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Matt Otten's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Exercises and Examples

What is it?

This is a full package of 25 exercises/examples of jazz guitar improvisations, from very elementary to advanced levels, including

- full notation and TABS
- explanations, tips and practicing advice for each example
- full guitar sound tracks
- custom and inspiring backing tracks in various tempos for practicing
- guitar midi files, which can be used with:
- a fretboard visualizer VSTi plugin**, showing every detail on the guitar fretboard in real time, or, as slow as you want.

 
This package providing everything to get started learning jazz guitar improvisation. And, if you like the melodic jazz guitar style of Matt Otten, you'll find out what his approach is based on, and how you can learn to play like that. The material aims at guitar players who can already play, but want to understand how jazz improvisation works, and how to get into it.
If you're looking for a course in theory, this isn't it; this is to teach you to PLAY; that is why it is called EXERCISES! The amount of theory is just enough to get you playing and understanding jazz.
 
  

Jazz Exercises

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 ** please note: a Windows VSTi host program is needed for the plugin. If you don't have one (like Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Magix, etc), you can download a VSTi host program (Reaper) from www.reaper.fm

And for those who do not want to install any software or don't feel comfortable using audio multitrack software, or MacOS users that cannot use the Windows software, the fretboard display is also available in video format, on the CD version.

What it is not:
- a course in theory or jazz chords: there is a bit of necessary theory of course, but it is much more practical than theoretical
- video lessons (for video lessons see Loop Fun DVD and Talking Jazz Guitar in stead)
- a beginners guitar course: if you just started playing guitar, this will be a bit too advanced for you. Start with a basic guitar book, and preferably a good teacher.

How to get it:

You can by a CD or a download, the content is the same, except for the fretboard videos, that are only on the CD. If you install and use the fretboard plugin, you don't need the videos; If you use the videos, you don't need the plugin.
 
Buy the CD (with fretboard video) for $35,- (excl shipping, $ 7) using Paypal/Credit Card to place your CD order. Send a mail if you want to use another form of payment, we'll send you the details.
 
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There is also the Smooth Jazz Refill:

5 complete contemporary jazz pieces, with professional backing tracks, 12 extended solos with audio tracks, midi files, TABS and standard notation. For the intermediate and advanced student. A great addition to the Jazz Exercises, but also very valuable by itself. The Refill can work with (but does not include) the fretboard visualizer. In this package, the emphasis is not on teaching with exercises, but on real full-fledged guitar solos to sink your teeth into!

And, there is the All Jazz Refill:

5 complete mainstream jazz pieces, with professional backing tracks, 10 extended solos with audio tracks, midi files, TABS and standard notation. For the intermediate and advanced student. Another great addition to the Jazz Exercises, but also very valuable by itself. The Refill can work with (but does not include) the fretboard visualizer. In this package also, the emphasis is on real guitar solos, with a lot of explanatory comments.

The general idea behind the Refills is described here.

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