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Guitarist playing in a jazz band

Step 1: Listen to great jazz music

In order to become a competent jazz guitarist, you will need to listen to a lot of excellent jazz music.

It is simply essential to get the sound of jazz in your ear!

Listening to a lot of jazz music will help you internalise the sound of swing!

In addition to listening, you should also attend regular performances of live jazz.

By attending live jazz performances, you will become more and more acquainted with the vocabulary of jazz music.

You will also witness first hand how jazz musicians take turns to solo and support each other!

Understanding the language of jazz, as well as the subtle and intricate swing rhythms will help you on your journey to become a competent jazz guitarist.

Here’s a list of high quality jazz artists that you should listen to:

  • Wes Montgomery
  • Charles Mingus
  • Charlie Parker
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Jan Garbarek
  • Keith Jarrett
  • John Coltrane
  • Pat Metheny
  • Miles Davis
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Billie Holiday
  • Bill Evans
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Emily Remler
  • Larry Carlton
  • Pat Martino
  • John Abercrombie
  • Bill Frisell
  • Mike Stern
  • Joe Pass
  • Barney Kessell
  • John McLaughlin
Jazz cycles

Step 2: Become a master of jazz cycles

Jazz moves in cycles.

Becoming a master of jazz cycles is an absolute must, if you want to become exceptional at playing jazz guitar.

A classic jazz harmonic cycle that occurs over and over in jazz is the: “I IV VIII III VI II V I cycle”.

I require all my jazz guitar students to memorise this particular cycle throughout the cycle of 5ths.

It takes lots of time, and is an arduous task to say the least…

But the result is an excellent understanding of harmony, and a good working foundation of chords and arpeggios.

As the guitar is a transposing instrument and we often rely on patterns, it is also important to get to know each and every key.

Simply moving a chord up and down with no understanding of the context of the key is just not good enough.

You need to develop a feel for the key that you are in.

For example, if we play in the key of Ab major, you should (immediately) know that the relative minor is F Minor.

I would recommend for budding jazz guitarists to also learn chords on the piano in order to get a deeper grasp of jazz harmony.

Remember, we can only play six notes at the same time on the guitar.

On the piano we can play an endless amount (if we use the sustain pedal!).

So spend a good amount of time practising cycles and harmony.

Get to know the “II V I” and “II V I VI” chord progressions inside out.

You will find that harmony in jazz generally moves in fourths.

The “II” chord moves up a fourth to the “V” chord.

The “V” chord then moves up a fourth to the “I” or tonic chord.

Become familiar with how jazz cycles work.

Study, study and study more, and you will eventually understand the inner workings of jazz!

Puzzle

Step 3: Get an understanding of jazz harmony

Harmonically speaking jazz is complex.

In Western music, we harmonise chords in thirds.

Western classical music generally consists of triads and seventh chords.

In jazz, we take this one step further.

Harmonisation will often extend to ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords.

You therefore, need a solid understanding of harmony in order to excel at playing jazz guitar.

It is also important to understand arranging as well as the range of your instrument.

If you play in a jazz band, you have to take great care not to step on the toes of the pianist.

You have to play complementary chords on the guitar that will make the entire band sound great!

To do this properly, you will need a great working understanding of harmony as well as arranging.

A good exercise on the guitar is to play through the four main seventh chords.

Play through the Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th and Minor 7b5 chords.

You should know several voicings for each chord.

This is why great jazz guitar tuition is worth its salt.

With a great teacher, you can get to know these voicings inside out and understand how they work on the instrument.

This is, however, only the tip of the iceberg.

You will need to study harmony in relation to key and context.

Once you understand the beauty and language of harmony, you will then be able to improvise on a much more proficient level as well as provide accompaniment along with the rest of the band.

By having a greater understanding of jazz harmony, you will also be able to create beautiful chord melodies on the guitar and harmonise jazz standards (an important tool in your toolkit as a jazz guitarist).

Jazz guitar player

Step 4: Develop a repertoire of lines and licks

Developing a repertoire of lines and licks is absolutely essential if you want to succeed at playing jazz guitar.

Knowing a good amount of quality major and minor “II V I” licks will definitely help you in the heat of the battle when improvising!

