Getting better as a guitar player often involves jamming and performing with other musicians. That is where a substantial amount of your growth happens naturally. Learning to play jazz is no exception. In fact, jazz is a style that takes, perhaps, even more interpersonal jamming to learn.
In Frank Vignola’s Jazz Standard Edition of Trading Solos, you get just that opportunity. Frank, being one of the most proficient jazz guitarists worldwide, sets you up for success by showing you how he solos while you comp for him, and then hands the baton to you to solo while he comps for you.
Here are five video jazz standard soloing guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Frank Vignola’s Trading Solos: Jazz Standards Vol. 1 on TrueFire!
Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson – Track 3: Track Overview
This third track is based on the song progression of “Impressions”, which is simply a Dm for 16 measures, an Ebm for 8 measures and back to the Dm for the last 8 measures of this 32 measure classic bebop jazz form.
Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson – Track 3: Comping Approach Demo
In this segment, I discuss three rhythm approaches that you can use for this quick tempo modal jam. The first is using the chord in 4ths, which is a very cool and hip bop sound. The second is using the interval of a third or just two notes. We don’t always have to use big full chords. This approach is very common in this style and leaves a lot of room for the soloist to experiment. The third approach is using chord stabs or thinking like a big band horn section using staccato chord hits. Check it out.
Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson – Track 3: Lick Ideas Demo
In this segment, I discuss three lick ideas to experiment with: The first is digging into the minor 9 sound. The second is applying a 3 note descending pattern within the Dorian sound. The third is a neat, experimental way to approach a solo using an open string and pull offs. Three very fun lick ideas to use!
Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson – Track 3: Impressions Changes
In this playalong preview, I’ll demonstrate the ideas discussed in the comping and lick idea section.
Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson – Track 3: Playalong
Now let’s trade some solos. I’ll comp for you when you’re soloing and please remember to comp for me when I’m playing a solo.
Digging these free video jazz standard soloing guitar lessons? Check out Frank Vignola’s full course, Trading Solos: Jazz Standards Vol. 1.