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“Become a sculptor of sound to create any effect you want”: Jay Umble states this as the  aim of this course. Over 88 minutes Jay provides an arsenal of approaches to achieve this sound-sculpting goal. While minor lines are a recurring theme, he includes information that covering harmonic, melodic and rhythmic ideas.

From the onset he discusses viewing the entire fretboard as one chord,  using G minor7 as a recurring tonality throughout the video examples.

Jay starts by identify the fretboard areas guitarists tend to avoid while soloing over a G minor7.  Giving a range of approaches, he  builds confidence to create solos seamlessly over the neck.

There is an emphasises on targeting chord tones so that ultimately the improviser can play effortlessly both inside and outside, deliberately manipulating the solos with what he terms as “random points of entry”, i.e., starting a solo either diatonically or non-diatonically at will.

There is a wealth of information about approaches for note decisions on when to play using either a scalar approach (easier for the listener) or  intervallically, ( which the human ear tracks less accurately), which allows the guitarist to take more chances.

This is where wilder and more ‘outside’ tonalities can be created.

Jay also offers ideas on becoming confident even when playing the occasional ‘avoid’ note and how to get away with it!

In this comprehensive course, there is also a wealth of information on ideas about on:

  • approach setups – short and long
  • the use altered dominant ideas
  • how to view chord shapes across the neck for greater fluidity
  • the use of fifths harmony for ultra-modern sounds
  • Single-string soloing ideas
  • Becoming familiar with intervals in relation to the root in every position
  • Gaining control over randomness to build more interesting lines.

Jay’s approach is friendly and relaxed and these concepts are presented in a way that players will find easy to adapt to their own style.

10 pages of written materials in Standard Notation and TAB 

Running time: 83 minutes 

[Class Description by Mike Bryant]

Class Content

Minor Line Concepts
Minor Line Concepts 01:22:00

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  1. Profile photo of Az Samad

    Lyrical, chromatic and flowing lines!

    5

    This is my first Jay Umble master class purchase and I’m extremely impressed and inspired. There’s a lot of good stuff here and I particularly like how Jay gives so many musical examples throughout the entire video. There’s a lot of interesting concepts that he introduces in between the main points including ‘setups’ and various ways to add chromatic ideas into the lines.

    There are also 40 different lines (within funk and swing rhythmic context) that is included in the PDFs that I’ll be checking out to understand more about his approach as well.

    Thank Jay & Mike’s Masterclasses for making such an awesome video.

    ~ Az Samad (June 15, 2018)

  2. Profile photo of James S.

    5

    Another tremendous, info-packed class. Jay Umble takes those students with an already moderate knowledge of the fingerboard through a multitude of ideas for creating your own personal ideas over a simple G minor chord. He breaks the neck down into 5 positions, and by going through ideas such as side-slipping, superimposing ideas from the related dominant chord (C7) and the relative major (Bb ma), adding chromatics resolving to targeted chord tones, related triads over G minor, and many more, Jay gives the advancing student all he can handle. This class is sure to open eyes and ears, and is HIGHLY recommended!!

    ~ james seaberry (January 5, 2018)

  3. Profile photo of MICHAEL DUMAS

    5

    best I have seen….Jay really digs into what you need to improvise over minor….great outside concepts…just what the Dr. ordered!…thank you Jay

    ~ MICHAEL DUMAS (October 7, 2015)

  4. Profile photo of Fulvio Garrione

    5

    Another amazing lesson class Thank You Jay for Give US incredibile ideas , tricks and inspiration
    Fulvio

    ~ Fulvio Garrione (September 16, 2015)

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