Course Description

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.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Chapter 1: Down Home Blues
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    • King Blues - the introductory free lesson
    • Blues - The ticket to Jazz, PDF
    • 1.1 First African Element
    • 1.2 The Pentatonic Scale
    • 1.3 The Blues Scale
    • 1.4 First Open Structure
    • 1.5 Down Home Phrases
    • 1.6 Second Open Structure - 3 chords
    • 1.7 The 12 Bar Blues
    • 1.8 Shuffle Accompaniment
    • 1.9 Ending Clichés
    • 1.10 Conclusions and Thoughts about the Down Home Blues
    • 1.11 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 1.12 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 02
    Chapter 2: Gettin’ Swingin'
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    • 2.1 The 12 Bar Blues and the Three Sentences
    • 2.2 Songs with Three Sentences #1
    • 2.3 Songs with Three Sentences #2
    • 2.4 Compose Your Own Blues
    • 2.5 The Major Pentatonic
    • 2.6 The Major Blues Scale
    • 2.7 Starting to Improvise over the Chords
    • 2.8 Jazz Blues Etude #1
    • 2.9 - Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 2.10 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 03
    Chapter 3: Arpeggios and Hot Spots
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    • 3.1 Why Arpeggios
    • 3.2 Chord Scale Exercise #1
    • 3.3 Chord Exercise # 2
    • 3.4 Basic Chord Scale Etude
    • 3.5 The Ultimate Chord Scale - Exercise
    • 3.6 The Ultimate Chord Scale - Etude
    • 3.7 Chromatic Approach and the 3rd degree
    • 3.8 Double Chromatic Approach
    • 3.9 The Chromatic Filler
    • 3.10 Jazz Blues Etude #2
    • 3.11 The Blues Hot Spots
    • 3.12 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 3.13 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 04
    Chapter 4: The Re harmonized Jazz Blues - Workout
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    • 4.1 The Reharmonized Chord Progression
    • 4.2 Substitutes for the I-VI-II-V
    • 4.2.1 Substitutes for the I-VI-II-V - Example in the Key of C
    • 4.3 Advanced Jazz Blues Accompaniment #1
    • 4.4 Skills You Need to Continue
    • 4.5 II-V-I Improvisation Workout
    • 4.6 Improvisation on the I-VI-II-V Progression - Chord Scales
    • 4.7 The mixob9b13 #1
    • 4.8 The mixob9b13 #2 - Grant Green Phrase
    • 4.9 I-VI-II-V - Seeing Everything in Triads
    • 4.10 Chapter Summary
    • 4.11 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 05
    Chapter 5: Putting It All Together – More Jazz Blues Etudes
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    • 5.1 Jazz Blues Etude #3
    • 5.2 Jazz Blues Etude #4
    • 5.3 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 5.4 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

Testimonial

  • rodrigo villas boas

    “Congratulations!!! highly recommended!”

    “Congratulations!!! highly recommended!”

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  • Alex Washburn

    “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...”

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    “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 where online learning shines. I am enjoying practicing through these lessons like never before. I'm seeing the entire fretboard in a new way. I'm kinda cheap, and can't afford private lesson pricing. Here is some math for you. @200 bucks for a course you're getting 6-12 months worth of private lessons that you can re-watch at any time. I know I used to ask questions in my lessons... here I just rewind. Its 99.999% all there, each lesson has a discussion board which is awesome. AND Yaakov is very responsive on the boards and via email. I was really impressed. All of these courses are very well thought out and explained. They are dripping in practical music theory presented in an accessible way. I would say beginners might feel a bit overwhelmed at first. But if you really commit to going very slowly and can practice 15-30 minutes a day 5 + times a week, you can jump on board. If you want to really enjoy playing guitar and are willing to practice, this guy lays out a great road map at an unbelievable value. I've got several courses and they are all really good. Now I just need 3 years of vacation time. ”

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  • David Edelstein

    “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...”

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    “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 to more complex harmonizations and different scales and arpeggios that can be linked to each chord. This establishes the approach to jazz improvising, where the idea is to choose notes related to the specific chord being played, rather than soloing across all chords with a single scale. I've been playing the guitar for decades, and got plenty of enjoyable and challenging new insights from Yaakov's program. It has provided me with months of new ideas to practice.”

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