Knowing is not enough…

by | Oct 26, 2017 | Articles, General Updates | 0 comments

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ― Bruce Lee
I love Bruce Lee quotes.

And this one is particularly relevant to learning jazz guitar.


There’s a problem I see over and over again when students try to learn jazz.

Know all the theory? Check.

Know all the scale patterns? Check.

Know the discography of every major jazz player to grace this earth? Check.


Can they bust out a great solo?


They still struggle.

Struggle to improvise. Struggle to hold a steady rhythm feel in their comping. Struggle with playing a non-clunky chord melody.

The result?

They are too afraid to play their jazz guitar to anyone because they know it’s not up to scratch.
Why is this?

The reason:

Just knowing, in Bruce Lee’s words, is not enough.

You need to apply what you know (in the right way).

Here’s the thing:

If you want to be comfortable in any playing situation,
If you want to wow the crowd at the next local jam session,

If you want that special thrill that only comes from busting out a great solo in the heat of the moment,

Or if you simply want to play a few great sounding solo guitar tunes to your significant other and make them see why your spending all this time with this strange wooden box with six strings,

You need to DO – not just know.

In my upcoming new program, the FretDojo Academy Club, you’ll definitely have plenty to DO so you can get your jazz playing to where you want it to be.

Every single month in the Club will feature an all-new, complete end-to-end walkthrough on a classic jazz standard to add to your set list – with instruction on how to play it in a variety of playing situations (including solo guitar).

The result?

You’ll never be caught out being asked to play something on the spot, and going into an internal panic, because someone heard you were a “jazz player”.

Chord melody, single line improvisation, melody, comping – the works. (And just enough practical theory to help make sense of everything).

You’ll have monthly goals for your practice, you’ll build your set list step by step, and you’ll also have the opportunity to get feedback on your playing by an expert.

Isn’t it about time you start doing something with your jazz guitar that actually gets you to your goals? Get yourself on the early bird list to join the new Club – and make Bruce Lee proud:

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.
  • Detailed comping ideas to suit the style of each jazz standard covered
  • 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.
  • Optional monthly challenges where members participate to get feedback on their playing, reach new milestones and be eligible for cool prizes.

The best part:

You can access this all of this and more for just $1 by signing up to a 14 day trial. Go here for more info:

Zàijiàn (see you soon),



Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education

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