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 your technique with special exercises in all 12 keys.

*Play driving rhythm kicks.

*Use the chromatic approach, enclosures and ghost notes.

*Play various etudes.

*Play the line cliché in various ways.

*Know how to analyze the harmonic structure of songs and use substitutes.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Chapter 1_Introduction: Learning a Song and the Concept of Triads
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    • 1.1_Learning a Song
    • 1.2_Triads - the Concept
    • 1.3_Major Triads
    • 1.4_Minor Triads
    • 1.5_Triad Inversions_PDF
    • 1.6_Triads in 12 Keys
    • 1.7_Guitar Mastery - Major Triads in 12 Keys
    • 1.8_Guitar Mastery - Minor Triads in 12 Keys
    • 1.9_Transition from the Triad to the Dom7
    • 1.10_Transition from the Triad to the Dom7 - PDF
    • 1.11_Dim7 over the Dom7 Chord - G# over E7
    • 1.12_Dim7 – PDF
    • 1.13_What’s next
    • 1.14 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 02
    Chapter 2_Minor Swing - The Song
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    • 2.1_Playing the Song
    • 2.2_Minor Swing - PDF
    • 2.3_Alternative Accompaniment
    • 2.4_Alternative Accompaniment- PDF
    • 2.5_Accompaniment Embellishments
    • 2.5.1 Rhythm variation
    • 2.6_Playing the Song
    • 2.7 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 03
    Chapter 3_Minor Swing - Improvisation with triads
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    • 3.1_Basic Improvisation with Triads
    • 3.2_Basic Improvisation with Triads - PDF
    • 3.3_Adding the Chromatic Approach
    • 3.4_Chromatic approach
    • 3.5_Etude#1 Improvisation with Triads and Chromatic Approach
    • 3.6_Etude#1 Improvisation with Triads and Chromatic Approach - PDF
    • 3.7_Rhythm in Your Phrasing
    • 3.8_Enclosure
    • 3.9_Django's Enclosure
    • 3.10_Enclosures - PDF
    • 3.11_Etude#2 (Bars 1-8) Improvisation using Triads, Chromatic Approach and Enclosure
    • 3.12_Etude#2 (Bars 9-16) Improvisation using Triads, Chromatic Approach and Enclosure
    • 3.13_Etude#2 Improvisation using Triads, Chromatic Approach and Enclosure - PDF
    • 3.14 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 04
    Chapter 4_Half tone Approach and an Octave Up
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    • 4.1_The Concept over Am and Dm
    • 4.2_Variation on Root Position
    • 4.3_Variation on 3rd Position
    • 4.4_Variation on 5th Position
    • 4.5_Variation over E7
    • 4.6_Using the Idea over Minor Swing
    • 4.7_Half tone approach and an Octave Up - PDF
    • 4.8 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 05
    Chapter 5_J'Attendrai - the Song
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    • 5.1_The Basic Melody
    • 5.2_Adding Life-Embellishments to the Melody
    • 5.3_Basic Chord Progression
    • 5.4_About the Right Hand
    • 5.5_Harmonic Structure
    • 5.6_Chord Substitutes
    • 5.7_J'Attendrai - the Basics - PDF
    • 5.8 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 06
    Chapter 6_J'Attendrai - Improvisation with Triads
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    • 6.1_Triads - First Position
    • 6.2_Triads - Second Position
    • 6.3_Triads - Third Position
    • 6.4_Mixing the Three Positions
    • 6.5_Triad Inversions - PDF
    • 6.6_Half Tone Approach
    • 6.7_Enclosure
    • 6.8_Chromatic Approach and Enclosure - PDF
    • 6.9_Improvisation with Triads and Variations
    • 6.10_Etude with Triads and Arpeggios, Bars 1-16
    • 6.11_Etude with Triads and Arpeggios, Bars 17-26
    • 6.12_Etude with Triads and Arpeggios - PDF
    • 6.13 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 07
    Chapter 7_Playing Songs
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    • 7.1_The art of learning songs
    • 7.2_12 Bar Blues - Chord Progression (Bb)
    • 7.3_12 Bar Blues - Improvisation Guide
    • 7.4_Minor blues - Chord Progression (Gm)
    • 7.5_Minor Blues - Improvisation Guide
    • 7.6_Dark Eyes - Chord Progression
    • 7.7_Dark Eyes - Melody
    • 7.8_Dark Eyes - Improvisation Guide
    • 7.9_Swing Gitan - Chord Progression
    • 7.10_Swing Gitan - Melody
    • 7.11_Swing Gitan - Improvisation Guide
    • 7.12_Rose Room - Chord Progression
    • 7.13_Rose Room - Melody
    • 7.14_Rose Room - Improvisation Guide
    • 7.15 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 08
    Chapter 8_Charts and Play Alongs
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    • 8.1_12 Bar Blues - PDF
    • 8.2_12 Bar Blues - Play Along
    • 8.3_Minor Blues - PDF
    • 8.4_Minor Blues - Play Along
    • 8.5_Dark Eyes - PDF
    • 8.6_Dark Eyes - Play Along
    • 8.7_Swing Gitan - PDF
    • 8.8_Swing Gitan - Play Along
    • 8.9_Rose Room - PDF
    • 8.10_Rose Room - Play Along
    • 8.11_Minor Swing - Play Along
    • 8.12_Minor Swing - PDF
    • 8.13_J'attendrai - Play Along
    • 8.14_J'attendrai - PDF.mp3
    • 8.15 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

Reviews

  • Bruce Smith

    “This is not a lot of money to pay for the knowledge you gain from this course. The lessons are clear, informative and inspiring. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to sound good with just themselves and a guitar as it opens up the fre...”

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    “This is not a lot of money to pay for the knowledge you gain from this course. The lessons are clear, informative and inspiring. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to sound good with just themselves and a guitar as it opens up the fret board immensely. ”

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  • 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 yo...”

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    “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.”

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  • 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 ...”

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    “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. ”

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  • 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...”

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    “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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  • 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”

    “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”

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  • LECA STEPHANE

    “The best improvisation lesson ”

    “The best improvisation lesson ”

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  • 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. ”

    “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. ”

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  • 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....”

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    “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! ”

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  • 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 fo...”

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    “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.”

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  • Kyle Ross

    “I purchased the Magic of Triads a few weeks ago and it has been absolutely amazing for my playing in a very short space of time. I've found it incredibly useful to understand how to 'really' learn songs and start improvising in a way that sound...”

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    “I purchased the Magic of Triads a few weeks ago and it has been absolutely amazing for my playing in a very short space of time. I've found it incredibly useful to understand how to 'really' learn songs and start improvising in a way that sounds interesting and melodic. I've found it far more useful than many other gypsy jazz lessons incl. the Rosenberg Academy, DC Music, JTC, Soundslide and plenty others - those were packed with licks, but no understanding for me. Your course is different. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone serious about improving their technique, improvisation and overall tone. Kyle, gypsy picker from Melbourne Australia”

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