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@Jon Cooper it's not some mysterious language that requires the Rosetta stone. Understanding the concepts isn't that hard. But the application and turning those concepts into beauty is the lifelong endeavor.
@Frank Dernoncourt I picked one song for each guitarist that influenced me one way or another. For Larry Carlton for example, his 'name' isn't there, but we all know that he was the soloist for steely dan's Kid Charlemagne etc. purely subjective list of players I like a lot.
I really don't get it. I mean...so what should I do first of all...? the scales, and arpeggios and stuffs...? or memorizing fingerboard...? To be honest, these amounts of new informations overwhelming me and I really wanna know what is the right 'first step'. As a beginner jazz learner, I thought, frankly, 'is it even possible to me to play jazz....?' Well, I'm sorry but could anyone tell me the right path...? This is too frustrating...
Personally, I would take autumn leaves and learn the melody and the chords. Learn how to play the chords in time. Do it over and over again. Think 'im going to be musical' every time. I'd record ten chrosuses of the chords into a recording device and then start on chord tones. Whole notes doing all the roots, then the thirds, them fifths, sevenths/ninths and 11ths. Go slowly!!!!!! Don't practice fast ever.
In the "Classroom" @Coach Marc-Andre Seguin has created Apple Music and Spotify playlists for historically significant jazz albums and guitar focused jazz albums. For those who do not have Spotify or Apple Music, I have duplicated these lists on YouTube Music. Here are the links: Historically significant Jazz Albums: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67JCS3UfryzMNvop_7HJX2rfkceRRSEW&si=FcJ0esqRIjfmpsax Historically significant Guitar-Focused Jazz Albums https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67JCS3UfryyYOFavNmIM0cAWHGQ_mLpU&si=qv0rhUr4Cc4zjCRQ NOTE: Coach Marc graciously approved this posting
That was quite challenging, almost felt like that l've returned to 15 years old first time player. Felt shame to myself that underestimating theories and just learned to play 'cool sounding' songs, without proper thinking.
The key is always isolating trouble spots. Whether it's a tricky chord change or a challenging head. Isolation is key. And spend time thinking about fingering. Fingering possibilities complicate things quite a bit, but thinking through options can help open up the fretboard
What scales can you use for each chord in a minor 2-5-1 progression? In this video, @Coach Marc-Andre Seguin will give you shortcuts on how you can go to the next chord, or destination, with these approaches using the modes of the melodic minor. Use these tips to spice things up in your improv, giving your playing a bit of "exotic" sound.
Here is Blue Monk after I did Blue Bossa first!! Not overly happy with it. I started to mess with arpeggios so I think it feels very mechanical with a repetitive motif - but I did learn a new tune and some arpeggios!
@Mark Jennings-Bates its getting there though. Just needs more fluidity. For me, it helps if I say to myself, "I'm really going to feel it now". Unless I'm spending an hour working on a fingering or a technical issue I always try to be expressive. Intent is everything. When I play with Mike he always tells me "just go for it"
I guess a question for you folks is whether you want to hear more of these. I have about twenty tunes I've written so far and am thinking about posting all of them with the lead sheets on my YouTube channel
I am having trouble finding live people to jam with where I live. So, lately, I have been considering whether jamming online in real time might be an option. I have read some good reviews of various free and open access jamming software packages, on reddit and other platforms, so I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with this crazy idea, and with what results. Thanks in advance.