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Watch the Essentials: Jazz Standard Soloing online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Essentials: Jazz Standard Soloing

Hi, I'm Frank Vignola, and welcome to the Essentials: Jazz Standard Soloing! Learning how to solo and improvise over jazz standards is a rite of passage for all jazz guitarists. We're going to examine and solo over many of the most popular progressions found in the jazz songbook. We'll work through 10 soloing studies, playing over the changes to 10 very popular jazz standards. In each study we'll focus on a specific improvisational approach.

For example, we'll focus on connecting chord tones over progressions used in tunes like "Autumn Leaves", develop a melodic statement for a study based on progressions used in "Sentimental Journey", and work on arpeggio patterns used in "Bernie's Tune".

We'll focus on riff-based approaches for a blues reminiscent of "C Jam Blues", use chromaticism and arpeggio extensions over progression used in tunes like "In a Mellow Tone", and study connecting chord tones in progressions used in "All of Me".

Brazilian bossa nova progressions are very popular in jazz tunes like "The Girl from Ipanema" - we'll work on the 1, 2, 3 compositional technique and also look at popular bebop bossa novas like "Blue Bossa". We'll examine "Flat 9" in a minor key with a touch of blues and use the same phrasing but with different notes in our study of "Groovin' High".

Chord melody is a very common and effective creative approach when soloing - here we'll work with it on progressions found in tunes like "Satin Doll".

For each of these studies, I'll first perform the solo over the jam track in its entirety, and then break it down for you note-by-note emphasizing the essentials. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you'll get all of the jam tracks to work with on your own.

Grab your guitar and let's dig in!