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Updates from Jens Larsen – Jazz guitarist

Vlog: Outside Reharmonization – The Solo skill you need to check out! 💥

Outside Reharmonization

In this video I want to demonstrate how I use reharmonization to go outside and still play good melodies. I find that this approach is a great way to use your skills with playing inside to play outside!

It is also a great way to use the skills you already have playing over changes to get some very exciting possibilities in your solo vocabulary.

 

 

Rhythm Changes – Backing Track – Medium Up – 188 bpm

Rhythm Changes – Backing Track

Rhythm Changes or I got rhythm is of course an essential progression to be familiar with if you want to play Bop inspired jazz.

There are so many great rhythm changes themes 🙂

 

My Solo on this track:

 

And here are the changes:

 

Backing tracks on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWYuNvZPqqcEKZdvb3Q2iKIMqiEVJFqcM

 

Vlog: Memorizing Chord Progressions – There Will Never Be Another You

Memorizing Chord Progressions

All Jazz players come to a part of their journey where they need to memorize repertoire. Since a chord progression is a fairly abstract construction that can be difficult. In this video I am going to try to go over some ways that understanding the harmony and the form can help you memorize the song. Next I will demonstrate how it works by going over an analysis of There will never be another you.

One of my supporters on Patreon, Max e-mailed this question:

Using analysis to memorize

A chord progression is not a random set of letters that you have to be able to recite! Think of phone numbers where we use country and area codes to remember long rows of numbers.

The key to this is to understand that a jazz song is often a long progression that is constructed of a lot of smaller common progressions. Understanding this makes it easier to organize and remember the progression.

You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Backing track – Jazz Samba – 172 bpm

Latin backing track of You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To!

The form of the song is AB or ABAC form, so two times 16 bars.

This is one of the many tunes that starts out in the minor area of a key and then finally ends in major. In this case G minor and Bb major,

Cole Porter even keeps the suspense so long that he does not have the normal half ending in major. I think the only other song I know that does that is The Shadow Of Your Smile!

My Solo on this track:

Here are the changes I play:

 

More Backing tracks on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWYuNvZPqqcEKZdvb3Q2iKIMqiEVJFqcM

 

Jazz Guitar Q&A #24 – Counterpoint – 80% practice time on standards? – Decisions while soloing

In this weeks Q&A I will go over some questions on Counterpoint, How much time you should spend working on and learning jazz standards. A question of decisions before and while soloing stretching in to how much and how you keep an overview while soloing.

If you have any questions on guitars, effects, improvisation, technique or improvisation then leave a comment on my video or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Contents;

0:11 Intro
1:37 Break down study time
7:23 Counterpoint in Jazz?
17:56 Decisions while soloing
29:41 Outro

Yesterdays – Backing Track – Medium Swing – 138 Bpm

Yesterdays – Medium Swing Backing track

Yesterdays is a great song with some minor turnarounds and a long dominant chain! The 16 bar form is split in two where the first half is in Dm with some turnarounds and a line cliché. The second half is a dominant chain starting with an A7(b13) with the b13 in the melody.

The song is also a great vehicle for odd meters like 5/4 and 7/4. Scofield has a 7/4 song called last week on these changes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Edk4u130Ms

Here’s my solo on the track:

And here are the changes I play over:

Vlog: What Do You Need To Play Jazz Guitar!

Vlog: What Do You Need To Play Jazz Guitar!


A question that came up a lot on one of my previous vlogs on “How to practice” was “what do you need to play jazz guitar” In this video I am going to try to answer that and open a discussion on what you need to study to learn jazz guitar.

I might have a fairly simple list of things that you should work on than you expect!
 
My attempt at an answer is of course going to be very open. It is impossible to come up with a study plan that will fit everybody (which I am sure you understand). At the same time it’s a good topic to discuss.
It’s not the only way to look at this, so if you have ideas for a different approach then feel free to leave a comment 

Jazz Guitar Q&A #23 – Outside Vocabulary, Bebop Legato, Comping practice

Jazz guitar Q&A #23!

In this weeks Q&A I will go over some questions on Outside Vocabulary, Using legato for bebop themes, daily practice for comping, What scales to learn and why(or if?) Phygian works for an altered chord

If you have any questions on guitars, effects, improvisation, technique or improvisation then leave a comment on my video or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Contents;

  • Outside Vocabulary
  • Legato for Bebop
  • Daily comping exercises
  • What scales to learn
  • Phrygian over an altered Dom7th

I’ll Remember April – Backing Track – Latin – 175 BPM

I’ll remember April Backing track!

Great combination of modal and changes in this song.

The form is ABA, the A parts have modal 4 bar G major and minor stretches and the B part is a series of II V I progressions.

The song is not too dificult in terms of the changes but offers some nice opportunities to play in different keys and also make longer melodic ideas on one chord.

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Here’s my solo on the track!

The changes I play can be found here: