happy with the course. The philosophy of it (that improvisation means to play with vocabulary) was really eye-widening for me. I now see that there are just a handful of ingredients to create a well sounding solo. The lessons dealing with guide tone lines are a real breakthrough for me…Thanks a lot Greg!”

~ Bernhard Laabs, Germany

 

“I truly recommend this for someone who really wants to break through in their improvisation skills and also improve their confidence level.”

 “This course has helped me to be more confident in my playing, and there is now something ‘under my belt’ that I can now confidently use.”

~ Eugene Tse, Canada

 

“Greg has a wonderful way of presenting the material. It’s high energy, it’s infectious – he really enjoys what he does.”

 “Hi Greg, I wanted to thank you for your fantastic course, the Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation. I enjoyed it very much and heartily I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about how to improvise in a jazz style over standard songs.”

~ Angelo J., USA

 

“It worked extremely well…you learn to improvise on a higher level.”

 

~ Jürgen Schwibs, Germany

“I have acquired a greater jazz vocabulary and enhanced level of confidence and enjoyment in my playing.”

“Intensely studying, receiving individual feedback, and practicing the material presented in audio and visual form in Greg O’Rourke’s “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation” course I have come to look at jazz in terms of this quote from Greg himself: “If you’re an artist, it’s good to have a paint set with quite a few colors in it!”

The primary colors are the sound licks Greg describes as ‘vocabulary’ over the 10 week course of study. From that revelation I now picture and practice playing jazz as laying out a palette of colors, which I mix in variable quantities to create additional colors and hues.

All the material PDF’s and videos of the course can be downloaded to your computer.”

~ Larry Peyser, USA

[email protected]

 

“I took a chance with Fret Dojo and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.”

“Trying to establish a strong jazz foundation has been difficult for me. I was tired of cobbling together disjointed lessons from all over creation. There are so many different lessons and hacks out there, some good but mostly not. I was spinning my wheels trying to curate my own curriculum while trying to learn jazz at the same time. What I really needed was a long-term structured course.

Greg designs this course so that you have clear guidance every step of the way. Everything I’ve learned from Fret Dojo is incredibly indispensable and it also consolidated my previously cobbled together nuggets of theory.”

~ Louis B., USA

 

“I would highly recommend Greg’s course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money.”

“I really do believe that Greg’s course on the ‘Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation’ helped me to further not only my playing skills in soloing but also to become a better performing musician on guitar in Jazz and other styles as well. Greg’s positive and informative approach to teaching is inspiring. His explanations are simple but are loaded with enough information to keep even the seasoned players building and adding to their skill set. His course is laid out in an easy to understand way that builds one concept on the other and gives his students a well-rounded understanding of navigating the fretboard and in speaking the language of Jazz through their playing.

I would highly recommend his course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money. I look forward to studying with Greg again in the future in more of his amazing courses. I Hope to see you there!”

~ Bryon Thompson,

(BMus from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.)

Working Musician, and Music Teacher.

 

“For years I struggled with learning to improvise. But then everything changed…

I know where you are now a the moment with your jazz guitar improvisation – frustrated that you’re not sounding great. Self-conscious about your ability, and you’re confused how to make all these scales and arpeggios you’re learning and practicing for hours on end actually sound like music.

Why do I know this? Because I was once in exactly the same place you are now.

About 15 years ago, I gave jazz guitar improvisation my first try. After having studied classical guitar for many years and reaching the highest levels in that style, learning jazz felt like starting from scratch again.

And I struggled. It felt like I was learning a new instrument. And it was made painfully obvious to me that, despite my rigorous years of classical training, I didn’t have any real deep knowledge on how to relate the music in my mind to my hands on the fretboard.

So I gave up jazz for about 10 years, but came back to it again about five years ago.

But then, things started to change.

I realized that it wasn’t my lack of ability that was the reason I was struggling with improvisation. It was the lack of a clear method and a step-by-step process that’s missing from most jazz guitar education.

Once I realized that, I started to develop a logical method for learning improvisation, based largely on my experience with language learning – rather than trying to improvise with a bunch of scale and arpeggio patterns. Once that happened, I was able to build my skills in improvisation incredibly quickly.

And you can do the same.

The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation online course is the course that I wish that I’d had all those many years ago when I first started trying to learn to improvise and actually sound good.

I’m so thrilled that I can offer you this online course that’s been years in the making – I believe it’s the ultimate shortcut to building your improvisation skills in the shortest possible time.”

~ Greg O’Rourke, BMus (Hons), ANU

 

Join The Course Now – Click Here:

Any questions about the course? Email [email protected] to get in touch.

Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar

Double Your Top Speed, Command Your Coordination, and Walk The Path to Effortless Guitar Mastery with the 
revolutionary online course:

“Fast Lane”

The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar 

It’s time to take your technique up a gear…

Double Your Top Speed, Command Your Coordination, and Walk The Path to Effortless Guitar Mastery with the
revolutionary online course:

“Fast Lane”

The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar

It’s time to take your technique up a gear…

Dear Friend,

If you want to know the fast path to developing rock solid technique on guitar whilst halving the time you spend in the practice room to get there, this letter will show you how.

Quick question:

When it comes to guitar technique, are you (metaphorically speaking) driving a Lamborghini?

Or… a lemon?

Here’s the thing:

Having good guitar technique is just like having a finely tuned sports car. There are no misfires, you can handle any twists and turns in the music that’s thrown at you, and your top speed is as fast as you’re ever going to need it.

 But this is the whole problem…

Too often, the bottleneck to a guitar student’s progress is technique roadblocks.

There’s no doubt about it:

If you can’t change chords quickly, play lines at fast tempos, or pick accurately without missing notes, you’ll find that your guitar journey will quickly come to a grinding halt.

But Just Imagine This:

Imagine for a moment what it would feel like to have technique like Joe Pass, Pat Martino, or Mike Stern?

You wouldn’t have any irritating obstacles to your creativity.

Your music would start to naturally flow, completely uninhibited by the practical aspects of playing your instrument.

You would be able to confidently play to your family and friends, effortlessly connecting the music in your mind to your hands on the fretboard – without obstacles “tripping you up” all the time.

That would be wonderful – wouldn’t it?

Guess what:

There IS a Way

To Get To This Point

In Your Playing.

I’m Going To Show You Exactly How.

The solution is not by practicing endless drills for hours on end, hoping that you’ll get some result years down the track.

There’s a much faster way:

Once you know the “mechanics” as to how your brain learns and refines skills, you can make dramatic improvements in your technique – just by knowing a few simple rules and applying them to the way you practice.

So let me ask you:

  • Are you tired of having a “butterfingers” guitar technique, and want to learn how to supercharge your accuracy on the fretboard?
  • Are you fed up with struggling to keep up with fast moving chord charts, and instead want to have that “Lamborghini” technique I was talking about?
  • Simply put – do you want to command the guitar, and be its master – so you can focus more on the music rather than on your fingers?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then look no further my friend – what I’m about to show you will completely transform your guitar playing.

Here it is:

Presenting the first ever A – Z guide to building a rock solid, effortless,
and FAST Guitar Technique.

My new online course, Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar,  is a revolutionary step-by-step program in which you’ll learn the secrets of playing fast, playing effortlessly, and developing rock-solid coordination.

Informed by the practice habits of some of the worlds most virtuosic musicians, this course has been designed from the ground up to give you the essential exercises and approaches for quickly supercharging your technical skills on the guitar so you can finally unlock your musical potential – and be a force to be reckoned with on the bandstand.

 

Here’s what YOU will be able to do as a result of this course: 

  • Quickly develop your picking speed – nail those double-time licks and difficult phrases with ease
  • Change chords fluidly and navigate the length of the fretboard without missing a note – all while keeping up with the rest of the band
  • Get the security and fluidity you need for those dastardly fast tempo tunes that are the “bread and butter” of jam sessions
  • Develop effortless coordination and finger independence in the fretting hand with ease
  • Bonus: Get a complete toolkit of chordal techniques you need to play chord melody and solo guitar
  • Pick, fingerstyle and hybrid approaches are covered in detail in this new course – learn them all or just focus on what suits your playing the most
  • Extend your coordination and agility in both hands with a concise set of exercises that will get you rapid results with just 10 minutes practice a day

Some of the tips inside this course include: 

  • How the hit TV show Seinfeld’s George Costanza holds the secret for you reaching ultra-fast picking speed. (Remember his “do-the-opposite” theory? It’s time to put that into practice.)
  • The missing link nearly all guitar students fail to realize when they are trying to “train their fingers” to build speed and coordination. (Hint: there’s a much more direct – and easy – path to take if you know this secret.)
  • How a virtuoso Australian jazz trumpeter holds the secret of improving your guitar technique with less practice – not more. (Leverage your inborn natural abilities and access the parts of your brain that you never realised existed – UNTIL NOW…)
  • The counter-intuitive approach to structuring your guitar practice so you’ll dramatically improve your technique while vacuuming your house or taking the dog for a walk. (I know it sounds crazy, but I’m serious – this really does work.)
  • The weird secret Olympic athletes know that could take your technique from novice to an expert in record time. (Cutting edge research you can use from countless studies to get immediate results. Elite athletes have known this all along. It’s madness no one has applied this to guitar – until now.)
  • The 3 things most guitar students get wrong about their technique that dooms them to failure before they even start. (Don’t allow yourself to make these mistakes that are, unfortunately, very very easy to make.)
  • The strangely useful knowledge of Sigmund Freud that will give you a clear framework for structuring your technique practice. (Whether you’re a fan of Freud or not, one thing he mentioned could completely transform your approach to jazz guitar practice – and HALVE the practice time you need to get results.)
  • The easy way to approach building your technique using my innovative “Technique Triangle” system (We’ve deconstructed technique into 3 easy to understand “sides” – knowing what these are will eliminate the confusion and all those unnecessary exercises that are a waste of precious practice time.)
  • How to cut out 90% of the time devoted to your technique practice and, unbelievably, get DOUBLE the results. (Hint: The key is knowing what to focus on, in the correct order – and not getting distracted by all that useless stuff.)
  • The techniques used by famous actors and directors (that most NOVICE musicians are oblivious to) in order to routinely deliver stellar performances, even in high pressure situations. (You can use this in the recording studio, performing in front of people or just by yourself. When I first found out about this one, it changed the way I approached playing guitar forever.)
  • What most virtuoso electric guitarists know about increasing picking speed (that many guitarists are too often clueless about), and the tricks you need to steal from them. (Ever wondered how those guys can play so damn fast? We’ll reveal all you need to know.)
  • Why those huge books full of hundreds of boring technical drills can not only be a waste of time, but even cause your technique to go backward. (Hint: Improving your technique requires you to focus on less exercises and drills, not more – but only if you’re focusing on the most important ones – like the exercises in this new course.)
  • The way to increase your top picking speed IMMEDIATELY with a counterintuitive, but incredibly effective practice approach – that takes only 5 minutes a day. (This “foolproof” method quickly worked wonders for myself and many of my students around the world).

And…

  • A concise set of essential exercises that are guaranteed to double your speed, improve your coordination, and make your playing fluid, effortless, and EASY like never before. (Even with only 10 minutes practice per day.)

The time is ripe to develop your guitar technique in a way you never thought possible. Let’s make this happen!

Special Offer: Bonus Course
For Launch Week Only!

Sign up now to get this **BONUS** Course at no extra charge (Limited Time Offer):

 Minor Doubletime Lines Deep Dive:

With Fast Lane Co-Instructor Stuart King

Ever wanted to learn how to improvise in the style of Pat Martino and his incredible doubletime phrases? This course will show you everything you need to know.

Get this extra course for FREE if you sign up before the time runs out!

 

Meet Your Instructors:

Instructor #1 (Fingerstyle Expert): 

Greg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU

– Professional Guitarist, and Founder of

fingerstyle-jazz-guitar-greg-orourke-fret-dojo“Hi, I’m Greg O’Rourke, founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today. I have over 6000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, and am now also an established author, with my book The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar that I collaborated on with my good buddy Matt Warnock becoming an international bestseller. My website has helped thousands of people improve their guitar playing, and I’ve been featured on several high profile guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes and Takelessons.”

“I love sharing my knowledge about what I’ve learned from over 30 years in the industry as a performer and teacher”. 

Check out one of Greg’s highly acclaimed Youtube performances on the video below:

Instructor #2: (Plectrum/Hybrid Expert):

Stuart King, BMus (ANU)

– Nationally Acclaimed Pro Guitarist

Stuart King is a guitarist and composer with over 25 years experience as a performer in an array of settings ranging from classical and contemporary through to jazz.

Stuart graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music in 2005. Since then, Stuart has worked as a freelance musician and performs regularly as a bandleader, sideman, session guitarist and featured soloist.

Stuart has performed in jazz groups, musical theatre productions, symphony orchestras and rock bands, playing with leading musicians at gigs and festivals around Australia.

In 2016, Stuart released his debut album ‘Qualia’ (which Greg co-produced and also played on) comprising of original compositions which have been featured and broadcast nationally on ABC Jazz radio.

Greg has brought Stuart on as a special collaborator of this course due to his supreme skill with plectrum and hybrid styles – simply put, Stuart is one of the fastest guitarists in Australia.

Check out one of Stuart’s tasty performance of Midnight Blue on the video below:

 

Mastering Guitar Technique Has Never Been This Easy:

Over 50 Video Lessons

10 Hours of pre-recorded video lessons with backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music. Watch the video lessons anytime, from any device!

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Detailed Checklists

Every lesson includes a step-by-step checklist to keep your study and guitar practice on track.

*Lifetime Access*

Special offer: Join the course now and access the materials as long as you need them!