A lot of new jazz guitar players are scared of memorising licks.

They fear that it will make them ‘method’ players.

There is certainly a (small) danger of becoming a method player if you approach learning licks in a ‘squared’ manner.

However, if you learn your jazz guitar licks inside out, and then you learn how to manipulate those licks in REAL-TIME, you can actually change/amend the licks on the spot. (You should aim to become the Swiss army knife of jazz lines!)

You will then definitely not become a ‘method’ player!

The licks will merely be a part of your improvisation toolkit and will be helpful both in developing your ears and helping you play throughout various chord changes.

Therefore I recommend learning a selection of high quality major and minor “II V I” licks all five positions of the guitar neck.

My all-time favourite book for learning jazz lines is Pat Martino’s “Linear Expressions”.

You can buy Pat Martino’s book on Amazon here.

Louis Armstrong

Step 5:  It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!

“It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)!” – the immortal words by Irving Mills.

The fact of the matter is that you simply cannot neglect the swing feel.

Jazz music is all about swing.

You absolutely need to develop a wonderful jazz swing to speak the language of jazz.

I recommend listening to great jazz players to get this wonderful feel.

Emily Remler was a fantastic jazz guitarist (she was renowned for her swing feel!).

Listen to her play “Blues for Herb” on YouTube below:

You will notice that she’s got an outstanding swing feel.

You need to develop that “feel” and work on your swing.

Jazz guitar is all about making your guitar sing and swing!

Listening to great jazz is the first step.

The second step would be practising slowly, and working meticulously on playing in a very relaxed fashion with that cool sound that swings!

Clocks time and calendar

Step 6: Have a structured practice routine

Having a structured practice routine is really the key to getting great at playing jazz.

We all have limited time, and how we use our time is the key to achieving our goals.

When you practice, you should have a goal.

Ideally, you will have a short plan for each and every practice session.

By focusing to get the absolute best out of the time that is available, you will become a success.

You should ideally include multiple areas of discipline in your structured routine.

We should practice technique, lines and licks, chords, rhythm, and also include time for jazz repertoire as well as jamming!

It is also wise to mix your practice up between a strict regiment type session and a more free session.

Also include time to listen to great jazz players.

By listening to great jazz players, you will develop your ear and become a better jazz musician yourself!

Having a plan will set you apart and help you achieve your goals!

saxophone and jazz guitarist performing

Step 7: Learn jazz form and structure

Jazz is all about form and structure.

Playing through a jazz standard and not losing your place in the score is paramount to your jazz guitar playing success!

Great jazz players have a cognitive encyclopaedia of jazz forms and structures.

Learning famous jazz structures such as the blues, and classic jazz standards are an absolute must.

Here is a list of 20 jazz standards that every jazz guitarist ought to know:

1. All The Things You Are
2. Autumn Leaves
3. Cherokee
4. Fly Me To The Moon
5. Have You Met Miss Jones
6. How High The Moon
7. I Love You
8. I’m Old Fashioned
9. Just Friends
10. Misty
11. My Funny Valentine
12. On Green Dolphin Street
13. Stella By Starlight
14. So What
15. Take The A Train
16. The Girl From Ipanema
17. There Will Never Be Another You
18. Giant Steps
19. Blue in Green
20. Lush Life

Learning how to play jazz standards will take lots of time.

As a jazz guitarist, you should analyse the chord progressions and understand the harmonies. Try to understand the harmonic progressions and why one particular chord moves to another etc…

Analyse the form of the standard in question.

Memorise the standard throughout multiple keys.

I would also recommend getting to know the lyrics in order to understand the meaning of the song more intimately.

So to give yourself the edge, do not neglect this all-important area of form and structure.

Spend time getting to know the most important jazz standards inside out!

Master the rules

Step 8: You first have to master the rules to break the rules!

To become great at playing jazz, you first need to master the rules of jazz.

That means you have to take the time to learn chords across the entire neck of the guitar, all the major modes, all the harmonic minor modes and all the melodic minor modes.

You should also have a firm grasp of a large variety of pentatonic scales.

In addition to all this, you need a really good repertoire of lines and licks, and a solid understanding of how to use them over a variety of jazz standards.

You also need to know how to swing and play through structure and form!

