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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Complex Linear Improvisation - Rhythm Changes

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So, up until now we've had some very nice,
comfortable grooves,
you know, moderate to slow and medium
tempos, because those give us the chance
to really dig into the curriculum,
and into the stuff we're studying.
And to be able to do it because
the slower you do something,
the easier it is to play.
But we've reached the point
now where we're gonna really
take it up not a notch but
several notches,
we're gonna go at a pretty fast clip,
a pretty fast tempo on this next piece.
I would urge the students
that are still at the,
you know, earlier stages and
intermediate stages of,
of studying jazz guitar, to not
maybe attempt this yet to turn, and,
and, make sure your foundation is really
set on the other slower tempos, and
all the material is under your
fingers before you jump in here.
The reason I say that is not that
it wouldn't be fun to try but
I don,t want you to get discouraged I
don't want you to feel like, oh geez,
I can't do that, it's too fast for me.
Well, it might be to early to do it now,
but you'll get there.
I want to encourage you
to realize that but,
just maybe right now is
not the moment to do it.
Now for those of you who are gonna be
studying this part of the curriculum,
and feel ready to jump into fast tempos
and moving your fingers around a lot.
The main thing about this is that it's
faster and we're gonna be studying rhythm
changes based on I've Got Rhythm it's a
song that often comes up in jazz gigs and
jazz jam sessions as a standard format for
showing off your chops.
And not only is it fast but
the chords are happening, a lot of times,
twice as fast as a normal song
there's actually two [INAUDIBLE],
two chords in each bar.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Each bar has two chords in it they're just
relentlessly coming at you.
One thing that I suggest
is take the PDF chart
of this song, and
don't even do it in tempo,
do it at really slow roboto speeds and,
play through a linear line going through
the changes,
you can even write one out for yourself.
And, remember, it's all the tools and
all the techniques the arpeggios,
the scale fragments,
the chromatic approaches.
Those, connections across the nexus,
chromatic connections all those things
are coming into play, just much faster so
you're playing at a faster tempo.