How to Play Fast and Difficult Jazz Guitar Phrases

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Playing fast jazz guitar is difficult, and with bebop phrases this is even more difficult because the music contains very complicated lines and melodies in jazz!!

You probably feel that you get confronted with your technical limitations very often. I think we all do, which of course is also only a testament to the fact that we always try to take things to the limit of our abilities and expand that limit.

There are actually many ways to play fast phrases. I think this is sometimes a bit overlooked, and if you are aware of the options it can really solve a lot of problems in your playing.

In this lesson I am going to discuss how you can use different kinds of techniques to execute the first phrase of Donna Lee. What techniques work for you is something that only you can figure out, but you should be aware of them so you can choose instead of banging your head against the wall!!

Thanks so much for checking out my weekly lesson at Musicians Unite!! I hope you found this technique lesson on playing fast both interesting and helpful!!

Please check back next week for another lesson, and in the meantime please catch up with me on my website and social media pages!!


Jens Larsen - MU Educator

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