As you can see, there is a lot of ground work to do!

Once you have completed the important foundations of playing jazz, then you can look forward to freedom.

Then you can look forward to breaking the rules!

Then you can look forward to playing just ‘using your ears’.

You cannot be a master of the instrument without first being an excellent student.

You need to be willing to do whatever it takes to learn the tools of the trade in order to obtain freedom!

Once you are free and your knowledge of the instrument and jazz is intuitive, then you can let go and just improvise.

Then you can break the rules and make your jazz guitar dreams come true!

Never give up

Step 9: Success comes to those who do not give up!

Becoming successful has a lot more to do with resilience than pure talent.

Those who (eventually) achieve greatness, are those who do not give up.

If you really want learn how to play jazz guitar to a high standard, then you need to follow the recommendations in this article and put it into practice (over an extended period of time).

Most people are able to follow a solid practice schedule for a year or two.

Practising for a long period of time such as 3 to 7 years is however, outside of most people’s domain (because human nature usually gives up!).

Breakthroughs come to those who persevere for the long term!

In order to understand the art of playing jazz, you need to give things lots of time and be prepared to have plenty of failures along the way.

The greatest jazz musicians were once failures.

In fact, Charlie Parker had a symbol thrown at him during his teens by Jo Jones for messing up on stage.

He responded with confidence and vigour and said “I’ll be back!” as he left the club.

Charlie Parker then practiced and practiced and practiced some more.

He practised and persevered until he mastered the art of jazz improvisation!

The pattern is quite evident for everyone to see.

First you fail at playing jazz, by trying to play without being truly ready (this is actually an important step!).

Then you return back to your practice room and practice a heck of a lot.

Eventually, you succeed and become successful!

That ladies and gentlemen, is the path to becoming a successful jazz guitarist!

Believe in yourself like Superman

Step 10: Believe you can and you will succeed!

If you really want to succeed at playing jazz guitar, you need to believe in yourself.

By believing that you can achieve your musical dreams, you call the things that are not as if they were.

In other words, you make your future success a reality today.

The future is generally unknown, but you can influence the future.

If you believe that you can learn and master jazz guitar, then you will make much more effort during your private practice time!

Remember that faith and action goes hand-in-hand.

If you believe in your jazz guitar future, then you will practice your II V I licks.

If you believe in your jazz guitar success, then you will memorise a large library of chords that you can call upon at will when needed!

If you truly believe, then you will devour Pat Martino’s Linear Expressions and get to know the lines inside out!

Basically, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen!

I leave you with an important thought:

If you struggle to believe in yourself, and you feel that you cannot succeed get someone to believe in you!

A great guitar coach can help you achieve your goals!

Believing in yourself and your abilities is not a natural process for everyone.

You may think that you are not talented.

I guarantee you that you are!

All you need is excellent jazz guitar education and a willingness to put in the time and effort required to become a success.

So, if you need help in the “psychology-of-playing-department”, get in touch and we will do our best to help you succeed!

Remember you are a success busy happening!

Go and make your boldest dreams a reality!

Find out how to become an outstanding guitarist! Make your guitar dreams a reality and break through by developing the right habits to become truly outstanding!

Guitarist performing on stage

You need passion and inspiration

To become truly great at anything in life requires a fire from within.

Learning to play the guitar is definitely no different.

You see, the main issue at hand is inspiration…

If you are inspired, you will do whatever it takes to become great at what you do.

You will be passionate and willing to practice.

Learning the guitar at the end of the day is more to do with the willingness to practice than anything else.

It is easy to say that you are passionate about learning, but the real test lies in your private practice room!

Of course, great training will help you to continue when the going gets tough.

The truth is you need that fire…. that fire that will make you improvise with Mixolydian b6 mode for 4 hours without stopping, that fire that will make you find all the major chords on string groups 123, 234, 345, 456!

Without that fire, it will be really hard to get that the level that you want to get to!

Stephen Covey was absolutely correct when he wrote a chapter on “Begin with the end in mind” in his best seller 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

You see, when you have the vision then the fire will burn!

So be inspired, have a vision! Be on fire and passionate and it will show in your guitar playing! (Even if it takes some time to get there)

You need a positive mindset and a do-whatever-it-takes frame of mind

A positive mindset is very important when it comes to learning how to play the guitar!