This course is the missing link standing between you and TOTAL technical mastery on guitar:

  • You’ll go from feeling uncomfortable with anything approaching moderately fast tempos to having rapid fire scales at your disposal
  • You’ll go from having that “butterfingers” feeling in your hands to having complete, dependable control of your instrument.
  • You’ll go from feeling tense and rigid when you play to having a well-oiled technique “machine”, giving you a sense of freedom and effortlessness you need for guitar playing

And…

  • You’ll have the key that will unlock your musical potential on the instrument.

Let’s do this!   

Advance Praise of Fast Lane, from Students Worldwide:

“I’m playing faster, but more importantly I’m playing with better articulation, clarity, and coordination…”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and loved the lessons – each has clear purpose and moves your technique forward. I’m playing faster, but more importantly I’m playing with better articulation, clarity, and coordination… Even at slower tempos the lines I’m executing are tighter, and telling a better story. I would recommend this course for anyone. In fact, I wish I’d got this sort of training when I was more of a beginner player – I would have developed better technique right from the jump.”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

“We got the “Fast Track” to our new levels of playing facility, using your combined decades of experience…

“Greg and Stu, I really enjoyed your Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar course. We were presented with a treasure trove of living examples of the common problems guitarists face, and the ways to overcome them. We got the “Fast Track” to our new levels of playing facility, using your combined decades of experience. Thanks for a top course and please keep up the good work!”

~ Lou Farina, Australia 

“I really benefited from this course, and I think it is really worth the money I spent.”

“Before doing the course, I was aware that my technique wasn’t good enough – I lacked speed, unable to play higher than 90 BPM, which is not fast enough for jazz. The Fast Lane course is very comprehensive, systematic, and offers a a lot of opportunities to improve. I really benefited from this course, and I think it is really worth the money I spent.”

~ Thomas Maurer, Switzerland

What the Greats Are Saying About

Greg O’Rourke & Stuart King: 

“Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable finger style technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!”

Howard Alden

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, howardalden.com

“One of the year’s highlights was the recording from Canberra based guitarist Stuart King. Fine playing and compositions and I look forward to what comes next.” 

Mal Stanley

Music Producer and Radio Presenter for Jazztrack, ABC Jazz

Tell Me – What Exactly Is Included In The Course?

I’m glad you asked!

This course includes lifetime access – so you can go at completely your own pace. It covers 8 modules of material on all aspects of technical development for guitarists.

This course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for offline viewing.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans – everything you need for your study!

Topics That Will Be Covered:

Click each of the blue boxes below to find out what’s included in each module:  

Module 1: Core Principles To Supercharging Your Technique

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

The relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, and how this holds the secret to your rapid technical improvement on the guitar

  • How to structure your technique practice to get maximum results with a minimum of effort
  • An overview of our innovative “Technique Triangle” System, so you understand how to break up your technique practice into manageable, easy to understand components

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 1: How NOT To Practice Technique – And What You Need To Do Instead
  • Lesson 2: The Technique Triangle
  • Lesson 3: It’s Not What You Practice, but How 

Module 2: Choose Your Path: Plectrum, Fingerstyle or Hybrid

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • Detailed how-to guides on establishing rock-solid technique in your preferred picking style (or the one that you want to learn most about)
  • Expert instruction on correct arm & hand placement and picking motion
  • How to navigate string crossing and string skipping with razor-sharp accuracy
  • How to build picking speed using simple exercises
  • (Note: feel free to study all of the following lessons or just the section that suits your playing style)

Lessons in Module:

Option 1: Plectrum Fundamentals

  • Lesson 4: Introduction To Effective Plectrum Technique
  • Lesson 5: Alternate Picking Primer
  • Lesson 6: Introduction to Plectrum ‘Sprinting’
  • Lesson 7: String Crossing and String Skipping Made Easy
  • Lesson 8: Core Exercise: Alternate Picking Arpeggios

Option 2: Fingerstyle Secrets

  • Lesson 9: Introduction To Fingerstyle Technique – A Chord Melody Player’s Dream
  • Lesson 10: Fingerstyle Picking Basics
  • Lesson 11: Fingerstyle String Crossing & String Skipping For Accuracy
  • Lesson 12: Using The Thumb In Fingerstyle

Option 3: Hybrid Technique (Pick + Fingers Combined)

  • Lesson 13: Hybrid Picking Basics Overview
  • Lesson 14: Where Hybrid Can Be Useful for Plectrum Players 

Module 3: Multiple String Exercises

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • How to play simultaneous notes accurately over multiple strings
  • How to supercharge your comping with intricate picking patterns
  • A little-known exercise that will quickly transform your coordination and accuracy for your picking hand

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 15: Picking Over Multiple Strings
  • Lesson 16: Hybrid/Fingerstyle Blues Comping
  • Lesson 17: Core Exercise For Multiple Strings: “The Epic” (Plectrum)
  • Lesson 18: Core Exercise For Multiple Strings: “The Brazil” (Fingerstyle/Hybrid)
  • Lesson 19: Core Exercise: Open Voice Triads – “The Metheny”

Module 4: Fretting Hand Foundations

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • The secrets to effortless, agile fretting hand technique
  • How to build coordination and finger independence in the fretting hand
  • Muting techniques for crystal clean articulation
  • Practical exercises to reduce tension and increase freedom of movement in the fretting hand
  • Simple tricks to make your chord changing easy and effortless

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 20: Fretting Hand Technique Fundamentals Intro
  • Lesson 21: Single Note Coordination Exercises
  • Lesson 22: Muting Techniques
  • Lesson 23: String Muting Core Exercise: “The Funk Bunk”
  • Lesson 24: Resolving Tension in the fingers
  • Lesson 25: The “Whisper” Technique
  • Lesson 26: Chord Changing Made Easy

Module 5: Position Shifting and Legato Techniques

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • The unconventional tricks to developing rock-solid accuracy when changing positions on the fretboard
  • Wes Montgomery’s famous “octave’s technique” – and how this can double up as an excellent position shifting study
  • A complete guide to legato playing: hammer-ons, pull-offs,  and combinations of both

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 27: Position Shifting Exercises
  • Lesson 28: Core Exercise: Intervallic Position Shifts
  • Lesson 29: Core Exercise: “The Wes” – Octave Position Shift Study
  • Lesson 30: Legato Playing Introduction
  • Lesson 31: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs Concise Exercises
  • Lesson 32: Legato Exercise: Look Ma! No Pick!
  • Lesson 33: Core Exercise – The “Slippery Sally” Legato Workout

Module 6: Now We’re Getting Serious - Technique To The “Next Level”

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • How to build upon the foundation created in the previous modules to reach dizzying technical heights on the guitar
  • Fun exercises to develop “clockwork” synchronization between both hands
  • Extended finger independence and fretting hand coordination workouts
  • A deep dive into sweep picking technique for plectrum players

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 34: Introduction To Synchronization Exercises
  • Lesson 35: 2 & 3 Note Per String Synchronization
  • Lesson 36: Synchronization While Crossing & Skipping Strings
  • Lesson 37: Synchronization With Legato & Position Shifts
  • Lesson 38: Core Synchronization Exercise: “Three Note Thriller”
  • Lesson 39: Core Exercise: “The Spider”
  • Lesson 40: Basic Sweep Picking Technique
  • Lesson 41: Sweep Picking – Developing More Control
  • Lesson 42: Core Exercise: “The Modulator”

Module 7: Breaking The Speed Barrier

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • The way to increase your top picking speed immediately with a counterintuitive, but incredibly effective practice approach
  • A review of how the subconscious mind “does the work for you” when it comes to speed development, and other psychological shortcuts
  • Case studies of licks and phrases from guitar masters and how to practice them to dramatically increase the top speed that’s playable

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 43: Secrets To Speed Building You Probably Didn’t Know About
  • Lesson 44: Think Fast, Play Fast
  • Lesson 45: Less Is More (The “Chunking” Technique & Tremolo)
  • Lesson 46: Core Exercise: “The Speed Of Sound” Technique
  • Lesson 47: Case Studies: Breaking The Speed Limit – Examples from Guitar Masters

Module 8: Refining Your Technique And Next Steps

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • How to condense everything you’ve learned into the course into a concise technical routine, which you can practice in only 10 minutes a day.
  • How to extend your technique on the exercises you’ve already learned with advanced approaches
  • An outline of the next steps to take for your technical development on guitar

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 48: Building Your “Pre-Shot” Routine With the FretDojo Core Technique Exercises
  • Lesson 49: Taking Your Guitar Technique To The Next Level
  • Lesson 50: Wrap Up & Where To From Here

Course Features:

✅ Over 50 video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music

✅ Over 10 hours of video included in the course

✅ Lifetime Access on all course materials

 Who this course is for:

This course is suitable for all levels of ability on guitar – good technique is one of those things that applies to all players.

We’ll start right with the basics on the core motion of the fingers that comprises good technique, and we build on that foundation to develop your speed, coordination, with exercises that go all the way from rudimentary to a highly advanced level.

Regardless of what level you come into the course with, you’ll find a complete pathway to get into an advanced technical stage. Remember though that even if you’re a more advanced player, assessing that the “mechanics” of your hands are working well is a very important step to taking your technique to the next level – so you save yourself the work of having to change it later on.

So, we recommend that all guitarists, regardless of level, go through the foundational levels of the course to make sure that your technique is working correctly in a way that will facilitate more advanced development later on.

Anyway here’s the deal: I’m offering this incredible opportunity to completely transform, to supercharge your guitar skills, all for the one low price of $97:  

30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the boxes below to reveal the answers to any questions you might have about this exciting new course:

How long do I get access to this course for? Is it lifetime access?

Yes –  by purchasing enrolment to this course, you’ll get lifetime access to the course materials. We have designed the course in this way because no two people are the same when it comes to the duration of time it takes to develop technique, so we wanted to allow all participants to have permanent, ongoing access to the course materials so that they can develop their technique on a schedule that suits them.  

I want to play fingerstyle solo guitar style - will this be covered in the course?

Yes! Both Greg and Stuart have had many years experience playing solo guitar and chord melody, and this course will show you the shortcuts to mastering fingerstyle technique if you’re interested going down that path. (By the way, we also have full modules on plectrum technique and hybrid picking as well, to suit all interests). 

Do I need any special equipment to participate?

No – all you need is a computer or a device like an iPad or mobile phone with Internet access to access the course. 

I’ve noticed Greg only plays fingerstyle in his videos - will picking with a plectrum be covered in the course as well?

Yes, as well as fingerstyle, plectrum techniques will be fully covered in this course – Stuart King is an expert in plectrum technique. We have designed this course to cater for all styles of picking. We also have included lessons on hybrid playing as well – where you combine fingerstyle and picking techniques in one. Pretty cool huh? 

Can you run this course on my iPad or mobile phone, or is it just for a desktop computer?

The course will work perfectly on a desktop computer or an iPad or any other tablet with access to the Internet. You can still access the course content with a mobile phone, but the easiest way to use the course would be through a computer or tablet (e.g. sometimes it’s difficult to read the TAB for the exercises on a small mobile phone screen.) 

I play more blues and rock - will this benefit my technique for other styles as well as Jazz?

Yes! Most of my website readers are interested in jazz, which is why this course has a jazz sound to some of the exercises. However, the core techniques outlined in this course are the same regardless of whatever style you play, so would still be incredibly beneficial if you have interests other than jazz. 

I’m not very good with computers. Would it be too difficult to learn how to use this course?

Don’t worry – navigating the course on your computer is easy and intuitive.  I have had hundreds of students participate in FretDojo Academy courses, and many of those students only have rudimentary computer skills but have still managed to use my courses just fine.

Am I too old to get better at my technique?

As long as you’re alive, you can get better at guitar technique.

The reason: It’s been proven that the brain continues to grow new neurons and make new neural connections every single day of your life. Although it might be slightly faster for a younger person to develop technique than an older person, you can definitely still make fabulous progress regardless of your age. Try not to get into the mindset that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” – that is rubbish. If you believe that, then you won’t maximize your full potential on the guitar. 

What exactly is included in this course? What is the course format? Are the video lessons live, or pre-recorded?

The bulk of this course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for later. You can watch the videos at any time that suits your schedule – it’s a “go at your own pace” arrangement.

The video lessons come complete with accompanying sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed advice on how to structure your technique practice session.

For full details of the lessons included in all the modules of the course, click here. 

What will this course help me achieve?

This course will give you a rapid solution for supercharging your technique on guitar

Through learning the core exercises contained in the course, you’ll quickly develop and improve every aspect of the techniques needed to pull off guitar playing confidently.

By doing the course, you’ll drastically improve your picking speed, coordination, and effortlessness on the instrument. The result of all this is that you’ll be able to confidently tackle any type of music or any soloing technique on your guitar –  because you’ll have the chops to take it on. This means you be able to focus more on your music making – and less on your hands. 

Are the video portions of the lessons downloadable? Will I be able to keep the course materials, including the diagrams and sheet music?

Yes! All the lesson materials, including the videos, are downloadable. Remember though, that for this course you’re going to get lifetime access anyway, so the online version will always be available for you to access.

What if I need to go on holidays or a work trip during the course?

Don’t worry –  the course has lifetime access without a fixed deadline, so you can develop your technique on a schedule that suits you.  We realized we needed to structure the course like this because everyone develops technique at a different pace, so it was only fair to give lifetime access to this course for this reason. 

Do I need to submit work or videos for this course?

No – this is a “go at your own pace” course so there are no “assignments” or anything like that. If you ever did want personal feedback on your playing I offer that as part of my FretDojo Academy Membership (a separate program).

Can you clarify at what level of playing this course is pitched at? Is it something aimed more at the intermediate/advanced players, or beginners as well?

