Do you ever get bored playing the same jazz licks over and over?

Does changing chord scales stress you out?

What if there was a better (and simpler) way to improvise beautiful jazz guitar lines?

Many legendary guitarists often use simple ways to think about what they’re playing. These personal harmonic concepts enable them to play strong melodic phrases over complex chord progressions.

Genil Castro has distilled his years of experience so that you can improvise more confidently through complex chord progressions.

Life Vest Arpeggio Part II is a follow up to Genil Castro’s popular ‘The Life Vest Arpeggio for Jazzers’ masterclass.

This video will:

  • show you give you powerful & simple ways to play over min7b5, dominant 7th (for both altered & Lydianb7 sounds), tonic minor and minor II-V-I progressions.
  • allow you to solo more confidently (and create extended harmonic sounds) over the bossa nova classic ‘The Girl From Ipanema’
  • reveal Genil’s personal 911 strategies for improvising
  • unleash Genil’s Pandora Box of Transformations which form the basis for his jazz soloing style

Discover this harmonic tapestry on six strings that makes your playing even more colorful today!

Full video is 37 minutes
9 Pages PDF

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  1. Insightful is an understatement!!!!


    If you are having trouble organizing your sound options when soloing over the standards, and have “had it” with learning a hundred scalar variations, this course will solve your problems. Sr. Castro is frankly one of the best teachers I have seen and his work in his series on the “lifeboat arpeggio” will give you a new way of thinking, a new system of organizing, and a revolutionary new insight into the fretboard that will make approaching even the most difficult standard understandable. Moreover, his insight enables you to do this “on the fly,” while you are performing a tune. I wish that I had the opportunity to study with this amazing player and teacher when I was a young man, but at least I have found his insights so helpful even after over 40 years of playing jazz. Thank you, Sr., Castro, for your insight and flawless teaching style!

    by John Duncan


    incredible useful material. thank you very much for your lessons

    by yakov esterlis
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