Bebop tunes are one of the challenges that many aspiring jazz guitarists struggle with, sometimes even after years of playing. Part of it are the fast tempos and the other part is the fact that there are so many chords and key changes happening from bar to bar.
Behold – Randy Johnston is here to help you finally once and for all get a hold of how to clearly and confidently navigate through fast moving changes.
Using Charlie Parker’s tune Confirmation, Randy gives us a 16-bar etude showing how to play well over these changes.
In addition to the etude, Randy also explains how to systematically practice the concepts he teaches on the guitar.
I love this video since he goes deep into one topic to really help you to get better at this. Randy also mentions related videos that he has previously created to complement this one including Playing Changes in One Octave By Randy Johnston that I reviewed years ago when i was still working with Mike’s Masterclasses.
In conclusion, I recommend this video if you feel overwhelmed with chord scales and want a better way to handle this type of changes. The concept he shows is seemingly simple but works. Try it out!
Pros: Clear lesson on playing over Confirmation and other tunes with fast moving changes.
TLDR: If you’re playing too many vague lines and can’t seem to handle fast changes, get this to improve the clarity of your lines.
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