Learn how to craft meaningful & melodic solos.
For jazz-adjacent players and advanced guitarists looking to become melodic storytellers.
Rosie will guide you through ten days of step-by-step instruction with interactive TAB and daily assignments.
Master melodic soloing
By the end of this class, you'll be able to infuse your guitar solos with soulful emotion and a vocal-like personality.
Take the next step
Once you've mastered this course, keep learning with advanced Master Classes and guided practice plans.
Over the next 10 days, Rosie will break down a systemized approach to soloing that'll help you craft compelling solos.
This advanced course will help you make strides as a lead guitarist and break out of any soloing ruts you're stuck in. Rosie will guide you through a simple approach to hearing, singing, & playing your way through the major, minor, & dominant worlds of sound while showing you how to apply a soulful & melodic approach to your existing soloing skills.
Start soloing today
No boring lectures to sit through in this class!
To kick things off, we'll get you right into soloing. This lesson will re-affirm some important scales you’ll use throughout the Master Class and help you start thinking like an accomplished improviser.
Next, we'll jump into three days of fretboard exploration where you’ll dive deep into specific tonal environments: major, minor, and dominant.
Each day, you'll learn a scale, arpeggio, and lick to contextualize Rosie's lesson – then you'll cap it all off with an interactive jam session 🤘
Sing, Hear, Play
The next three days are about bridging the gap between what your ears are hearing and what your hands are playing by singing.
Don't worry! You don't need the voice of an angel to benefit from these lessons.
Rosie will walk you, step by step, through a simple process to connect your ear to your instrument. The results will blow your mind.
Put everything you’ve absorbed from this Master Class into context by examin and learning how to solo over one of Rosie’s original tunes: Better Days.
Soul-jazz legend George Benson is particularly famous for singing and playing his solos. He’s a great example of how the singing, hearing, and playing approach can lead to authenticity in your soloing. Today, you'll explore his tune Affirmation.
Your turn! Review what you've learned, then take a few techniques from this Master Class and conjure up your own melodic jazz solo.
Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.
Day 1. Start soloing today
Jump feet first into the jazz-soloing pool
Today, you'll get right into the thick of it by jamming over a II-V-I progression with Rosie. You'll get acquainted with melodic soloing via two easy-to-grasp concepts: licks and improvisation. True melodic magic is achieved by combining both approaches into something only you could conceive of.
Days 2-4. Fretboard focus
Strap on your jazz'n cap – it's time for fretboard explorations.
Days 2. Major scale – Fretboard focus
The major scale?! Boring right? Wrong! It's the center of the Western music theory universe, and you need to know it better than Facebook knows your internet browsing habits. Rosie will guide you through scales, arpeggios, patterns, and a lick to show you how to get the most out of this staple skill. Then, you'll jam out with here over a backing track.
Day 3. Minor scale – Fretboard focus
Today, we'll take our fretboard focus onto another tonality – C minor. This material is the minor mirror of Day 2 – you’ll notice how your preparation and exercises walk a similar, although darker-sounding, path. As always, you'll crystallize your new melodic learnings with a tasty interactive jam.
Day 4. Dominant scale – Fretboard focus
Today you’ll get some perspective on the last of the big three tonal centers – the dominant sound. This funky and soulful tonality is an improvisational must-know. Used in neo-soul, blues, jam bands, avant-jazz, funk, & more, this vocabulary is going to serve you far beyond the world of jazz guitar.
Days 5 - 7. Singing, hearing, playing
Connect your ear to your instrument.
Day 5. Minor pentatonic – Singing, hearing, playing
The next three days are about bridging the gap between what your ears are hearing and what your hands are playing by singing. Comfort is key here. You don’t need to be a star singer – the goal is to merge your hearing & playing skills. We'll kick things off with minor pentatonic sounds.
Day 6. Major pentatonic – Singing, hearing, playing
Today, you’ll build up your melodic confidence by singing, hearing, and playing some major tonalities so you can internalize the sweetly-melancholic major 7th sounds. There's a huge advantage to being able to come up with melodic ideas away from your instrument. Before you know it, these three steps will feel like second nature.
Day 7. Dominant – Singing, hearing, playing
Calling all melodic masterminds. Only one more sound world to cover with this intuitive singing, hearing, and playing process – dominant and suspended tonalities. Covering all these different tonalites in isolation is great for developing your ear. It’ll help you get in touch with your vocal range and how it relates to the guitar while expanding your overall tonal awareness.
Cap off the class with solos by Rosie and George Benson, then craft one of your own.
Day 8. How to solo on Better Days
Now you’ll get a chance to put everything you’ve absorbed from this Master Class so far into context. The first song we’ll examine is one of Rosie’s originals – Better Days. Our focus today will revolve around improvising over the chorus section.
Day 9. How to solo on Affirmation
Soul-jazz legend George Benson is particularly famous for singing and playing his solos. It’s in no small way responsible for his lines' melodic and hooky qualities. Today, you'll use all of your Master Class skills to tackle this song's soulful progression.
Day 10. Write a solo challenge & recap
Review what you learned, then dive into your final challenge: craft your own melodic jazz solo over George Benson's Affirmation.
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