Learn how to apply basic and intermediate jazz vocabulary in time to in order to create compelling (improvised) jazz guitar solos on standard progressions! Improv (short-hand for IMPROVisation) is the differentiation skill in jazz: it separates "ok" guitarists from "great" guitarists!
Master the Changes with this Tutorial for Intermediate Guitarists
-Focus your efforts on one of the most intensive Pillars of Improvisation: "Connecting Chords Logically"
-Take your understanding of chordscales and guide-tones to the next level
-Learn how to make your jazz vocabulary fit the music more smoothly
-Learn "tricks" to hear *exactly* what you're playing
-Revisit the Blues form, All the Things You Are, and Autumn Leaves and go deeper!
-Watch over 60 minutes of call-and-response-style video instruction
-Use a 3-step process for applications on any/all standards you'll come across!
The Ideal "How the heck do I play the changes?!" Tutorial
Improv (a.k.a as soloing), in a jazz context, is the fine art of creating melodic lines that accurately reflect the chords in the song. It not only requires the jazz improviser to create lines in the spur of the moment that really 'fit the chords'—these lines have to have a logical flow that knits these chords together in logical ways. Good improvisations (and great improvisers) constitute the backbone of this century-long tradition. In brief, if you want to be a good jazz musician, you must become a confident improviser! :-)
The balanced approach in this guitar tutorial ensures that you learn some concepts as well as some practical soloing ideas. Expanding on the fundamentals of chordscales and basic jazz harmony from Improv 101, this course teaches you how to really start "playing the changes" in jazz.
Content and Overview
Through over 60 minutes of video instruction, you'll be able to understand our trademark method for teaching improvisation: The Three Pillars of Improvisation. Focusing on the 2nd Pillar of Improvisation, "Connecting Chords Logically", you will practice more advanced rhythmic and harmonic techniques with Marc to refine your improvised melodies and make them more cohesive and compelling.
Building on the concepts from Improv 101, you will explore and develop techniques applying specific chordscales to chords in time; use guide-tones as targets for creating a cohesive line between chords; apply arpeggios more organically in a melodic way; and navigate multiple paths to melodic targets. Through it all, Marc-Andre Seguin will teach you the best way he knows how: by showing you, and then by getting you to try it yourself. Marc's signature call-and-response-style practice videos allow you to not only try out what you learned in a lesson—they let you see and hear how a real jazz guitarist does it! There's no better way to learn than through hearing real examples, and trying them out for yourself.
Just like in Improv 101, we have included a few "discussion" videos at the end of the course to help you understand the more abstract elements of improvisation. Watch these videos, then tackle some of the play-along practice videos again with Marc's advice in mind. Intentional repetition is the key to unlocking the secrets of becoming a confident jazz improviser.
NOTICE: this course is the 2nd in a series of other improvisation courses. It builds off of Improv 101, and the material will continue in Improv 103—to be released later in 2017.
Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, "brains behind" and teacher on JazzGuitarLessons.net, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar.
He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.
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