Want To Work With Me? Hey everyone, I just opened a few more spots for new students in the Jazz Guitar Accelerator program. 🎸 This is exclusively for those who are serious about improving their jazz guitar playing. The goal is to 4x your skills in the first 90 days. Here’s what’s going to happen: When you join, you get access to a coach, accountability, practice tools, all the videos and PDFs (all songs and exercises) …and actual real live feedback on your video assignment submissions on an ongoing basis. And you will thus ensure that -1- your progress is real, measurable, and quick (right off the bat) and -2- you master all the subtle tools that allow you to continue improving your game for years to come, and -3- you never get stuck in a rut ever again. With frequent feedback on your playing, we can “nip in the bud” any bad habits or nuisance for your playing, early on. --> The program is actually based mostly on the students receiving direct, honest, objective, and complete feedback with guidance on the next steps. <-- Not only that, but the program also grants you access to a community of friends and mentors, including other guitarists who are exactly where you are (or have been there relatively recently). It's a natural extension of Jazz Guitar Fellowship ... We are using SKOOL (plus Zoom calls) to get this going. So it’s really simple on the technological front (not another Facebook group, I promise!) All you need really is a device connected to the internet and your guitar. Bring your A-game, a smile, something to take notes … and some grit and perseverance, because things are about to get real! :) Most of the program is based on direct interaction with you. That’s where real progress happens, and where we see (and hear!) breakthroughs every week. The enrollment is for a one-year period, and during that time we use several “iterations” of back-and-forth to ensure you always have the proper guidance, at your levels, and that all your questions are answered in a timely fashion.
Hey guys -- the Quickstart lessons are *live* on Skool here: https://www.skool.com/jazz-guitar-fellowship/classroom/dd957b5c?md=b5f3aa12518c481398acae1030d7c1be Please watch the trainings, take notes, and get ready to have amazing results in your playing! Once your done, please leave a comment below to consider this "Action as Complete" 🎸
First off, thank you to everyone who posted Autumn leaves for the september challenge. We had great submissions, very varied, it was vert cool. It's never too late for those of you who would like to post it eventually. For octobre i thought we might do ''Blue Monk''. I think a blues could be cool. So like for september, when you're ready post your video under ''october challenge''. You could play just the chords, just the melody, a chord melody, improv... anything you find challenging. You can find it in ''the vault''.
Here's an exercise I'm currently doing using a transcription from a video by Nick Mainella about building a solo using only chord tones. Beyond the concept of limiting the notes to those of the arpeggios of the chords, very interesting by the way, my exercise consists of being able to count each beat to really realize where in the measure each musical phrase is placed and how these phrases lead us to the downbeats, the 1st and 3rd beats of the measures. My apologies if I count in French. I tried in English but I'm not able at that speed. Anyway, I think this exercise should be done much more slowly to get a good feel for the phrases and their placement in the measure. https://youtu.be/mjYfY77b_vU
I recently found out, so perhaps others don't know, that iReal can run on Windows based laptops/desktops IF you are running Windows 11. Of course it also runs on Apple products. Here's a link: https://www.irealpro.com/
This was my challenge in the accelerator. And it was a challenge. I'm happy with the result but i'll have to come back to it eventyally. Now i need a break from it i've been practicing it for quite a while! https://youtu.be/-5hgDuw2OB8?si=lg8E2UiBEtIe8Rky
Meanwhile here in the beginner's corner, this is my recording from last night (just in time for what I guess is the nominal September timeframe anyway!). Feedback welcomed and here are my immediate learning points: 1) Filming is a great discipline for the all the reasons mentioned but the camera is unforgiving. I spent an hour doing various takes yesterday evening. 2) Find someone who loves you to share your jazz journey and give feedback. I played (even more) imperfectly to a son last weekend and my wife watched the video this morning. "It could sound smoother." she said and I know what she means. It seems rather staccato. Any tips? 3) There's still loads to improve e.g. I have struggled with that chromatic approach to Gm7. Timing is off in places and some of the chords sound muddy. The melody could be enhanced. It's the first time I have committed a song to memory and I still hesitate on where next to place the fingers. Strangely I'm not fed up of the song so it shows what a cracking tune it is. 4) Where next? Play with a backing track? Overall pleased I have finally made the effort to record and share. https://youtu.be/t6uWz2Wu57k
Please do the following ASAP: -1- Watch the attached video and read the "Welcome" post. -2- Introduce yourself (make a new post in the "presentation" category) -3- Go a like and comment 2-3 guitarists' introduction on the JG Fellowship. Welcome aboard! 🎸 PS To consider this "action as complete", write a comment below such as "done!"
