Course curriculum

  • 1

    APRIL 2022 - IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP: METHODS FOR MAKING YOUR IMPROVISATION PRACTICE REALLY COUNT!

    • WELCOME: HERE'S WHAT'S COMING IN THIS SESSION...

    • TIP 1: PRACTICING IMPROVISATION VERSUS 'JUST JAMMING' (WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?)

    • TIP 2: WHY I THINK YOU SHOULD GO 'DEEP' INSTEAD OF 'WIDE'

    • IMPROVISATION EXERCISE: IMPROVING A WEAKNESS

    • IMPROVISATION EXERCISE: PLAYING WHAT YOU HEAR IN YOUR HEAD (LEARN HOW!)

    • IMPROVISATION EXERCISE: 'MASSAGING' NEW IDEAS INTO YOUR PLAYING

    • IMPROVISATION EXERCISE: 'RESTRICTION PRACTICE' (AS USED BY MANY OF THE GREATEST IMPROVISERS)

    • DOWNLOAD THE BACKING TRACK I USE IN THE LESSON HERE!

    • DOWNLOAD: BONUS BACKING TRACK

    • DOWNLOAD: BONUS BACKING TRACK

  • 2

    MARCH 2022 - 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' 2ND SOLO (LESSON, BREAKDOWN AND TABS)

    • COMING IN THIS SESSION...

    • SOLO DEMONSTRATION AND SCALE RECAP

    • 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' - 2ND SOLO, LICK #1

    • 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' - 2ND SOLO, LICK #2

    • 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' - 2ND SOLO, LICK #3

    • 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' - 2ND SOLO, LICK #4

    • 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' - FINAL PERFORMANCE AND CLOSING TIPS

    • DOWNLOAD THE TAB WORKSHEET FOR THE SOLO HERE

    • DOWNLOAD THE GUITAR-PRO FILE FOR THE SOLO HERE

  • 3

    FEBRUARY 2022 - Q&A (INTRO SOLO TO 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' AND HOW TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN 'BLUES SONGS')

    • COMING IN THIS SESSION

    • PART 1: INTRO SOLO TO 'ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER' (GREAT RHYTHMIC AND BENDING EXERCISE)

    • PART 2: WRITING YOUR OWN BLUES SONG - INTRO AND APPROACH

    • STEP 1: WRITE YOUR 'I CHORD RIFF'

    • STEP 2: ADDRESSING THE IV AND V CHORDS

    • STEP 3: MORE RIFF IDEAS FOR YOU TO TRY

    • DEMO: MY 'ROUGH FINISHED VERSION' EXAMPLE

    • DOWNLOAD THE TAB WORKSHEET HERE

    • DOWNLOAD THE GUITAR-PRO FILE HERE

  • 4

    JANUARY 2022 - Q&A SESSION (EXPANDING PENTATONICS, GETTING 'SLICKER' SOUNDING SOLOS, INTEGRATING CHORDS WITH LICKS AND SOLOS)

    • WHAT'S AN EASY WAY TO EXPAND OR EXTEND THE PENTATONIC SCALE TO GET SOME NEW SOUNDS (INCLUDES HOW TO 'FAKE MODES'!)

    • HOW CAN YOU ADD MORE 'POLISH' TO YOUR SOLOS - 3 APPROACHES TO TRY

    • INTEGRATING CHORD SHAPES WITH LICKS, SCALES AND SOLOS - THE 'CHORD FRAGMENTS' APPROACH

    • DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET FOR THIS SESSION HERE!

    • GET THE GUITAR-PRO FILE FOR THIS SESSION HERE

    • DOWNLOAD BLUES BACKING TRACK USED IN LESSON (KEY OF A)

    • DOWNLOAD ROCK BALLAD BACKING USED IN LESSON (KEY OF C#m)