It’s great to suck for a while

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Articles, General Updates |

Do you know one of the biggest stumbling blocks is getting started with jazz guitar?

This is a big one:

Thinking you need to sound perfect right from the start.

Ironically, this is one of the things that will block you from improving with jazz.

Here’s why:

Mistakes are crucially important to make when you are developing your improvising skills in the woodshed.

The reason:

It’s only through playing the ‘wrong notes’ that you learn what the actual ‘right notes’ are.


Mastering jazz improvisation is all about learning how to use ‘wrong’ notes – as a way to smoothly lead to the right ones.

As one of my students John commented once:

“There are no wrong notes, only wrong resolutions”.

So take note:

It’s ok to suck for a while. It’s an important part of the learning process.

If you’re looking for somewhere to experiment with learning how to improvise in a safe, encouraging and nonjudgemental environment, then look no further than my online Club.

Details here:

Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education


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