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The big news this month is that The Sheryl Bailey Trio is booked present a clinic and guest concert performance for Sunday 23rd June.  


American jazz guitarist Sheryl will give a clinic at 3.30 and the concert will start at 8,00pm.


Ken's Blog

My experiences with Henry Johnson's "Jazz Expressions" 


I have taken over the SJGS blog to record my experiences with this course.  I will be posting articles, videos and comments while I struggle with the complexities of learning  jazz guitar and this particular study course.  The blog is not intended to provide tuition for other beginners, but rather to illustrate how I, as a beginner interact with the study materials I'm using.

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By kenlawson, Mar 21 2018 06:28PM

My Experiences with Henry Johnsons "Jazz Expressions" TrueFire course.

In this episode of the blog I have been continuing with my studies of the G major and minor inversions, their scales and arpeggios. I have also been trying to come up with my own lines and licks, whilst studying some of Mr Johnsons lines. I am still convinced that this slow methodical way studying this material will pay of in the end.

I feel I am beginning to see these areas of activity and know the relevant notes I could use when I see a specific chord on the chart, so this is encouraging.

Also, I would like to share an insight that I have gained by watching a video lesson later in the course. The lesson is titled "Phrases Not Scales" and in it Mr Johnson explains and demonstrates how to think in phrases when improvising. The point that caught my attention was this, your lines will continue to sound like scales or arpeggios until you start to think in terms of speaking a phrase or sentance. A sentance or phrase to be understood needs a begining, a middle and an ending. So it seems to me from viewing Mr Johnson's examples that I need to use the choice of notes, rhythmic variation and other melodic devises to crreate each part of the phrase. It also follows that when putting a series of phrases together to create a solo they need to done in the same manner as we tell a story: with a series of sentences and paragraphs, the solo needs to have a beginning, a middle and an end.

I have recorded a short video demonstrating the difference between playing notes from a scale and making the same notes into a phrase.

There are earthquakes happening in my jazz guitar studies right now; I will explain in my next post.

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