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Jazz Guitar Improv 101

Your Starting Point to Learn Jazz Improvisation on the Guitar

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Learn the basic concepts, scales and arpeggios you'll need to create convincing jazz guitar (improvised) solos on standard progressions. Improv (a short for IMPROVisation) is the differentiation skill in jazz: it separates "ok" from "great" guitarists!

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Build a Strong Foundation in Improvisation with this Tutorial for Guitarists of ALL Levels

-Understand the concepts behind "Three Pillars of Improvisation"
-Play one-octave scales to simplify your life
-Apply scales to the II-V-I (all keys)
-Start to improvise with a blend of scales and arpeggios
-Learn "tricks" to hear *exactly* what you're playing
-Apply your knowledge on Blues, All the Things You Are and Autumn Leaves
-Watch over 60 minutes of step-by-step video instruction
-Use a 3-step process for applications on any/all standards you'll come across!

The Ideal "Where do I start with jazz guitar Improvisation?!" 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 allows the jazz improviser to create lines in the spur of the moment that really 'fit the chords'. Good improvisations (and great improvisers) constitute the backbone of the american jazz tradition. In brief, if you want to be a good jazz musician, you must first become a decent improviser! :-)

The balanced approach in this guitar tutorial ensures that you learn some concepts as well as some practical soloing ideas. In short, at the end of the course, you'll have decent chops for soloing, being able to properly outline the chord changes as they fly by during your improvisation.

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. Then you'll play on concrete examples of the first pillar to see/hear it in action. The melodies you'll improvise will fit onto timeless jazz chord progressions.

As the course progresses, you'll be exposed to several different techniques to ensure your improvised solo lines accurately reflect the chord progressions at hand. We'll do so on Autumn Leaves and All the Things You Are as well as on some basic blues progressions.

After becoming a master at playing 100% accurate notes on the "chord of the moment" and developing your ability to switch scales mentally (rather quickly!), we'll dig into discussions: the techniques to connect chords to one another logically as well as some phrasing concepts. The last few sections of this course include a wrap up summary to help create your own full-fledged jazz guitar solos on other songs.

Notice that several play-along videos (and backing tracks) are included in the course to give you the opportunity to practice. Heck, you'll even have many opportunities to put your improv skills to the test by playing "call and answer" soloing with your instructor! It really is through repetition of these basic scales and techniques that you'll become a confident jazz improviser.

NOTICE: this course is the first in a series of other improvisation courses. Improv 102 and Improv 103 are expected to be released in 2017.


Your Instructor


Marc-Andre Seguin
Marc-Andre Seguin

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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Class Curriculum


  Section 1 - Three Pillars of Improvisation
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  Section 2 - "Defining the Sandbox"
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"I reviewed this course yesterday, all I can say is WOW... Very, Very well defined and methodical. It will definitely take some practice to accomplish, but I am looking forward to really dedicating my time to this material. I liked the way that you went from the basic concepts and built on them. I am already looking forward to the expanded, more advanced improv courses!"

-Chuck, U.S.A.

"Marc it's amazing! It is exactly what I needed at just the right time.The immense value that I am getting out of it is beyond anything that I expected. Your intelligence and experience are helping tremendously. I am floored to be able to learn what you are teaching us. I am very happy to be a student of such an esteemed and generous Music School"

-Randy., Canada

"Excellent - describes the logic and the stages of the Improv 101 course first - clear, straightforward and entirely manageable Pdf layout for a player. I've had fun experimenting with the beginning stages of the course, so it has captured me & given me the enthusiasm back that I need to progress. Perfect for me."

-Peter H., New Zealand

"I have been studying with Marc-Andre for about four years now, and have recently recognized that my selection of JGL training program was based on my utmost need of finding direction and structure in my learning. The short course “Improv 101” definitely delivers what I have been seeking, i.e. providing a step-by-step, very practical approach to learning improvisation on chord progressions using simple soloing exercises. Clearly a “unique ability” of MA. Certainly looking forward to 102 and 103 programs…"

-Jacques S., Canada

"I am enjoying you IMPROV 101 course. I am taking it slowly step-by-step. It's a well structured course and the backing tracks are really useful for practicing the scales over the chord changes. The course is great and I look forward to working through the entire program."

- Anthony B., Australia

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If you've made an honest effort to use the materials in this product during 4 weeks and you're not satisfied and/or did not see any improvements in your playing, then we'll give you a 100% refund.

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"I've only just added this course to my Private Instructor in a Box two weeks ago. I'm currently working on lesson 5, call and response over Dm7 and Fm7. It is kind of early to say really, but in just two weeks I know more jazz theory and phrases than I have in the past. I would say, I attest this to the way the Improv 101 course is structured and your practice routine. I've never practiced or worked on anything with such a defined plan. You've laid it all out very logically precisely. I guess time and discipline will dictate the rest of my journey. Overall, so far....impressive. Great course(s)."

-Ivan., Canada

"I am quite happy to let you know how I’m getting along with Jazz Guitar Improv 101. I purchased it because having looked at your promotional info it seemed to have the basic theoretical information I had been looking for coupled with exercises to would implant that information into my mind. Having worked with the first 9 lessons and a look through the remaining material it lives up to its promise very well. I like the way you have used real song sequences to demonstrate ideas and how you have given analysis's of the example solos so we can understand how and where we can use what we’ve learned. Overall I find the lessons are well laid out and explained very clearly. I will continue to work through the lessons and contact you if I have any questions or additional feed back."

-Ivan., UK

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