As long as you’ve been playing guitar for more than a few months, this course is suitable for all levels of ability. We start right with the basics on the core motion of the fingers that comprises good technique, and we build on that foundation to develop your speed, coordination, with exercises that go all the way from rudimentary to a highly advanced level.

Regardless of what level you come into the course with, you’ll find a complete pathway to get into an advanced technical stage. Remember though that even if you’re a more advanced player, assessing that the “mechanics” of your hands are working well is a very important step to taking your technique to the next stage – to save you the work of having to change it later on.

So, we recommend that all guitarists, regardless of level, go through the foundational levels of the course to make sure that your technique is working correctly in a way that will facilitate more advanced development later on. 

Is there any prior knowledge required in order to do the course?

No – technical exercises are something that you can do regardless of your level of skill on guitar, theory knowledge, etc.

Do I need to know a lot about music theory in order to do the course?

No –  it’s not necessary to know anything about music theory for this particular course, as this program is all about developing the technique in your hands.

What is your refund policy?

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day 100% money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away. 

What material does the course cover?

Click here to see the course outline to get a full run through of the modules included in the course.  

I'm worried I won't have enough time in my schedule to do the course - Is there any flexibility in the pace of the course?

Yes! You have lifetime access, so you are welcome to do this program on a schedule that suits you.

Do I need to be able to read music? Are there guitar TABs available for the exercises?

No – it isn’t necessary to read music for this course. Full notation along with TAB will be provided for every musical example, so it would be helpful if you know how to read TAB at least. But even if you don’t know how to read TAB, you can still copy the exercises and fingerings from the videos provided.

Will beginners be able to do this course?

Yes –  beginners absolutely should do this course, to provide you with a solid technical foundation that you can build upon as you progress with your playing. So often, intermediate and advanced players have to completely change their technique after many years when they realize what they have been doing is causing a bottleneck. So if you’re just starting out, this course will make sure that you avoid any of the common technical traps and instead create a firm basis for your technical development moving forward into the future. 

Can I pay with credit card?

Yes – we have fully encrypted Stripe payment processing for credit cards, as well as PayPal if you prefer that option. 

Is this course suitable for jazz guitar only?

As Greg and Stuart (the instructors of this course) have a background in jazz guitar, some of the exercises have a ‘jazz flavour’ to their sound. But the techniques you will learn from the exercises will benefit you regardless of your main guitar style. This is especially the case for this course because we’re covering fingerstyle, plectrum and hybrid techniques in one course. So, you’ll find that the exercises will be very useful regardless of what style you play.

Does this course just have exercises or will it feature actual licks I can use in my soloing?

We have endeavored to make the exercises as musical and useful as possible. We’ll give examples of how you can use them in a performance context, rather than just as an exercise. Cool, huh? 

What techniques does this course cover?

Please see the course outline above here for details on exactly what techniques this course will cover.

I don't like performing in front of people, do I have to submit work?

No – it’s not necessary to submit any of your playing to the site for this particular course.

Can I pay in installments?

No – only full one-time payment of the course fee will be accepted at this time.  

Is there any ongoing financial commitment/subscription?

No – this course is a one-time fee for lifetime access, and you will not be charged any monthly subscription for this program.

I've been playing for a long time and I’m already familiar with all the common techniques. What will the course show me that I don't already know?

A good question. The best way to answer this is to think about where your playing is at currently.

If you don’t have any technical issues with your playing that is preventing you from making progress, then you probably don’t need this course.

But on the other hand, if you’ve been struggling for a long time and failing to overcome long standing technical challenges on guitar, this course would be a perfect fit for you.

What’s different about this course, compared to other offerings, is that it starts off by teaching you the core principles of how your brain works, how it refines motor movement, and how the conscious and subconscious mind interacts when developing a skill. Once you know these principles, you have the ability to rapidly develop your technique. So if you don’t know the secrets yet, you should seriously consider giving this course a whirl.  

Does this course include advanced or “special effect” techniques?

This course mainly focuses on building coordination and boosting your picking speed, whilst reducing tension and encouraging effortlessness. We focus on the main techniques that you need to know in order to play 95% of any guitar music.

(Perhaps at one point, we might do a follow up “advanced/special effect techniques’ course, however, we thought this kind of thing would be a distraction for this current course as we really want to help people develop their core techniques first so that they can remove any major obstacles with their guitar playing as a priority.) 

Do you have other students who have participated in other courses before?

Yes! Thousands students have participated in FretDojo Academy programs over many years, and I have received many glowing testimonials from participants from around the world – check out the videos and comments from my students you can find by scrolling through this page. 

Do I have to play electric guitar or is this also suitable for acoustic or classical guitar styles?

You can play any type of guitar for this course, it doesn’t matter at all what your preference is. The core techniques are very similar across the different types of guitars. We’ve also included detailed lessons on fingerstyle, plectrum, and hybrid techniques, so you can choose the picking style that suits you and your instrument the most. 

I have limited time to practice - is it still worth doing this course?

Definitely! Because this course includes lifetime access, you can treat it as a complete resource for developing your technique for many years to come. So I would still recommend you check this course out even if you have limited practice time at the moment.

Note that developing your technique doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours and hours on exercises (the first module of the course is dedicated to explaining why). By doing only a small amount of the right exercises daily with the right approach, you can make drastic improvements to your guitar playing – even with limited time available.  

More Success Stories From FretDojo Alumni…

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!  

“I took a chance with Fret Dojo and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.”

“Trying to establish a strong jazz foundation has been difficult for me. I was tired of cobbling together disjointed lessons from all over creation. There are so many different lessons and hacks out there, some good but mostly not. I was spinning my wheels trying to curate my own curriculum while trying to learn jazz at the same time. What I really needed was a long term structured course.

Greg designs this course so that you have clear guidance every step of the way. I also appreciate that he makes himself very accessible for questions and feedback. Everything I’ve learned from Fret Dojo is incredibly indispensable and it also consolidated my previously cobbled together nuggets of theory.”

~ Louis B., USA

“It’s kind of like when you first learn to play the guitar – and your progress is exponential.
It’s like that again.
I haven’t experienced that feeling for ages…”

 “This course is just absolutely brilliant in getting you to play and be musical. I can’t speak highly enough of this course. It’s changed my musical journey. I’m so excited with what I have now to build on over the next few years.

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

~ Paul Flynn, UK  

“Greg is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across…”

 “If you all have loads of books that make no sense that you never use, Greg breaks it down and makes it useable. This is unlike any course you’ve ever been involved with, mainly because Greg is so good at explaining things that I now understand that I didn’t understand before. It’s a fabulous course and I highly recommend it.”

~ Mike Bryant, UK

“I would highly recommend Greg’s course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money.”

“I really do believe that Greg’s course helped me to further not only my playing skills in soloing but also to become a better performing musician on guitar in Jazz and other styles as well. Greg’s positive and informative approach to teaching is inspiring. His explanations are simple but are loaded with enough information to keep even the seasoned players building and adding to their skill set. His course is laid out in an easy to understand way that builds one concept on the other and gives his students a well rounded understanding of navigating the fretboard and in speaking the language of Jazz through their playing.

I would highly recommend his course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money. I look forward to studying with Greg again in the future in more of his amazing courses. I Hope to see you there!”

~ Bryon Thompson,
(BMus from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.)
Working Musician, and Music Teacher.
 

“Greg has put together a really clear, well-designed curriculum, that makes a whole lot of sense…”

 “I wanted to say a couple of things about how great the course was. It is well laid out, the video examples are great, the handouts that are provided are really useful. His concepts of the four pillars of jazz guitar improvisation (technique, fretboard knowledge, vocabulary, and play) is well woven throughout the course so that it really gives you a good grounding in what you’re doing.

There’s definitely a whole lot more to be learned and a whole lot more to do, but this was a wonderful way to start and I think everyone should give it a try. Thanks!”

~ Chip Carvell, USA 

“Since the beginning of the course you have had the personal touch to give individual feedback and that really makes a difference.”

“Thanks a lot Greg!! This course has been a revelation for me because I have been playing guitar for 34 years. A few years ago I became interested in jazz guitar. Tried many books and courses but could not really integrate that knowledge into a performance. The system of the course, being stepwise and adding knowledge and complexity with each step, helped me consolidate the knowledge. But for me the most important aspect was the assignments, because they pushed me to practice and present a complete piece, that I’ve never done before. Now I feel confident in my playing thanks to you. I look forward to further courses. Thanks again!”

~ Eduardo Viruet, Puerto Rico

“The day everything changed in my approach to developing guitar technique…

I’ll be honest with you:

For years, I struggled with my guitar technique.

So many of the classic charts and solos are at fast tempos, and my technique was reaching its limit.

And it wasn’t that I was being lazy in the practice room either.

In fact:

I was diligently practicing hours and hours, running through endless technical drills and exercises that my teacher had recommended.

Over and over, my teacher kept telling me: “Sure, progress is slow, but that’s what it’s like for everyone. The only way to get better is to keep doing those hours – in a few years you will overcome those roadblocks, trust me”.

So I took his advice and kept lumbering my way through those endless drills. It was painfully boring, and hard on the hands too.

But:

All this work was futile – it did very little to increase my technical ability on guitar. I was frustrated, and not making fast enough progress.

It was only years later that I realized:

What I was doing back then was not the way to get better at technique. It makes hardly a dent, in fact.

 Why?

I realized I was spending too much time on similar exercises, rather than focusing on core exercises that are the most essential, and that cut out all the fluff. 

That’s not all:

By learning how my mind was naturally wired and the way that the brain refines motor activity most efficiently, through the interplay of conscious and subconscious processes, I worked out how to drastically increase my technique – while, incredibly, halving the time I was spending on exercises.

Once I studied in detail how high achievers in many fields gain success, it became crystal clear to me how I needed to structure my practice, what exercises I needed to focus on, and what I needed to STOP doing in order to progress my technique.

And That’s

When

Everything

Changed. 

Once I knew the secrets to leveraging the natural inborn abilities of the mind, my technique (and especially my speed on guitar) started improving incredibly quickly.

The best part?

This new course gives you an exact blueprint for learning how to do this – you just need to follow the steps.    

The result for you will be this:

An exponential improvement in your accuracy and speed and coordination, by using only the minimum amount of exercises necessary – to give you the maximum result. 

I’m so excited for you that you have this shortcut available to you for supercharging your technique that I didn’t have.

Through doing this course, you’ll finally get the results that you want in your jazz guitar technique so you can finally start focusing on the music – rather than on your hands.

I’ll see you on this inside!”

~ Greg O’Rourke, Founder, FretDojo.com  

Join The Course Now – Click Here:

Any questions about the course? Email [email protected] to get in touch.

Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar

Double Your Top Speed, Command Your Coordination, and Walk The Path to Effortless Guitar Mastery with the 
revolutionary online course:

“Fast Lane”

The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar 

It’s time to take your technique up a gear…

Double Your Top Speed, Command Your Coordination, and Walk The Path to Effortless Guitar Mastery with the
revolutionary online course:

“Fast Lane”

The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar

It’s time to take your technique up a gear…

Dear Friend,

If you want to know the fast path to developing rock solid technique on guitar whilst halving the time you spend in the practice room to get there, this letter will show you how.

Quick question:

When it comes to guitar technique, are you (metaphorically speaking) driving a Lamborghini?

Or… a lemon?

Here’s the thing:

Having good guitar technique is just like having a finely tuned sports car. There are no misfires, you can handle any twists and turns in the music that’s thrown at you, and your top speed is as fast as you’re ever going to need it.

 But this is the whole problem…

Too often, the bottleneck to a guitar student’s progress is technique roadblocks.

There’s no doubt about it:

If you can’t change chords quickly, play lines at fast tempos, or pick accurately without missing notes, you’ll find that your guitar journey will quickly come to a grinding halt.

But Just Imagine This:

Imagine for a moment what it would feel like to have technique like Joe Pass, Pat Martino, or Mike Stern?

You wouldn’t have any irritating obstacles to your creativity.

Your music would start to naturally flow, completely uninhibited by the practical aspects of playing your instrument.

You would be able to confidently play to your family and friends, effortlessly connecting the music in your mind to your hands on the fretboard – without obstacles “tripping you up” all the time.

That would be wonderful – wouldn’t it?

Guess what:

There IS a Way

To Get To This Point

In Your Playing.

I’m Going To Show You Exactly How.

The solution is not by practicing endless drills for hours on end, hoping that you’ll get some result years down the track.

There’s a much faster way:

Once you know the “mechanics” as to how your brain learns and refines skills, you can make dramatic improvements in your technique – just by knowing a few simple rules and applying them to the way you practice.

So let me ask you:

  • Are you tired of having a “butterfingers” guitar technique, and want to learn how to supercharge your accuracy on the fretboard?
  • Are you fed up with struggling to keep up with fast moving chord charts, and instead want to have that “Lamborghini” technique I was talking about?
  • Simply put – do you want to command the guitar, and be its master – so you can focus more on the music rather than on your fingers?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then look no further my friend – what I’m about to show you will completely transform your guitar playing.

Here it is:

Presenting the first ever A – Z guide to building a rock solid, effortless,
and FAST Guitar Technique.

My new online course, Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar,  is a revolutionary step-by-step program in which you’ll learn the secrets of playing fast, playing effortlessly, and developing rock-solid coordination.

Informed by the practice habits of some of the worlds most virtuosic musicians, this course has been designed from the ground up to give you the essential exercises and approaches for quickly supercharging your technical skills on the guitar so you can finally unlock your musical potential – and be a force to be reckoned with on the bandstand.

