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Updates from Jens Larsen – Jazz guitarist

Vlog: How I got into jazz guitar & Why I make videos – Jens Larsen

In this vlog I will talk about how I got started playing jazz guitar and also about what I am trying to achieve with the videos I make (besides having fun talking about Jazz Music and Jazz Guitar..)

Hope you find it useful! It felt like I owed you guys an explanation as to why I make all these videos! I think that a big part of how to learn jazz is learning songs and I in part take that from my own journey! I also talk about starting late since I didn’t get into jazz at an early age.

Vlog: 30+ Chords in C major?

How many chords are there in the key of C major?

If you are writing a chord progression or making reharmonization then you want to check out what options you have available in jazz harmony. This video is going through 60 chords and talk about how they are related to C major key and show jazz chord progressions that contain them.

I am also referencing chord progressions of jazz standards very often.

The chords that we find in a chord progression in almost any genre will more often than not contain chords that are not diatonic to the scale of the key. So the amount of chords in a key is bigger than the diatonic chords found in the scale, but how big?

Turns out that is a very tricky question!

Vlog: The Perfect Guitar Practice Routine -5 tips for Jazz Guitar Practice

Jazz Guitar Practice Routines

Getting the Perfect Practice Routine is a challenge! It is important to think about how you can set up a practice routine so you learn as much as possible with as little practice as possible.

In this video I will try to cover 5 tips or topics to keep in mind when setting up a practice routine.

I have also added an extra suggestion on very valuable tool for your practice that you should be working with! (well two, actually, but one of them is just a metronome 😃)

 

My Lessons on Scale Practice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdNzYzLTCp4&list=PLWYuNvZPqqcGhA7WjDTjYJ5EfTJ_rdwHY&index=1

Adam Neeley video on rhythm:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIfD7ZN5FYI&t=299s

Some Lessons on Composition tools:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy9FybnvPvg&list=PLWYuNvZPqqcHMMXjLqWK81w20Kpdm5_RC&index=2

Vlog: Advanced reharmonization in a Jazz Guitar Solo – Outside ideas on Solar

Reharmonization is an important part of modern jazz guitar. In this video I will go over the chord substitutions and chord progressions I use in the guitar solo on Solar that I published Saturday.

The harmonic choices range from super imposing pentatonic scales via parallel moving melodic minor sounds to using augmented scale sounds. Ranging from the very tonal to the quite atonal.

Contents with shortcut links:

1:00 1st Chorus – Shifting Melodic Minor trick from Mick Goodrick
8:05 2nd Chorus – Super imposing Pentatonic Scales
11:31 3rd Chorus – Lydian Augmented and Diminished triad movement
16:12 4th Chorus – The Augmented Scale, Holdsworth and Michael Brecker
22:55 5th Chorus Winding down
25:52 Ending – Pentatonic for Lydian , Multi octave extended arpeggio

Bluesette – Backing Track – Playalong – Jazz Waltz – 147 bpm

Bluesette is probably the most famous Toots Thielemans song and certainly a jazz standard. Such a great take on a 3/4 Parker Blues with a few extra twists!

This is a great progression! A Belgian version of the Parker Blues and also in 3/4. I guess that is the Belgian part of it?

This song has a very nice way of travelling through a lot of keys and still end up home in a turnaround. Certainly one of my favourite waltzes, probably no 2 on the list 😀

Here’s my solo on the track:

 

Here are the changes:

Vlog: Re-harmonizing Standards – Modern Jazz Progressions and Jazz Chord Sounds

A few days ago I uploaded a Chord Melody Reharmonization of Night and Day. In this video I will go over the arrangement and some of the more unusual jazz guitar chords that I have used. Re-harmonizing jazz standards is fun and also a great way to add a personal touch to your interpretation of the song.

In my reharmonization I am using some more rich versions of the original chords and also in other places completely changing the harmony, using new less functional jazz progressions and colors.

If you want to check out the Chord Melody you can do so here:

Stella By Starlight – Backing Track – Playalong – Medium Up – 183 bpm

Stella By Starlight is probably one of the more complicated jazz standards. At the same time it is a very beautiful melody and the harmony is, even if a bit complicated, also very rich!

If you want to check out my solo on it you can do so here:

 

If you want to check out my analysis of the song you can do so here: 

And check out my other backing tracks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u6wxqdUFQA&list=PLWYuNvZPqqcEKZdvb3Q2iKIMqiEVJFqcM&index=1

Rick Beato’s Pop Chords – Guitar Lesson

While having a cup of coffee this morning I was watching a video from Rick Beato on 4 Jazz chord progressions that works well for jazz. I thought the progressions and the jazz chords were so beautiful that I decided to make a quick video on moving these to guitar.

Ricks chords are a bit tricky to play on guitar in some cases, but it can be a good way to expand your voicing vocabulary and they are great eye-openers for new material.

Here’s the original video:

 

Rick has a great channel with a lot of interesting videos on music theory, improvisation and music production.
If you like my videos and don’t know it you should check it out! Rick Beato – Everything Music

If you want to download a Free E-book of 15 II Valt I licks then subscribe to my newsletter: 

 

Download the PDF here:

Ricks Pop Chords

Jazz Guitar Q&A #26 – Learning from Licks, Why Transcribe, Bad Habits

Jazz Guitar Q&A #26 – Learning from Licks, Why Transcribe, Bad Habits

This weeks Q&A on Learning from licks, why you should Transcribe and how you deal with bad habits.

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:
0:14 Intro
1:40 Online learning Survey from Matt Pearce
2:33 Why is it important to transcribe solos?
6:29 Learning from licks and learning licks
16:13 Getting rid of Bad Habits?
24:22 Outro

Night and Day – Backing Track – Playalong – Samba – 185 bpm

Here’s the backing track for Night and Day! One of my favourite Cole Porter pieces jam on. The progression has it all: bVImaj7, a nice variation on the II V I, #IVm7b5, IVm. You name it, it’s in there!

As I mentioned in the solo it also works great as a samba like I am playing it here.

 

If you want to check out my solo on it you can do so here:

And check out my other backing tracks: Here

 

Here are the changes I play: