Learning to play changes is one of the hardest aspects of learning to solo in jazz. To this end, this first lesson deals with the tools that can be used and how they can be used to help you play through difficult tonal changes within a song.
It’s Time To Get Your Improvising & Comping Together!
Struggling with improvising & comping over Giant Steps or indeed any jazz standard? If you have a good understanding of chords and scales and you are looking to start delving into the world of jazz guitar then this course is for you. Perhaps you already can play some jazz chords and scales/riffs. If you can then be prepared to learn from someone who is one of Europe’s finest jazz guitarists, Malcolm MacFarlane.
COURSE TAUGHT: Malcolm MacFarlane
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Advanced
COST: Each of the HD videos include a lot of information. Individual PDF and audio packs can be purchased from the GMI shop.
FOR: Those with a lot of guitar playing experience and who wish to play advanced jazz guitar.
COURSE FORMAT & RESOURCES: Video, MP3 & PDFs
Using chord forms that are appropriate for particular parts of a chordal progression can be challenging. In this lesson you will be taken through many concepts that when fully understood, should ensure that you have a really excellent all round knowledge of exactly how chord formation work on their own and in within a harmonic context.
This lesson really takes the player on a journey to performing a solo that includes all the elements discussed in the previous lessons. You will learn about performing solos that make use of chordal tones as well as further enhancing your solos with melodic ideas around them. Finally, the third solo which is four times round the form of the song “Giant Steps” includes advanced chordal ideas where Malcolm really stretches out.
Playing through changes using chromatic approach tones and chromaticism in general is very much a hallmark of the jazz player. You will see that Malcolm covers a huge amount of ground in this packed and important lesson.