Remember that you will go through easy and difficult phases in your guitar journey.

It is during the difficult phases that a positive mindset will help the most.

The secret between success and failure in your guitar playing is in your ability to keep learning and improving ever when you do not see immediate results.

That is why you need to work on your psychology and mindset.

If you are able to persist through tough times, then you can truly improve on your instrument!

You need to monitor your progress and keep a journal (even if it is a rough one)

By keeping a record of your playing, you will improve much faster and your playing will become much more accurate.

It is a well-known fact that keeping a journal (even a rough one) will have a tremendously positive effect on your playing.

It is always a little difficult to get started, but the biggest secret is to just do it!

Buy a little notebook that you like and keep track of your musical speed and development on a regular basis.

There is no need to be overly concerned on regularity.

As long as you measure your improvements on a monthly basis, you will be fine.

You need a great guitar coach – someone who actually inspire you!

A great mentor who inspires and motivate you is the TRUE key to becoming an outstanding guitarist.

The guitar is a complex instrument when played at a very proficient level. (It is actually very simple, but the complexity can ONLY be made simple through a great coach)

That is exactly why you need to take weekly guitar lessons with someone who can help you get SERIOUS and LASTING results in your guitar playing.

The good news is that you do not need to accept mediocre guitar performance forever. No, YOU can do something about your guitar playing by taking the first step.

The first and most crucial step is then to find someone who inspires and motivates you to become a great player.

Even if you only play the guitar for the pleasure, why not do it well?

A great guitar instructor can help you make huge improvement in your playing in a short time.

That is why you must work with a great coach to become a much better player!

You need a solid practice schedule that’s not boring!

Finally, without a solid and regular practice schedule you will not make great progress.

You need dedicated, concentrated hours of practice in order to improve on a monthly basis.

It is not quite as simple as you may think.

A solid practice schedule should be discussed with your guitar mentor.

He or she will help you get the best return on your available time.

Simply just jamming the guitar daily will not yield the best results.

You need a rigorous and tested practice schedule looking at various aspects of your playing in order to improve in a fast and efficient way.

I wish you the greatest success in your guitar journey!

In this video, Stefan Joubert debunks the myth that adults cannot learn how to play the guitar properly.

The facts are that with great guitar education, a solid practice schedule and hard work, you can achieve all that you set out to achieve with the instrument!

It is however, vital to take top-notch guitar instruction with a solid mentor who can help you become the guitarist that you’ve always want to be!

Make your boldest dreams come true and take that leap of faith to achieve your highest goals!

Remember, you are a miracle – one in a million and you have all the potential within to become who YOU want to be!

As long as you follow a proven guitar lesson strategy and take guitar lessons with an outstanding instructor, you will get there!

Faith and action go hand in hand. If you take action, get started then it will only be a matter of time before you excel at playing the guitar!

Helpful tips

Booking guitar lessons in Mayfair doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to turn into Frank Gambale. (However with enough dedication, belief and enthusiasm you just might!)

Some people pick up the guitar and learn really fast but for others, it can take a lot of time and effort. In fact, learning the guitar to a high standard can be a really long process however it is certainly worth it in the end.

So, you have your guitar lessons in London West One booked and you are all set to embark on an exciting and rewarding hobby. The key to learning the guitar is to get the most from your guitar lessons and we have some great tips to ensure that you boost your progress as much as possible.

Quality Is Better Than Quantity

The main thing about taking guitar lessons in Mayfair is that you don’t focus on the amount of lessons you get rather it is the quality of the teaching.

This also goes for practicing in your own time. 3 hours of focused practicing a week with no distractions is far better than 10 hours of unfocused learning when you are trying to do two things at once. Similarly, 3 quality lessons are better than 10 lessons where you aren’t attentive.

Ditch your phone and turn the TV off and focus solely on practicing the guitar – you’ll be amazed how much better you will get without anything to distract you.

Set Out What You Want To Accomplish

Rather than turning up to your guitar lessons in Mayfair thinking that the guitar teacher will do everything for you, come with some things that you want to work on.

The advantage of having a guitar tutor in W1 is that you have access to expert help who can point you in the right direction of how to improve. The key to getting the most out of your guitar lessons is to also come prepared with specific things you want to work on.