 

Here’s what YOU will be able to do as a result of this course: 

  • Quickly develop your picking speed – nail those double-time licks and difficult phrases with ease
  • Change chords fluidly and navigate the length of the fretboard without missing a note – all while keeping up with the rest of the band
  • Get the security and fluidity you need for those dastardly fast tempo tunes that are the “bread and butter” of jam sessions
  • Develop effortless coordination and finger independence in the fretting hand with ease
  • Bonus: Get a complete toolkit of chordal techniques you need to play chord melody and solo guitar
  • Pick, fingerstyle and hybrid approaches are covered in detail in this new course – learn them all or just focus on what suits your playing the most
  • Extend your coordination and agility in both hands with a concise set of exercises that will get you rapid results with just 10 minutes practice a day

Some of the tips inside this course include: 

  • How the hit TV show Seinfeld’s George Costanza holds the secret for you reaching ultra-fast picking speed. (Remember his “do-the-opposite” theory? It’s time to put that into practice.)
  • The missing link nearly all guitar students fail to realize when they are trying to “train their fingers” to build speed and coordination. (Hint: there’s a much more direct – and easy – path to take if you know this secret.)
  • How a virtuoso Australian jazz trumpeter holds the secret of improving your guitar technique with less practice – not more. (Leverage your inborn natural abilities and access the parts of your brain that you never realised existed – UNTIL NOW…)
  • The counter-intuitive approach to structuring your guitar practice so you’ll dramatically improve your technique while vacuuming your house or taking the dog for a walk. (I know it sounds crazy, but I’m serious – this really does work.)
  • The weird secret Olympic athletes know that could take your technique from novice to an expert in record time. (Cutting edge research you can use from countless studies to get immediate results. Elite athletes have known this all along. It’s madness no one has applied this to guitar – until now.)
  • The 3 things most guitar students get wrong about their technique that dooms them to failure before they even start. (Don’t allow yourself to make these mistakes that are, unfortunately, very very easy to make.)
  • The strangely useful knowledge of Sigmund Freud that will give you a clear framework for structuring your technique practice. (Whether you’re a fan of Freud or not, one thing he mentioned could completely transform your approach to jazz guitar practice – and HALVE the practice time you need to get results.)
  • The easy way to approach building your technique using my innovative “Technique Triangle” system (We’ve deconstructed technique into 3 easy to understand “sides” – knowing what these are will eliminate the confusion and all those unnecessary exercises that are a waste of precious practice time.)
  • How to cut out 90% of the time devoted to your technique practice and, unbelievably, get DOUBLE the results. (Hint: The key is knowing what to focus on, in the correct order – and not getting distracted by all that useless stuff.)
  • The techniques used by famous actors and directors (that most NOVICE musicians are oblivious to) in order to routinely deliver stellar performances, even in high pressure situations. (You can use this in the recording studio, performing in front of people or just by yourself. When I first found out about this one, it changed the way I approached playing guitar forever.)
  • What most virtuoso electric guitarists know about increasing picking speed (that many guitarists are too often clueless about), and the tricks you need to steal from them. (Ever wondered how those guys can play so damn fast? We’ll reveal all you need to know.)
  • Why those huge books full of hundreds of boring technical drills can not only be a waste of time, but even cause your technique to go backward. (Hint: Improving your technique requires you to focus on less exercises and drills, not more – but only if you’re focusing on the most important ones – like the exercises in this new course.)
  • The way to increase your top picking speed IMMEDIATELY with a counterintuitive, but incredibly effective practice approach – that takes only 5 minutes a day. (This “foolproof” method quickly worked wonders for myself and many of my students around the world).

And…

  • A concise set of essential exercises that are guaranteed to double your speed, improve your coordination, and make your playing fluid, effortless, and EASY like never before. (Even with only 10 minutes practice per day.)

The time is ripe to develop your guitar technique in a way you never thought possible. Let’s make this happen!

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Meet Your Instructors:

Instructor #1 (Fingerstyle Expert): 

Greg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU

– Professional Guitarist, and Founder of

fingerstyle-jazz-guitar-greg-orourke-fret-dojo“Hi, I’m Greg O’Rourke, founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today. I have over 6000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, and am now also an established author, with my book The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar that I collaborated on with my good buddy Matt Warnock becoming an international bestseller. My website has helped thousands of people improve their guitar playing, and I’ve been featured on several high profile guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes and Takelessons.”

“I love sharing my knowledge about what I’ve learned from over 30 years in the industry as a performer and teacher”. 

Check out one of Greg’s highly acclaimed Youtube performances on the video below:

Instructor #2: (Plectrum/Hybrid Expert):

Stuart King, BMus (ANU)

– Nationally Acclaimed Pro Guitarist

Stuart King is a guitarist and composer with over 25 years experience as a performer in an array of settings ranging from classical and contemporary through to jazz.

Stuart graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music in 2005. Since then, Stuart has worked as a freelance musician and performs regularly as a bandleader, sideman, session guitarist and featured soloist.

Stuart has performed in jazz groups, musical theatre productions, symphony orchestras and rock bands, playing with leading musicians at gigs and festivals around Australia.

In 2016, Stuart released his debut album ‘Qualia’ (which Greg co-produced and also played on) comprising of original compositions which have been featured and broadcast nationally on ABC Jazz radio.

Greg has brought Stuart on as a special collaborator of this course due to his supreme skill with plectrum and hybrid styles – simply put, Stuart is one of the fastest guitarists in Australia.

Check out one of Stuart’s tasty performance of Midnight Blue on the video below:

 

Mastering Guitar Technique Has Never Been This Easy:

Over 50 Video Lessons

10 Hours of pre-recorded video lessons with backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music. Watch the video lessons anytime, from any device!

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Detailed Checklists

Every lesson includes a step-by-step checklist to keep your study and guitar practice on track.

*Lifetime Access*

Special offer: Join the course now and access the materials as long as you need them!

This course is the missing link standing between you and TOTAL technical mastery on guitar:

  • You’ll go from feeling uncomfortable with anything approaching moderately fast tempos to having rapid fire scales at your disposal
  • You’ll go from having that “butterfingers” feeling in your hands to having complete, dependable control of your instrument.
  • You’ll go from feeling tense and rigid when you play to having a well-oiled technique “machine”, giving you a sense of freedom and effortlessness you need for guitar playing

And…

  • You’ll have the key that will unlock your musical potential on the instrument.

Let’s do this!   

Advance Praise of Fast Lane, from Students Worldwide:

“I’m playing faster, but more importantly I’m playing with better articulation, clarity, and coordination…”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and loved the lessons – each has clear purpose and moves your technique forward. I’m playing faster, but more importantly I’m playing with better articulation, clarity, and coordination… Even at slower tempos the lines I’m executing are tighter, and telling a better story. I would recommend this course for anyone. In fact, I wish I’d got this sort of training when I was more of a beginner player – I would have developed better technique right from the jump.”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

“We got the “Fast Track” to our new levels of playing facility, using your combined decades of experience…

“Greg and Stu, I really enjoyed your Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Guitar course. We were presented with a treasure trove of living examples of the common problems guitarists face, and the ways to overcome them. We got the “Fast Track” to our new levels of playing facility, using your combined decades of experience. Thanks for a top course and please keep up the good work!”

~ Lou Farina, Australia 

“I really benefited from this course, and I think it is really worth the money I spent.”

“Before doing the course, I was aware that my technique wasn’t good enough – I lacked speed, unable to play higher than 90 BPM, which is not fast enough for jazz. The Fast Lane course is very comprehensive, systematic, and offers a a lot of opportunities to improve. I really benefited from this course, and I think it is really worth the money I spent.”

~ Thomas Maurer, Switzerland

What the Greats Are Saying About

Greg O’Rourke & Stuart King: 

“Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable finger style technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!”

Howard Alden

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, howardalden.com

“One of the year’s highlights was the recording from Canberra based guitarist Stuart King. Fine playing and compositions and I look forward to what comes next.” 

Mal Stanley

Music Producer and Radio Presenter for Jazztrack, ABC Jazz

Tell Me – What Exactly Is Included In The Course?

I’m glad you asked!

This course includes lifetime access – so you can go at completely your own pace. It covers 8 modules of material on all aspects of technical development for guitarists.

This course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for offline viewing.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans – everything you need for your study!

Topics That Will Be Covered:

Click each of the blue boxes below to find out what’s included in each module:  

Module 1: Core Principles To Supercharging Your Technique

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

The relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, and how this holds the secret to your rapid technical improvement on the guitar

  • How to structure your technique practice to get maximum results with a minimum of effort
  • An overview of our innovative “Technique Triangle” System, so you understand how to break up your technique practice into manageable, easy to understand components

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 1: How NOT To Practice Technique – And What You Need To Do Instead
  • Lesson 2: The Technique Triangle
  • Lesson 3: It’s Not What You Practice, but How 

Module 2: Choose Your Path: Plectrum, Fingerstyle or Hybrid

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • Detailed how-to guides on establishing rock-solid technique in your preferred picking style (or the one that you want to learn most about)
  • Expert instruction on correct arm & hand placement and picking motion
  • How to navigate string crossing and string skipping with razor-sharp accuracy
  • How to build picking speed using simple exercises
  • (Note: feel free to study all of the following lessons or just the section that suits your playing style)

Lessons in Module:

Option 1: Plectrum Fundamentals

  • Lesson 4: Introduction To Effective Plectrum Technique
  • Lesson 5: Alternate Picking Primer
  • Lesson 6: Introduction to Plectrum ‘Sprinting’
  • Lesson 7: String Crossing and String Skipping Made Easy
  • Lesson 8: Core Exercise: Alternate Picking Arpeggios

Option 2: Fingerstyle Secrets

  • Lesson 9: Introduction To Fingerstyle Technique – A Chord Melody Player’s Dream
  • Lesson 10: Fingerstyle Picking Basics
  • Lesson 11: Fingerstyle String Crossing & String Skipping For Accuracy
  • Lesson 12: Using The Thumb In Fingerstyle

Option 3: Hybrid Technique (Pick + Fingers Combined)

  • Lesson 13: Hybrid Picking Basics Overview
  • Lesson 14: Where Hybrid Can Be Useful for Plectrum Players 

Module 3: Multiple String Exercises

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • How to play simultaneous notes accurately over multiple strings
  • How to supercharge your comping with intricate picking patterns
  • A little-known exercise that will quickly transform your coordination and accuracy for your picking hand

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 15: Picking Over Multiple Strings
  • Lesson 16: Hybrid/Fingerstyle Blues Comping
  • Lesson 17: Core Exercise For Multiple Strings: “The Epic” (Plectrum)
  • Lesson 18: Core Exercise For Multiple Strings: “The Brazil” (Fingerstyle/Hybrid)
  • Lesson 19: Core Exercise: Open Voice Triads – “The Metheny”

Module 4: Fretting Hand Foundations

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • The secrets to effortless, agile fretting hand technique
  • How to build coordination and finger independence in the fretting hand
  • Muting techniques for crystal clean articulation
  • Practical exercises to reduce tension and increase freedom of movement in the fretting hand
  • Simple tricks to make your chord changing easy and effortless

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 20: Fretting Hand Technique Fundamentals Intro
  • Lesson 21: Single Note Coordination Exercises
  • Lesson 22: Muting Techniques
  • Lesson 23: String Muting Core Exercise: “The Funk Bunk”
  • Lesson 24: Resolving Tension in the fingers
  • Lesson 25: The “Whisper” Technique
  • Lesson 26: Chord Changing Made Easy

Module 5: Position Shifting and Legato Techniques

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • The unconventional tricks to developing rock-solid accuracy when changing positions on the fretboard
  • Wes Montgomery’s famous “octave’s technique” – and how this can double up as an excellent position shifting study
  • A complete guide to legato playing: hammer-ons, pull-offs,  and combinations of both

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 27: Position Shifting Exercises
  • Lesson 28: Core Exercise: Intervallic Position Shifts
  • Lesson 29: Core Exercise: “The Wes” – Octave Position Shift Study
  • Lesson 30: Legato Playing Introduction
  • Lesson 31: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs Concise Exercises
  • Lesson 32: Legato Exercise: Look Ma! No Pick!
  • Lesson 33: Core Exercise – The “Slippery Sally” Legato Workout

Module 6: Now We’re Getting Serious - Technique To The “Next Level”

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • How to build upon the foundation created in the previous modules to reach dizzying technical heights on the guitar
  • Fun exercises to develop “clockwork” synchronization between both hands
  • Extended finger independence and fretting hand coordination workouts
  • A deep dive into sweep picking technique for plectrum players

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 34: Introduction To Synchronization Exercises
  • Lesson 35: 2 & 3 Note Per String Synchronization
  • Lesson 36: Synchronization While Crossing & Skipping Strings
  • Lesson 37: Synchronization With Legato & Position Shifts
  • Lesson 38: Core Synchronization Exercise: “Three Note Thriller”
  • Lesson 39: Core Exercise: “The Spider”
  • Lesson 40: Basic Sweep Picking Technique
  • Lesson 41: Sweep Picking – Developing More Control
  • Lesson 42: Core Exercise: “The Modulator”

Module 7: Breaking The Speed Barrier

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • The way to increase your top picking speed immediately with a counterintuitive, but incredibly effective practice approach
  • A review of how the subconscious mind “does the work for you” when it comes to speed development, and other psychological shortcuts
  • Case studies of licks and phrases from guitar masters and how to practice them to dramatically increase the top speed that’s playable

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 43: Secrets To Speed Building You Probably Didn’t Know About
  • Lesson 44: Think Fast, Play Fast
  • Lesson 45: Less Is More (The “Chunking” Technique & Tremolo)
  • Lesson 46: Core Exercise: “The Speed Of Sound” Technique
  • Lesson 47: Case Studies: Breaking The Speed Limit – Examples from Guitar Masters

Module 8: Refining Your Technique And Next Steps

In this section, you’re going to learn about:

  • How to condense everything you’ve learned into the course into a concise technical routine, which you can practice in only 10 minutes a day.
  • How to extend your technique on the exercises you’ve already learned with advanced approaches
  • An outline of the next steps to take for your technical development on guitar

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 48: Building Your “Pre-Shot” Routine With the FretDojo Core Technique Exercises
  • Lesson 49: Taking Your Guitar Technique To The Next Level
  • Lesson 50: Wrap Up & Where To From Here

Course Features:

✅ Over 50 video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music

✅ Over 10 hours of video included in the course

✅ Lifetime Access on all course materials

 Who this course is for:

This course is suitable for all levels of ability on guitar – good technique is one of those things that applies to all players.

