JAZZ GUITAR Improvisation Lesson – Lateral Melody Trick

by | Aug 5, 2019 | Jazz Guitar Lessons | 10 comments

In this video, you’ll learn a very cool jazz guitar soloing approach that Jonathan Kreisberg plays over his version of Out Of Nowhere – The Lateral Melody Trick!

This video is an excerpt of a course published in my FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy, my online jazz guitar learning platform.

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Greg O’Rourke

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  1. Richard

    It looks like you are basically using the same sequence of notes on different areas of the fretboard so it’s an easy way to riff on the melody. Thanks for the tip.

    • Greg O'Rourke

      Thanks for your comment Richard and for checking out the video :)

  2. James Kangas

    I might have called this parallel instead of lateral, but it’s a definite thing. Another one that works really well is those first three notes of Misty. It’s 5-3-7 on the first bar, but it easily works as b3-R-5 on minor sevenths, etc.

    • Greg O'Rourke

      Yes you have a point James :) Agreed that it’s a trick that can work with many motifs and ideas. It’s more an exploratory thing where you can try playing the shape of a phrase in different places of the fretboard to see what effects you can get.

  3. Dan

    Fabulous Greg! Always great to hear from you. Enjoy how you pick up on those interesting modes/motifs etc. Thanks for sharing your insight!

    • Greg O'Rourke

      It’s a pleasure Dan – I appreciate you!

  4. William Beatty

    cool and smooth like a good beer.

  5. neil

    not sure where to play that idea, how to start it..

    • Viscount

      So after stating the first phrase, where do you repeat it and does it fit the chords?

  6. Benton Howie

    great mini lesson.


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