In the heat of a musical battle, flight hours count

by | Nov 20, 2017 | Articles, General Updates |

A veteran air pilot, in the heat of battle, has little time to think.

Incredibly complex situations unfolding in the space of a microsecond.

Balancing multiple attackers…

Navigating a clear route…

Identifying targets…

To be able to survive in this situation, it’s not just a case of “knowing the rules”.

A successful pilot in battle requires a deeper form of knowing. A kind of intuitive, spontaneous and natural response to circumstance.

How do you get to this state?

Well, there’s something to be said for ‘flight hours’. Plain, old-fashioned experience on the job, in the real world.

And this truth is not reserved just for the air force.

For jazz, it’s exactly the same.

And for this reason, access to an experienced, master musician is the most precious resource you can find.

Often it’s the small, subtle things that a veteran muso says, almost offhand, that can drastically change your development as a musician and put you on the right track.

This isn’t just theoretical. It’s happened to me a few times.

For example, take the conversations I’ve had with Howard Alden, an internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist. I believe he’s one of the worlds true “Generals” of jazz guitar.

Howard’s got plenty of musical ‘flight hours’ under his belt, that’s for sure. Here’s a guitarist that has spent the large part of his life clocking up thousands of sellout jazz performances from all across across the globe.

By talking with him, Howard has given me some incredible shortcuts to take my playing to places I’ve never thought possible.

And, (incredibly), you’ve now got the opportunity to have this experience too…

Here’s the deal:

Howard Alden is giving an exclusive live online jazz guitar workshop this week for FretDojo.

In the wokshop, Howard’s going to show you some easy but powerful techniques to transform your jazz melody playing, improvisation, and chord melodies by use of the ‘Parallel 3rds’ technique.

There will also be an opportunity to ask Howard your burning questions about any aspect of jazz guitar playing you need help with, right there in the session.

To reserve your place before they run out, go here:

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education


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