Our ‘Fundamental’ lessons are aimed at the beginner jazz guitarist. Some basic knowledge of theory and technique is recommended but not vital. Lessons range from Jazz Standards (such as ‘JS6 – Autumn Leaves’) to technique builders, lessons on how to create melodic jazz lines and comp basic chords (lessons ‘FL 1 – 5’) and blues rock lines (‘FL 1 – 6’) chord vocabulary, bebop heads and more.
I would advise that you work on each chosen lesson in isolation rather than skipping between too many lessons. If the lessons are in a series always begin at the first in the series – and proceed sequentially. This will ensure you don’t miss any important material that must be learned in order to understand concepts that might be discussed in later / advanced videos.
Playing Jazz Lines and Chord Comps:
The main concept of this lesson series is creating line contour within our basic scale positions in order to add melodic structure to our practicing of common scale shapes and sounds.
Eventually we will introduce ‘bebop’ ideas into our lines – where the scale tones skip around (enclose), zig-zag or chromatisize (move towards a destination tone by a half step) – rather than just playing our scales consecutively stepwise up and down, or using mathematically based patterns.
These lessons are aimed at guitarists who can already play basic scale shapes ascending and descending fluently. They are all based around the C Major scale in the ‘E’ position as taken from our CAGED shapes, where the notes are mostly found between frets 7 to 10. Occasionally I may slide into notes for articulation effect but generally I use this rule. It is important you learn this pattern first (see lesson 1 of our Core series) before proceeding with these first 5 lessons.
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