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Who is this training for?

To determine if this training is for you, please answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions and then check your score at the bottom.

  • Do you have trouble developing an improvised solo that flows smoothly over a standard jazz progression?
  • Do you rely on memorized “licks” when playing a solo?
  • Do you start a different “lick” every time there is a chord change?
  • Do your ideas end abruptly or lack continuity when improvising over changes?
  • Are your solos devoid of syncopation (“they don’t swing”) or suffer from a lack of rhythmic variety?
  • When you improvise, does it sound like you’re just running scales versus playing coherent melodic lines with a sense of direction?
  • When soloing over a chord progression, if you were suddenly left unaccompanied, do you feel that your ideas would fail to clearly convey the prescribed changes?
  • Do you feel like you’re in a rut and your practice routine is inefficient?
  • Do you lack the resources and understanding of how to link any given scale or arpeggio both horizontally and vertically throughout the entire fretboard?

If You Answered "Yes" To One Or More Of The Above Questions, This Course Will Be Of Benefit To You!

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What Is The Bebop Guitar Improv Series?

The Bebop Guitar Improv Series consists of two volumes, with downloadable multi-media materials.  Each volume is comprised of 3 books: the Lesson Book, Workbook, and Scale & Arpeggio Fingerings guide. In addition, the online version of the series features 150+ videos demonstrating the book content and lots more in vivid detail.

Volume 1 will teach you the rudimentary principles of jazz improvisation in theory and practice. It initially focuses on learning how to systematically develop a vocabulary to improvise over chord changes from a guitar-oriented technical perspective. A variety of essential harmonic progressions found in jazz are covered in order of difficulty. Each new progression is taught through a series of short etudes, and gradually introduces one or more of the chord/scales required to improvise over most jazz standards. Various melodic concepts and syncopated rhythms commonly used in the swing/bebop idioms, are taught as well.

Volume 2 builds on the principles explored in Volume 1 and explores various applications over “Rhythm Changes,” as well as jazz standards based on major, minor and extended tonalities. The technical focus is on multi-positional playing using the entire fretboard.

 

The 6 Key Components of The BGIS

The Jazz Etudes

The Jazz Etudes, written in both regular notation and tab, are the heart and soul of this method. They serve as models to train the aspiring improviser in utilizing the melodic techniques and rhythms taught in each lesson. They are presented in order of gradual difficulty.

The Scale & Arpeggio Fingerings

The 7 heptatonic scale and arpeggio fingering patterns, supply the guitarist with the technical resources required to properly execute even the most intricate melodic phrases, anywhere throughout the fretboard.

The Bebop Calisthenics

These custom exercises work simultaneously at many levels to help your improvisational skills flourish. They help reinforce the use of various linear melodic concepts introduced, expand your understanding of their spontaneous application anywhere on the fretboard, and provide ear-training.

The Rhythm Lab

This segment of the lessons introduces and breaks down the various syncopated rhythmic figures that are commonly employed in mainstream jazz, in order to facilitate “sightreading”.

The Rhythm Templates

These templates consist of different harmonic progressions and rhythms devoid of any note values. They have been carefully structured to guide you step by step in supplying the missing pitches, using the unique melodic concepts introduced in each lesson.  Throughout this procedure the student learns to systematically develop the vocabulary necessary to improvise over a given chord progression by filling in the missing notes.

The Ear Training Lab

In order to become a great jazz soloist or musician in general, you must be in control of what you play and therefore aurally anticipate what the outcome will be. Ear training is the key to this endeavor and the exercises in this segment will systematically take you through the crucial steps necessary to attain a moderate level of “relative pitch”. Through this practice you will eventually be able to hear and identify how each component of a scale relates to the chords in a given harmonic progression.

Here’s What Real Users Are Saying:

 “By following his process, jazz improvisation is not a prospect but an inevitability.”

 

Randy Cohen

Student

“This step-by-step approach provides all of the tools and resources necessary to actually learn the art of playing jazz guitar.”

 

Michael Rich

Student

“The effort put into using this method of learning pays off faster and is more effective than any other method that I have been exposed to.”

 

Andrew Hyde

Student

“The Series, to my knowledge, is the clearest and most concise and comprehensive guide to jazz guitar out there.”

 

Walter Kraslow

Student

“With text, videos and backing tracks, you can reach a professional level of playing by following this wonderful system which is full of knowledge and stuff that works!”

 

Enrique Gardano

Student

“This is the first course I’ve encountered that really gets at the nuts and bolts…”

 

Navdeep Singh

Student

“I have completed the Bebop Guitar Improv Series VOL1, and I guarantee that there is a “before and after” in my playing, as a result of studying with Richie.”

 

Airton Filipeli

Student

I’ve been playing for a long time, and although I am not at all a jazzer, I have worked some jazz method books to play country and western swing, and found this course to be extremely useful; transformative is maybe too strong a term, but it has certainly changed my style for the better.

 

Leon Grizzard

Student

 

“I have been working with Richie for one year. I have worked with other teachers, and there is no comparison. Richie is a great player and a great teacher (which is a rare combination). He has a program and a process that builds from the ground up on how to improvise without the use of memorized licks. His method is the most sensible way to learn how to improvise from within. I wish I had found Richie 10 years ago.”

 

Roy Winters

Student

(To Richie) “I wanted to say that your course is the most complete jazz guitar course I have come across. I have more than twenty courses in my library, but all these courses cover a limited number of topics, without providing a 360 degrees vision of this art. I like the systematic approach of your method. You are the only teacher that explains clearly the connection between arpeggios, chord scales, use of diatonic and chromatic notes, while other methods seldom explain these relationships.

Many thanks for your attention and, again, many thanks for your wonderful course.”

 

Massimo Momo

Student

9 Modules, jam-packed full of practical information!

The course consists of 9 modules. Each new module builds on the information provided in the previous one.  To give the student enough time to exclusively focus on each fundamental block of information and to avoid overwhelm, each new module is opened up monthly. Students have an additional 6 months after all 9 modules are delivered to access all the information online . Those that do not feel this is sufficient time to assimilate the material, have the option to continue studying and practicing on their own after the entire course has been delivered. If you currently lack the skills or time to complete the course during the 9 month period, all the relevant material to continue at your own leisure is downloadable!   The following is just a brief outline of what you’ll learn…..

MODULE #1

  • —Fundamentals for the development of improvisational skills in the Jazz idiom.
  • —How a Tonality is Established. —Understanding the Blues Tonality. —
  • The 7 Fingering Models for every Scale & Arpeggio family. —
  • All about Vertical & Horizontal Scale & Arpeggio Relationships. —
  • How to use the Fingering Cycles. —
  • How to use Guide Tones, Voice Leading and Melodic Contour to smoothly transition through any set of chord changes when improvising. —
  • How to properly play Swing 8th notes.
  • —How to Read and Write Intervallic Script
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the information in your playing!

MODULE #2

  • —How to use Approach Tones —
  • How to differentiate Harmonic vs. Non-Harmonic Tones —
  • The Anatomy of A Bebop Line —
  • How to Use Diatonic & Chromatic Passing Tones —
  • How to Use Diatonic & Chromatic Neighboring Tones
  • —Bebop Calisthenics #1 —
  • 5 Jazz Etudes in Regular Notation, Tab & Intervallic Script —
  • How to write your own Jazz Etude to program new vocabulary —
  • Theory Quiz #1 —
  • Guided improvisation assignments applying the melodic concepts and rhythms introduced
  • —Understanding how to Read, Write & Play different Syncopated Rhythms
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the information in your playing!

MODULE #3

  • —Modal Ambiguity and How To Avoid It —
  • How To Use Harmonic Anticipations —
  • How to Use Unprepared Approaches —
  • How to Use 2 Note Enclosures —
  • Bebop Calisthenics #2 using Unprepared Approaches
  • —Bebop Calisthenics #3 using 2 Note Enclosures —
  • 3 Jazz Etudes in Regular Notation, Tab & Intervallic Script —
  • Theory Quiz #2 —
  • Guided improvisation assignments applying the new melodic concepts and rhythms introduced
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the information in your playing!

MODULE #4

  • — Introducing Upper Extensions and How to Use Them Effectively
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #9 & 10 – featuring Upper Extensions (variations 1& 2) —
  • Theory Quiz #3
  • —Example of Writing an Etude using Rhythm Template #7
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the information in your playing!

MODULE #5

  • — Introduction to Modal Interchange —
  • Major II-V-I Cadences —
  • How To Use The IV-7 Chord —
  • Introduction To Double Chromatic Approaches —
  • Bebop Calisthenics #4 Arpeggios with Double Chromatic Approaches —
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #11, 12 & 13 – featuring Double Chromatic Approaches (variations 1, 2 & 3) —
  • Theory Quiz #4
  • Example of Writing an Etude using Rhythm Template #9
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the information in your playing!

MODULE #6

  • — Introduction to 3 Note Enclosures —
  • Bebop Calisthenics #5 Arpeggios with 3 Note Enclosures —
  • How Secondary Dominants Function
  • —Introduction To The V7 Altered Chord & Modal Superimposition —
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #14, 15 & 16 – featuring Altered Dominants & 3 Note Enclosures (variations 1, 2 & 3)
  • —Theory Quiz #5 —
  • Example of Writing an Etude using Rhythm Template #11
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the new information in your playing!

MODULE #7

  • — Introduction to 4 Note Enclosures —
  • Minor Blues —
  • Minor II-V-I
  • Cadences using the Locrian, Super Locrian and Aeolean Modes —
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #17, 18 & 19 – featuring 3 Note Enclosures (variations 1, 2 & 3) —
  • Theory Quiz #6 —
  • Example of Writing an Etude using Rhythm Template #13
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the new information in your playing!

MODULE #8

  • — Introduction to New Fingering Models that will enable you to link together the entire fretboard within any tonality —
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #20, 21, 22 & 23 – featuring New Fingering Models (variations 1, 2 ,3 & 4) —
  • Bebop Calisthenics #7 using various approach tones over Locrian & Super Locrian based arpeggios
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the new information in your playing!

MODULE #9

  • — How to use Overlapping Fingering Patterns to shift registers —
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #20, 21, 22 & 23 – Blues featuring New Fingering Models (variations 1, 2 ,3 & 4) —
  • Harmonic Analysis of Bird Blues —
  • Secondary II-V Cadences, Dominant Chains, Substitute Dominants & Interpolated II minor chords —
  • Jazz Etudes Opus #24, 25, 26 & 27 – Bird Blues… -Putting it All Together! (variations 1, 2 ,3 & 4) —
  • Quiz #7
  • …plus training videos, audio downloads & detailed exercises to help you apply all the new information in your playing!

I’m Ready To Take My Playing To The Next Level!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you help me determine which option, Silver, Gold or Platinum is better suited for me?

Sure! The Silver Level simply enables you to purchase the 3 E-Books that comprise the Bebop Guitar Improv Series…the Lesson Book, Workbook and Scales & Arpeggios book. After purchasing the books you can register to download the accompanying MP3s and Band In A Box files of all the featured etudes and selected exercises. This is a good choice if you are an intermediate jazz player and have a fair amount of sightreading ability as well as the confidence to work out the etudes and exercises without the aid of the added demonstrations and explanations provided by the online videos. It is also the best option if you are on a very limited budget and don’t want to miss out on this information. At $49.95 it is a steal even if I say so! I have taught the contents of this series at various universities and I can guarantee that you are getting a good 4 semesters worth of Jazz Improv Theory as applied to the guitar, condensed into 3 books!

The Gold Level is probably the wisest and most popular choice, especially if you are on a budget. For $89.95, only $40 more than the Silver Level, you get: the 3 books / the downloads / 150+ HD streaming videos demonstrating and explaining every detail in the books / access to a members forum where you can discuss any subject within the program with other participants / several added bonuses not available in the book such as an Ear Training Lab and “Candy Bars”, a monthly workshop providing ready to play bebop vocabulary.

All of this is available to you 24/7 for 15 months for a one time payment of $89.95! This is definitely serious bang for your buck! Even though you can find fragments of the information presented here for free, scattered throughout the internet, if you wanted to learn it in an orderly logical manner you would have to enroll in a good music school! This in turn would cost you thousands of $$$ and put you under the pressure of  having to master it in a limited amount of time. Of course, this would be fine if you were going for a music degree. However, if you are like most players interested in jazz these days, you most likely have another source of income and want to learn this art at your own leisure without breaking the bank! On the other hand, even if you happen to be planning on going to school for a music degree, your small investment in this program is going to help prepare and place you well ahead of the rest in your scholastic endeavor.

The Platinum Level includes everything featured in the Gold Level and on top of that, it adds 6 – 30 minute “one on one” Skype Lessons and a personal evaluation of 3 assignments. This is obviously the best value for your money! For $199.00 , only $109.00 more than the Gold Level, you get my undivided attention for 6 -30 minute sessions, which you can schedule at your convenience anytime during the first 9 months of the program! If you do the math you’ll learn that each lesson comes out to roughly $18! That is way under my pay grade and for that matter, of any musician with my expertise and credentials. However, after giving it lots of thought, I have decided to accept a fixed number of Platinum members because I believe that these are the truly serious and committed students that are in it for the long haul. And yes, these are the students I love to teach and am personally interested in helping out. Furthermore, I am confident that many of them will continue with me long after this initial course is over.

I have experienced that those that regularly interact with me through “one on one” lessons make much more progress than those that don’t. Every player is at a different level and has different challenges. The ups and downs of the learning process often requires the personal guidance of a mentor. As a result, through the Platinum Level I want to make available to you my expertise teaching jazz improvisation for over 20 years and personally oversee your progress in learning this art. I look forward in guiding you and answering any questions you may have during this journey.

Please keep in mind that the Platinum Level has a limited capacity throughout the year and is subject to availability. If it is not available at the time you wish to enroll, you may request to be placed on the waiting list. Your other option is to enroll in the Gold Level and purchase “one on one” Private Skype Lessons.

What if I have questions or need personal help?

If you enroll in the Platinum program, it includes 6 “one on one” Skype lessons which will provide  personal guidance and ensure you are on the right track with all the assignments. Otherwise, you can always purchase an individual lesson every now and then if the need arises. For more info please check out “Private Lessons”.

In addition, the members forum is also a great place to post and seek answers to any questions you might have about the subjects being thought. Here you will also benefit from those questions posed by others.

If I join at the Gold Level can I later upgrade to Platinum?

Yes, but preferably during your first 3 months in order to avoid the possible accumulation of wrong practice habits and thus save you valuable time and frustration! The main difference between the Gold and Platinum Levels is that the latter includes 6 half hour “one on one” Skype Lessons and some free evaluations of your assignments. Because these lessons are offered at a substantially discounted price and must be scheduled during the first 9 months of the program, they have a limited capacity. In all honesty, the number of “one on one” lessons I can commit to teach in a given month has a “ceiling”, which means that there is no guarantee of their availability throughout the whole year.

If you want to take advantage of this special offer, I recommend you grab it now if it is available. Otherwise  you always have the option to sign up for Skype Lessons at the normal rate, should the need arise (See Private Lessons) .

What is Band in a Box and do I need it?

Band in a Box by PG Music, is a piece of software available for both Mac and PC which allows you to type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you’d like, and it automatically generates a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns. It retails for approximately $129.00, if you purchase the Pro version without all the unnecessary bells and whistles.

You don’t have to own or purchase the program to enroll in this program. MP3s of all available jazz etudes and specific exercises are available for download in 2 tempos. For those that already have the program or wish to purchase it, alternate versions of the material on the MP3s are also available for download as Band in a Box files. The advantage here is that if you open up any of these files in Band in a Box and hit play, you will not only be able to hear the given etude or exercise, but you will be able to alter its playback to any tempo you desire, loop any number of measures and transpose it to any key with the simple click of a button. All of this is very advantageous when you want to play along in a certain key or at a specific tempo if the thoses provided in the MP3s end up being either too slow or fast for your level or rate of progress. Something to consider…

RICHIE ZELLON, guitarist, composer, and music educator, has held teaching positions as professor of jazz guitar at Florida International University (Miami) the University of South Florida (Tampa) The Music Workshop (Orlando) and his own venue, Miami Jazz Guitar.

 

With several critically acclaimed recordings under his name, Zellon has recorded and/or performed with some of the most influential musicians both in the mainstream and Latin jazz genres. Among them, Paquito D’ Rivera, David Leibman, Jerry Bergonzi, Sam Rivers, George Garzone, Danilo Perez, Jeff Berlin, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna and Ignacio Berroa to name a few.

Due to his innovations in the field of jazz and latin music he has been profiled in several important books such as “The Great Jazz Guitarists” by Scott Yanow, “The Jazz Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1900” by Maurice J. Summerfield ,“El Diccionario de Latin Jazz” by Nat Chediak , “Caliente: A History of Latin Jazz” by Luc Delanoy and “Jazz Jews” by Michael Gerber.

 

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Any feelings of skepticism you may have about investing in a new product are completely normal! This is why I’ve decided to take all of the risk! You have 30 full days to test drive the course and put it into full action. If you feel this course was simply not for you – there’s no hard feelings! Simply send me an email and I will immediately refund your money! This is just my way of thanking you for your decision to invest in the Bebop Guitar Improv Series. NOTE: This money back guarantee is not available for the Silver Level (Ebooks  only). Sorry, there are no refunds on downloaded books.

SILVER

Books Only
$49.95
  • 3 Course PDF Books
  • Audio MP3s of all Jazz Etudes & Selected Exercises
  • ”Band in a Box” Practice Files for all Jazz Etudes (does not include software)
  • 24/7 Access to Members Download Area for 12 months
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PLATINUM

Guided Study
$199.00
  • Complete (150+!) Video Training Library
  • PDFs of All Etudes, Exercises & Lessons
  • Audio MP3s of all Jazz Etudes & Selected Exercises
  • ”Band in a Box” Practice Files for all Jazz Etudes (does not include software)
  • 24/7 Access to Video Library, Forum & Members Download Area for 15 months
  • Six 30 min Private Skype Lessons with Richie (additional available upon request for a special fee)
  • 3 Personal Evaluations of Your Completed Written Assignments
  • NOTE: In order to properly serve its participants, this program has a LIMITED OCCUPANCY!
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