TESTIMONIALS

Gerard Przylucki
Canada

“I would like to thank Richie Zellon for creating this great Bebop Guitar Improv Series. The amount of material is staggering. It’s way beyond any other jazz guitar course, available online, that I’m aware of. I really feel like I’m taking a college level course at my own pace, for a fraction of the cost. Learning jazz guitar is a lifelong journey. Richie makes it worthwhile by providing an unmatched amount of resources backed up by excellent visual presentation. I enjoy the journey very much.”

Massimo Momo
Italy

(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.”

Robert Blagg
USA

I purchased the gold membership and I have to say it is the best musical investment I have made in a long time. Wish I would have known about this years ago. I love the heptatonic fingering system.

This is truly eye opening and ear opening stuff. Love the ear training lesson too. This is what I have been looking for.

Neil Adams
Australia

"Richie Zellon loves what he does. It shows in the detail, clarity and depth of knowledge in the Bebop Jazz Guitar course. All lessons are explained clearly and the progression of the lessons is excellent, with each one establishing the basis for the next development. Incredibly informative and accessible.

The course has enabled me to break out of old established dead-end patterns, and develop a much richer and comprehensive playing style.  (He is also very entertaining) Thanks Richie!"

Roy Winters
USA

"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."

Leon Grizzard
USA

"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."

Airton Filipeli
Brasil

"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."

Navdeep Singh
USA
(to Richie) "I think the ability to play one's ideas without the instrument getting in the way is huge. I think this is the first course I've encountered that really gets at the nuts and bolts of applying these principles of music specifically to the guitar. Or at least doesn't take for granted the idea that the guitar is a difficult instruments to come to grips with. I just want to take this time to thank you for your work and endeavors. I've only just started the course, and just thinking about some basic things you present, I feel like I've made a big breakthrough in terms of not being impeded by positional playing or fingering issues."
Enrique Gardano
USA

"Having spent now over 30 years studying guitar with countless number of great teachers and graduate music studies, I have seen the teaching of guitar evolve from a disorganized,and sporadic source of learning into a professional and comprehensive abundant source of disciplined, efficient learning.  It used to be that you first had to find a teacher and then succumb to their conclusions over their time with usually weak foundations. Richie Zellon's Bebop guitar series illustrates the evolution of the teaching of guitar into the level where it should be: a comprehensive and strategic approach to mastering this wonderful and rich style of music.  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!

I can only say that I respect my teacher, friend and colleague to the highest level by putting this out and making it available to anyone who wants to play bop in the guitar to a deep level."

Walter Kraslow
USA

"The Bebop Guitar Improv Series is an innovative guide for guitarists of all levels who want to learn jazz improvisation. (This is the jazz-instruction book that didn’t come with that nice guitar you bought but can’t play, at least not like you want to.)

Richie seamlessly integrates the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic elements of jazz improvisation and demonstrates how they are used on the guitar. The Series, to my knowledge, is the clearest and most concise and comprehensive guide to jazz guitar out there. It’s no dry-as-dust text book, but rather a concrete hands-on instruction guide whose lessons are supplemented by detailed multimedia instructional materials accessible at Richie’s Website.

Perhaps more important than how much the Series can improve your guitar playing is how much it will enhance your love of jazz by deepening your understanding of it.

I can’t recommend the Series highly enough to guitarists who want to learn how to play jazz—whether beginners or journeymen."

Michael Rich
USA

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

Andrew Hyde
USA

"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."

Randy Cohen
USA

"The ability to improvise a bebop line as it weaves from chord change to key change may seem like an impenetrable code understood by a few gifted jazz masters as they jam, eyes closed, swaying hypnotically to the rhythm.

Richie Zellon has decoded this mystery into an approachable system that dissects the improvised line into easily digestible musical concepts that are built upon the basics of music theory and lead the student from scales to improvisation step by step."

The trio of a logically planned lesson book, a primer of scales and arpeggio fingerings, and a workbook decodes bebop jazz in an understandable sequence. The books are cross referenced to each other and to a web-based series of videos which illustrate each principle with examples and documentation.