My first attempt at Autumn Leaves was a bit messy. Here's another go, which I think is a little better, although the tempo might still need some improvement. It helps when you actually learn the song, rather than playing when you think "should" be there. As much as learning the song properly, I had to unlearn my mistakes. https://youtu.be/J4_qG7Bsen0
Recently, my grand-daughter asked me to accompany her for a coming school performance, which I regard as quite an honour. Apparently, her music teacher is comfortable with this. We first recorded the vocal and guitar parts, and I subsequently over-dubbed the guitar for the video. The timing is a little stilted in parts, because I had to ensure that the vocal would come back in at the right time after the guitar solo, and there was no metronome track (which I would have had difficulty sticking to in any case. This has been a work in progress, and some parts of the guitar have been cleaned up since the recording. https://youtu.be/tAdPJbabp9c
If you’re a guitarist and a lifelong lover of music looking to finally “crack” the jazz code, then continue reading… After helping 100s of students to make jazz guitar a walk in the park, and start improvising and comping convincingly… I was carefully documenting all the most common problems that they were experiencing… And based on that, I developed a step-by-step system that will without fail help people progress way faster with their jazz guitar playing, and avoid the most common pitfalls… I spent literally hundreds of hours just assembling the system in a document… And YEARS actually figuring it out… And, after keeping these secrets private for a few months… I decided to share it… I was thinking about the price it’s worth… But if you know me, you know that I’m not a huge advocate of selling information… In fact, I started to hate courses, memberships, and other crap. I can’t stand all the online gurus that are splitting hair, and not showing students how to play effing songs in the end… So even though this is much different and immensely more valuable than everything else… I decided to… Give it away. For free. $0. Why? You see… My belief is that every guitarist deserves to consistently see the progress in their playing… And be certain that he is practicing the right things that will eventually make him/her better… There isn’t a worse feeling than “running in place” for YEARS… And not having consistent progress and growth in proportion to the time that you put in… So I decided to give my best to help with that. And further on… I will start revealing all of my secrets for free. The first thing you’ll get is an extensive guide on how to improvise and comp on the jazz guitar CONVINCINGLY. If you would like to get it, just comment “guide” and I’ll personally send it to you.
Hi all, my name is Reptilicus (actually Ted) and have been playing guitar since 1965. Started on classical guitar when I was 9 yr old . Self taught and played mostly rock and blues. I have recently retired and would like to learn to play jazz for my own pleasure. Besides guitar, I play the clarinet and bassoon.
Jazz has always intrigued me and I love to listen to the style but never "got it" or knew how to play it or where to even begin. Hopefully, I have found a place where I can learn at my own pace and get some really helpful tips on everything from basics to advanced as I start my journey. I have been playing for 30 plus years on and off and even studied music in college for a brief time but switched majors.
Hello to everybody!! I am a Colombian guitar student... I want to improve my guitar and musical skills by learning jazz. I hope I can learn a lot of things in this group and also I hope to help to anyone who need my help!
The is my conveyor belt 4 chorus edition of Autumn Leaves. I cringe inside and completely foul up every time I see a camera is pointed at me, you'd swear it was a gun pointed to my head. It is something I am just going to have to do a lot of and get used if I want to participate in this fellowship
I recently saw a YouTube from @Coach Marc-Andre Seguin that showed a finger exercise which he picked up from some shredder on the internet. Watch this video and tell me what the heck is going on with me and do you have a similar issue?
Hello everyone, I'm Jim. Played guitar in teens/twenties then took very long hiatus. Retired now and getting back into guitar for a while and have dabbled in jazz a little. Would like to immerse in it and see what happens.
I, quite by accident, landed on the page linked below. Bob Keller apparently died within the last year but this page still exists. It has links to a ton of jazz resources. I don't want to take the time to look at all this stuff but some of you may be interested. Here you go, have fun: https://www.cs.hmc.edu/~keller/jazz/
I was after a couple of things here: a more deliberate phrasing, as opposed to just noodling up and down the scale, and staying the same area of the fretboards. If you are curious about the results, feel free to check it out, and thanks for watching.