Video Workshop: The BIG Secrets of Jazz Guitar Improvisation (Part 3)

with Greg O’Rourke, Pro Jazz Guitarist

Your Free Gift: Download a FREE PDF of how to visualize ii – V – I chord shapes in all 5 scale positions on guitar. As covered in this video series, approaching the fretboard in this way provides a rock solid foundation for being able to improvise on the guitar and navigate jazz chord progressions in any key. Make sure you watch the videos so you know how to use this PDF!

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27 Comments

    • Hans

      Great Greg, enough talking, when can I start!?

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      • Greg O'Rourke

        Hi Hans – The new course will be open for enrollments on Tuesday morning, USA Eastern time. Use this time and date converter to know when this is if you don’t live in USA. Look out for an email from me at that time announcing the release so you don’t miss out on a place!

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    • Dave

      Greg, any way you have these videos so we can download so we can watch again?

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      • Greg O'Rourke

        These videos will only be live for the next week or so, but the concepts covered throughout the videos are explained much more deeply in the new course, Fundamental of Jazz Guitar Improvisation.

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    • Tom

      Hey Greg,

      Thanks for the pdf. Do you have one for minor 251?
      Looking forward to learn more.

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      • Greg O'Rourke

        Yes you can get the minor 251 sheets as part of the new course.

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    • Bill Ward

      Hello Greg, Well I am going to jump in and take on this challenge and hopefully take a giant step ahead in my jazz guitar playing with what I learn from your course. I considered the course last time and felt I wasn’t really ready. I am optimistic and excited about where I hope to be after taking your course!

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      • Greg O'Rourke

        Great to hear Bill – See you in the course!

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  1. martin

    Thanks for the download. Your new course sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to hearing more about it. Sounds good so far.
    Matt.

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      My pleasure Matt! I’ll let you know more about the course in the next couple of days.

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  2. Jack Wells

    Hi Greg, I look forward to the coming-out of this new approach to Improv. course.

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Great to hear Jack! I’ll have further details on the course in a couple of days, keep your eyes on your email… :-)

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  3. Christos Hatzis

    Hi Greg,
    This sounds great! Do you have any information on the curriculum, what will be covered in each of the 10 weeks? Also, is there any flexibility in the pace of the course or assignments/feedback is on a rigid schedule?
    Thanks and look forward to more details!
    Chris

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Hi Christos, yes the curriculum and all the details about the course will be published on Tuesday USA Eastern time. I’ve designed the course to be a 10 week program. The tutorial videos and material will be released in 3 parts over the 10 week period. At the conclusion of each part, there will be a short assignment to complete. There will be periods through the course which will allow for consolidation of the material covered, so there’s a balance between the program being too rigid or too flexible. More details to come, keep your eyes on your inbox for an email from me in a couple of days with further details.

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  4. Lynn

    Greg….. this approach makes sense. I have only been playing for two years, mostly blues. However my ambition is to sit in with a local Jazz group on jam night. Anxious to see your new course

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Hi Lynn, thanks for your feedback! Yes this new course is a good fit for your goals – by the end of the program you’ll be able to confidently improvise over 5 of the most commonly played jazz standards at jam sessions.

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  5. Lou

    Hi Greg,
    Your logical approach is a breath of fresh hope !
    The second and third videos complete and consolidate the presentation of your
    total approach to jazz improvisation on guitar.

    Well done !!

    Thank you, & keep up the good work & inspiration.

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Thanks so much Lou – I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this series!

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  6. Frank Saunders

    Hi Greg, as I mentioned earlier I like your approach,especially for beginning. I wish I was thinking as you suggest years ago.while berklee is excellent place I find their guitar teachings to be lacking. Too much theory etc.I’m sure you’ve heard this. Right now I’m working on position playing as I see the advantage for fast changes and complex chord patterns that don’t fit into the usual 2,5,1 or,1, 6,2,5,1 etc.I’m doing this with arpeggios.how would this fit into your system.would seem this would require different approach.thanks,frank

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Hi Frank, thanks for your kind feedback on my approach! Re: your question regarding faster and more complex chord changes, these videos and my new course are designed for building the foundation. I’ve essentially conducted an 80/20 analysis on jazz- i.e. what is the 20% of everything you need to study in jazz to get 80% of the results you want. this is why this course focuses more on the core chord progressions to learn rather than more advanced harmonies.

      Having said that though, an important thing to note here is that you can often use lines that you originally learned over basic major, minor and dominant cords and the common progressions and actually apply them to more complex changes. When you look at a complex chord changed, the first thing to do is to see if the approach can be simplified at all. Can any of the chords be disregarded, or anticipated? One of the best tips that I was ever given was that “for faster harmonies, play slower” – this means you have the option to play LESS when there are more complex changes, as the changes themselves will provide a lot of the interest in the music.

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      • Frank Saunders

        Thanks Greg, this sort of occured to me this morning while practice ing. I noticed the simple melodic line going through complex changes and worked on this and variations with backing track.the repetition of this interspersed with arpeggio will guide you to other notes.thanks for comment.

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  7. Jean

    I really love your approach of teaching Jazz to each other, and I read and work on those ”new” concepts about every day. The only question about this new course would be ….what level do I need to be able following the course and what material is necessary to send you back my guitar work.

    Fantastic job, thank you

    Jean

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Hi Jean, thanks for your kind words! Re: your queries about the new course: an early to late intermediate level would be a good fit for this course. E.g. can play guitar reasonably well but struggling with learning to improvise. As long as you know how to play basic chords, melodies, and scales on the guitar you should be fine. To send back material for feedback during the course, 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 a smartphone would be fine. Cheers!

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  8. Larry Peyser

    Hi Greg,

    I have been playing chords and comp fill-in runs to back up bands and soloists for years. When it came time to take a ride, I have felt less than confident. Listening to recordings of those solos has led me to avoid the opportunities in subsequent performances. Confidence loss by example of less than confident play!

    Just working with the advise you offered in video two by copying just two ii-7, V7, I lines from the Jazz Fake book, internalizing and mingling them has opened my eyes and treated my ears to the kinds of jazz sounds I have heard but never had confidence to perform.

    I am looking to build confidence given what I expect to learn from your course

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  9. Lou Minn

    Hi Greg.
    A wonderful trio of videos that you’ve created here. Your teaching style resonates well with me and probably everybody else who has left a comment. Just curious how much daily or weekly practice time do you suggest that needs to be invested in this jazz improv course. I have a tendency to be a chronic ‘noodler’. The fact that you and your community of students provide feedback seems to be a solid motivating factor to ‘keep going’. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with these three videos.

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Hi Lou, thanks for your kind feedback and I’m thrilled that you have enjoyed these videos.

      Re: practice time for the course, I would say a good minimum amount would be at least 45 minutes of practice time per day, at least 5 days a week. This all depends of course on how much you focus in your sessions and if you are studying the material in the course. Each module in the course includes a detailed practice plan so you’ll know exactly how to manage your time in each practice session effectively. Cheers, Greg

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