Tag Archives: I’ll Remember April

Kurt Rosenwinkel – How To Make Interesting Lines

In this Kurt Rosenwinkel Lesson, I look at some lines from a live solo on the song I’ll Remember April and talk about some of the things that he uses a lot in his playing. I am going to try to go a little deeper than just looking at what notes are used but also talk a little about how the melody of the line works.

  • Arpeggio patterns & Quartal Arpeggios
  • Side-slipping in lines
  • Chromatic runs
  • Playing across the bar-line and adding extra harmony
  • Improvised lines with a huge range

I will also try to talk about Rosenwinkel’s extraordinary sense of melody which makes the lines interesting and surprising even when they are quite long and dense 8th note lines.

The complexity of the lines used in this solos is very impressive and at the same time Rosenwinkel really manages to keep it all very melodic and easy to digest. This aspect of his playing is always mind-blowing to me.

Content of the Guitar Lesson

0:00 Intro

0:29 The Topics Covered in the Analysis

1:24 Example #1

1:32 Analysis – Side-slipping and Dominant Scales

4:24 Example #1 Slowly

4:34 Example #2

4:40 Analysis – Motivic Development in 8th note lines

5:59 Example #2 Slowly

6:07 Example #3

6:18 Analysis – Larger Range – Harmonizing in the solos and Tritone Substitutes

9:56 Example #3 Slowly

10:32 Example #4

10:35 Analysis – Never-ending Scale Exercise

11:39 Example #4 Slowly

Get a free E-book

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

Get the PDF!

The PDF for this lesson is available through Patreon in the Patreon FB group. By joining the Patreon Community you are in the company of 200 others supporting and helping shape the content on my YouTube channel.

Jazz Guitar Insiders Facebook Group

Join 1200+ Other Jazz Guitarists 🎸 Join us in the Facebook Jazz Guitar Group Community: http://bit.ly/InsidersFBGroup

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for topics then please let me know. Leave a comment on the video or  send me an e-mail. That is the best way for me to improve my lessons and make them fit what you are searching for.

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and feel free to connect with me via Instagram,Twitter Google+ or Facebook to keep up to date with new lessons, concerts and releases.

Ben Monder – This is How to Interpret a Standard

Playing Jazz Standards is really a part of learning to play jazz. Ben Monder doesn’t often record standards on his albums, but this take on I’ll remember April is a great demonstration of how rich his style and skill set is. So if you play Jazz Standards then this video should give you some very valuable insight into just how much is possible with both the melody and the solo.

In this video I am going to discuss 4 examples from the track. Two are on how he interprets the theme adding modern chord sounds and reharmonizations. The following two are from his solo demonstrating how he can transform fairly basic II V I progressions to much more modern sounding progressions. As you will hear he does so still sounding musical and playing strong melodies.

Ben Monder is maybe not always in the limelight among the modern jazz guitarists. But at the same time he has released a lot of music and is often working as a sideman with other. Most famously he played on the last David Bowie album.


0:00 Intro – Ben Monder Trio

1:07 Example 1 – Interpreting and coloring the Theme

1:37 Ben Monder knows all the chords

1:56 Analysis of the Transcription

2:53 A Distinct Dim Suspension

3:49 Example 2 – How to Not resolve a II V I completely

4:17 Analysis of the Transcription

6:03 Example 3 – Soloing with other sounds on a II V I

6:49 Analysis of the Transcription – defining the sounds and the melody

9:49 Musical Statements and motifs

10:53 Example 4 – Other Maj chord sounds

11:10 Analysis of the Transcription

12:47 Like the video? Check out my Patreon Page!

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.

DOWNLOAD A FREE E-BOOK with 15 II Valt I licks!
Sign up for my newsletter: http://jenslarsen.nl/sign-up-for-my-newsletter

Here’s my solo on the track!

The changes I play can be found here: