Course Description

Nuages, Django's Castle, Tears and Kali Sara

Learn these four beautiful ballads in a practical way - enjoy creating your own solo guitar arrangement, practice new skills and improve your improvisation.

The course starts from the basics, so everyone can follow and move on to more advanced topics – melody, harmony, chord melody, tips for improvisation and advanced musical ideas that are both practical and exciting. You'll learn to implement substitutes, inversions, superimposed chords, augmented chords, the 13b9 sound, intros endings, bass lines and much more right away!

Ballads are a perfect opportunity to practice new skills not as a dry exercise, but with a lot of pleasure. Join this course now to learn how!

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Chapter 1: Nuages
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    • 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
    • 1.1 Introduction Playing Accompaniment
    • 1.2 Playing the Melody
    • 1.3 Adding Embellishments to the Melody
    • 1.4 Chord Progression
    • 1.5 Adding Embellishments to the Accompaniment
    • 1.6 - Melody with Chords
    • 1.7 - Introduction to Improvisation
    • 1.8 - Improvisation - Simplifying the Chord Progression
    • 1.9 - Improvisation with Triads
    • 1.10 - Improvisation with Arpeggios
    • 1.11 - Ending
    • 1.11.1 PLay Along
    • 1.12 PDF Download
    • 1.13 Course summary - PDF
    • 1.14 - Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 02
    Chapter 2: Django's Castle
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    • 2.1 The Melody
    • 2.2 Melody with Chords
    • 2.3 Accompaniment
    • 2.4 Feel and Variations in your Accompaniment
    • 2.5 Improvisation - The 13b9
    • 2.6 The m7 and m7add9 for the Major Tonic
    • 2.7 Half dim as the 7add9
    • 2.8 The Whole Tone Scale for E7 Aug
    • 2.9 Suggested chords with melody on top
    • 2.10 Course summary - PDF
    • 2.11 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 03
    Chapter 3: Tears
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    • FREE lesson - King Ballad
    • 3.1 The A Part
    • 3.2 The B Part
    • 3.3 Ending
    • 3.4 Simple Single-note Melody
    • 3.5 Improvisation and Simplification of the Chord Progression
    • 3.6 Conclusions
    • 3.7 Course summary - PDF
    • 3.8 PDF Downloads
    • 3.9 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 3.10 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 04
    Chapter 4: Kali Sara
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    • 4.1 The A Part
    • 4.2 The B Bart
    • 4.3 Complete Song, Simple version
    • 4.4 Ideas for Improvisation
    • 4.5 Ending
    • 4.6 Course summary - PDF
    • 4.7 PDF Downloads
    • 4.8 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

Reviews

  • Donna Radin

    “Learning to play truly moving and interesting ballads and gaining greater mastery of my guitar. Yaakov shares his joy and it rubs off! Enough writing I'm anxious to get back to playing!!! ”

    “Learning to play truly moving and interesting ballads and gaining greater mastery of my guitar. Yaakov shares his joy and it rubs off! Enough writing I'm anxious to get back to playing!!! ”

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  • Aidan Negus

    “A great thing about Yaakov's courses is the way ideas and themes are shared between the different courses. Its really helpful to go back to a course you have already worked on with ideas and techniques that you have picked up from a different cour...”

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    “A great thing about Yaakov's courses is the way ideas and themes are shared between the different courses. Its really helpful to go back to a course you have already worked on with ideas and techniques that you have picked up from a different course. Then you discover more things than you did the first time around and understand better how to develop your playing in order to be creative but still get the flavour of the music right. The overall effect is learning that is deep and really enjoyable. Great work Yaakov!”

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  • David Jefferys

    “If you love ballads like I do you will love this course. The slower tempo of these classic and beautiful tunes gives you time to bring out Yaakov's and your own ideas on embellishing and improvising over the chordal harmonies in a very satisfying ...”

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    “If you love ballads like I do you will love this course. The slower tempo of these classic and beautiful tunes gives you time to bring out Yaakov's and your own ideas on embellishing and improvising over the chordal harmonies in a very satisfying way.”

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