Jazz Guitar Improvisation in ONE Lesson!
Jazz Guitar Improvisation System that, with a concise fret board diagram & without naming a note, provides a network of options through a musical structure that outlines the limits of Classical Jazz Harmony in Major. Arranged for fret board convenience for an acoustic solo chord style.
View instructions for use of the diagrams you see at the left for this improvisation style online.
This is a formula that delivers jazz guitar improvisation skills through the practice of just a few mental and physical exercises. The countless variations of circles of 5ths that result from the application of the simple logic described ahead facilitates improvisation far more readily than common linear styles of learning. The use of a musical formula designed specifically for the guitar rather than any number of isolated chord progressions opens the door to this improvisation system.[an error occurred while processing this directive]

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The diagrams displayed at the left in conjunction with their surprisingly simple application (once visualized) define a complete framework for this chordal improvisation style. An initial effort, both physical and mental, depending on your previous experience with the guitar, is needed to memorize the options to a degree of fluidity but in a short time the results will become apparent. Sized for printing diagrams are available through the link above.
The description of the simple use of the colored diagrams becomes unavoidably wordy perhaps but once grasped, the simple logic & the diagrams will be all that are needed to improvise this system's solo acoustic finger style and in a short time you won't need the diagrams either. If you have guitar skills and are interested in acoustic jazz, but haven't, or will not have time to absorb the volumes on theory, this may be an ideal approach and well worth the effort. The simplicity of the recommended use for the colored diagrams may, on the surface, appear too easy to be of real value but if you have playing experience, you'll probably realize the number of avenues that stem from even the use of 3 or 4 chords. The introductory and background material describe how the diagrams are used to access an abundance of chord substitution options through circles of 5ths.

Click to the recommended use of diagrams for intermediate guitarists
OR! see introduction (recommended) and information below:.A Broad Harmonic Perspective for the Guitar
Jazz Guitar Instruction for YOUR CURRENT LEVEL; Select Links in BLUE below:

The following improvisation / composition method adheres to the essentials of classical jazz harmony while accessing a broad harmonic perspective. More than an isolated chord progression or map of a single key, it is harmony based on the circle of 5ths in motion. Knowledge of music theory or the ability to read music are UNNECESSARY to improvise with this system. The chordal style described is free improvisation in nature, like many instrumental breaks in modern jazz or in free form acoustic jazz. It is jazz that emphasizes upper chord tensions, the notes in jazz harmony that distinguish it from conventional harmony.

Knowledge of this system does not make a master of all forms of jazz and isn't intended as a technique for improvisation with a jazz combo though the information here may certainly be of interest and useful to guitarists involved with a combo style, however, the relatively simple instructions offered facilitate IMPROVISATION THROUGH A NETWORK OF OPTIONS THAT SPANS THE LIMITS OF CLASSICAL JAZZ HARMONY IN MAJOR with generous CHORD SUBSTITUTION OPTIONS through CIRCLES OF 5ths, with LINE PROGRESSION & MELODIC POTENTIAL automatically. This system's suggested chord options can be organized as cadences for composition as described in the instructions. A useful section is offered for novices; however the primary intention of this presentation is it's function as an aid to improvisation and composition for intermediate guitarists. Questions, comments, criticisms? Contact author webmaster@jazzmaster.com. Meter & Key Changes occur freely so please understand that it is not likely that this improvisation will resemble big band, ragtime, or dixie style jazz. Rhythmic variation is left to the ear, mood, ability and discretion of the musician. The chord structures most readily lend themselves to FINGER-PICKING techniques. Beginning fingerpicking patterns are suggested in the help area.

Built into the logic that is applied to these diagrams is a broad harmonic base for improvisation.


jazz guitar improvisation lesson for BEGINNING MUSICIANS . . . VERY BASIC
For those who have no improvisation or jamming experience of any kind or who may be intimidated by a lack of knowledge of what constitutes improvisation. Use of the improvisation system is detailed. At least a fair effort should be applied to get things rolling.
jazz guitar improvisation INTERMEDIATE APPROACH
Guitarists who have knowledge and some fluency with perhaps, rambling through at least a few basic chords, scales, or modes. Even those with a fair intellectual understanding of jazz theory but who, for whatever reason, have not taken the step toward applying it to the guitar fret board: Begin here. Also, those with some knowledge and experience with chordal improvisation in the jazz vein may find the system structure to be of interest.
PRINTABLE CHARTS, ADDITIONAL & ADVANCED OPTIONS, designed for those who have tried the BASIC OPTIONS with at least some level satisfaction. 
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CRITICISMS:  Email:  webmaster@jazzmaster.com
Visit this link if you have some knowledge of fret board theory for a quick look at how the system diagrams relate to the 5 basic major chord structures.  This image also suffices as a chord alteration chart.
guitar improvisation HELP
The basic description of the use of the system diagrams are meant to be complete, however, here are some itemized ideas that relate to or are a repetition of the basic instructions. Some items may trigger a bit more understanding of elements of learning you are facing.
jazz guitar system harmony THEORY
This is also a "concise" chart that puts the numbers in perspective for jazz harmony theorists. Experienced jazz players should find this correlation to a format that they're familiar with something of a relief from wonder.
To address difficulties with left hand fingering, here are suggested specifications for guitar action. Measurements described here are estimates. They refer to an average acoustic steel string. Nylon string guitars and electric guitars usually don't present any problems with difficult fingerings. Electric guitar action should be closer than that of an acoustic steel string.
jazz guitar improvisation SYSTEM BACKGROUND & theory
This fret board system allows improvisation without knowledge of the theory that's touched on here. For technicians though, the author's "original" slant on the application of jazz harmony to the guitar fret board is described. Others may also find incites into the workings of the guitar fret board.


Jazz Guitar Improvisation in ONE Lesson!
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