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JIGG (Jazz Improvisation Guide for Guitar) v 1.0

A short presentation of an unique web based method to learn jazz improvisation based on scales that you already know but this time used in a new context.

Bo Emanuelson

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of JIGG (Jazz Improvisation Guide for Guitar) v 1.0

I assume that you also have struggled to find the "Magic Bullet" on the net in order to improve your jazz guitar improvisation skills in the quickest and easiest way possible. At least I did try that myself for a too long period. What I did find out though was that there is no fantastic method that covers it all and it's also very time consuming. The truth is that you really have to practice the scales, theory etc. so good that you can forget them when you improvise. I don't want to discourage you but according to scientific sources it usually takes, at least, 10.000 hours in total to be really good at something, ex. mastering the guitar.
to the JIGG ( Jazz Improvisation Guide for Guitar )
In addition to all mostly unsuccessful surfing I have also ordered a huge amount of literature. Some better than others. There's usually only one costly way to find out... right?

Of course there was often interesting things to absorb somewhere in some of the books. When such information is found it is important to extract it from the book so it doesn't disappears from your short memory immediately after that.
some more background:
If you have the possibility to take photostatic copies of the stuff, that you think that you'll will need in order to be a better improviser, it make things a little bit easier. The problem then is that you will have a lot of extracted pages that is separated from it's natural environment. What I mean is that the pile of papers that you will get doesn't make it easier for you to get the whole picture, so to speak.
It's not good for the environment either
The basis for the method
This method is based on stuff that you already know. I'm referring to the Minor Pentatonic scale which probably was the first scale, the vast majority of us, learned the first time we start to study guitar playing, independent of style. Maybe you have already heard of the superimposing principles for the scale in question. If so you have already opened the door to new possibilities.
Superimposing scales
isn't a new concept at all. Many famous guitarists have been and are using this concept amongst other improvising methods. Another well known superimposing principle is about how to stack triads.*
What's unique with this method is that you'll get a full overview over the whole concept on the very same web page which makes it very practical.
*That's another chapter of its own and will not be
addressed in this forum.
*GMKS= Geometrical Memorizing Keynote System
The method is consisting of two main parts:
The Penta Calculator
*Geometrical Memorizing Keynote System
The Penta Calculator
I've created a Flash application for this purpose. The fact that it's made in Flash means that you will not be able to use it via your iPad or iPhone for known reasons. There is a way around that iOS limitation though. In the App Store you can find browsers that can handle Flash content. I've tested an app called Photon with great success. If you have a mobile device based on Windows or Android it should work fine. Anyway you can always use a computer.
Short instruction:
When you press the buttons labeled with all notes from C to B you will see that you'll get new suggestions for which MIP* scales and which DSP** scale you can use for the specific chord in question.
In addition you'll also get this on the very same page:
Short instruction:
Depending on the suggestions you got from the Penta Calculator you press the button with the suggested note in order to see all positions for
the scale in question. Can it be more clear?
As previously mentioned the GMKS stands for "Geometrical Memorizing Keynote System". What it means is that it's a system to help you memorize all the different MIP and DSP scales you can choose from for each specific chord. It can look like this:
Short instruction:
This specific fret diagram present all the different options of MIP scales you can choose from for a specific chord type, for instance a minor 7th chord as above. Each symbol indicates a possible keynotes (starting note for a MIP scale)
*MIP= Minor Pentationic scale
**DSP= Dominant Seventh Pentatonic scale
*MIP= Minor Pentationic scale
**DSP= Dominant Seventh Pentatonic scale
So where can you find this stuff?

Try http://axentric.se
By the way... it's free
If you like it please tell me:
Thanks !!!
Here's a very good example of the technique in question. This video with the outstanding fusion guitarist Scott Henderson is showing just a few examples of the superimposing principle for m7 chords. The JIGG also covers the other most common chord types FYI.
In addition to that this informative video also gives you really useful info regarding rhythmic displacement, twang bar playing and setup.
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