Richie’s methodical system is an approach which appeals to me because each lesson builds upon the previous concept moving me incrementally towards spontaneous bebop improvisation. By following his process, jazz improvisation is not a prospect but an inevitability.

T. Paterna
USA

“I have seen and tried many Jazz Guitar Methods and and Richie’s is the first one where I feel I am on the right path. Countless times before I was guided with a scale and then instructed to “create a solo”. That never went well. But with this course I feel I have a way now to actually learn the vocabulary to create good sounding lines. Using the templates provided you get to demonstrate and use each new concept that is learned as you progress through the various modules of the course. I highly recommend this course.”

Thomas Hynes
USA

(To Richie) "Thank you so much for putting these courses together. I've been playing jazz guitar for years, and my playing has never progressed faster. Many of the concepts in Vol 1 were review for me, but your organization of the concepts (and extremely useful heptatonic fingering patterns) completely changed how I approach improvisation. It's like I already had several puzzle pieces, but needed you to show me how they fit together! I play fairly regularly in a jazz quintet, and all four other members have commented on how much less I'm relying on "licks" they've heard me use and abuse."

Enrique Martin
Spain

"Después de muchos años de método en método y diversas cursos en Internet considero que " The Bebop Guitar Improv Series"   es el mejor curso online para la guitarra jazz, con una calidad superior a un precio muy interesante.

Orientado de forma progresiva vas interiorizando los distintos procesos en el aprendizaje. Es un curso completo para todo aquel que quiera sumergirse en el mundo de la improvisación y el jazz, desentrañando lo que al resto de los humanos nos parecen grandes misterios cuando escuchas a maestros del jazz, añadiendo poco a poco todas las herramientas para conseguirlo.

Y por supuesto mencionar  sus "ejercicios calisténicos", que son la mejor forma que he encontrado en años de interiorizar las distintas posiciones de escalas, arpegios, y un conocimiento profundo del mástil.  Etimológicamente  la palabra calistenia proviene del griego  kallos (belleza) y sthenos (fortaleza), es decir, la adquisición de belleza con el ejercicio así que Richie no podia haber escogido un nombre mejor para ellos."

TESTIMONIALS

Enrique Martin
Spain

"Después de muchos años de método en método y diversas cursos en Internet considero que " The Bebop Guitar Improv Series"   es el mejor curso online para la guitarra jazz, con una calidad superior a un precio muy interesante.

Orientado de forma progresiva vas interiorizando los distintos procesos en el aprendizaje. Es un curso completo para todo aquel que quiera sumergirse en el mundo de la improvisación y el jazz, desentrañando lo que al resto de los humanos nos parecen grandes misterios cuando escuchas a maestros del jazz, añadiendo poco a poco todas las herramientas para conseguirlo.

Y por supuesto mencionar  sus "ejercicios calisténicos", que son la mejor forma que he encontrado en años de interiorizar las distintas posiciones de escalas, arpegios, y un conocimiento profundo del mástil.  Etimológicamente  la palabra calistenia proviene del griego  kallos (belleza) y sthenos (fortaleza), es decir, la adquisición de belleza con el ejercicio así que Richie no podia haber escogido un nombre mejor para ellos."

Thomas Hynes
USA

(To Richie) "Thank you so much for putting these courses together. I've been playing jazz guitar for years, and my playing has never progressed faster. Many of the concepts in Vol 1 were review for me, but your organization of the concepts (and extremely useful heptatonic fingering patterns) completely changed how I approach improvisation. It's like I already had several puzzle pieces, but needed you to show me how they fit together! I play fairly regularly in a jazz quintet, and all four other members have commented on how much less I'm relying on "licks" they've heard me use and abuse."

T. Paterna
USA

“I have seen and tried many Jazz Guitar Methods and and Richie’s is the first one where I feel I am on the right path. Countless times before I was guided with a scale and then instructed to “create a solo”. That never went well. But with this course I feel I have a way now to actually learn the vocabulary to create good sounding lines. Using the templates provided you get to demonstrate and use each new concept that is learned as you progress through the various modules of the course. I highly recommend this course.”

Randy Cohen
USA

"The ability to improvise a bebop line as it weaves from chord change to key change may seem like an impenetrable code understood by a few gifted jazz masters as they jam, eyes closed, swaying hypnotically to the rhythm.