Obviously keep this in reason however by thinking about what you want to achieve from the lesson and communicating this to your tutor will leave you far more satisfied with the end result.

Keep A Practice Log

Even though you have invested in guitar lessons in Mayfair W1 you still need to do some self-practice. Remember when we mentioned above about quality being better than quantity well that is true but also keep a practice log.
Jot down things that you found difficult when playing the guitar on your own. You find out far more about your level of ability when you don’t have an experienced guitar tutor there to guide you.

This is a good idea because it ties in with our second point – let you guitar teacher in Mayfair know what you are having trouble with.

Even if you have mastered the basics of the guitar you will probably still need lessons to take you to the next level.
The key to learning the guitar is not only to practice on your own but take some action to make your lessons worthwhile. Learning this instrument can be tricky and a lot of people give up but with quality lessons, self-study and commitment there is no reason you can’t succeed.

Rock Guitar Player

So you can play the chords and you have a good understanding of the basics of playing the guitar.

Fantastic!

The problem is that when many people learn the fundamentals they think that they don’t need guitar lessons in Mayfair anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The reality is that most people aren’t as good at the guitar as the think they are. While you may be able to impress your family and friends with your new found skills, what about other people?

What do you do when you get frustrated with your development?

We want to show you why you still need guitar lessons in SW1 even if you have the basics covered.

Sustain Your Progress

The worst thing you can do once you get the essentials of learning the guitar nailed down is to think that you have suddenly transformed into Scott Henderson. The reality is that you haven’t.
You can always get better. The reason for persisting with a guitar tutor in Mayfair is to not only move to a more advanced level but to also sustain the progress that you have made.
Simply giving up your lessons once you can play a simple song on the guitar means that you will just need to start all over again when you have forgotten everything.

Specialise In One Genre

The beauty of the guitar is that there are so many different styles and genres.

From acoustic to punk and all the way to blues, there are so many styles that you can choose. Maybe you want to be a bit of an all-rounder or maybe you want to focus yourself on one type of music?
Continuing with your guitar lessons in Mayfair W1 means that you can take your knowledge and skills to the next level and really start to master one particular style of guitar music.

The Guitar Can Be Incredibly Frustrating

Even though you have got some valuable help and advice from a guitar teacher in Mayfair the instrument is still incredibly frustrating at times.

You will want to give up and you will want to smash your instrument against the wall but all this frustration can be reduced by continuing with your guitar lessons.

As a learner you might have come on leaps and bounds however simply giving up your lessons will see your progress either halted or reversed. A guitar tutor can help you sustain your current level and allow you to move onto the next stage.

Remember that you don’t know it all.

There is a major difference between playing some chords on your own and actually being able to play the guitar properly. With regular guitar lessons in Mayfair and an experienced teacher there for support, you will be able to take your skills to another level.

Even if you didn’t pick up a guitar until you were 60 it is never too late to learn and by continuing with your guitar lessons you can go as far as you want.

Never Give Up

Retired and looking for a new hobby?

Maybe you need something to take your mind off work?

The great thing about learning the guitar is that you are never too old to start. While everyday life sometimes takes over, having a hobby that you can set out objectives and work towards is a fantastic way to use your spare time in a productive way.

It is also a great stress reliever.

People often think that taking guitar lessons in Mayfair is something they should have done 20 years ago. While many guitarists do start in their younger years the reality is that no-one is too old to begin learning with a guitar teacher.

Everyone Can Learn The Guitar

“I’m not talented” is a common phrase you hear when it comes to guitar lessons. Sure, having natural musical talent does help but it is not the be all and end all of learning the guitar.

You can learn how to play the guitar in a systematic way. No-one expects you just to pick up the instrument and start blaring out ‘All Along The Watchtower’ by Jimi Hendrix – if you can then there is no need for you to look for a guitar instructor in Mayfair – however with hard work you can master the basics and go from there.

If you have fingers, hands and a desire to learn then there is no reason you can’t start making music on your guitar.

You Don’t Need Prior Experience

So you might have tried to play a Guns N’ Roses song on someone’s guitar at a party back in your university days and it didn’t quite go to plan. Don’t worry because you don’t need any prior experience to take guitar lessons in Mayfair.

