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Saturday
May102014

Free Jazz Guitar Lesson Videos

Hi there jazzers!

I've been recording new video lessons featuring in-depth explanations of hip jazz guitar licks. Watch the first three videos here. Enjoy! 


[Download Free PDF: Hip Jazz Guitar Tip #1]


[Download Free PDF: Hip Jazz Guitar Tip #2]

[Download Free PDF: Hip Jazz Guitar Tip #3]

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Thursday
May012014

G minor Study #1 (Jazz Guitar Study)

Here's a study based on a phrase I transcribed from Malaysian saxophonist Julian Chan. This is one of the ways I get maximum mileage from a transcribed phrase. I will take the original idea and transposed it to fit the chord starting from different notes.
If you're interested to study more in-depth, click here for the Jazz Guitar Masterclass.

 

Sunday
Feb092014

#azjazzlessons #9: Kurt Rosenwinkel Soloing, Comping and Ensemble Ideas


For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

#azjazzlesson #9 #todayIlearned

So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Here's what I learned:

Kurt Rosenwinkel Group - Jacky's Place [2006]

Solo Development Ideas (from 2:06 onwards)
1) End long scalar or sequenced phrases with longer notes
2) Create drama by using double time or smaller subdivisions in the later part of a long phrase 
3) Have clear breaks/spaces between phrases
4) Use triplets on long phrases to build tension
5) Continue sequences longer than expected into higher registers
6) Use end fragment of a long phrase as the motive for the next line

Tone 
7) Keep a clear tone even in higher register
8) Use accents to highlight higher notes of phrases and longer note duration

Comping Ideas
9) In a piano & guitar dual comping situation, one should use a constant rhythmic patern and the other instrument play a countermelody or a complementary rhythmic phrase
10) Take turns during comping, cue for lead comping role when there is both piano and guitar 

Ensemble Ideas
11) Use clear breaks for a tight arrangement 
12) Unison tenor and electric guitar lines can be powerful
13) Guitar can play softer chord attacks in between melodic phrases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD_RDZQowoM

#jazzsolo #improvisation #jazzguitar #guitar#kurtrosenwinkel

 

 

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If you're interested to learn more in depth, lessons are available worldwide via Skype & in person in Kuala Lumpur.

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Sunday
Feb092014

#azjazzlessons #8: How to Play Like Jim Hall and Bill Frisell

For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

#azjazzlesson #8 #todayIlearned

So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from Jim Hall & found this duo video with him and Bill Frisell.

Here's what I learned:

Jim Hall

Soloing Ideas
1) Play a small motive & alternate with chord stabs to give time to sequence the idea
2) Use space to create the opportunity to sequence and develop motivic ideas

Textural ideas
3) Use 4th voicings to make your line sound like it’s going through a harmonizer 

Bill Frisell

Textural Ideas 

4) Build rhythmic single note idea into octave and then double stops 
5) Play a single note line and then end in a dissonant double stop.
6) End phrases on a note and then play two more notes on different strings to sustain into a voicing. 

Phrasing Ideas
7) Use an open string to facilitate position shifts in a phrase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2CflBl-CNE

#billfrisell #jimhall #jazzsolo #improvisation #jazzguitar#guitar 

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If you're interested to learn more in depth, lessons are available worldwide via Skype & in person in Kuala Lumpur.

Register for the 2-month jazz guitar masterclass here:http://www.azsamad.com/jazz


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Friday
Feb072014

#azjazzlessons #7: How to Play Jazz Blues Like Grant Green

For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

#azjazzlesson #7 #todayIlearned

So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from Grant Green and watched this rare clip of his solo over a bebop blues progression.

Grant Green

Building momentum

1) Use sequences to create more interest in repeated phrases

Rhythm
2) Rhythm is key. Use upbeats to create forward motion in single note lines
3) Use unexpected chord stabs between rhythmic phrases
4) Then, let the chord stabs take over a solo element. Now, you’re soloing with chords.

Line Ideas
5) Mix pentatonic scales runs with more rhythmic lines
6) Mix bebop lines that outline chord changes, blues lines, chordal phrases, rhythmic phrases for variety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsWLMUdIZk

#grantgreen #jazzsolo #improvisation #jazzguitar #guitar

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If you're interested to learn more in depth, lessons are available worldwide via Skype & in person in Kuala Lumpur.

Register for the 2-month jazz guitar masterclass here:http://www.azsamad.com/jazz


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