Everybody wants to play better solos or write more interesting melodies. Often we get lost in the details like what note or scale is this and we forget to look at the bigger picture.
In this video I want to go over 3 ways that you can start to re-evaluate your solos that can easily help you make them more interesting to listen to by adding variation without having to learn new licks, scales or arpeggios.
So the instead of looking at what notes go where or which pentatonic scale is used here I think you can record a solo and start listening for other things that will help you improve your solos and also give you some things that you can start to work on.
Every body wants to have good time and work on playing swinging rhythms. But if you only do this with a backing track, you might be in trouble!
With this video I want to discuss why there is a much more effective way to practice to improve your rhythm than using backing tracks. The video will give you a few metronome exercises and a way to start working on feeling subdivision.
Feeling subdivision and working on relating what you hear and play to your subdivison grid is a very useful way to get better time and also to get better at playing together with others.
It is difficult to find a guitar practice routine that is efficient and it is important to think about whether your practice time is spend in the most effective way.
In this video I go over 3 problems that are very common in a guitar practice schedule and I talk about how you evaluate and how to practice guitar effectively. Each segment is turned into a question that you can ask yourself to evaluate your practice and I include a real example of a topic you might work on and demonstrate and discuss how you can approach this.
The examples include a George Benson Phrase and an Imaginary Michael Brecker Lick.
List of content:
0:27 Intro – and the three questions to test your own practice
Probably you know a lot of choices dominant scales in a II V I, but no matter what you do it will always be the same old II V I chord progression that sounds predictable.
In this video I will go over how you can break up that pattern by suspending the resolution of the I chord. Our ear really expects the dominant to resolve so going somewhere else is one of the most powerful reharmonization techniques.
The video covers how you can get started playing outside by insering IV minor, diminished chords or altered dominant ideas on places where your ear expects resolution not tension. I demonstrate how I use chord substitution in this context with both comping and soloing. The video also discusses how and where you can use this in a reharmonization of a jazz standard. Some of the songs I mention are Stella By Starlight, I Love You and Fly Me To The Moon.
It can be difficult to come up with new ideas for your solos, but this video talks about how you can use all of the diatonic triads, arpeggios, pentatonic scales etc and find the right ones to the chord you are playing over. Not only playing just with the arpeggio, but also how to mix it with the other material.
The video has a lot of examples and explanations and also a lot of philosphy on playing over changes, superimposing arpeggios and other things like developing a personal sound and taste.
Reharmonizing and interpreting chord progressions like a 12 bar jazz blues is a very important part of improvising in jazz. In this video I will take a Bb Jazz Blues and go over a few fairly simple ways to get other sounds on the first 4 bars. It should open some new ideas and widen your knowledge of jazz harmony and jazz theory.
I discuss how I come up with the ideas and how I both improvise and comp with the “new” sound. Often making the chord progression more modal gives you a lot of interesting choices in terms of reharmonization and scale choices.
List of contents
0:32 Overview of what is covered in the video 0:44 Comping and Soloing with alternative changes and sounds
1:10 Standard Blues Changes solo for Reference 1:48 Making the Blues modal
2:12 Lydian b7 as a “different sound” 2:45 Lydian b7 Guitar Solo example 3:36 Structures used for Lydian b7 3:50 Triad Pairs: Bb + C 4:03 Ab Augmented and Bb 5:02 Gm and Ab Augmented 5:08 Bb7(b5) Arpeggio 5:21 FmMaj7 Arpeggio
5:41 Bb Phrygian Guitar Solo 6:32 Bb Phrygian as a Sound on a Bb Blues 6:43 Bmaj7(b5) chord as a Bb7sus4(b9) chord 7:09 Fm7b5 voicing 7:14 Db7 voicings 7:49 Coloring Blues Phrases with Phrygian chords 8:28 Using the Bmaj7(b5) arpeggio
8:43 Whole step dom7th Guitar Solo 9:31 The thinking behind the reharmonization 9:58 Playing Coltrane Changes on a Bb Blues 10:15 Explaining how the chords work 11:05 Comping Description 11:46 Soloing Description, target notes 12:20 Reharmonization in solos and interaction
12:54 Modal Altered Scale Guitar Solo 13:43 The Altered dom7th and extending it to 4 bars 14:26 Voicings (E7/Bb7alt) 14:53 Soloing: Important clear target notes 15:28 The Mysterious Triad 15:56 Dmaj7(#5) arpeggio
16:47 Taking these examples further. 17:12 Using the chord voicings to learn to solo 17:30 Thoughts on soloing with superimposed changes 17:48 Other Reharmonizations and modal sounds 18:10 How to come up with reharmonizations
What jazz scales you use over a chord tells you something about the sound of what you play in terms of extensions and alterations. In this video I am demonstrating the sound of 7 scales that you can put to use over a Cmaj7 type chord. Ranging from the good old major scale to a few atonal and more exotic scale choices. A big chunk of what is available in Jazz Theory I guess 🙂
For each scale I also give some suggestions for what arpeggios or pentatonic scales might be useful for that sound.
