About Volume 2

DISCLAIMER: VOLUME 2 of this series picks up where VOLUME 1 ends! For a full description of the fundamental concepts covered in the first part of this series, please see About Volume 1. It is assumed that if you choose to enroll in this course you have either completed VOL 1, or are an intermediate to advanced jazz guitarist proficient in the concepts covered therein. NOTE: If after enrolling in VOL 2 you find that it is above and beyond your level of comprehension, you may request to switch your membership to VOL 1 within the first 30 days of your registration.

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. A forum is also provided where you can receive answers to any questions you may have.

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. It has a duration of 12 months during which the focus is on the mastery of jazz improvisation using the entire fretboard.

 

The 3 Key Components of The BGIS Vol 2

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

The Jazz Guitarist’s Hanon! 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.

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 3 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.  All the relevant material to continue at your own leisure is downloadable!  

Here is a partial list of some of the topics covered in Volume 2…

  • Composite Fingerings to improvise seamlessly over the entire fretboard
  • Advanced Approach Note Techniques for Melodic Targeting
  • Using Wide Interval Leaps
  • How to assemble & use Harmonic Frameworks to guide and shape your solos
  • Using Hemiolas to create Cross-Rhythms
  • How to Phrase Over the Bar-Line
  • Various Tritone Substitution, Reharmonization & Improv Principles
  • Motif Development
  • Using Contrapuntal Techniques to Improvise
  • Understanding the 4 Varieties of Double-Stops
  • Creating Compound Melodies
  • Use of Stationary Pitch/Pivot Point
  • Modal Super-Imposition using Scales & Arpeggios
  • Symmetrical Diminished Concepts
  • Understanding Minor & Modal Tonalities
  • Using Modal Interchange
  • Structuring Micro-Tonalities using Triad Rows
  • Much, Much More!!

Eight “Rhythm Changes” Etudes over 5 different reharmonizations / Additional Etudes using the various improvisational concepts introduced over the changes to Autumn Leaves”, “All The Things You Are”, “Beautiful Love”, “Stella By Starlight” and others/ Dozens of Bebop Calisthenic exercises especially structured to get each and every improvisational concept under your fingers and in your ears…plus MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

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

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

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. However, keep in mind that certain concepts are best conveyed through a visual demonstration and sometimes a book will not do them justice no matter how well explained. Because of this and the fact that the Gold Level contains several bonus lessons not featured in the books, I want to encourage you to spend a little more and strive for the next level. Of course if that is not possible, you will still be getting a great deal for the Silver Level at $49.95!

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 eye-opening added bonuses not available in the books!

All of this is available to you 24/7 for 12 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 those 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.