Dear fellow musician, Sometime ago I realized something that every guitar player goes through, whether beginner, intermediate, advanced or world class. We all think we suck. I'm not kidding. Everybody at any stage in the learning process. We all think we're not getting anywhere. And we wonder if we ever will. Beginners think they will never be able to play that F major bar chord at the first fret.
Intermediates think they will never be able to create a musical solo over chord changes. Advanced players wonder if they will ever master playing over Giant Steps and the world's greatest players think they will never come up with anything Gaining Momentum (Hard Hammer Mix) - Hammer* - Gaining Momentum and fresh. What a lovely way to open a letter I hear you Set Me Free - Various - Jazz Not House Vol.1 Well, you may think this sounds odd but in fact, this is all a VERY positive thing.
Let me explain why If we were all completely happy with our guitar playing, nobody would ever improve and there would be nobody great to look up Then The Answer Came - Mahalia Jackson - Mahalia Jacksons Greatest Hits and get inspired.
The thing is, the beginner student looks up to the intermediate, the intermediate player praises the advanced player and the advanced player worships the world's greatest, and that is exactly how it should be. So where do you fit into all this and why on earth am I talking about it? It's really true, every player, probably including you, feels like they are not getting anywhere.
The truth is, we go through peaks and plateaus in our playing. When we think we are not improving, this is usually the time when things really start to take off, simply because we are more aware than ever that we seem to be in a rut and we really want to do something about it.
Listen, if you simply love how you play, why improve? Why search out new things? Fortunately, few guitar players feel this way about their own playing and this is exactly why this is a good thing, not a bad one.
We are simply opening the channels to get to the next place. And I guarantee this is the reason you have landed on this page. So Estácio, Eu E Você - Luiz Melodia - Pérola Negra. You have just taken your jazz guitar playing to the next level.
And no one is more happy than I to hear that, because one of the things that thrills me in life is to watch people become successful, in any walk of life. And because I'm a jazz musician, one of my favorite things is to see gifted guitar players realize their potential. Let me start by saying it's by far the best guitar instructional video series I've ever purchased for any style of music, bar none. And trust me when I say, I have a library of books and videos.
It has totally changed my playing and set me on a course to become a Set Me Free - Various - Jazz Not House Vol.1 jazz guitarist. Thanks to you and your course the mysterious and cryptic elements of jazz guitar are starting to click for me. I can't thank you enough for creating this course.
God bless. You lay it out very clearly and the musical ideas are all super cool, especially the II - V - I bebop phrases. I also liked your solos over "All the Things You Are" and the other tunes, too.
In fact, all your solos have good, solid construction and a very swinging feel. I think this course will be very helpful to anyone that's looking to play over changes. Playing through this course will give the serious student of the instrument a more linear way to play up and down the neck, and in turn expand their range on the guitar.
I can tell a LOT of work went into this project All the best! I am not a private teacher. I used to be. I certainly did my fair share of that for many years, but for the last 15 years I've been a professional touring and jazz recording artist and this aspect of my life has taken over.
But being in the trenches, if you will, performing and playing with world class musicians gives a unique perspective that one might not Set Me Free - Various - Jazz Not House Vol.1 from a private teacher.
Part of that perspective is knowing what we need to get together in order to be a great player, a real professional, if you will. Set Me Free - Various - Jazz Not House Vol.1 learn to amass real-world resources to be able to cope in real-life playing situations. We don't have time to spend studying too many abstract theories, we need to get the notes under our fingers in a practical way so we can perform. So one of the things I have realized is that many teachers are making things overly complicated when they try to impart information to their students.
Music is a language, it shouldn't be complicated. Think of it like this. Let's say I live in a foreign country and you come to visit me, but you don't speak my language.
Let's say I give you a dictionary so you can learn all the words in my language. Do you think you'd be any the wiser? I would say hardly. You can learn all the words in that dictionary, but unless you know how to put several of those words together in a sentence, you will still be lost in my country. You still need to learn grammar and context, and understand how to construct sentences.
In short, you need to learn the language. And it is exactly the same when we talk about jazz. I can show you every altered jazz chord and every scale that every great player has ever used and you'll STILL be none the wiser. Much like my dictionary I gave you, you still need to know how to construct musical sentences.
It's well thought out and easy to use. It's bound to appeal to players who can play but want to learn jazz. I'm totally impressed with the intelligence and organization of this.
You are also a totally natural teacher. Well done mate! I remember when I studied classical guitar at music college in London. I would spend one morning every week going to my guitar teacher's house for a lesson. I looked forward to that time so much for two reasons.
First, he was a truly great classical guitarist, and second, he was passionate about the guitar and he would use me as an audience to play a new piece he was working up for a concert. This part of the lesson, simply listening to him play, was the most inspiring and rewarding part. His playing oozed musicality at the highest level. He was a perfectionist. I wanted that, I had to have it. So I feel like I personally improved in leaps and bounds simply by listening and watching him alone, because watching my mentor play inspired me to want to go and practice.
And this is why I want to pass this on to you. We are living in a video world. And a digital world. We are very lucky to have these tools at our fingertips and I am extremely excited to introduce this video masterclass series to you.
I believe what you are about to see will change the face of the music instructional market. I want to show you by example, just as my mentor did for me all those years ago. But there is a difference. I can't go back and relive those The Dream - Gong - The Mystery And The History Of The Planet Gong guitar lessons I had, they are merely distant memories for me now.
But for you, you will always be able to refer back to these videos. I'm going to show you how to build your jazz vocabulary without learning a million licks and I hope to inspire you at the same time, by showing you Set Me Free - Various - Jazz Not House Vol.1 jazz language in a real performance situation. This is not for beginners. You should be an intermediate player who has, in a perfect world, delved into jazz to some degree, but most importantly, you should have the fundamentals under your fingers.
Lesson 2: Building Vocabulary Part 1 Here we will discuss associating melody notes with chords and ways to traverse the fretboard, visualizing everything as we go. Lesson 3: Building Vocabulary Part 2 I'm going to show you 10 melodic lines, ascending and descending, that work in so many harmonic situations, that you will amass a ton of melodic vocabulary by the end of this lesson alone. Lesson 4: Connecting Phrases Knowing exactly how to incorporate new vocabulary into your existing vocabulary is the key to building a never ending resource of ideas that we can draw from.
This is the answer to all those questions I get from guitarists who say " I just can't sound good soloing through chord changes ". This lesson will change your world! Learning how to really swing is a rarity! And interacting with others so it puts a smile on everyone's face is a case of having a few simple tools at your fingertips.
In this lesson you will learn the fine art of rhythm playing. In fact the notation is right underneath each video, viewd from your internet browser, so you can pause the video and look at that particular bar, analyze it and see exactly how I performed it. I have notated the music using traditional music notation and TAB underneath that.
The TAB, as much as all professional musicians hate to see it, actually came in useful as it enabled me to show you exactly where I performed the notes on the fretboard. Chris - this looks great and the formatting, visual presentation and overall organization of the material is excellent! You look great on camera and seem very comfortable and natural in your delivery.
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