Where does that next screw go? Argh…

by | Aug 31, 2017 | Articles, General Updates | 1 comment

I had a funny experience yesterday.

After weeks of them being shoved under the couch in heavy, ominous cardboard boxes, I finally decided to stop putting it off and get to work.

What am I referring to?

The answer:

Some flat packed furniture my wife and I recently purchased from a ‘well-known budget furniture store’ (I’m sure you know the place I’m talking about).

With excitement and a sense of trepidation, I carefully opened the first box.

Piles of MDF wood, about 100 screws, 50 nuts and bolts (not kidding), and some scanty instructions.

I tried to remain optimistic…

Fast forward the clock by 4 hours, and I was frustrated, needless to say.

After several bouts of getting the pieces back to front, missing a locking bolt and having to improvise, and the monotony of drilling in hundreds of fixtures into flaky MDF…

Sweating overwhelmed and at my wit’s end, I finally finished…

The first cabinet.


There were two cabinets to make.

All of a sudden, I realized something…

Sure, the furniture might have been cheap, but it just meant that I ended up essentially working for less than minimum wage for the furniture store that entire afternoon.

Not good.

* * *

And so likewise, my friend is the nature of getting free information off the web about learning jazz guitar.

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

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


Information alone is not enough to help you progress.

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

Information without a chance to discuss with other like-minded people, or to be able to ask questions to make sure you’re on the right track, is a slow, confusing route to mastery. Who has that much time anyway?

Now the exciting bit:

If you're keen to have a structured, step-by-step approach to learning jazz guitar, it might be worth checking out my online learning system, the FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy.

Here's what you get when you join up:

  • Detailed step-by-step video lessons on new classic jazz tunes and essential jazz guitar skills added to the club website each month. Includes listening recommendations, demonstrations of the melody, analysis of the harmony, and detailed explanations on how to solo over the tune.
  • Key improvisation concepts and techniques for soloing, and classic licks and example solos that relate to each tune, so you can continue to expand your jazz vocabulary and have more options when it comes to soloing.
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  • Lessons on how to make chord melody and solo jazz guitar versions of tunes featured - play a complete jazz standard completely on your own like Joe Pass!
  • Members only forum - A worldwide community of jazz guitarists from all around the globe.
  • Regular workshops, masterclasses, and Q & A Sessions - get direct answers from me on anything holding you back in the practice room. Replays of all sessions are available to access for all members even if you can’t make it live.
  • Massive searchable database of jazz licks and soloing concepts - the ultimate idea "grab bag" for your solos.
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The best part:

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Talk soon,


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1 Comment

  1. johnny

    I agree and can relate to that .

    On our annual hard rubbish collection day the council provides to residents. One can help notice the so-called-cheap ( low quality ) furniture that litter the side walks. You see it every year — yet why do people buy such short term life junk ?

    It says so much about not respecting well honed skills that produce quality furniture that of course cost more but last forever.

    I guess with product and sales , you will always have the get rich schemes that promise a lot but deliver little, when they realize with effort and no short cuts you can’t arrive to were you want to be.

    This where a good honest teacher is invaluable to steer you through all the get rich schemes requiring no effort at all to be where you want to be.


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