FretDojo Academy Getting Started Guide

This page is to help get you orientated with the FretDojo Academy and it’s various features in 3 simple steps. Watch the videos below to get a guided tour and some important tips.

Step 1 of 3: First Things First – Are You Having Trouble Logging In?

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If you’re having trouble logging in, watch this video then scroll down the page to Step 2 (if you’ve already logged in, go straight to Step 2 by scrolling down)

 

Step 2 of 3: Watch this video to get your guided tour of the FretDojo Academy and it’s various features

Once you’ve watched this video, scroll down the page for the final step…

Remember – If you need help at any time, click the blue icon at the bottom corner of your screen to get in touch with our support team.

Step 3 of 3: Take the following quiz to get recommendations on how to get started in the Academy, based on your skill level and interests:

Click the relevant boxes to learn about the best material to get started with in the Academy. To access all the links to the resources, you need to make sure you’ve logged in first.

Question 1: How would you rate yourself as a Jazz Guitarist?

a) I'm a Beginner Jazz Guitarist

If you’re a beginner level jazz guitarist, I suggest that you look at the following courses to get started (remember you can always post a question here if you need help with any aspect of the material you’re learning):

New courses and challenges are released regularly in the Academy. Many members find it beneficial to learn each new jazz standard or course as they are released. However, if you prefer to learn at your own pace individually that’s completely fine as well.

b) I'm an Intermediate Jazz Guitarist

If you’re on the intermediate side when it comes to learning jazz. I suggest that you look at the following courses to get started (remember you can always post a question here if you need help with any aspect of the material you’re learning):

New courses and challenges are released regularly in the Academy. Many members find it beneficial to learn each new jazz standard or course as they are released. However, if you prefer to learn at your own pace individually that’s completely fine as well.

c) I'm an Advanced Jazz Guitarist

If you’re on the advanced side when it comes to learning jazz. I suggest that you look at the following courses to get started (remember you can always post a question here if you need help with any aspect of the material you’re learning):

New courses and challenges are released regularly in the Academy. Many members find it beneficial to learn each new jazz standard or course as they are released. However, if you prefer to learn at your own pace individually that’s completely fine as well.

Question 2: What are the main aspects of your playing you want to improve right now? (Click all that apply): 

a) I want to improve my improvisation skills

For developing your improvisation skills as a first step I highly recommend my Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation course that’s included with your membership. Once you’ve done that you’ll have a good basis for tackling improvisation over any of the jazz standards featured in the course library suitable to your skill level.

b) I want to build my technique (e.g. playing faster, better coordination, etc)

For building technique on guitar, I highly suggest you check out my Fast Lane: Total Technique Roadmap for jazz guitar that’s included with your membership. This is a very comprehensive course covering all aspects of technique development for jazz guitar. Once you’ve had a look through that course you could also check out the Minor Doubletime Lines Deep Dive for additional material to push your technique to new heights.

c) I want to improve my comping

For developing your comping, the most comprehensive course on the site is one I put together with special guest instructor Greg Stott: Comping & Chord Soloing Deep Dive – go here to access. This is an excellent and comprehensive overview to essential comping skills, and dips into chord soloing approaches as well.

Other than that, I recommend that you check out any of the jazz standard lessons featured in the course library. Most contain comping transcriptions suitable for both beginner and more advancing players. If you’re keen on an advanced comping workout check out the series on Ed Bickert Chordal Approaches.

d) I want to improve my understanding of jazz theory

If you’re interested in jazz theory, I suggest as a start that you look at my live session, Practical Theory Crash Course – “Filling The Gaps”. Otherwise, every jazz standard featured in the Academy has a detailed jazz theory lesson included on the chord progression. That way you can study the theory alongside the other aspects such as improvisation, comping etc and give the theory a more practical context.

e) I want to build my set list of jazz standards

If you’re keen on building your set list, you’ve come to the right place. Browse through the list of courses on the site here, many of which are part of our “Tunes Series” which are courses focused on learning a particular jazz standard. Find a jazz standard that appeals to you and get stuck in. After all, Joe Pass himself said to his students “You should learn as many jazz standards as you can.”

f) Chord melody and solo guitar approaches

For chord melody and solo guitar, Check out these courses that feature chord melody arrangements as part of the lessons. I’ve deliberately made them fairly bare bones arrangements to allow for maximum creativity so you aren’t locked in to playing the arrangements one particular way. I recommend that you tackle learning the melody and comping over a standard first and then having a look at the chord melody approaches once you’ve got those bases covered.

g) Other/I’m not sure

Interested in other topics? Best way forward would be to send us a message by clicking on the blue button on the bottom right of your screen. Let us know what your background is and a bit about your guitar playing and what you’re interested in, and we’ll recommend some specific resources to get you started.

Question 3: Is getting direct instructor feedback on your playing important to you?

a) Yes – I would like personalized feedback on my playing

I highly recommend if you haven’t already signed up, that you consider looking at the “Pro” membership option. This will unlock additional features to your membership:

  • Special VIP access to a private coaching forum with Greg O’Rourke, where you can submit unlimited questions to Greg about the material you’re learning or anything else besides
  • Ability to submit unlimited videos for feedback to Greg to get direct feedback on your playing
  • Greg will work with you to help set goals for your playing and provide learning pathways for achieving them.

Many students using Pro membership have indicated that this aspect of personalized feedback and instruction is the most important feature of their membership. If you want the fast path for learning jazz guitar, upgrade to Pro membership now:

Click HERE to Unlock the Pro Membership Now

 

Other ways to get feedback and advice are:

Skype lessons: Greg is also available for one on one Skype based videoconference lessons on request (Note: subject to availability. Due to high demand, priority scheduling is given to Pro membership holders).

Ask the community: You are welcome to submit a question or video to the community here, where community members provide feedback regularly.

b) No – I don’t need personalized feedback

That’s fine – many members of the community are content to work through the lessons on their own and at their own pace. Help is at hand though if you ever need advice or your questions answered – post questions to the community here (our members are always happy to help out).

If you ever feel like you need more individually tailored instruction, Pro membership allows you to get personalized direct instruction from Greg O’Rourke. Click the box above which says ‘Yes – I would like personalized feedback on my playing’ to find out more about Pro membership.

Other features of your membership worth checking out:

  • Make sure you check out the Licktionary which is a huge searchable library of jazz lines for your solos. 
  • The Community is one of the best things about the Academy, so make sure you get involved and introduce yourself. Community Challenges are held regularly with some cool prizes up for grabs!
  • Learn how to setup your profile and adjust your email notification settings by checking out the video below:

Remember – if you need any help finding your way around the Academy, don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking the blue button at the bottom of your screen. 

Ok – let’s get into it! Head to the dashboard to get started on your jazz guitar journey.

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