Course Description

Learn every aspect of this lovely song in depth to make it yours for life. Love the song and every step in the comprehensive learning process.

In this lesson, you will learn all there is to know about how to play Daphne: melody, chords, harmonic structure and how to improvise over Daphne’s changes. This process thoroughly trains your brain and hands in the most practical and effective way to learn songs, make them your own and play them in an interesting musical way.

The song demonstrates the I-VI-II-V progression, which is a very common progression in jazz standards, so you’ll be able to use what you learn here again and again in other jazz standards too! You will also learn one of the most interesting secrets that all the best jazz improvisers, including Django, use all the time.

Implementing these fantastic tools when playing any song you like transforms you into a far better overall musician.

After watching this video:

* You will know how to play the melody and accompaniment of Daphne.

* You will know how to simplify Daphne's changes for easier improvisation.

* You will know how to analyze the harmonic structure of Daphne.

* You will know how to keep to the A-A-B-A form.

* You will know how to use triads and their inversions in your improvisation.

* You will know how to use the half-tone approach, enclosure and double enclosure in your improvisation.

* You will know how to use arpeggios in your improvisation.

* You will know how to use the 7b9 and the 7add9 in your improvisation.

* You will learn the biggest secret of jazz improvisation, which all professional musicians use.

* You will improve your octave playing.

* You will play a complete solo that uses all of these ideas.


Course curriculum

  • 01
    Chapter 1: Daphne
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    • 1.1 Introduction and melody
    • 1.2 Melody with octaves
    • 1.3 Harmonic structure
    • 1.4 The A-A-B-A form
    • 1.5 Improvisation - Simplifying the chord progression
    • 1.6 Guide tone for bars 5&6
    • 1.7 Easy improvisation
    • 1.8 Triad shapes
    • 1.9 Improvisation with triad and guide tones
    • 1.10 Summary of chapter 1
    • 1.11 Downloads
  • 02
    Chapter 2: Quick review of tools for improvisation
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    • 2.1 Cross bar lines improvisation
    • 2.2 Improvisation with triads
    • 2.3 Chromatic approach, enclosure and double enclosure
    • 2.4 Arpeggios
    • 2.5 7b9 - Dim7 over the Dom7 chord
    • 2.6 7add 9 - Half dim over the Dom7 chord
    • 2.7 The whole-tone scale
    • 2.8 The Gypsy Run
    • 2.9 How to practice
    • 2.10 Summary of the chapter - PDF
  • 03
    Chapter 3: Improvisation Etude
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    • 3.1 Improvisation etude bars 1-4
    • 3.2 Improvisation etude bars 5-8
    • 3.3 Improvisation etude bars 9-16
    • 3.4 Improvisation etude bars 17-20
    • 3.5 Improvisation etude bars 21-24
    • 3.6 Improvisation etude bars 25-28
    • 3.7 Improvisation etude bars 29-32
    • 3.8 Complete etude, slow and fast
    • 3.9 Summary of chapter 3