List of content: 0:08 Intro 1:32 Major Scale Improvisation 1:53 Major Scale, extensions and arpeggios 3:28 Lydian Improvisation 4:04 Lydian Scale, Target notes, extensions, pentatonic scales 5:18 Lydian #9 Improvisation 5:38 Lydian #9, sound, chord construction, arpeggios and triad pairs 7:55 Lydian Augmented Improvisation 8:24 Lydian Augmented Scale, Special Pentatonic, Cmaj7#5 and arpeggios 10:55 Don’t Study modes Rant! 12:18 Augmented Scale Solo 12:43 Augmented Scale, construction and Triad sets 15:53 Messiaen Mode Improvisation 16:26 Messiaen Mode: Construction, arpeggios, Minor Fragments 21:56 Lydian Augmented #9 22:38 How to find scales for a chord? 23:29 Lydian Augmented #9 – Arpeggios, triad pairs and ideas 25:48 Practicing using these scales – Target or Defining notes of the sound 27:27 Did I leave out any Scale options?
A great way to write better chord progressions is to check out reharmonization techniques and chord substitution. You can build your jazz theory or jazz harmony vocabulary like your solo vocabulary.
In this video I am going to take a I VI II V and go over 30 different ways of playing this progression. Some of the very common ones and also a lot that are more advanced or modern. Hopefully you can use the chord progressions to get some new ideas and techniques for reharmonization or for your own compositions!
0:00 Writing better chord progressions 1:24 The basic turnaround and some variations 4:22 The I I7 IV V 5:34 The Radiohead turnaround 6:09#IVdim in the standard turnaround 7:12 The Ladybird Turnaround 8:43 Getting less functional and more substitutions 9:55 Reinterpreting other chords in the progression 11:04 The “Inner Urge” idea 11:49 Major 3rd tonalities 12:23#IV instead of the V 14:42 Same interval in the root movement 16:31 More Poppy sound without dom7th chords 16:45 Same melody note 17:42 IVm type chords instead of V 19:09 Upper-structure resolving passing chords 19:54 How to use the vamps and the exercises
Working on Exercises while improvising is a very efficient way to improve your jazz improvisation. Developing you abilities while improvising means that you are finalizing what you have checked out as exercises or written new material with. In this video I will cover 3 exercises that you can add to your jazz guitar practice routine and help different aspects of improvising and translating your technical skills to your improvised solos.
I have also added an extra exercise that will give you a new way of developing and understanding of the harmony and voice-leading plus elp you come up with new licks or lines.
List of contents:
1:32 Solo only using Basic Diatonic Arpeggios 2:11 Discussion of Arpeggio solo exercise 4:32 Solo in one position 5:08 What to take away from soloing in one place on the neck 6:59 Continuous Motion solo 7:36 What to focus on and learn from Continuous Neck movement on the neck 9:43 When and how to use these exercises 11:04 The Bonus exercise to develop new licks or lines 13:31 How to make guide tones and what you can work on with this exercise.