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Thursday
Aug012013

Jazz Guitar Lesson: 5 Minutes to Create a Cool Jazz Guitar Lick

Are you tired of playing jazz standards only to hear the same boring old licks you played again and again?

You know how it goes. You learn one lick from a YouTube video and then another from a guitar magazine, all these random things. Then, you don’t really know what you’re doing. Everything is random!

Do something epic in 5 minutes

But what if you could use just 5 minutes to create a new jazz guitar melody that you can use. Imagine if this was something so simple that you can do this again and again so that you’re never in a rut?

Welcome to the 5 step guide jazz lick rut buster: 

Pick a scale - This could be any scale. For instance, a major scale, a Dorian scale, a pentatonic scale, altered, whole tone - basically anything you want.

Select 4 notes from the scale - You can pick 4 different notes or repeat some notes. The important thing is that we’re choosing only a fragment of the scale instead of the entire scale. This avoids our line sounding like a boring scale exercise. You can choose to write a scalar line or a line that has skips and leaps (more fun!).

Choose an arpeggio - Pick 3 notes of an arpeggio, that is from the same scale. Later on, you can mix different scales but this is for another lesson.

Connecting it all - Connect the arpeggio to the scale and play around with it until you find a rhythm that sounds good to you. You can either start with the scale or the arpeggio. For more adventurous jazzers, try both to get two different lines.

Practice - play it again and again until you get the flow of this new line.

Tada! And there you have it, a new musical idea for your jazz guitar explorations.

BONUS STEP: Play the same line in a few keys or in the same key but sequence diatonically. (This take more time but can produce epic results.)

Interested to discover more? Learn how the great improvise in the jazz guitar masterclass: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz

Brought to you by Az Samad, dedicated to helping you become a better improvising jazz guitarist.

 

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Wednesday
Jul312013

The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Guitar Improvisation

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding how jazz musicians improvise melodies that sound so fresh and exciting. For a beginner, it can seem very daunting to even be able to make up something simple.

While there are many different books and courses available on the topic, I’ll focus in this article on three ways you can start exploring the world of jazz improvisation.

3 Ways to Kick Start Your Jazz Guitar Improv Chops

Embellish Melodies - Take a melody that you’ve played and start adding a few notes around the main melody notes. The key thing is to memorize the original melody so that you can that as a basis for your embellishments. Start off really simple by adding one or two notes every few bars. Focus on adding notes for the long melody notes.

Playing Arpeggios -  Learn the basic arpeggios for a jazz standard, focus on simple one-octave triads or 7th chords first and play these over a backing track for the song. To practice, you can also play the melody of the song for two bars and then play arpeggios for the next two bars. By alternating back and forth, you can keep track of where you are in the song.

Rhythmic Variations - Play the melody of the song you’re learning and don’t add any new melody notes. Instead, change the rhythm of the melody. You can repeat the same note a few times or displace the notes rhythmically (play some notes earlier and some notes later). This creates variations that will lead you to more epic improvisations later on!

You can learn more about how to improvise in the jazz guitar masterclass: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz

Brought to you by Az Samad, dedicated to helping you become a better improvising jazz guitarist.

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Monday
Jan282013

Jazz Guitar Lesson #4: Soloing With Triads

It's 2013 and it's the year of epic guitar! 

To help more guitarists, there will be weekly free guitar lessons posted on the site. These lessons will include:

  • A Video Lesson
  • Audio MP3 Version of the Lesson
  • FREE Downloadable PDF with notated examples & TAB

Every month will alternate between:
1) Jazz guitar
2) Fingerstyle guitar
3) Beginner guitar   

January 2013 is jazz guitar month! The focus will be to help aspiring jazz guitarists learn their craft better. 

If you'd like more tips before next week's lesson, check out my Jazz Guitar 101 page here: http://www.azsamad.com/jazzguitar101

This is a part of a 4-part lesson series in January 2013:
Part 1: Walking Bass Lines For Jazz Guitar: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz1
Part 2: Jazz Guitar Chords: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz2
Part 3: Jazz Guitar Triads: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz3 

Here's the 4th lesson. Enjoy! 

Audio Version:
 

[Click here to download the 'Soloing With Triads' PDF File]

[Click here to download the 'Soloing With Triads' PDF File]

[Additional Resources]

Jazz Guitar 101: http://www.azsamad.com/jazzguitar101
[Blog Post with PDF] [15 Jazz Guitar Chords You Must Know]

If you missed the first 3 weeks of lessons, check them out here:
Part 1: Walking Bass Lines For Jazz Guitar: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz1
Part 2: Jazz Guitar Chords: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz2
Part 3: Jazz Guitar Triads: http://www.azsamad.com/jazz3 

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[ACTION STEPS] How can you learn this better?

1) Learn the solo
2) Write your own solo using the triads
3) Learn the triad arpeggios in different positions and fingerings
4) Learn this on another song and write a solo on that song 

Other songs to check out:
Stella By Starlight
Have You Met Miss Jones
Beautiful Love
The Days Of Wine and Roses
Fly Me To The Moon  

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