TESTIMONIALS

“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 an... Read More
Gerard Przylucki
Canada
(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 libr... Read More
Massimo Momo
Italy
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 yea... Read More
Robert Blagg
USA
"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 c... Read More
Neil Adams
Australia
"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 tea... Read More
Roy Winters
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... Read More
Leon Grizzard
USA
"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 ... Read More
Airton Filipeli
Brasil
(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 encounte... Read More
Navdeep Singh
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... Read More
Enrique Gardano
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-instructio... Read More
Walter Kraslow
USA
"This step-by-step approach provides all of the tools and resources necessary to actually learn the art of playing jazz guitar."... Read More
Michael Rich
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."... Read More
Andrew Hyde
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... Read More
Randy Cohen
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 wa... Read More
T. Paterna
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... Read More
Thomas Hynes
USA
"Después de muchos años de método en método y diversas cursos en Internet considero que " The Bebop Guitar Improv Series"   es el mejor curso o... Read More
Enrique Martin
Spain
I have always wanted to learn to play jazz guitar. I wanted to understand the art of improvisation and how the greats were able to make their solos so... Read More
Darryl Williams
USA
To Richie: "I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to finally be making progress toward 'intelligent' jazz improvisation...Thanks for making a logic... Read More
Steve Jones
USA
“After playing guitar most of my life, jazz guitar was something I could not find a way to get around. That was until I came across the Bebop Guitar... Read More
Diego Pi
Uruguay
To Richie: "I am playing changes better than ever, and my arpeggios and scales are becoming natural like never before. A lot of this improvement is du... Read More
Tom Swan
USA

TESTIMONIALS

Tom Swan
Tom Swan
USA

To Richie: "I am playing changes better than ever, and my arpeggios and scales are becoming natural like never before. A lot of this improvement is due to my studying your method and puzzling through your advice and demos. There is a LOT to learn!...I've spent many hours listening and learning from you, and my investment in your course has been returned many times over.

Thank you for an enjoyable and valuable experience. Your bebop course has improved my playing ability and my understanding of Bebop jazz beyond what I've gotten from any other source."

 

Diego Pi
Diego Pi
Uruguay

“After playing guitar most of my life, jazz guitar was something I could not find a way to get around. That was until I came across the Bebop Guitar Improv Series.
It develops the necessary skills for a smooth improvisation gradually, and really focusing in teaching the language of jazz and how to properly 'speak' it.
Thanks Richie!”

Steve Jones
Steve Jones
USA

To Richie: "I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to finally be making progress toward 'intelligent' jazz improvisation...Thanks for making a logical approach to jazz improvisation available. I've spent so much time, effort, and money on books, videos, and even schools that in the end didn't really point me in the right direction. Thanks again!"

Darryl Williams
Darryl Williams
USA

I have always wanted to learn to play jazz guitar. I wanted to understand the art of improvisation and how the greats were able to make their solos sound so good. What were the ‘ingredients' of their lines? How did they come up with those rhythmic patterns?

I began looking for a jazz instructor in 2014. What I found were very capable players who taught random ideas from lesson to lesson. Most provided no documentation so there was nothing for me to reference between lessons. I guess what I am saying is that there was no real structure to their program.

I came across Richie Zellon via his YouTube channel called The Jazz Guitar Channel. I enjoyed both his playing and the teaching videos that I found on his channel. I eventually found my way to his website called the Bebop Guitar Improv Series.

What I like about his program is as follows:
- The system is well documented, well thought out, and presented in a professional manner
- The concepts are functional and build upon one another from lesson to lesson
- I can work through it at my own pace
- I am learning how to construct and play my own solos using these concepts.

I also take bi-weekly lessons from Richie which allows me to get regular feedback on my playing as I work through his course. Invaluable!

I would highly recommend Richie Zellon as an instructor and his Bebop Guitar Improv Series to anyone wanting to learn the art of jazz improvisation.

Enrique Martin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”