We’ll start right with the basics on the core motion of the fingers that comprises good technique, and we build on that foundation to develop your speed, coordination, with exercises that go all the way from rudimentary to a highly advanced level.

Regardless of what level you come into the course with, you’ll find a complete pathway to get into an advanced technical stage. Remember though that even if you’re a more advanced player, assessing that the “mechanics” of your hands are working well is a very important step to taking your technique to the next level – so you save yourself the work of having to change it later on.

So, we recommend that all guitarists, regardless of level, go through the foundational levels of the course to make sure that your technique is working correctly in a way that will facilitate more advanced development later on.

Anyway here’s the deal: I’m offering this incredible opportunity to completely transform, to supercharge your guitar skills, all for the one low price of $97:  

30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the boxes below to reveal the answers to any questions you might have about this exciting new course:

How long do I get access to this course for? Is it lifetime access?

Yes –  by purchasing enrolment to this course, you’ll get lifetime access to the course materials. We have designed the course in this way because no two people are the same when it comes to the duration of time it takes to develop technique, so we wanted to allow all participants to have permanent, ongoing access to the course materials so that they can develop their technique on a schedule that suits them.  

I want to play fingerstyle solo guitar style - will this be covered in the course?

Yes! Both Greg and Stuart have had many years experience playing solo guitar and chord melody, and this course will show you the shortcuts to mastering fingerstyle technique if you’re interested going down that path. (By the way, we also have full modules on plectrum technique and hybrid picking as well, to suit all interests). 

Do I need any special equipment to participate?

No – all you need is a computer or a device like an iPad or mobile phone with Internet access to access the course. 

I’ve noticed Greg only plays fingerstyle in his videos - will picking with a plectrum be covered in the course as well?

Yes, as well as fingerstyle, plectrum techniques will be fully covered in this course – Stuart King is an expert in plectrum technique. We have designed this course to cater for all styles of picking. We also have included lessons on hybrid playing as well – where you combine fingerstyle and picking techniques in one. Pretty cool huh? 

Can you run this course on my iPad or mobile phone, or is it just for a desktop computer?

The course will work perfectly on a desktop computer or an iPad or any other tablet with access to the Internet. You can still access the course content with a mobile phone, but the easiest way to use the course would be through a computer or tablet (e.g. sometimes it’s difficult to read the TAB for the exercises on a small mobile phone screen.) 

I play more blues and rock - will this benefit my technique for other styles as well as Jazz?

Yes! Most of my website readers are interested in jazz, which is why this course has a jazz sound to some of the exercises. However, the core techniques outlined in this course are the same regardless of whatever style you play, so would still be incredibly beneficial if you have interests other than jazz. 

I’m not very good with computers. Would it be too difficult to learn how to use this course?

Don’t worry – navigating the course on your computer is easy and intuitive.  I have had hundreds of students participate in FretDojo Academy courses, and many of those students only have rudimentary computer skills but have still managed to use my courses just fine.

Am I too old to get better at my technique?

As long as you’re alive, you can get better at guitar technique.

The reason: It’s been proven that the brain continues to grow new neurons and make new neural connections every single day of your life. Although it might be slightly faster for a younger person to develop technique than an older person, you can definitely still make fabulous progress regardless of your age. Try not to get into the mindset that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” – that is rubbish. If you believe that, then you won’t maximize your full potential on the guitar. 

What exactly is included in this course? What is the course format? Are the video lessons live, or pre-recorded?

The bulk of this course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for later. You can watch the videos at any time that suits your schedule – it’s a “go at your own pace” arrangement.

The video lessons come complete with accompanying sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed advice on how to structure your technique practice session.

For full details of the lessons included in all the modules of the course, click here. 

What will this course help me achieve?

This course will give you a rapid solution for supercharging your technique on guitar

Through learning the core exercises contained in the course, you’ll quickly develop and improve every aspect of the techniques needed to pull off guitar playing confidently.

By doing the course, you’ll drastically improve your picking speed, coordination, and effortlessness on the instrument. The result of all this is that you’ll be able to confidently tackle any type of music or any soloing technique on your guitar –  because you’ll have the chops to take it on. This means you be able to focus more on your music making – and less on your hands. 

Are the video portions of the lessons downloadable? Will I be able to keep the course materials, including the diagrams and sheet music?

Yes! All the lesson materials, including the videos, are downloadable. Remember though, that for this course you’re going to get lifetime access anyway, so the online version will always be available for you to access.

What if I need to go on holidays or a work trip during the course?

Don’t worry –  the course has lifetime access without a fixed deadline, so you can develop your technique on a schedule that suits you.  We realized we needed to structure the course like this because everyone develops technique at a different pace, so it was only fair to give lifetime access to this course for this reason. 

Do I need to submit work or videos for this course?

No – this is a “go at your own pace” course so there are no “assignments” or anything like that. If you ever did want personal feedback on your playing I offer that as part of my FretDojo Academy Membership (a separate program).

Can you clarify at what level of playing this course is pitched at? Is it something aimed more at the intermediate/advanced players, or beginners as well?

As long as you’ve been playing guitar for more than a few months, this course is suitable for all levels of ability. We start right with the basics on the core motion of the fingers that comprises good technique, and we build on that foundation to develop your speed, coordination, with exercises that go all the way from rudimentary to a highly advanced level.

Regardless of what level you come into the course with, you’ll find a complete pathway to get into an advanced technical stage. Remember though that even if you’re a more advanced player, assessing that the “mechanics” of your hands are working well is a very important step to taking your technique to the next stage – to save you the work of having to change it later on.

So, we recommend that all guitarists, regardless of level, go through the foundational levels of the course to make sure that your technique is working correctly in a way that will facilitate more advanced development later on. 

Is there any prior knowledge required in order to do the course?

No – technical exercises are something that you can do regardless of your level of skill on guitar, theory knowledge, etc.

Do I need to know a lot about music theory in order to do the course?

No –  it’s not necessary to know anything about music theory for this particular course, as this program is all about developing the technique in your hands.

What is your refund policy?

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day 100% money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away. 

What material does the course cover?

Click here to see the course outline to get a full run through of the modules included in the course.  

I'm worried I won't have enough time in my schedule to do the course - Is there any flexibility in the pace of the course?

Yes! You have lifetime access, so you are welcome to do this program on a schedule that suits you.

Do I need to be able to read music? Are there guitar TABs available for the exercises?

No – it isn’t necessary to read music for this course. Full notation along with TAB will be provided for every musical example, so it would be helpful if you know how to read TAB at least. But even if you don’t know how to read TAB, you can still copy the exercises and fingerings from the videos provided.

Will beginners be able to do this course?

Yes –  beginners absolutely should do this course, to provide you with a solid technical foundation that you can build upon as you progress with your playing. So often, intermediate and advanced players have to completely change their technique after many years when they realize what they have been doing is causing a bottleneck. So if you’re just starting out, this course will make sure that you avoid any of the common technical traps and instead create a firm basis for your technical development moving forward into the future. 

Can I pay with credit card?

Yes – we have fully encrypted Stripe payment processing for credit cards, as well as PayPal if you prefer that option. 

Is this course suitable for jazz guitar only?

As Greg and Stuart (the instructors of this course) have a background in jazz guitar, some of the exercises have a ‘jazz flavour’ to their sound. But the techniques you will learn from the exercises will benefit you regardless of your main guitar style. This is especially the case for this course because we’re covering fingerstyle, plectrum and hybrid techniques in one course. So, you’ll find that the exercises will be very useful regardless of what style you play.

Does this course just have exercises or will it feature actual licks I can use in my soloing?

We have endeavored to make the exercises as musical and useful as possible. We’ll give examples of how you can use them in a performance context, rather than just as an exercise. Cool, huh? 

What techniques does this course cover?

Please see the course outline above here for details on exactly what techniques this course will cover.

I don't like performing in front of people, do I have to submit work?

No – it’s not necessary to submit any of your playing to the site for this particular course.

Can I pay in installments?

No – only full one-time payment of the course fee will be accepted at this time.  

Is there any ongoing financial commitment/subscription?

No – this course is a one-time fee for lifetime access, and you will not be charged any monthly subscription for this program.

I've been playing for a long time and I’m already familiar with all the common techniques. What will the course show me that I don't already know?

A good question. The best way to answer this is to think about where your playing is at currently.

If you don’t have any technical issues with your playing that is preventing you from making progress, then you probably don’t need this course.

But on the other hand, if you’ve been struggling for a long time and failing to overcome long standing technical challenges on guitar, this course would be a perfect fit for you.

What’s different about this course, compared to other offerings, is that it starts off by teaching you the core principles of how your brain works, how it refines motor movement, and how the conscious and subconscious mind interacts when developing a skill. Once you know these principles, you have the ability to rapidly develop your technique. So if you don’t know the secrets yet, you should seriously consider giving this course a whirl.  

Does this course include advanced or “special effect” techniques?

This course mainly focuses on building coordination and boosting your picking speed, whilst reducing tension and encouraging effortlessness. We focus on the main techniques that you need to know in order to play 95% of any guitar music.

(Perhaps at one point, we might do a follow up “advanced/special effect techniques’ course, however, we thought this kind of thing would be a distraction for this current course as we really want to help people develop their core techniques first so that they can remove any major obstacles with their guitar playing as a priority.) 

Do you have other students who have participated in other courses before?

Yes! Thousands students have participated in FretDojo Academy programs over many years, and I have received many glowing testimonials from participants from around the world – check out the videos and comments from my students you can find by scrolling through this page. 

Do I have to play electric guitar or is this also suitable for acoustic or classical guitar styles?

You can play any type of guitar for this course, it doesn’t matter at all what your preference is. The core techniques are very similar across the different types of guitars. We’ve also included detailed lessons on fingerstyle, plectrum, and hybrid techniques, so you can choose the picking style that suits you and your instrument the most. 

I have limited time to practice - is it still worth doing this course?

Definitely! Because this course includes lifetime access, you can treat it as a complete resource for developing your technique for many years to come. So I would still recommend you check this course out even if you have limited practice time at the moment.

Note that developing your technique doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours and hours on exercises (the first module of the course is dedicated to explaining why). By doing only a small amount of the right exercises daily with the right approach, you can make drastic improvements to your guitar playing – even with limited time available.  

More Success Stories From FretDojo Alumni…

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!  

“I took a chance with Fret Dojo and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.”

“Trying to establish a strong jazz foundation has been difficult for me. I was tired of cobbling together disjointed lessons from all over creation. There are so many different lessons and hacks out there, some good but mostly not. I was spinning my wheels trying to curate my own curriculum while trying to learn jazz at the same time. What I really needed was a long term structured course.

Greg designs this course so that you have clear guidance every step of the way. I also appreciate that he makes himself very accessible for questions and feedback. Everything I’ve learned from Fret Dojo is incredibly indispensable and it also consolidated my previously cobbled together nuggets of theory.”

~ Louis B., USA

“It’s kind of like when you first learn to play the guitar – and your progress is exponential.
It’s like that again.
I haven’t experienced that feeling for ages…”

 “This course is just absolutely brilliant in getting you to play and be musical. I can’t speak highly enough of this course. It’s changed my musical journey. I’m so excited with what I have now to build on over the next few years.

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

~ Paul Flynn, UK  

“Greg is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across…”

 “If you all have loads of books that make no sense that you never use, Greg breaks it down and makes it useable. This is unlike any course you’ve ever been involved with, mainly because Greg is so good at explaining things that I now understand that I didn’t understand before. It’s a fabulous course and I highly recommend it.”

~ Mike Bryant, UK

“I would highly recommend Greg’s course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money.”

“I really do believe that Greg’s course helped me to further not only my playing skills in soloing but also to become a better performing musician on guitar in Jazz and other styles as well. Greg’s positive and informative approach to teaching is inspiring. His explanations are simple but are loaded with enough information to keep even the seasoned players building and adding to their skill set. His course is laid out in an easy to understand way that builds one concept on the other and gives his students a well rounded understanding of navigating the fretboard and in speaking the language of Jazz through their playing.

I would highly recommend his course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money. I look forward to studying with Greg again in the future in more of his amazing courses. I Hope to see you there!”

~ Bryon Thompson,
(BMus from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.)
Working Musician, and Music Teacher.
 

“Greg has put together a really clear, well-designed curriculum, that makes a whole lot of sense…”

 “I wanted to say a couple of things about how great the course was. It is well laid out, the video examples are great, the handouts that are provided are really useful. His concepts of the four pillars of jazz guitar improvisation (technique, fretboard knowledge, vocabulary, and play) is well woven throughout the course so that it really gives you a good grounding in what you’re doing.

There’s definitely a whole lot more to be learned and a whole lot more to do, but this was a wonderful way to start and I think everyone should give it a try. Thanks!”

~ Chip Carvell, USA 

“Since the beginning of the course you have had the personal touch to give individual feedback and that really makes a difference.”

“Thanks a lot Greg!! This course has been a revelation for me because I have been playing guitar for 34 years. A few years ago I became interested in jazz guitar. Tried many books and courses but could not really integrate that knowledge into a performance. The system of the course, being stepwise and adding knowledge and complexity with each step, helped me consolidate the knowledge. But for me the most important aspect was the assignments, because they pushed me to practice and present a complete piece, that I’ve never done before. Now I feel confident in my playing thanks to you. I look forward to further courses. Thanks again!”

~ Eduardo Viruet, Puerto Rico

“The day everything changed in my approach to developing guitar technique…

I’ll be honest with you:

For years, I struggled with my guitar technique.

So many of the classic charts and solos are at fast tempos, and my technique was reaching its limit.

And it wasn’t that I was being lazy in the practice room either.

In fact:

I was diligently practicing hours and hours, running through endless technical drills and exercises that my teacher had recommended.

Over and over, my teacher kept telling me: “Sure, progress is slow, but that’s what it’s like for everyone. The only way to get better is to keep doing those hours – in a few years you will overcome those roadblocks, trust me”.

So I took his advice and kept lumbering my way through those endless drills. It was painfully boring, and hard on the hands too.

But:

All this work was futile – it did very little to increase my technical ability on guitar. I was frustrated, and not making fast enough progress.

It was only years later that I realized:

What I was doing back then was not the way to get better at technique. It makes hardly a dent, in fact.

 Why?

I realized I was spending too much time on similar exercises, rather than focusing on core exercises that are the most essential, and that cut out all the fluff. 

That’s not all:

By learning how my mind was naturally wired and the way that the brain refines motor activity most efficiently, through the interplay of conscious and subconscious processes, I worked out how to drastically increase my technique – while, incredibly, halving the time I was spending on exercises.

Once I studied in detail how high achievers in many fields gain success, it became crystal clear to me how I needed to structure my practice, what exercises I needed to focus on, and what I needed to STOP doing in order to progress my technique.

And That’s

When

Everything

Changed. 

Once I knew the secrets to leveraging the natural inborn abilities of the mind, my technique (and especially my speed on guitar) started improving incredibly quickly.

The best part?

This new course gives you an exact blueprint for learning how to do this – you just need to follow the steps.    

The result for you will be this:

An exponential improvement in your accuracy and speed and coordination, by using only the minimum amount of exercises necessary – to give you the maximum result. 

I’m so excited for you that you have this shortcut available to you for supercharging your technique that I didn’t have.

Through doing this course, you’ll finally get the results that you want in your jazz guitar technique so you can finally start focusing on the music – rather than on your hands.

I’ll see you on this inside!”

~ Greg O’Rourke, Founder, FretDojo.com  

Join The Course Now – Click Here:

Any questions about the course? Email [email protected] to get in touch.

*Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation – Book Now!*

“What if I told you that 80% of Guitarists are trying to learn Jazz Improvisation

COMPLETELY the WRONG WAY?”

 

There’s a better way to learn to improvise.

Let me show you the way that ACTUALLY WORKS…

Dear Friend,

If you desire that rare ability to be a confident, fearless jazz improviser on guitar, but want the ultimate shortcut to get there, then this letter will show you how.

Let me ask you:

When you go along to a jazz performance, do you ache to be able to improvise, just like those you’re watching on stage?

Do you get an uncomfortable feeling whenever anyone asks you to improvise a solo during your band rehearsal or at a gig, for fear of messing it up badly?

“Sorry man, rhythm guitar is more my thing…” Do you rely on the others in your group to take the solos, instead of you?

And are you wondering how to turn all the scales, arpeggios and complex theory of jazz you’re learning into something that vaguely sounds musical – instead of sounding like you’re just playing a boring bunch of scales and arpeggios?

But, just imagine for a moment:

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly gain the confidence you so desperately want in your jazz guitar improvisation skills?

Imagine busting out a great sounding solo in a jam session.

Imagine playing to your family and friends and connecting the music that’s in your mind effortlessly to your hands on the fretboard.

Here’s the thing:

There is a way. And it’s easier than you might think.

Improvisation isn’t just something that some people are good at and some people aren’t.

I can’t emphasize this enough:

Jazz Improvisation Is A Skill

That Can Be Learnt By ANY Guitarist.

I’m Going To Show You Exactly How.

Presenting the first ever A – Z guide to building a rock solid foundation for your jazz guitar improvisation skills:

My online course, The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation,  is a revolutionary step-by-step 10 week program in which you’ll learn how to improvise confidently and musically over five classic jazz standards – which feature the most common chord progressions of the jazz language.

This means you’ll be able to solo over hundreds of jazz standards just by learning these five tunes!

You’ll acquire authentic sounding jazz vocabulary and be able to navigate with it across the fretboard in a way more confident than ever before.

You’ll be fluent and more intentional in your soloing, and finally be able to keep up with the chord changes as you improvise.

You won’t sound like you’re just playing scales and arpeggios anymore – instead, you’ll be busting out hip sounding melodies spontaneously.

The result?

You won’t need to think so much when you improvise. Soloing will become an effortless, natural process – which is how it should be.

You’ll be comfortable taking a solo when someone asks you to.

You’ll be able to solo melodically – rather than just ‘scientifically’ applying a bunch of scales and arpeggios.

And – You’ll finally have the confidence YOU need to truly call yourself a “jazz guitarist.”

How awesome is that!

It’s Everything YOU Need for Hip Sounding Soloing: 

  • A rock solid approach for navigating the guitar fretboard in any key and any position
  • A detailed look at the most common jazz chord progressions and how to tackle improvising over them
  • Classic jazz lines from the master jazz players to build a rock solid vocabulary.
  • And it won’t be just boring exercises – you’re going to apply all this to 5 classic jazz standards that are some of the most commonly played tunes at jams and gigs.

 Meet Your Instructor:
Greg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU

– Professional Jazz Guitarist, and Founder of

fingerstyle-jazz-guitar-greg-orourke-fret-dojo“Hi, I’m Greg O’Rourke, founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today. I have over 6000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, and am now also an established author, with my book The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar that I collaborated on with my good buddy Matt Warnock becoming an international bestseller. My website has helped thousands of people improve their jazz guitar playing, and I’ve been featured on several high profile jazz guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes, and Takelessons.”

“Putting all that aside, what I love doing most is jazz improvisation on guitar, and teaching it to you guys.”

 

Check out one of Greg’s highly acclaimed Youtube performances on the video below:

Learning Jazz Guitar Improvisation Has Never Been This Easy:

Over 40 Video Lessons

9 Hours of pre-recorded video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music. Watch the video lessons anytime, from any device!

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Detailed Checklists and Progress Tracking

Every lesson includes a step-by-step checklist to keep your study and guitar practice on track.

Integrated Feedback

Regular opportunities to submit examples of your playing for feedback. Participate as much or as little as you like.

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Get Your Questions Answered

Get your burning questions answered by Greg and other senior students – so you can be confident you are practicing effectively.

Online Forum - Join A Supportive Community

Connect with your fellow students participating in the course across the world, so you can discuss the curriculum in a helpful and safe environment.

Certificate of Completion

Get official recognition for completing the course, by completing key milestones along the way.

Not just any old online course – this is an Interactive & Collaborative Training Program:

An issue I have with learning online is that often there’s no feedback on your playing.

But that’s where this course is different.

In addition to the detailed step-by-step pre-recorded video lessons, this course is unique in being a truly interactive experience with your instructor and your fellow students:

  • Ability to submit examples of your playing and get feedback (participate as much or as little as you like)
  • Post in the members only forum where you can discuss the course and have your questions answered 
  • Opportunity to build connections and friends with your fellow jazz guitar students all over the world

This Course is The Ultimate Foundation for your improvisation skills:

  • You’ll go from feeling frustrated and self-conscious about your playing to being confident and happy about your soloing.
  • You’ll go from feeling confused about how to improve to having clarity and direction on the step-by-step method to learning improvisation, using my unique Four Elements Framework.
  • And – you’ll go from being scared to play your jazz guitar to anyone to nailing it in any jam session or performance situation.

 

Let’s do this! 

Will This Course Work For You?

Here’s Proof…

Here are some of the many success stories from past students of this groundbreaking online course from all around the world:

“This course has exceeded my expectations.
It’s inspired me – and it’s
TRANSFORMED my playing.”

 

“I have to say that at first I was a little skeptical of Greg’s claims about the effectiveness of the course, but after having completed the course I would say that it is a remarkable undertaking he has accomplished. I would say that this course is a GAME CHANGER for an introduction to jazz guitar.

Greg is a master teacher, and it has been a pleasure to watch his videos and be encouraged by his gentle, encouraging style. Thumbs up Greg, thanks so much for such a fabulous course – it is such an achievement on your part.”

~ Josh Gordis, USA

“It’s kind of like when you first learn to play the guitar – and your progress is exponential.
It’s like that again.
I haven’t experienced that feeling for ages…”

 “This course is just absolutely brilliant in getting you to play and be musical. I can’t speak highly enough of this course. It’s changed my musical journey. I’m so excited with what I have now to build on over the next few years.

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

~ Paul Flynn, UK

“At the end of this 10-week course, I feel like I can say that I AM a jazz guitarist now…”

 “Prior to this course, I’ve been playing jazz guitar 2.5 years.

Before the course, I could noodle around the fretboard, used scales, but never learned jazz vocabulary and never even thought about it as a way to improve my improvisation skills on guitar.

I’ve learned so much vocabulary and so many skills to approaching soloing over a jazz standard. It was a really great community and a really great vibe, and I learned so much from this course.”

~ Angie O’Neill, Australian (living in Germany)

 

“This course is a model in how to effectively deliver visual, auditory and tactile e-learning content. I wish my Uni courses were like this!”

“I really liked Greg’s curriculum and how each lesson built on the previous one. Continuity and re-use were the strong points of Greg’s teaching style. Greg is a proper music teacher and not just some guy doing an info dump at a pace too advanced for the students. The use of the e-learning platform was excellent.

Also, Greg has a kind heart and it really shows in his commitment to his students. I feel privileged to have been part of the inaugural Jazz improvisation course at the Fret Dojo!“

~ Paul Platt, Australia

 

“I’ve participated in TWO 12 week courses with an internationally famous music university…I can safely say the investment in lessons with Greg has been worth more than 95% of all the other formal and informal education I’ve managed to derive for myself.”

 

“With a little bit of the right approach, one can achieve so much. 

I can wholly recommend that anybody who is really wanting to play jazz guitar and is struggling to get beyond “running scales” where I was, and instead start to really sound “jazzy” – this is the course for you.”

~ Gordon Hooper

Johannesburg, South Africa

What the Jazz Greats Are Saying About Greg:

Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable fingerstyle technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!

Howard Alden

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, howardalden.com

This is the online course I wish I’d had when I started trying to improve my improvisation skills.

 

  • “How do I use scales for soloing without sounding like an exercise?”

  • “How do I make my lines sound “jazzy”?”

  • “How can I avoid ‘theory overload paralysis’ and just play a great sounding solo?”

  • “At the moment jazz guitar improvisation to me is like when  you start a drawing or a painting –  I have a big blank canvas and I just don’t know where to start!“ 

These are the kinds of questions I get all the time about learning jazz improvisation on guitar.

Here’s the thing:

If you’re asking these questions, you’re trying to learn improvisation completely the wrong way.

It isn’t your fault though.

Although well intentioned, too many jazz guitar teachers mislead students when it comes to learning improvisation.

Too much emphasis is placed on scales, modes, boring exercises, and theory. ‘Use a Dorian mode for a iim7 chord’. “Then use a mixolydian scale for the V7 chord”. “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 learning jazz is very much like learning 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. What I mean here are short, jazzy sounding melodic phrases that form the basic building blocks of jazz vocabulary. Learn enough of these jazz ‘words’, and they will form jazz ‘sentences’ – and the right pathways for improvisation 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.

But that’s only one piece of the puzzle…

 

The critical failure point for most guitarists…

 

  • “How do I translate what I hear in my head to my fingers and guitar?”

I get this question a lot, too.

Are you fumbling about to find the notes that will sound good over each chord?

Are you struggling to keep up with the fast-moving chord changes of jazz as you attempt to improvise?

If so, there’s a clear reason for this:

You don’t really understand the guitar fretboard.

Or, you don’t know it well enough to use it in the heat of the moment during a solo.

Learning jazz licks and being creative with them is only one side of the coin. You also need to have a secure system for understanding the layout of the fretboard, in a way that makes sense for jazz. 

You need to have absolute security that the note you are playing at any given time is, in fact, the sound that you have in your mind at that moment.

Sounds tough to do? Here’s a little secret…

It’s not hard to learn how to do this. It’s actually EASY – you just need the right recipe, and a step-by-step method.

 

The Answer To Conquering Your Improvisation Struggles Is Here

My revolutionary course, The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation, is the answer you’ve been searching for – a roadmap for relating what you’re hearing in your head, to the sounds of the fretboard.

You’ll get a secure system for learning jazz vocabulary, but then, in addition to that, that crucial process of being able to relate that vocabulary to any fret position and any key on the fretboard.

The best part:

Once you establish these foundations, improvisation will become a natural process for you – and you’ll finally unlock your creative and expressive potential on the guitar.

 

I’ll be honest with you…

It took me years to work out how to do all this. But once I worked it all out, it was so simple.

And the step-by-step process contained in this course is the exact method I used to rapidly develop my improvisation skills. In fact, I wish I’d had this course all those years ago – it would have saved me HUGE amounts of time!

By doing this new course, you’ll have the blueprint to learning to improvise effortlessly on guitar, and establishing the rock-solid foundation for the improvisation skills you desperately need.

