Jazz Blues Bundle I

$150.00 $135.00

Blues is the basis of jazz and is a great source of study for all levels of players. For those relatively new to jazz, it is a helpful structure to study as it is an easy framework to reference. This Jazz Blues Starter Series exposes you to a variety of Masters, styles and offers plenty of ideas to work with and build upon.

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Jazz Blues Bundle I Includes:

The Art of Playing Jazz Blues Class Content | Paul Bollenback

Join Paul for another informative class where he discusses the Art of Playing Jazz Blues.  He combines the roots of blues music along with the expanding harmonic possibilities and varying approaches developed since the 1950’s to the present day.  Techniques include chords, comping, walking bass lines, soloing, Wes Montgomery chord substitions, modes, pentatonic scales, tritone substitutions and more.

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The Art of Playing Jazz Blues
The Art of Playing Jazz Blues 01:33:00

Guide Tone Lines: Soloing on a “Bird” Blues Class Content | Steve Herberman

Guide Tones lines can be the missing link for many improvisers when soloing over chord changes. Knowing the chord tones of each chord and their possible chord scales are only part of the equation. Using the Charlie Parker tune “Blues For Alice” we’ll explore the many benefits achieved from the study and practice of guide tone lines for both soloing and comping.

This in-depth class comes with 12 pages of material written in standard notation that accompany the 90 minute video. Each guide tone line (both ascending and descending) is followed by notated solo choruses and/or excerpts that illustrate each line. Various lines are mixed together to create endless possibilities outlining several approaches: Voice-leading triads and 7th chords and upper chordal extensions and voice-leading intervals through a progression.


Other highlights of the class include:

Rhythmic approaches to soloing with guide tones

Bebop phrasing

Guide tone lines on turnarounds

Mixing common tones with guide tone lines

Balancing phrases off one another

The use of sequences and repetition


If you’ve wanted your solo phrases to have a more logical flow then manipulating the guide tone lines can give you that needed structure. Solo lines become more sound benefitting from an important compositional approach used by the great composers and songwriters. Good line architecture can greatly strengthen one’s soloing abilities. This class offers an enjoyable look at guide tone lines focused on an interesting variation of the 12 bar blues.

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Guide Tone Lines: Soloing on a "Bird" Blues
Guide Tone Lines: Soloing on a "Bird" Blues 01:27:00

Blues – A Two Speed Approach Class Content | Jamie Taylor

A “Two-Speed” Approach to Blues

Following on from a customer suggestion (thanks Ray!), this class utilizes the two-speed approach previously applied to Rhythm Changes, to deal with another essential jazz progression, from first principles through to advanced variants. Players at all levels should find something beneficial amongst nearly 1hr 50mins of detailed material.

Class features:

  • Discussion of the essential blues vocabulary. Forget the so-called “blues scale” – there’s much more to the sound than that!
  • Demonstration of the classic “Kenny Burrell” sound, over a simple I, IV, V chord progression.
  • Learn how the standard “jazz blues” changes differ from this, and how to bring out the crucial changes in your solo lines.
  • Learn how to use a variety of harmonic techniques to get “outside” the changes and create real tension in your blues lines.
  • Analysis of ten different variant blues progressions, as recorded by the jazz blues greats.
  • A close look at two brand new blues-based compositions, which show how the essential format can still be manipulated into an infinite range of variations.
  • Synchronized on-screen captions.
  • Detailed PDF, including transcribed examples and lots more.
  • Running Time: 1hr 50min
Blues - A Two Speed Approach
Blues – A Two Speed Approach 01:48:00

Blues: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach – Part I Class Content | Tom Lippincott

The Blues: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach – Part I

The twelve-bar blues progression has been a mainstay of the repertoire of every jazz musician since the birth of jazz in the early twentieth century.  Over the years, as jazz evolved and sub-styles emerged, the blues form proved itself to be both quintessential and highly adaptable to the varied developments in jazz.  In the early twenty-first century, a new generation of jazz musicians has reinvigorated the genre, but the blues continues to be an essential part of the modern style. If you’re interested in learning more about how to incorporate modern elements while still maintaining a thread of the tradition when you play over the blues progression, then this class is for you.

In this class, the blues form will be explored in detail with the goal of applying modern jazz melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic vocabulary to the progression.  First will be a brief survey of the structure and history of the form along with exercises for gaining mastery over the basic harmonies.  Then, common mainstream approaches for melodic and harmonic variations on the progression will be outlined.  Finally, modern approaches to melody, harmony, and rhythm will be applied to the blues form.

The Blues: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach – Part I covers:

  • Basic jazz blues progressions defined and analyzed, including harmonic function and chord/scale chart
  • Arpeggio and scale studies for Bb and F blues with emphasis on fingerboard mastery and voice leading
  • Discussion of approach notes and target notes and the “bebop scale” with examples
  • Discussion of mixing blues vocabulary with outlining chord changes in improvisations
  • Tri-tone substitution
  • Melodic minor mode substitution
  • Diminished scale use
  • Basic polyrhythm applications for melodic and harmonic improvising; groupings of three
  • Modal approach to the blues, including polytonal side-slipping
  • Applying 3-part-4ths to the blues
  • Running time: 92 minutes
  • 14 pages of written examples (including chord diagrams, standard notation and TAB), exercises, and example solos with close-up views of the performances
  • Each example performance is titled for easy navigation
  • MP3 backing tracks for all written examples and solos

Also see part II of this blues jazz lesson .

Blues: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach - Part I
Blues: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach – Part I 01:32:00

8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes Class Content | Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston takes you through 8 sets of Jazz Blues Changes and more in this class.

One set at a time, he clearly demonstrates the changes and voicings, then plays a chorus with the chords at a medium tempo. Then Randy plays a solo adhering to these changes, while you can comp if you like, and then he comps for a chorus so you can solo to these changes.

The changes and voicings for each set are written out including block diagrams. In addition, he explains other variations and substitutions, as well as some example lines he is playing over the changes.

While this class is mostly on the changes, the topics related to soloing that Randy touches on include voice leading and tetrachords. Most of Randy’s solos are in eighth-notes at a medium tempo with a very good view of the fingerboard and his finger placement. While they are not transcribed, they are easy to see and transcribe if you like, or just to hear examples and/or get ideas when it comes your turn to solo.

  • Running time: 1 hour
  • 6 Pages of PDF material included.
8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes
8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes 01:00:00

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