Song Package#1 - The Magic of Triads

An in-depth exploration of seven well-known songs with a clear, easy, straight-ahead method for improvisation. | taught by Yaakov Hoter
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Course description

An in-depth exploration of seven well-known songs with a clear, easy, straight-ahead method for improvisation.

Minor Swing, J'Attendrai, Rose Room, Dark Eyes, Swing Gitan, Minor Blues and 12-Bar Blues - learn how to really play those songs and how to use the magic of triads to build beautiful yet simple solos.

This course will lead you, step by step, from the very basics of learning a song – learning the melody and the chord progression - to playing advanced solos.

The course (Almost 6 hours long) is designed to inspire guitarists at every skill level and give them a hang of how to approach this seemingly amorphic thing called improvisation.

We start with the basics, so we’ll all have a common background, continue with guided etudes that I’ll teach you note by note, and move on to free improvisation, where I’ll stop and explain what I’m doing in full tempo, real-time (for advanced guitarists) .

Important - This course contains lessons 8, 8.1 11, 11.1 from my previous site with lots of new material!
If you already bought the old lessons contact me and you will be credited the amount of you paid.

After completing this course, you will:

Play seven songs – melody, accompaniment and improvisation.

Play major and minor triads and their inversions all over the fingerboard.

Know how to create beautiful improvisations with triads.

Improve your visualization of the fingerboard dramatically.

Improve you technique with special exercises in all 12 keys.

Play driving rhythm kicks.

Play ghost notes.

Use the chromatic approach.

Play enclosures.

Play various etudes.

Play Django’s phrases with half-tone approach and an octave up.

Play the line cliché in various ways.

Know how to analyze the harmonic structure of songs.

Play some substitutes.

Yaakov Hoter
Yaakov Hoter
Professional Musician and Teacher

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 travelled 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: 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 in Israel. He has translated his experience into a straightforward comprehensive method. Yaakov has initiated the production of Gypsy Swing guitars in Israel, in cooperation with ERG. He is working on original compositions and lyrics and more...

Feel free to contact me: info@gypsyandjazz.com

Course Curriculum

Reviews (8)

Straight forward, concise, incredibly helpful.

by Bill Mauro
Yaakov gives you building blocks, suggestions for practice, live examples, etudes, substitutions, and walks you through the process of learning new songs. He doesn't just teach you licks, but gives you the tools for approaching new materials on your own. Everything is broken down into simple (sometimes deceptively so) chunks onto which you can build and expand. It's definitely worthwhile to take the material slowly and make sure you get it fully under your fingers--which can happen long after you get it mentally--before moving onto the next section. I can't recommend it enough.

Amazing Course! Months and Months of Material

by mark lesage
This has taken my playing to another level!! There is a lot of material here. I have taken my time and really worked the lessons and learned the concepts in the lessons and I have gotten great results....and I'm not even done with the course. In depth lessons explained clearly and logically. I also purchased the 3 Kings course and it is great too. This is the best material I have seen on learning GJ. The reason is the theory is explained clearly not just learning licks and songs but the harmonic structure, scales and arps. I have been playing for a long time in other styles and my advice to other players starting out is to learn your theory right away, you will improve quicker in the long run...this course is a great start and has enough material for a year for someone starting out.

The Magic of Triads

by David Jefferys
If your like me and have really struggled to get to grips with improvising this is the course for you. It really opened my eyes to how simple it is to start that long journey successfully through the use of such a simple concept of triads in three positions for each chord. Magic in deed!
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Straight forward, concise, incredibly helpful.

by Bill Mauro
Yaakov gives you building blocks, suggestions for practice, live examples, etudes, substitutions, and walks you through the process of learning new songs. He doesn't just teach you licks, but gives you the tools for approaching new materials on your own. Everything is broken down into simple (sometimes deceptively so) chunks onto which you can build and expand. It's definitely worthwhile to take the material slowly and make sure you get it fully under your fingers--which can happen long after you get it mentally--before moving onto the next section. I can't recommend it enough.

Amazing Course! Months and Months of Material

by mark lesage
This has taken my playing to another level!! There is a lot of material here. I have taken my time and really worked the lessons and learned the concepts in the lessons and I have gotten great results....and I'm not even done with the course. In depth lessons explained clearly and logically. I also purchased the 3 Kings course and it is great too. This is the best material I have seen on learning GJ. The reason is the theory is explained clearly not just learning licks and songs but the harmonic structure, scales and arps. I have been playing for a long time in other styles and my advice to other players starting out is to learn your theory right away, you will improve quicker in the long run...this course is a great start and has enough material for a year for someone starting out.

The Magic of Triads

by David Jefferys
If your like me and have really struggled to get to grips with improvising this is the course for you. It really opened my eyes to how simple it is to start that long journey successfully through the use of such a simple concept of triads in three positions for each chord. Magic in deed!

Magic

by LECA STEPHANE
The best improvisation lesson

J"attendrai etude

by Greg McDonald
This is such a swinging lesson, and if you have been doing your homework, you will be able to play this solo straight away.Yaakov has a complete program that has prepped me me for success. Just remember to PUUUUUSSSHHH

Amazing and thorough instruction

by Matthew Materazzi
Yaakov teaches you everything you need to know to become a sound musician in gypsy swing. The technical aspects are covered in great detail and he helps you with any questions you have along the way.

simply magical

by j c
fantastic lesson again from yaakov. using this triad method to play solos is a real effective way of creating melodic solos that will inspire you to want to keep playing. lessons are easy to understand for the beginner but also very imformative for experienced players. the triad system helps you to keep it simple but still create amazing sounding solos. well done again yaakov.

Pure magic

by Donna Radin
I now hear the triads all over Django's playing and realize how simply beautiful they are. They're great landmarks for getting around the fretboard and I just can't help visualizing them while playing arpeggios, solos and melodies - all the time. This package thoroughly demystifies solo playing and it's so much fun learning in the context of songs and having the tracks to play along with!