The great thing about taking guitar lessons is that you can go at your own pace and the lessons are planned around your learning speed and experience. If you have no experience then no problem – lessons are designed to get you acquainted with the fundamentals. If you do have some prior experience then the lessons are structured to hone your existing skills.

Guitar lessons in W1 are flexible and designed personally for your ability.

Getting The Most Out Of Guitar Lessons in Mayfair

One thing that you do need to get the best experience from your guitar lessons is the desire to not only learn but improve as well.

If you get the basics of playing the guitar such as chords, different styles of guitar music etc… then you can progress your skills. There is no need to have any extraordinary or natural talent to succeed – in fact, we cover 5 myths of learning to play the guitar – you just need a keen and focused mind.

Still, think you have missed the chance to pick up the guitar?

Why not take a guitar lesson in Mayfair and see for yourself that you are never too old to develop a skill that not only impresses people but can be a lot of fun as well.

 

 

 

By working alongside a great guitar instructor, your guitar playing will develop much faster than learning by yourself.

In this video, you will discover why you need a great instructor to help you become the guitarist you have always wanted to become.

Find out why being self-taught is not actually such a glorious achievement and why a guitar instructor (worth his or her salt) will help you tremendously in your guitar development journey!

Watch out for the dangers of selecting a ‘mobile guitar instructor’ based on convenience and why it is usually better to go to an instructor’s guitar teaching studio.

By studying guitar in a world-class guitar Academy, you will benefit from a marvelous atmosphere and get inspiration from your guitar teacher as well as from the social events around the Academy.

Watch the video below to find out more:

Did you know that you can make tremendous progress in your guitar journey by practicing without a guitar?

All you need is to develop your visualisation by learning how to see the fretboard in your mind’s eye!

You can then practice during your lunch break or when commuting.

Adding extra practice to your schedule will result in a compound effect and in time YOUR guitar playing will become awesome!

Watch this video to find out more about how you can do just that:

guitar and war

“GUITAR AND WAR”

The art of being prepared.

“Proper preparation prevents poor performance”

Have you ever been in the situation where you had to improvise on the spot and your solo did not work out quite as you have expected?

I have.

(Anyone claiming they never have an adverse solo day is simply lying. We all have at times even the best of us).

A lot of intermediate and semi-advanced guitarists have troubles improvising with confidence, largely due to a lack of knowledge.

Your knowledge of the guitar, neck, repertoire of leads and lines and understanding of theory (e.g. the 9th sounds remarkably nostalgic especially over a minor chord) is probably the primary cause of this “did-not-work-quite-as-well-as-I-expected effect”.

You see it is actually more than your knowledge alone, it is also your speed of access. The amount of millisecond it takes to play whatever you hear (which means truly know – no one hears it all – it is actually more know than hear) over a certain chord.

So yes, speed of access is of the essence.

The test if you truly know your stuff is a straightforward one. How much effort (in terms of brain work) does it take for you flick your eyes?

It is instant!

That is exactly what you need to be prepared – instant knowledge!

Now contrary to McDonalds you can’t simply order it at £5 / $7 a burger and get it in 5 minutes.

This one baby – takes years!!!!

“Importance of having an arsenal of weapons at your disposal”

When a mighty general goes to war, he has an arsenal of weaponry, soldiers and strategies under his commands.

People say music is all about peace and while it might be true to a certain audience often times music (or at least the playing of it) can be a war that must be won.

Each and every time you step onto the stage and an unexpected solo is forced on you – then you are in a war. A war against mediocre solos.

“Your ammunition”

In this “musical war” your ammunition is your knowledge of the neck and licks that you’ve memorised. Inside out in all five positions of the neck. As well as across them, through them and around them!

“Having options put you in control”

In a war, the ideal position is to have absolute control over your territories and potential control over your enemies land.

Having options put you in control – at the very least, it gives you ammunition to have a ferocious fight.

“A practical example”

Lend me your imagination for a while.

Let’s set the scene – we are jamming at a hugely influential concert, for very high up military officials. We dare not make a mistake, we’ve got to sound good.