If you wanted a shortcut to learning to improvise on guitar, you’ve just found it.

 What Exactly Is Included In The Course?

I’m glad you asked!

This course runs for 10 weeks and covers 6 modules of material.

The program consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online or download for later.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans – everything you need for your study!

At key points in the course, you have the opportunity to submit recorded examples of your playing so you can get detailed and helpful feedback on how to progress. Note though that this is entirely optional – you can get involved as much or as little as you like.

You also have lifetime access on all the materials – so even if you don’t complete the course in the ‘official’ 10 weeks, you’ll still be able to access all the course materials to go through at your own pace in the future.

Topics That Will Be Covered:

Click each of the blue bars below to find out what’s included in each module:

Module 1: First Steps

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • The key ingredients you need to be able to sound good when you improvise on guitar
  • How your mind really learns to improvise and what you may be doing wrong if you’re struggling
  • Despite what is commonly thought, jazz improvisation can be a lot easier than what people make it out to be 
  • How to learn jazz standards and licks, and tips for your practice sessions to help retain what you’ve learned.

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 1: What Jazz ‘Improvisation’ Actually Is
  • Lesson 2: How Your Brain Learns To Improvise
  • Lesson 3: The Four Elements Of Jazz Guitar Improvisation
  • Lesson 4: Jazz Improvisation Can Be Easy – Minor Blues Exercise
  • Lesson 5: Your First Set List Tune: Summertime
  • Lesson 6: How To Get Into A Good Practice Routine
  • Lesson 7: Four Minor Blues Licks
  • Lesson 8: Applying Minor Blues Licks to Summertime

Module 2: Navigate The Fretboard With Confidence

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • A rock-solid way to navigate the fretboard, so you hit the notes that sound great in your improvisations
  • How to analyze a jazz standard to understand how to improvise over it
  • How to learn licks so you’ll never forget them, and how to be more creative with them in your soloing
  • How to use a jazz standard’s melody line as material for improvising 

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 9: Cracking The Code With The CAGED System
  • Lesson 10: Improvisation with CAGED Scales
  • Lesson 11: New Set List Tune – Autumn Leaves
  • Lesson 12: Using Melodies In Improvisation
  • Lesson 13: Three Static Major Licks
  • Lesson 14: Minor Blues Licks Revisited

 

Module 3: Guide Tones - The Critical (And Often Missing) Ingredient

In this section you’re going to learn about: 

  • Why guide tones are so important for jazz improvisation
  • How to easily find guide tones on the fretboard as you improvise
  • The Major ii – V – I progression, the most important progression in jazz

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 15: The 3 Ways To Improvise
  • Lesson 16: Introducing The Major ii – V – I Progression
  • Lesson 17: Navigating The Fretboard With Chords
  • Lesson 18: Introduction to Guide Tone Voice Leading
  • Lesson 19: Major ii – V – i Comping in The CAGED Positions
  • Lesson 20: Major ii – V – i Guide Tone Licks
  • Lesson 21: New Set List Tune – Tune Up
  • Lesson 22: Applying Major ii – V – I Licks to Autumn Leaves
  • Lesson 23: More Ways To Be Creative With Jazz Licks
  • Lesson 24: Connecting Licks Together

Module 4: Modal Jazz

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • What modes are and how to use them
  • Easy ways to solo over modal jazz tunes
  • How to incorporate more bebop vocabulary into your improvisations

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 25: New Set List Tune – Impressions
  • Lesson 26: Soloing in Dorian Mode with CAGED
  • Lesson 27: Bebop Finger Patterns
  • Lesson 28: Incorporating Blues Sounds into Impressions
  • Lesson 29: Static Minor Licks
  • Lesson 30: Reusing Static Major & Major ii – V – I Licks on Impressions

Module 5: The Minor ii - V - i Progression

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • A simple approach to soloing over the Minor ii – V – I progression
  • How to connect Major ii – V – I and Minor ii – V – i ideas
  • How to use Major ideas over Minor (and vice versa)

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 31: The ‘Minor’ Fretboard
  • Lesson 32: New Set List Tune: Blue Bossa
  • Lesson 33: Minor ii – V – i Guide Tone Licks
  • Lesson 34: Connecting Major ii – V – I and Minor ii – V – i Licks
  • Lesson 35: Applying Minor ii – V – i Lines To Your Other Jazz Standards
  • Lesson 36: The Relative Major/Minor Trick

Module 6: Spicing Up The Dominant 7th

In this section you’re going to learn about:

  • How to make your soloing over Dominant 7th Chords more interesting
  • The importance of adding tension into your improvisations
  • How to use altered and diminished sounds over Dominant 7th harmonies

Lessons in Module:

  • Lesson 37: Considerations for Comping V7 Chords
  • Lesson 38: The Altered Scale
  • Lesson 39: Three Altered Licks
  • Lesson 40: The Diminished 7th Arpeggio & Licks
  • Lesson 41: Three Diminished Licks

Course Features:

  • Over 40 video lessons with accompanying backing tracks, diagrams, and sheet music
  • Over 9 hours of HD video included in the course
  • Optional feedback on YOUR playing as part of the curriculum (entirely up to you)
  • *NEW Feature* – Lifetime Access to all course materials
  • An online forum so you can connect with the other students participating in the course and get your questions answered
  • Eligibility for a certificate upon completion of the course
  • BONUS Course: Jazz Guitar Triads Soloing Course With Ant Law
  • And much much more…

Who this course is for:

Disclaimer: This course is NOT for everyone.

If you are a professional jazz guitarist with an established set list, and can already confidently improvise, then this course likely isn’t a good fit.

On the other hand, if you are a complete beginner at guitar (i.e., you’ve only been playing for a few weeks or a couple of months), this course definitely isn’t for you either.

But, if you’re an intermediate level guitarist, even if you haven’t tried jazz before, this course would be spot on.

If you’ve been struggling for years to have confidence and security in your improvisations, and have been frustrated with your lack of progress, and are confused about the process of how to improve your skills, then this course is for you.

Course Details:

Recommended Course Prerequisites:

  • How to read music notation. It’s not necessary to sight-read music, but it would make it easier for you if you can at least ‘limp’ through notation enough to be able to figure out the basic notes and rhythms. Note though that TAB will be provided for all the musical examples if you are more familiar with tablature.
  • Knowing where most of the notes are on the fretboard. Again there is no need for instant recognition, however, it would be beneficial if you have a way of working out what the names are.
  • Understanding of basic harmony: i.e. understanding of what a major chord, a minor chord and a dominant chord is. Note that beyond that, it’s not necessary to have any significant understanding of jazz theory – we’ll cover the essentials throughout the course.
  • This course is not suited for a complete beginner at guitar. It is for someone that has been playing guitar for a while, with an intermediate level technique, but is struggling to learn to improvise or play jazz on guitar.

 What You Will Need For The Course:

  • 1 hour per week to study the recorded lectures and accompanying materials
  • At least 45 minutes of practice time per day, at least 5 days a week
  • A way to record yourself for the feedback assessments that are part of the curriculum. This doesn’t need to be complicated – just recording yourself using your inbuilt computer microphone or using an iPhone or Android phone would be more than sufficient. Full instructions on how to record and upload videos to the course website are provided throughout the course.
  • A computer, or tablet connected to the Internet so you can view the video lessons and access the course content. You can access the course on a mobile phone, however the music might be a bit hard to read if it’s that tiny :) You’ll get the best experience on a computer or tablet.

 

 Course Duration:

  • 6 modules of material paced over 10 weeks.
  • There will be 3 weeks to work on 2 modules of material at a time, giving you a flexible learning schedule.

Course Assessment:

  • Every three weeks will have an assessment task, with a major assessment on the final week of the course to qualify for the certificate.

If you need to go on holiday during the 10 weeks:

  • Extensions for assignments are available on request if you want to still obtain the certificate for completing the course.
  • The course materials, including the videos, are all downloadable to your computer if you wish to review the material at a later date. *NEW Feature* – You now have lifetime access to the online version of the course materials, accessible from any device. .

 Tunes You’ll Learn:

Throughout the course, you’ll learn 5 of the most well known and loved jazz standards – which are some of the most commonly played ones at gigs and jam sessions:

  • Summertime
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Tune Up
  • Impressions
  • Blue Bossa

I chose these tunes because these feature the most common chord progressions in the jazz language. If you can improvise over the chord progressions in these tunes, you’ll be able to improvise over hundreds of other jazz standards!

30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is included in this course? Are the video lessons live, or pre-recorded?

The course consists of high quality pre-recorded video lessons, which you can either watch online, or download for later. You can watch the videos at any time that suits your schedule.

The video lessons come with sheet music, diagrams, backing tracks and detailed lesson plans.

At key points in the course, you have the opportunity to submit recorded examples of your playing (in either video or audio format), and get detailed and helpful feedback on how to progress.

For full details of the lessons included in all the modules of the course, click here.

What will this course help me achieve?

In this course, you’ll learn how to improvise confidently over the most common chord progressions of the jazz language. To do this, you’ll acquire authentic jazz vocabulary and learn how to apply it to the fretboard in a confident way.

The result – you’ll be comfortable taking a solo when someone asks you to, and you’ll be happy with how you sound. You’ll no longer get lost in the ‘fretboard maze’, and you’ll start to solo in a much more melodic way – rather than just ‘scientifically’ by applying a bunch of scales and arpeggios.

 

Are the video portions of the lessons downloadable? Will I be able to keep the course materials, including the diagrams and sheet music?

Yes! All the lesson materials, including the videos, are downloadable if you want to revisit the material at a later date at your own pace. For this release of the course I’ve also included Lifetime Access on the online version of the course materials, accessible on any device!

 

What if I need to go on holidays or a work trip during the course?

Don’t worry – extensions for assignments are available on request if you want to still obtain the certificate for completing the course. As mentioned above, the course materials, including the videos, are all downloadable to your computer if you wish to review the material at a later date, and there is lifetime access on the online version.

 

Do I need any special equipment to send in the videos of my playing for feedback and assignments?

You just need a webcam or inbuilt camera on your computer, or a smartphone to record video. The video doesn’t need to be super high quality, just a basic video you would get from e.g. a smartphone would be fine. Detailed instructions on how to record and upload videos are provided in the course.

What does my guitar skill level need to be for this course?

If you’re an intermediate level guitarist, this course would be a good fit for you. (Important note: It’s not necessary to have prior experience playing jazz for this course, but it would definitely help.) If you’ve been playing for at least a couple of years and have familiarity with basic chord shapes and scale patterns, then you’ll be fine. When I designed this course, I particularly had in mind a guitarist that may have been playing for some time but had never really gotten confident with improvisation or jazz skills, and was confused about how to learn it. If you resonate with this, then this course is definitely for you.

Is there any prior knowledge required in order to take the course?

There is some prerequisite knowledge that is recommended, but not compulsory. Click here for more details.

Do I need to know a lot about jazz theory in order to do the course?

No – beyond understanding what a major, minor and dominant chord is, it isn’t necessary to have more theory knowledge than that. We’ll cover the essentials you need to know throughout the course.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the course is a one-off payment of $97. Click here to purchase the course now>>

What is your refund policy?

Your investment in this course is protected by my 30-Day 100% money back guarantee. Enroll in the program, put it into action and see the results for a full 30 days. If you’re not happy, just send me an email in the first 30 days and I’ll give every penny back right away.

What material does the course cover?

This course will walk you through learning to solo with single lines over 5 classic jazz standards, so you’ll end up with a solid set-list by the end of the course. Along the way, you’ll learn how to confidently solo over major and minor ii – V – I progressions, major, minor, and dominant chords, and more. You’ll also end up with a rock solid, logical system for navigating the fretboard as you improvise. Click here for more details about what the course covers.

I'm worried I won't have enough time in my schedule to do the course - Is there any flexibility in the pace of the course, or is the assignments/feedback on a rigid schedule?

I’ve designed the course to be a 10-week coaching program, comprising of 6 main modules. The tutorial videos and material will be released in 3 parts over the 10 week period. Every 3 weeks, there will be a short assignment to complete, with a final assignment in the last week of the course.

There will be periods throughout the course which will allow for consolidation of the material covered. For this course, I wanted a balance between the program being too rigid or too flexible in order to cater for people with busy schedules –  I’ve designed the course with these considerations in mind.

 

Do I need to be able to read music?

It’s not necessary to sight-read music, but it would make things easier for you if you can at least ‘limp’ through notation enough to be able to figure out the basic notes and rhythms. At any rate, TAB will be provided for all the musical examples.

Will beginners be able to participate in this course?

It depends on what you mean by ‘beginner’. If you’re a beginner at jazz – that should be ok, as long as you have the basics under your fingers of guitar playing in another style. But if you’re a complete beginner at guitar (i.e. have only been playing guitar a few weeks), then this course may not be the right fit for you.

I noticed you play with fingerstyle technique - do I need to know fingerstyle to do this course?

This course doesn’t require a particular technique for the plucking hand. You can use a pick, fingers, a combination, or your thumb like Wes Montgomery – whatever technique you are most comfortable with is fine by me.

Am I too old to be able to get better at jazz guitar and learn to improvise confidently?

You’re never too old to learn. Don’t talk yourself into that mindset. I have had an 84 year-old student take lessons with me and he went really well – so you’re likely still a spring chicken in my book!

What Recent Students Have Been Saying About The Course…

Don’t just take it from me, let my students do the talking!

“Let me tell you – this is an AMAZING course and I highly recommend it…”

 “Greg O’Rourke is an excellent teacher – a clear thinker, a really nice guy, encouraging and helpful. The course is designed in a way that brings REAL results for REAL people – using technology. I’d advise you that if you’re eligible and you’re up for the right requirements of this course – GO FOR IT!”

