Video: Jamming On Green Dolphin Street

by | Feb 9, 2016 | Chord Melody Guitar, Performance Videos | 32 comments

A quick post today – this is a video of yours truly jamming on this classic jazz standard by Bronisław Kaper & Ned Washington, Green Dolphin Street. I thought that you might be interested to check this out.

Following on from the recent post I released on chord melody guitar playing, this video is an example of how you can apply some of the concepts I covered in that lesson.

I’ve been very inspired lately by Lenny’s Breau’s approach to chord melody and chord soloing, so I’m sure you’ll hear some of his ideas coming through in this video ;-)

Lenny used a lot of 3rds and 7ths voicings in his soloing, which are very useful if you need to quickly grab chord voicings if you are doing a fast-moving chord solo or chord melody.

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Enjoy! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

32 Comments

  1. Gerry

    really fantastic greg,thanks

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      • Vlado K.

        One of my top five standards. I really enjoyed your playing.

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      • Howard Lane

        Wow!!! Absolutely top notch, Greg.

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    • Michael

      That was fantastic, it’s one of my favourite tunes ( also on my one day I will learn this list . )

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      • Greg O'Rourke

        Thanks for your feedback Michael, glad you enjoyed!

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    • Benny

      I love the clarity in your note choices. Impressive stuff indeed. Cant wait for a day when I will be able nail down jazz like that.

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      • Greg O'Rourke

        Glad you enjoyed this one Benny – thanks for checking this out!

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    • Jason

      Awesome . And thank u for sharing.

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  2. Tom

    Really nice … seems to have been well worth staying up all night ;-)
    That was fun listening, thanks for sharing.
    Cheers,
    Tom

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Thanks for your kind feedback Tom! It’s a great tune that one :)

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  3. tim taylor

    holy crap, that is some awesome playing!! Very inspiring, this is what kids should do when they stay up all night (I have officially turned into my dad)

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  4. Rick

    Met Lenny many times here in Ottawa Ont. Canada. He played at a coffee house, L’ Hibou. Got to interview him for local university station. Sat up all night and watched him work magic on my 1957 Gibson ES-175 D. Incredible chord voicings, harmonics, finger dexterity. Loved Bill Evans piano style and arrangements, wanted to emulate them on the guitar. I still have three narrow thumb picks he gave me. Loved Gerry Reed as well. A true genius on guitar ?

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    • Mark

      Wow–I met a man here in my area that knew Lenny in winnapeg. Lenny was a genius. Some guitar players (not naming names)—they are truly awesome, but I understand what they do, I just can’t do it. Project out a hundred years of practice, and yes, maybe I could do that. With Lenny, I have no clue what he’s even doing a lot of the time.

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  5. Ralph

    Very nice.

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  6. Jan Arne Hansen

    Hi
    Great performance Greg

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Thanks for you kind feedback Jan Arne :-)

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  7. Claude

    Very nice indeed, thank you!

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  8. Joseph

    Awesome chord melody arrangement and performance!
    I need to get a lot better to pull that one off.

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      Thanks for your kind comments Joseph – I appreciate you!

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  9. Enrico Toso

    Hello,thank you very much for the video,i like the arrangement but also i’m surprised from the sound of the guitar,i see it’s a Yamaha
    Pacifica,but i don’t see the model,can you descrive me?

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    • Greg O'Rourke

      It’s a Mike Stern model Enrico – hope this helps!

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  10. Bob

    Very nice voicings

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  11. Andrew

    Fabulous arrangement, great playing. Terrific!

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  12. Jose Velez

    I really liked the tempo, and the combination of the single lines with the chords.

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  13. John

    I liked the tempo and the way it flowed over the length of the neck. Very nice.

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  14. John

    I liked it moved over the length of the neck. Very nice.

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  15. Thei Geenen

    That’s awsome Greg , I really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing this

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  16. Kevin Ingraham

    Very Cool Stuff! Noticed you didn’t use a pick or even a jazz box. Goes to show what you can do with a lot of talent and practice. Can’t even imagine playing something like that as my old fingers would never make the stretch , not to mention the movement. Very nice sound . Remember years ago seeing a guy playing jazz on a Tele in a book store and was blown away. In my early ignorance always thought of those guitars as sort of twang boxes , but roll off the treble and you can play anything. Again, very nice!

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  17. Lucky

    Wonderful playing Greg. As a beginning jazz guitar player, this really inspires me to keep on practicing and learning from you. Great work Greg.

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