Blues - the Ticket to Jazz

Blues - The Ticket to Jazz

Everything you need to know about Blues and Jazz-Blues playing in one comprehensive course!

Blues – the Ticket to Jazz

Everything you need to know about Blues and Jazz-Blues playing in one comprehensive course!

The saying that "the blues is Jazz's greatest influence" is reflected in this course that transforms the evolution of the Blues from its origins up to the way blues is played today by Gypsy and Jazz guitarists, into a consistent, methodical and enjoyable learning process.

For blues guitarists - learn how to make the transition from playing the blues over one pentatonic scale to playing jazz giving each chord its own sound.

For non-blues players - the first chapter in this course is dedicated to learning the Down-Home basics, so we'll all have the basics down to start with.

From the origins of the blues- rhythm, scales, traditional phrases, shuffle accompaniment and ending clichés, up to Jazz improvisation using arpeggios, chromatic approaches, reharmonization, substitutes for the I-VI-II-V7 and the II-V-I progressions - after learning this course, you'll be in a complete bluesy jazzy mode that you can implement on any Gypsy and Jazz standard you like.

Important - This course contains parts of the Blues Course from my previous site. It also contains many new lessons and lots of exciting new material!

Praise for this course:

Blues-The Ticket to Jazz

This is a really clear, well-thought out set of lessons that guides the student step-by-step through more and more sophisticated versions of the blues.It starts with the simple three chord structure familar to folk and rock musicians, and advances...

by David Edelstein

Excellent course

Congratulations!!! highly recommended!

by rodrigo villas boas

Just what I wanted!

I've played guitar on and off for 28 years now. I never really tried or wanted to be a student of the instrument. Of course with age, things changes. I did take lessons from a few teachers while back in high school. but this format is really whe...

by Alex Washburn

Blues-The Ticket to Jazz

This is a really clear, well-thought out set of lessons that guides the student step-by-step through more and more sophisticated versions of the blues.It starts with the simple three chord structure familar to folk and rock musicians, and advances...

by David Edelstein

Excellent course

Congratulations!!! highly recommended!

by rodrigo villas boas

Just what I wanted!

I've played guitar on and off for 28 years now. I never really tried or wanted to be a student of the instrument. Of course with age, things changes. I did take lessons from a few teachers while back in high school. but this format is really whe...

by Alex Washburn

Recommended

Great course with a lot of practical ideas om how to make the blues more sophisticated. It would be even better if there were more etudes to study along the way.

by Anders Thøgersen
Yaakov Hoter
Yaakov Hoter
Professional Musician and Teacher

About the instructor

At the age of 13, when Yaakov started to play the guitar, his older brother, Azriel, gave him a Django Reinhardt cassette.

Django’s music ignited a spark in Yaakov and he began to dream of going to Europe to learn from the Gypsies.

Yaakov graduated from the Rimon Music High School and attained his bachelor’s degree in music from the Jerusalem Music Academy.

He has performed in many bands, written songs and music for theater. It was only in 2006, following a chance meeting with Jon Larsen and Walter Clerici in Denmark, that he decided to dedicate himself completely to Gypsy swing.

He traveled to Belgium to study with the accomplished Gypsy guitarist Fapy Lafertin and had the great good fortune to also meet and jam with Gypsy guitar greats Birelli Lagrene, Moreno, Stochelo and Noumi Rosenberg in France – learning a great deal in the process.

His band, Swing De Gitanes (www.swingdegitanes.com) has been in the forefront of the Gypsy Swing genre in Israel and has gleaned ample praise.

The trio has three albums under its belt, as well as hundreds of performances, participation in major international music festivals, collaborations with leading local artists, including Miki Gavrielov and Dori Ben Zeev, and collaboration with leading international Gypsy Swing and Jazz luminaries, including: Martin Taylor (G.B), Stephane Wrembel (U.S.A),  Robin Nolan (G.B), Lulo Reinhardt, Daniel Weltlinger (Germany), Hot Club de Norvege (Norway), Evan Christopher (U.S.A), Dario Napoli (Italy), Maurizio di fulvio (Italy) and more.

Today Yaakov is developing a new generation of Gypsy swing guitarists. He has translated his experience into a straightforward comprehensive method and became an international leading Gypsy and Jazz instructor. Yaakov has initiated the production of Gypsy Swing guitars in Israel, in cooperation with Polak Guitars. He is working on original compositions and lyrics and more...

What's included?

42 Videos
6 PDFs
5 Disqus

Course Curriculum