~ Alan Voss, Australia

 

“Greg is a dynamite player and I enjoyed his teaching style…”

 “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was a worthwhile investment of my time and money. Greg puts together a very good foundation of essential elements in manageable chunks. My ultimate goal was to play a few tunes with these new skill sets. These goals were met. With this foundation, I have more to improve and build upon after the course.”

~ Danny Yee, USA

 

“This material has definitely advanced my level of playing…”

 “Before doing the course, I had a lot of questions and issues with my jazz guitar improvisation. I was losing my place where I shouldn’t have been, and I was looking for something to close that gap. This course was really the right course to help with this. Greg does a wonderful job of teaching, he is very patient and very clear minded and clear with his lessons, they are very easy to follow.

I learned a tremendous amount and I got to see the others in the class also progressing at every level – whether beginner or advanced, we were all growing and getting something out of the course. It was a fantastic experience – it was well worth the effort and I’m glad I did it. I hope you have the opportunity to participate in it – I think you’ll enjoy it!”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

 

“Greg is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across…”

 

“If you all have loads of books that make no sense that you never use, Greg breaks it down and makes it useable. This is unlike any course you’ve ever been involved with, mainly because Greg is so good at explaining things that I now understand that I didn’t understand before. It’s a fabulous course and I highly recommend it.”

~ Mike Bryant, UK

“Greg has put together a really clear, well-designed curriculum, that makes a whole lot of sense…”

 

“I wanted to say a couple of things about how great the course was. It is well laid out, the video examples are great, the handouts that are provided are really useful. His concepts of the four pillars of jazz guitar improvisation (technique, fretboard knowledge, vocabulary, and play) are well woven throughout the course so that it really gives you a good grounding in what you’re doing.

There’s definitely a whole lot more to be learned and a whole lot more to do, but this was a wonderful way to start and I think everyone should give it a try. Thanks!”

~ Chip Carvell, USA

 

“The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was just the course I was looking for…”

 

“I was looking for something to help fill in the gaps when it came time to perform a jazz guitar solo.

The course provided plenty of exercises to help me hone my skills, and gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learned on complete songs. I would highly recommend this course.”

~ Rodney Harris Jr., USA

“I’m really happy with any cent, and any minute I’ve spent on this course…”

 “Hi Greg, I must tell you I’m very happy with the course. The philosophy of it (that improvisation means to play with vocabulary) was really eye-widening for me. I now see that there are just a handful of ingredients to create a well sounding solo. The lessons dealing with guide tone lines are a real breakthrough for me…Thanks a lot Greg!”

~ Bernhard Laabs, Germany

 

“I truly recommend this for someone who really wants to break through in their improvisation skills and also improve their confidence level.”

 “This course has helped me to be more confident in my playing, and there is now something ‘under my belt’ that I can now confidently use.”

~ Eugene Tse, Canada

 

“Greg has a wonderful way of presenting the material. It’s high energy, it’s infectious – he really enjoys what he does.”

 “Hi Greg, I wanted to thank you for your fantastic course, the Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation. I enjoyed it very much and heartily I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about how to improvise in a jazz style over standard songs.”

~ Angelo J., USA

 

“It worked extremely well…you learn to improvise on a higher level.”

 

~ Jürgen Schwibs, Germany

“I have acquired a greater jazz vocabulary and enhanced level of confidence and enjoyment in my playing.”

“Intensely studying, receiving individual feedback, and practicing the material presented in audio and visual form in Greg O’Rourke’s “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation” course I have come to look at jazz in terms of this quote from Greg himself: “If you’re an artist, it’s good to have a paint set with quite a few colors in it!”

The primary colors are the sound licks Greg describes as ‘vocabulary’ over the 10 week course of study. From that revelation I now picture and practice playing jazz as laying out a palette of colors, which I mix in variable quantities to create additional colors and hues.

All the material PDF’s and videos of the course can be downloaded to your computer.”

~ Larry Peyser, USA

[email protected]

 

“I took a chance with Fret Dojo and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.”

“Trying to establish a strong jazz foundation has been difficult for me. I was tired of cobbling together disjointed lessons from all over creation. There are so many different lessons and hacks out there, some good but mostly not. I was spinning my wheels trying to curate my own curriculum while trying to learn jazz at the same time. What I really needed was a long-term structured course.

Greg designs this course so that you have clear guidance every step of the way. Everything I’ve learned from Fret Dojo is incredibly indispensable and it also consolidated my previously cobbled together nuggets of theory.”

~ Louis B., USA

 

“I would highly recommend Greg’s course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money.”

“I really do believe that Greg’s course on the ‘Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation’ helped me to further not only my playing skills in soloing but also to become a better performing musician on guitar in Jazz and other styles as well. Greg’s positive and informative approach to teaching is inspiring. His explanations are simple but are loaded with enough information to keep even the seasoned players building and adding to their skill set. His course is laid out in an easy to understand way that builds one concept on the other and gives his students a well-rounded understanding of navigating the fretboard and in speaking the language of Jazz through their playing.

I would highly recommend his course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money. I look forward to studying with Greg again in the future in more of his amazing courses. I Hope to see you there!”

~ Bryon Thompson,

(BMus from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.)

Working Musician, and Music Teacher.

 

“For years I struggled with learning to improvise. But then everything changed…

I know where you are now a the moment with your jazz guitar improvisation – frustrated that you’re not sounding great. Self-conscious about your ability, and you’re confused how to make all these scales and arpeggios you’re learning and practicing for hours on end actually sound like music.

Why do I know this? Because I was once in exactly the same place you are now.

About 15 years ago, I gave jazz guitar improvisation my first try. After having studied classical guitar for many years and reaching the highest levels in that style, learning jazz felt like starting from scratch again.

And I struggled. It felt like I was learning a new instrument. And it was made painfully obvious to me that, despite my rigorous years of classical training, I didn’t have any real deep knowledge on how to relate the music in my mind to my hands on the fretboard.

So I gave up jazz for about 10 years, but came back to it again about five years ago.

But then, things started to change.

I realized that it wasn’t my lack of ability that was the reason I was struggling with improvisation. It was the lack of a clear method and a step-by-step process that’s missing from most jazz guitar education.

Once I realized that, I started to develop a logical method for learning improvisation, based largely on my experience with language learning – rather than trying to improvise with a bunch of scale and arpeggio patterns. Once that happened, I was able to build my skills in improvisation incredibly quickly.

And you can do the same.

The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation online course is the course that I wish that I’d had all those many years ago when I first started trying to learn to improvise and actually sound good.

I’m so thrilled that I can offer you this online course that’s been years in the making – I believe it’s the ultimate shortcut to building your improvisation skills in the shortest possible time.”

~ Greg O’Rourke, BMus (Hons), ANU

 

Join The Course Now – Click Here:

Any questions about the course? Email [email protected] to get in touch.

FretDojo Elite Coaching Program

FretDojo Elite Coaching Program Information

Exciting news and a special invitation to those of you serious about going to the next step with your jazz guitar skills.

FretDojo is releasing a brand new jazz guitar initiative called the FretDojo Elite Coaching Program – a 3 month intensive group online jazz guitar program starting December 1st.

Read on to find out about what this exciting new program is all about and how to apply.

What Is The FretDojo Elite Coaching Program?

The FretDojo Elite Coaching Program is a 3-month ‘hands-on’ interactive online program with live instructors that will start on the 1st of December this year.

The program will be a deep dive investigation of the saxophonist Charlie Parker’s classic transcriptions adapted to guitar, where you’ll learn how to extract core concepts and vocabulary and use them to transform your improvisation skills, creativity and technique.

Charlie Parker is considered the ‘Father of Bebop’ and is a key influence of all major jazz musicians of modern times.

Parker’s vocabulary, phrasing and articulation is considered the bedrock of all serious student’s study of jazz.

This new program will guide you through a full, step-by-step understanding of Charlie Parker’s vocabulary – and a clear process of how to adapt his ideas and concepts to the guitar specifically.

FretDojo Founder Greg O’Rourke will present the material to study in weekly group videoconference calls for all students to set the direction for each week of the program and to answer any questions that come up. The group calls will demonstrate full analysis and application of Charlie Parker’s vocabulary, as well as ways to use it as a springboard for your own completely original ideas.

Alongside this, you’ll also have the option to work directly one-on-one with FretDojo Instructor Stuart King via video call at a time of day workable for you. This personalized instruction will tailor the program to your individual needs, clarify any aspect of what you’re studying, and provide ‘hands-on’ support to assist you moving forward in the program.

You’ll receive a fully notated and fingered copy of the Charlie Parker transcription at the start of the course so that you can get to learning the material straight away without needing to spend months trying to work things out off a recording only. We’ll also give you an effective method of translating horn lines to guitar in an easy to understand an intuitive way.

A deep investigation of a transcription full of useful vocabulary (such as the solos of Charlie Parker) is the time-honored pathway used by all major jazz musicians to develop their playing. It’s strongly recommended that all serious jazz students take this approach at some point. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take your jazz guitar playing to the next level.

Who is this new program for?

The FretDojo Elite is geared towards those of you that are interested in any of the following:

  • Are interested in playing professionally and to have the skills required to be able to get paid gigs
  • Interested in teaching jazz guitar at some point
  • Those of you that feel you have reached a ‘plateau’ in your playing and want a way to drastically move your jazz guitar forward
  • Anyone enthusiastic to dedicate themselves to a rewarding study of the inner workings of the bebop language, which will profoundly impact your understanding of melody and music in general.
  • If you want a more immersive, deep dive learning experience with real live instructors literally ‘on tap’ to provide you with direct support, feedback and guidance – then this is an excellent opportunity.

What You Will Gain From Being In The Program:

  • A deep understanding of the bebop language, and a wealth of vocabulary to draw on and apply in your improvisations
  • An authentic sound in your improvisations – we’ll cover not just vocabulary but how to phrase and express your solos in the style of the great horn players like Parker, with techniques adapted specifically to guitar
  • A clear understanding of how to work with jazz vocabulary and a process for applying key principles to any jazz standard or song form
  • How to use vocabulary from the transcription as a springboard to create your own completely unique and original vocabulary.
  • The confidence to join in on jam sessions and play jazz gigs.
  • An appreciation of how bebop language is constructed and the insight on how to develop your own authentic sounding jazz phrases and ideas.

Your Instructors:

greg-with-electric-edited-200x300.jpgGreg O’Rourke – BMus (Hons), ANU – Greg O’Rourke is the founder of FretDojo.com – one of the most popular jazz guitar websites online today.

Greg will be running the weekly group calls in the program. With over 12,000 subscribers to my website from all across the world, Greg’s also an established author, with his book The Easy Guide To Chord Melody Guitar becoming an international bestseller.

The FretDojo website and online courses have helped thousands of people improve their jazz guitar playing. Greg’s been featured on several high profile jazz guitar websites including Jazz Guitar Online, Fundamental Changes and Takelessons.

Stuart-King_A4-72dpi-175x300.gifStuart King, BMus (ANU) – Stuart is a guitarist and composer with over 25 years experience as a performer in an array of settings ranging from classical and contemporary through to jazz. Stuart will be taking the one-on-one lessons in the Standard package.

Stuart graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music in 2005. Since then, Stuart has worked as a freelance musician and performs regularly as a bandleader, sideman, session guitarist and featured soloist.

Stuart has performed in jazz groups, musical theatre productions, symphony orchestras and rock bands, playing with leading musicians at gigs and festivals around Australia.

In 2016, Stuart released his debut album ‘Qualia’ (which Greg co-produced and also played on) comprising of original compositions which have been featured and broadcast nationally on ABC Jazz.

Packages and Pricing

This 3-month program starting 1st December 2020 and finishing on 28th February 2021. There are now TWO different packages available:

Package 1: Standard Package – $899 USD

  • 1 x group video coaching call weekly* with FretDojo Founder Greg O’Rourke where he will give you a step-by-step guidance on how to work with the Parker transcription over the 3-month program, detailing a clear method on how to use the material contained within the transcription and use it as a springboard for your own creativity. There will also be time for question and answer segments in each of the live calls with Greg. (Replays of all live sessions will be made available to all participants).
  • 10 x one on one private video coaching calls over the 3 months with a qualified FretDojo Approved Instructor, where you can get detailed insights on the material studied, and additional help on any aspect of your playing that needs attention.
  • A private community exclusive to FretDojo Elite participants and tutors where you can ask questions and post videos or audio for feedback.
  • Sheet music, backing tracks and replays of all group coaching sessions are included.

Package 2: “Lite” Package – $297 USD

Includes everything that’s in the Standard package minus the one-on-one lessons.

(*Note: As this program runs over Christmas there will be a break in that week from the coaching calls – this has been factored into the program cost).

Important Note:

Numbers are strictly limited for this special program and your responses will be used to assess your suitability to be selected to participate. We will be accepting a maximum of 20 students total to this program due to availability of myself and the other instructors, so we can best serve all students that enroll. At time of writing there are only 4 Standard package spots left available.

How To Apply:

If you’re keen to enrol in the FretDojo Elite Coaching Program, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: First – Go to this link now to submit the application – click here.

Step 2: Once you have completed the application form, secure your place by making a $50 USD deposit on the program fee via this link: https://fretdojo.thrivecart.com/fretdojo-elite-program-deposit/. Only students who have paid the deposit will have their application considered.

Don’t worry – if you don’t make it into the program, we’ll refund you the $50 in full, otherwise if your application is accepted the $50 deposit will be deducted from the remaining program fee payable.

We look forward to working with you in this exciting new program! Let me know if you have any questions by emailing Greg at [email protected].
Kind regards,

Greg O’Rourke

Founder, FretDojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

 

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