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John Scofield – Some of the Greatest Double Time Lines I Know

John Scofield is one of my favorite jazz-guitarists. In fact, he gets away with using an effect I don’t like and I still love his playing!

This video is on probably my favorite John Scofield solo: Milestones of the Joe Henderson album So Near, So Far (which is anyway a fantastic album).

Milestones is a very difficult chord progression to solo on, but John Scofield really nails it with a lot of different approaches, pentatonics, and reharmonizations.

Content:

0:00 Intro – John Scofield on So Near, So far.

0:20 Milestones with Joe Henderson

1:06 Example #1

1:08 Super-imposed pentatonic double stops

2:17 Example #1 Slow

2:22 Example #2

2:29 Melodic statements with chords in the bridge

3:50 The Basic Melody used

4:11 Using Legato to mix bebop and pentatonics

5:31 Example #2 Slow

5:43 Example #3

5:50 Sco’s approach to double-time lines

6:45 Repeated ideas Scorfield vs Metheny

7:14 Signature Pentatonic Melody and Using different techniques for sound

8:01 Example #3 Slow

8:11 Example #4

8:16 Contrast: Melodic vs Angular (how to keep it interesting..)

9:11 Example #4 slow

9:18 Example #5

9:20 Intervallic double time ideas

10:21 Example #6

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Check out one of my other lessons on John Scofield:

I have done a few other videos analyzing Scofields playing that you can check out through these links. One is on a medium Bb Jazz blues, the other is on his solo on the changes of There Will Never Be Another You.

John Scofield On A Blues This Is Why He Is Great

John Scofield – How To Mix Bebop And Pentatonics

The Musings for Miles Album

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John Scofield – How To Mix Bebop And Pentatonics

John Scofield is in many ways a fantastic jazz artist. Besides having a signature tone and always coming up with new projects and collaborations he also has a very personal melodic language. In this John Scofield Lesson, I am going to break down some phrases from his solo on Not You Again. This is a song based on the changes of There Will Never Be Another You. Analyzing John Scofield licks really demonstrates how he uses pentatonic scales, melodic minor and mixes this with bebop influences.

John Scofield has a great very practical way to use legato in his playing. In many ways, it is a pretty fantastic way to use a technique that makes it easier to play the lines in a way that makes the phrasing more interesting. The solo is also a great example of how half of playing a good solo on a jazz standard is about interpreting and re-harmonizing the standard chords while playing.

What I don’t talk about in this lesson, even if it is as interesting as the notes he plays, is how John Scofield works with tone and shapes the sound of what he plays. This aspect of his playing is not that common in Jazz Guitar, but the dynamic and tonal range of John Scofield could easily be the topic of long books.

The song, Not You Again, is off the album John Scofield recorded with Billy Higgins, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Brad Mehldau. The Brad Mehldau solo is also worth studying as he is also a master at re-interpreting the harmony. This is also the first album that Scofield recorded without using his signature chorus.

Content:

0:00 Intro – Scofield on a Jazz Standard

0:55 #1 Diatonic Pentatonic Scale

1:49 Linking Technique and Phrasing Dynamics

2:10 #1 Diatonic Pentatonic Scale – Slow

2:14 #2 Bebop Line and Phrasing

2:58 Using Legato to help add Large Intervals to the solo

4:18 #2 Bebop Line and Phrasing – Slow

4:27 Analysis of Scofield’s Legato and Phrasing 5.07 Keeping it Practical like Allan Holdsworth

5:14 #3 Altered Scale Pentatonic

5:43 Altered Pentatonic Melodic Patterns

6:16 Groups of 7 8th notes

6:31 #3 Altered Scale Pentatonic – Slow

7:00 #4 Angular Legato lines

7:51 Legato to create Angular lines 8:

24 #4 Angular Legato lines – Slow

8:27 #5 Rhythmic and Octave Displacement

8:50 Rhythmic Displacement with pentatonc scales

9:26 #5 Rhythmic and Octave Displacement – Slow

9:31 #6 Pentatonic & Bebop melodies

10:33 Legato: Hammer on/Pull off and Slides

10:58 #6 Pentatonic & Bebop melodies – Slow

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5 Jazz Blues Licks – How to use Transcribed ideas

In this video, I go over 5 longer Jazz Blues Licks that incorporate different ideas that I took from transcriptions of great guitarists such as Grant Green, George Benson, Charlie Parker(not really a guitarist, but he wished he was), Wes Montgomery, and John Scofield.

These examples really highlights how I work with material that I have transcribed, and most of them are in fact in videos I have done on these artists.

How I use transcribed licks

For me using larger chunks of a solo from somebody else was never really working. I always preferred to work with small phrases or even the concept behind a phrase and then use that to make my own version of that idea.

In these examples, I am mostly using small bits and pieces of other guitarists licks. This is mainly because the relation to the original would maybe be too unclear.

Grant Green and his great triad lick

This first example uses an opening phrase that is quite common with Grant Green. He uses this 2nd inversion triad in both Miss Ann’s Tempo and I’ll Remember April.

For the rest the line is using some of the great ideas that we use in Blues influenced jazz with the sliding leading notes and especially approaching the 3rd from a half step below.

Another typical jazz line is the use of the G augmented triad to help pull towards the C7.

George Bensons Major Blues Genius

A comment on my recent video on George Benson went on and on about how his use of major pentatonic lines was dreadful. A very strange idea since most of the guys (like Parker and Coltrane) use this sound a lot. And besides that I can’t imagine not wanting to be able to play Blues phrases with the soul of Benson.

The quote in this phrase is in the middle of the line. It starts in bar 2 and continues into bar 3. In the original(in F) he playes the upbeat in quarter notes. Here I turned that into 8th ntoes.

The phrase in bar 4 is a Parker line similar to one of his lines in his original version of Billie’s Bounce.

Kenny Burrel and Wes Montgomery

The first phrase (another major pentatonic 🙂 ) is from Kenny Burrell. The descending 6th at the end is really beautiful. On the C7 I am using a double stop trill that you can hear both Benson and Montgomery use. Wes plays a whole chorus in No Blues off Smoking at the Half note with this phrase. Here I am putting it on the IV chord rather than the I where both Benson and Wes use it.

Scofield’s Amazing Arpeggio Ideas and slides

This example is beginning with a lick that is not exactly taken from a Scofield solo but is more “in the vein of” The way he uses different types of legato techniques to create a really nice flow is beautiful, even if it is a little tricky to play.

The phrase in bars 3 and 4 is more of a direct quote from Scofield but the 2nd half is my take on developing the original as a motif. Here I take the opportunity to also turn it into a more altered sound.

Imitating Wes is always worthwhile

This example is a take on a Wes line from his (unbelievable) solo on Four on Six off the Smoking at the half note album. The original is on 4 bars of G minor, but here I have taken it to G major keeping the basic shape and changing the notes around.

What to take away from this lesson

I think these examples describe how I work with material that I have transcribed. Some of the examples I might really play in a solo and some that I might work with while practicing to develop them into more personal takes on the lines.

Developing your own material is important (and fun) so I’d suggest you do the same.

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Favorite Jazz Guitar Album Recommendations From YouTube

One of the most important ways to stay inspired and motivated to keep on playing and practicing is to check out new Jazz Guitar Albums or Jazz Albums. The main way that I get introduced to new music is from recommendations so I thought it would be a fantastic idea to ask a lot of Jazz YouTubers what their favourite Jazz Guitar Album is and get some great recommendations.

Since I expect that you guys are probably also interested in some good music, so I made this video!

You should check out these channels if you like my videos. These are the people I check out on YouTube when it comes to music and Jazz Guitar!

I would like to thank Brent, Bob, Rick, Nick, Chris, Jacob, Ben, Levi and Sean for being a part of this video. I am really grateful for their help and recommendations!

Let us know what your favourite Jazz Guitar Album is!!

Brent Vaartstra – Learn Jazz Standards – https://www.youtube.com/user/Learnjazzstandards
Bob Reynolds – https://www.youtube.com/user/bobreynolds
Rick Beato – https://www.youtube.com/user/pegzch
Nick Homes – Jazz Duets – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqimxUbWsE26KSpx2_OcmmA
Chris Zoupa – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5A0eJ-bgtJddy0rG_prVog
Quist – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEXDaXzYhqYdLCQ3Ce7U2Og
Uncle Ben – https://www.youtube.com/user/BenEllerGuitars
Levi Clay – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCySQog_SBfX4-CnR2hWVBOQ
Sean Daniel – https://www.youtube.com/user/seandaniel23
Jens Larsen – https://www.youtube.com/jenslarsen

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John Scofield On A Blues This Is Why He Is Great

Few artists have done what John Scofield has managed. He keeps coming up with new projects and trying out very diverse directions for his music. Sometimes we pay more attention to Scofield the band leader than Scofield the guitarist, but he does have a very distinct and interesting style of jazz playing. His playing has landed him gigs with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson and Chris Potter among many others.

John Scofield Solo on a Bb Blues

In this video I am going to take a look at some phrases from a solo off the I Can See Your House From Here album that was a collaboration with Pat Metheny. An album that features Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart. who would later form the Scofield Trio for a few albums.

Scofields style of playing is very rhythmical and often quite sparse compared to contemporaries like Metheny and McLaughlin, but he also manages to have some melodies that are both unique and very beautiful. Something that is not that easy in modern jazz.

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My Favourite YouTube Jazz Guitar Videos! – Scofield, Kreisberg & Hekselman

 

This video is a small set of recommendations of some of the videos I came across on YouTube. All the videos are live performances and they are a bit “unofficial” But in my opinion they really capture some of the things I like about these jazz guitarists and their bands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqWcTA1eGWI

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂🙂

Scary Vibrato! – Using Neck Vibrato

I have a lot of people ask if I am ruining my guitar when I play live because of this technique. For me It is also a great addition to add life to sustained chords that everybody should be aware of.

I have never had issues with the neck of my guitars and I have also never heard of anybody having issues, and since it is such a nice chorus effect to add to the music when you feel like it then I thought I’d make a video on it.

This is not a technique that I invented. I picked it up from Bill Frisell and Scofield, but you’ll also see Ted Greene do it often.

For this topic there isn’t much point in making a long article describing how to do this. You are better of just checking out the video!

I hope you can use the lesson to get started using this vibrato technique. It’s a very lush effect that works so well to add some life to the sustained chords in a chord melody like I do in the intro of the video.

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