Here’s our chord progression:

a minor progression within major chord super impose on the first degree of F sharp minor – called guitar and war – by Stefan Joubert – learn how to play the guitar
» Guitar and War – F# minor chord progression study PDF

 

At first glance, you might think we’re in F# major, not so. The theoretical analysis is:

The first chord is F# major, but its original function is F# minor. We simply super impose the major instead of the minor.

Now here is the tricky part!

If we are jamming, then there is NO TIME to do a theoretical analysis. Zilch!

You have to have the weapons prepared before the war.

Here’s little bit of lead for you can play over the chord progression: (I would suggest a mixture of tapping and picking)

Guitar and War – F# minor chord progression lead guitar part (Stefan Joubert) PDF

That means you’ve got to BUILD UP AN ARSENAL of guitar licks and lines for different situations to use as offensive and defensive weaponry when it’s time for war!

It’s wise to learn from the wise!

The Swiss are a nation for one that is prepared to the utmost. They all have underground bomb shelters; their army has “secret mountain chambers” and over 1 million men ready to fight within a moment!

If the Swiss (as a nation) would play the guitar, it would undoubtedly be ready for totally any situation at all times. I’m not saying Swiss guitarists are the best in the world, I’m just comparing how the nation operates with how we should operate.

What’s the secret?

Good old-fashioned timekeeping and being thoroughly prepared by practising in a practice time and working on essential matters!

The analogy of the Swiss (as a nation) shows us that being prepared is essential. The secret of your success is Really getting to know your guitar neck inside out.

I personally required all my students to memorise and create a notebook of licks across all five positions.

By creating their own notebook of licks, they create a division between success and failure on the success side. Meaning it becomes more and more difficult to fail!

Yngwie Malmsteen stated that it were actually extremely difficult for him to play the wrong notes.

Why?

He has created the division between success and failure and it’s a humongous division. So it’s near impossible for him to fail when improvising.

At the basic level of preparation, my students are required to know five licks per pentatonic position. This will at least give them 25 licks over the neck along with other sequences and techniques. My students need to know them as well as they know their name. (or they are in trouble)

It takes guts to master the neck and with patience a war is won!

“The Art of War”

In the art of war, Sun Tzu said that the war was won as many calculations had been made.

In guitar playing, the war is won by really calculating all melodic possibilities, meditating on them and playing through all five positions. When you’ve done, that the war will begin to be in your favour!

“Knowing your stuff leads to maturity”

Becoming a mature guitarist means knowing your stuff. There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard and memorise as well as internalise your licks until you own them!

“Play confidently across the entire neck”

Maturity means being able to play and improvise with confidence across the entire guitar neck!

You must be to advise on all five positions as well as across and through the neck.

“The secret to winning this war faster than ever before”

Statistics is a tremendously useful tool in life out of 100 guitarists only one will exceed, four will do well, and one will be excellent!

The majority will suck.

Unfortunately, is the same in every area of life.

The secret is to take a look at what the 1% are doing. Yes, they practised diligently. Yes, they know they stuff, but where do the inspiration come from as well as knowledge and edge – nine times out of 10 they will have a guitar mentor and instructor to guide them.

They will study with an expert who can show them the way and walk with them until they reach it – risk free!

Your playing will improve drastically in very surprising avenues, by studying with a virtuoso guitar teacher. You will be able to do what you thought was impossible. This will not come overnight, but with my expert guidance, your dreams will become a reality.

The investment you make into your guitar learning will pay dividends that far exceeds the initial investment in due time.

I’m currently accepting a limited number of new students were radical about improving their entire guitar playing. Actually overhauling their entire knowledge of the instrument.

I have a few options available to you to learn. Depending upon how serious you are, I offer a silver program (3 to 5 people per class), a gold program (two people per class) as well is my Ultimate Access guitar program giving you the real privilege to be one of my one-to-one students.

But you have to live in London. Or at least in the UK! If you live abroad I also offer a correspondence program where you can learn leaps and bounds. (from a distance)

I personally guarantee that there is no easier method to learn how to become a truly proficient guitarist than learning with a master.

By studying with me, you will discover your real capabilities and obtain Freedom from being enslaved to not knowing.

We will open up the world of guitar together and make your boldest dreams a reality.

See you in the studio!!!

Stefan Joubert