Richie Zellon has decoded this mystery into an approachable system that dissects the improvised line into easily digestible musical concepts that are built upon the basics of music theory and lead the student from scales to improvisation step by step."

The trio of a logically planned lesson book, a primer of scales and arpeggio fingerings, and a workbook decodes bebop jazz in an understandable sequence. The books are cross referenced to each other and to a web-based series of videos which illustrate each principle with examples and documentation.

Richie’s methodical system is an approach which appeals to me because each lesson builds upon the previous concept moving me incrementally towards spontaneous bebop improvisation. By following his process, jazz improvisation is not a prospect but an inevitability.

Andrew Hyde
USA

"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."

Michael Rich
USA

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

Walter Kraslow
USA

"The Bebop Guitar Improv Series is an innovative guide for guitarists of all levels who want to learn jazz improvisation. (This is the jazz-instruction book that didn’t come with that nice guitar you bought but can’t play, at least not like you want to.)

Richie seamlessly integrates the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic elements of jazz improvisation and demonstrates how they are used on the guitar. The Series, to my knowledge, is the clearest and most concise and comprehensive guide to jazz guitar out there. It’s no dry-as-dust text book, but rather a concrete hands-on instruction guide whose lessons are supplemented by detailed multimedia instructional materials accessible at Richie’s Website.

Perhaps more important than how much the Series can improve your guitar playing is how much it will enhance your love of jazz by deepening your understanding of it.

I can’t recommend the Series highly enough to guitarists who want to learn how to play jazz—whether beginners or journeymen."

Enrique Gardano
USA

"Having spent now over 30 years studying guitar with countless number of great teachers and graduate music studies, I have seen the teaching of guitar evolve from a disorganized,and sporadic source of learning into a professional and comprehensive abundant source of disciplined, efficient learning.  It used to be that you first had to find a teacher and then succumb to their conclusions over their time with usually weak foundations. Richie Zellon's Bebop guitar series illustrates the evolution of the teaching of guitar into the level where it should be: a comprehensive and strategic approach to mastering this wonderful and rich style of music.  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!

I can only say that I respect my teacher, friend and colleague to the highest level by putting this out and making it available to anyone who wants to play bop in the guitar to a deep level."

Navdeep Singh
USA
(to Richie) "I think the ability to play one's ideas without the instrument getting in the way is huge. I think this is the first course I've encountered that really gets at the nuts and bolts of applying these principles of music specifically to the guitar. Or at least doesn't take for granted the idea that the guitar is a difficult instruments to come to grips with. I just want to take this time to thank you for your work and endeavors. I've only just started the course, and just thinking about some basic things you present, I feel like I've made a big breakthrough in terms of not being impeded by positional playing or fingering issues."
Airton Filipeli
Brasil

"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."

Leon Grizzard
USA

"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."

Roy Winters
USA

"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."

Neil Adams
Australia

"Richie Zellon loves what he does. It shows in the detail, clarity and depth of knowledge in the Bebop Jazz Guitar course. All lessons are explained clearly and the progression of the lessons is excellent, with each one establishing the basis for the next development. Incredibly informative and accessible.

The course has enabled me to break out of old established dead-end patterns, and develop a much richer and comprehensive playing style.  (He is also very entertaining) Thanks Richie!"

Robert Blagg
USA

I purchased the gold membership and I have to say it is the best musical investment I have made in a long time. Wish I would have known about this years ago. I love the heptatonic fingering system.

This is truly eye opening and ear opening stuff. Love the ear training lesson too. This is what I have been looking for.

Massimo Momo
Italy

(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.”

Gerard Przylucki
Canada

“I would like to thank Richie Zellon for creating this great Bebop Guitar Improv Series. The amount of material is staggering. It’s way beyond any other jazz guitar course, available online, that I’m aware of. I really feel like I’m taking a college level course at my own pace, for a fraction of the cost. Learning jazz guitar is a lifelong journey. Richie makes it worthwhile by providing an unmatched amount of resources backed up by excellent visual presentation. I enjoy the journey very much.”