"It doesn't sound like jazz when I play"

Jun 17, 2024

If you feel like it doesn’t sound like jazz when you play, you’re in the right place.

In this email I’m going to REVEAL WHY it happens and HOW you can fix it.

You see, from speaking with 1000s of aspiring jazz guitarists in the past several years…

 I noticed that many guitarists explain their #1 struggle as:

 “It doesn’t sound like on records when I play, it's just not that sound. It’s not ‘jazzy’ at all.”

And, that’s completely true, and I agree with most of them.

But the REASON they think it happens is…not well understood.

In the majority of cases, they just MAKE UP a reason or justification.

Something like:

“Oh, it’s because I’m not adding chromatic scales.”

“It’s because I don’t play fast enough.”

“It’s because my technique is just not that good yet.”

"It's because I don't understand the theory completely yet."

And the truth is …

The real reason is much deeper than that.

Let me explain with an analogy.

Imagine I don’t speak English.

And you list out 100 or even 1,000 of the most used words, for me to learn.

And then I learn them.

Well, guess what?

In a restaurant, if I wanted to order something…

I wouldn’t know how to do it…

It wouldn’t “sound” like spoken English…

It would be just a bunch of English words on top of each other…Right?

Well, it is the same with jazz language.

Instead of making use of the “words” they learn in a musical context which we hear on records…

Guitarist simply try to "plug and play", like a formula.

And it doesn’t work.

It’s not high-school math where you just plug-and-play and apply one formula to all problems.

Jazz is like a language. Nay, jazz is a language. It’s conversational. 

Hopefully this makes sense.

Here's a video called How Jazz Guitarists Think” where I address this in more detail.


Marc @



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