Experienced guitarist wanting to immerse himself in jazz and learn but...
Incredibly overwhelmed! I can really play blues and rock, I know basic theory, how chords are built and scales constructed, decent at improvisation but I do not sound jazzy and my chord melody playing is very weak. Any advice!?
What do you mean by sound jazzy? Can you put a video or an audio link of your playing?
Stef-Ramin: Unfortunately I have no way of posting an audio or video, though I'd like to work to that end as I see the benefit of it. Sound jazzy? That is a bit overgeneralized/generic, but the best way I know to explain it is I was just jamming on some blues backing tracks and by using certain bending techniques, licks, rhythm, etc., I sounded 'bluesy.' I know this from time spent working with a teacher and improvising on my own. Anyway, no teacher right now so I'm trying to learn how to play
'bebop sounding jazz,' e.g. Wes Montgomery and 'jazz fusion,' e.g. John McLaughlin. I just lend those two players to give you some idea as to what's in my head when I think 'jazz guitar.' I'll close by saying my scale and single note practice has yielded good results in blues and rock, but jazz is going to require a different approach I believe. Any ideas?
First you should banish bends. One of the most important things is to practice seventh arpeggios and their extensions (9-11-13) by trying to associate them with their related chords.
You should also try to approach the chord tones (1-3-5-7) chromatically or diatonically as explain in this article.
Hope it helps.
Thanx so much Stef-Ramin. I'm familiar with (that is can play one or two ways) 7th chords and their extensions, so I guess I have a foundation. Let me check the article though.
Stef-Ramin, I followed the link you offered and gave the site a good looking over: WOW.
I now know the answer to my question: to sound jazzy or just play jazz you've got to master
the right intervals and techniques. I may have known that all along but I did not consider
the How? from the right perspective. Feel like I'm on my way, thanx!
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