Matt Otten's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Exercises and Examples
This is a full package of 25 exercises/examples of jazz guitar improvisation, from very elementary scale exercises to advanced soloing examples, including
- full notation and TABS
- an e-book with explanations, tips and practicing advice for each example
- introduction videos to the exercises
- full guitar sound tracks
- custom backing tracks in various tempos for practicing
- guitar midi files, which can be used with the fretboard visualizer VSTi plugin**, showing every detail on the guitar fretboard in real time, or, as slow as you want.
- video versions of the fretboard visualizer in mp4 format (or online)
Version 3.0 is now available with improved notation, fretboard videos and introduction videos (or links to on-line videos in the download package).
** a Windows VSTi host program is needed for the plugin. If you don't have one (like Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Magix, etc), you can download a VSTi host program (Reaper) from www.reaper.fmNote. The plugin is a 32-bit application that works on most VST hosts on 64-bits systems, but will not be upgraded to 64-bit anymore, since it is being replaced by the fretboard videos.
This package provides the basics to get started with jazz guitar improvisation. And, if you like the melodic jazz guitar style of Matt Otten, you'll find out what his approach is based on, and how you can learn to play like that. The material aims at guitar players who can already play, but want to understand how jazz improvisation works, and how to get into it.
If you're looking for a course in jazz theory, this isn't it; this is to teach you to PLAY; that is why it is called EXERCISES! The amount of theory is just enough to get you playing, and understanding principles of jazz improvisation.
What it is not:
- a course in theory or jazz chords: there is a bit of necessary theory of course, but it is more practical than theoretical
- full video lessons (for video lessons see Blues Forms, Talking Jazz Guitar, Private Sessions in stead): there are introductory videos, however, explaining each of the exercises, and there are fretboard videos.
- a beginners guitar course: if you just started playing guitar, this will be too advanced for you. Start with a basic guitar book, and preferably a good teacher.
How to get it:
You can buy a DVD or a download, the content is the same, except for the fretboard- and introduction videos, that are included on the DVD. The download contains links to the videos (online) instead. In any case, you have access to everything. If you install and use the fretboard plugin, you don't need the fretboard videos; If you use the videos, you don't need the (Windows) plugin.
Buy the download now for $29
Not sure which product you want? See the overview and comparison table.
There is also the Smooth Jazz Refill:
5 complete contemporary jazz pieces, with smooth backing tracks, 12 extended solos with audio tracks, midi files, TABS and standard notation. For the intermediate and advanced student. A great follow-up to the Jazz Exercises, but also very valuable by itself. In this package, the emphasis is not on teaching with step-by-step exercises, but on real full-fledged guitar solos, with solo analysis, to sink your teeth into!
And, there is the All Jazz Refill:
5 complete original mainstream jazz pieces, with backing tracks, 10 extended solos with audio tracks, midi files, TABS and standard notation. For the intermediate and advanced student. Another great addition to the Jazz Exercises, but also very valuable by itself. In this package also, the emphasis is on real guitar solos, with a lot of explanatory comments.
The general idea behind the Refills is described here.