It's that time of year again! We're looking back on all the highlights for JazzGuitarLessons.net in 2019. It was a fantastic year: we welcomed new members to our team, solidified our foundations, and as always, published new content. Lots and lots of new content!
2019 was the year of the long-form video lesson. Our goal here is to make each video feel like you're getting a private lesson with me. Plus, I've put so much work into my workout routine... it'd be a shame not to appear on camera, y'know? 😉
In addition to these new lessons, we also made the leap to a new platform at the end of the year! More on that below...
Now, let's get started: here are some of the highlights from each month this year! 🎉
January: New Year's Blues
At the start of this year, we took a look back at where it all began... the blues!
Plus... who wasn't feeling the blues in January, am I right? 😜
February: Intro To Rhythm Changes
After the blues, the thing every jazz guitarist should know is Rhythm Changes!
March: Your Jazz Guitar Concierge
In March we put the finishing touches on the Concierge program. This is a revolutionary course that gives you detailed, personalized instructions for what to practice each week. Plus, it nudges you to practice!
April: 7 Tips To Play Chromatically + First Steps
Just play the right notes!! - Angela from The Office
In our April lesson we helped jazz guitarists everywhere defy the Angelas in their lives, with 7 tips to play chromatically! 😅
Anyone can play "random notes" and pretend they know what they're doing, but it takes a real good musician to make those "outside" notes sound great! This is a good starting point for anyone looking to dive into that world.
Speaking of starting points, we also published one of our most popular courses to date: First Steps!
This is an excellent course. I have been playing guitar for years but only now have gone back to learn the basics. The building blocks of this program are great. They take time to learn, but they build off of each other and the pieces fit together. Like anything worthwhile, you get out of this what you put into it. I am very pleased! Keep up the good work Marc. - Geoff Morgan
May: Intro To Solar
As the spring showers started to die down, we turned our attention to one of my favourite tunes: Solar. This is a great tune for beginners and especially for beginner jazz jam sessions!
June: Improv On Bossas and Brazilian
Playing blues or bebop licks over a tune like Desafinado just doesn't sound quite right - so be sure to check out this approach for a fresh alternative.
July: New Staff
July was a crazy month for the team! One of us got married (hint: it wasn't me 😜) and as we said goodbye to our editor Francis, we also welcomed his replacement, Justin.
Justin has been the man behind the scenes for all of our free content including videos, blogs, live sessions and podcasts. He's also been responsible for our new look in 2019, refining our design to reflect the "high-quality + accessible" brand of jazzguitarlessons.net.
Justin and I will be working together to go full-speed-ahead on new content in 2020... look out for it!
August: East Coast Trip
My trip to the East Coast with wife and friends! Summarizing the journey in one timeless picture. Keeping it casual:
This time around we got to Cape Cod, and a few other places 🍻
September: Improv On Static Chords
After a well-deserved rest we got right back to it in September and published a long-form video on how to solo on static chords!
This is all about how to keep things interesting on tunes like Impressions or Milestones, where there are long sections of just one or two chords. You can only run your scales for so long without running out of gas... ⛽
There are enough ideas in this lesson to keep you busy for quite a while, including extended pentatonics, intervallic patterns, and more!
October: Soloing On Fast Chord Changes
Next up was our home run of 2019, Soloing on Fast Chord Changes. This one really seemed to resonate with our viewers, and even with blues and rock guitarists!
November: Jazz Guitar Mastery Launch
Heading into November we kept our momentum going with the release of our highlight of 2019: the release of Jazz Guitar Mastery on our new platform, learn.jazzguitarlessons.net.
Jazz Guitar Mastery is our finest offering to date! Think of it like... an Unlimited Membership on steroids. You get access to:
- every course we've ever published (!)
- Concierge, Private Instructor In-A-Box, and Learning Path
- our entire transcription vault (new solos every month!)
- exclusive Inner Circle webinars
- access to Member's Forum (500+ members)
- the all-new Standards: Essentials - stunning solo guitar arrangements for beginners
- Standards: Pro - masterful arrangements for intermediate-advanced players
- improved user experience on our new platform
- and more!
Unlike the previous memberships, this isn't just access to STUFF... it's a complete PROGRAM for achieving mastery!
December: Comping With Diminished Chords
And finally, to wind down the year we released our final video of the decade... Improve Your Comping With Diminished Chords 🎉
This is all about one of my favourite ways to use the diminished 7th chord. It's so simple, yet so effective... you're gonna wish you knew this ages ago!
Whew - what a whirlwind year! At the time of writing the team is taking a much needed breather while we prepare to go full throttle in 2020.
In terms of free content, you can expect more long-form video lessons, as well as multi-part series for players of all levels! Hint: Joe Pass fans... keep your eyes peeled 👀
And for our members, we've got tons of new perks on the horizon, including many more Standards Essentials, Inner Circle Webinars, and transcriptions of jazz guitar legends. If you've been thinking of becoming a member, there's truly never been a better time to give it a go!
So, what about you? What did you encounter on your jazz guitar journey in 2019? Be sure to let me know in the comments!
As always, I'm so grateful that I get to do this for a living and be able to be a positive part of your lives through music. I wouldn't be able to do this without your support, so truly, thank you for reading. Here's to more in the new decade!
Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, mastermind and teacher on JazzGuitarLessons.net, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar. He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.
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