Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

by | Apr 20, 2018 | Articles, General Updates |

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “The Matrix” is where the hero’s elusive guide Morpheus says:

“Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

A cool line from a movie for sure, but also profound words of wisdom – that highlight a major error many jazz students make.

What is it?

Again and again, I meet jazz students from all over the world with the same story.

They know the ins and outs of jazz harmony to a highly advanced level.

They know every scale and arpeggio pattern in the book (and, just to show off, in every position on the fretboard too).

They know the stylistic differences between bebop, hard bop and post bop.


They can’t improvise to save themselves.

Their creativity is trapped in “paralysis by analysis”- what Morpheus meant by someone only “knowing the path”.

However, I prefer the “walking the path” approach.

Rather than getting too bogged down in endless scale patterns and theory overload, I start by showing students only the most important chord progressions to focus on, along with classic lines that fit these progressions.

Through this approach, you can “reverse engineer” improvisation by extracting jazz soloing concepts and vocabulary as you “get your hands dirty” working these lines into your solos, in progressively more creative ways.

The best part:

My course that’s been released this week, “The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation”, is a complete roadmap for learning how to solo over the most important jazz chord progressions. The course gives you a clear step-by-step method of the essential practice techniques for developing improvisation, so you can finally have that rock-solid foundation for secure, musical soloing you’re looking for.

The path is now laid out for you Neo. You just need to walk it.

Go here to begin your journey:


Greg O’Rourke,

Founder, Fret Dojo

World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education


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