30 Chord Melody Riffs for the 2-5-1 Progression

Here are 30 chord melody riffs for the infamous 2-5-1 progression which is in almost every jazz standard that you can mention. I go through, in detail, 6 different 2 measure riffs for 5 different keys, totaling 30 unique chord melody riffs. We start with a quick demonstration performance of the riff so you can hear it played through a bunch of times in succession. This is followed by a detailed breakdown video where I break down the riff for you in detail going through every chord and nuance of the riff. Lastly, there is practice along video where we will play the riff together at practice tempo. This is an example of how to practice the riff. Alter the tempo to your comfort level. So, grab your guitar, tune it up, and let’s get started.

What You Get

92 Video Lessons
119 of Total Video Runtime
Tab & Standard Notation Charts
Slow-Motion & Looping Features
Download Size: 0.97 GB
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Let’s Learn Songs: Volume 1

The approach here is simple. I take 10 great classic songs and provide 3 video’s per song. First, I teach you the chords to the song. I breakdown, in detail, the chords, suggesting my favorite substitutions. Next, we go over the melody. Note by note, fret by fret, finger by finger, I break down the melody and offer advice on what I to do in order to spice up the melody a bit through phrasing, bends, etc… Finally, we put it all together in a video jam. First, you play the melody while I accompany, then we switch back and forth for a bunch of choruses. There is also a tutorial on the two song forms most standard songs are comprised of. And, a tutorial on phrasing with some simple techniques to help you phrase the melodies. I have learned so many songs by simply having someone show me the song sitting across from me, with no music. This is what I try to emulate in this Let’s Learn Songs series. With that said, you do get a pdf lead sheet of each of the songs with TAB although I suggest you play the melodies in all different areas of the fingerboard. Learning songs is so much fun for me and I hope this series makes it fun for you. Volume 1 Songlist: Dinah, Strike Up The Band, Stardust, I Want To Be Happy, Sweet Georgia Brown, PS I Love You, I Never Knew, My Blue Heaven, OH Lady, Be Good, and The Man I Love.
What You Get

34 Video Lessons
147 of Total Video Runtime
Tab & Standard Notation Charts
Slow-Motion & Looping Features
Download Size: 1.20 GB

Indie Course Downloads

Indie Courses are video course downloads produced independently from TrueFire. Recorded in Frank’s studio, these products present fresh educational concepts and effective teaching methodologies. Indie Courses are exclusively available for purchase in Frank’s channel store and can be downloaded via the TrueFire apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. Indie Courses are NOT available for streaming on the web — they are in-app only items.

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10 Riff Based Swing Etudes

Here is a collection of 10 Riff Based Swing Blues Etudes. Each Riff Based Swing Blues etude is in a different key and is written in the Swing Style. Each of the the 10 blues etudes are based on a particular and unique riff. The play along mp3 leaves plenty of room for you to improvise. You receive 1 demonstration performance video for each of the 10 riff based etudes, a pdf of the manuscript with TAB, and an mp3 jam track for each etude. In the video demonstration, after the etude is performed, I improvise over the different blues progressions in order to give you new ideas and riffs to listen to. In the mp3 jam track, after the melody is played 2 times through, you improvise. It’s so much fun and a great way to build up your riff based swing blues chops.

What You Get

22 Video Lessons
62 of Total Video Runtime
Tab & Standard Notation Charts
Slow-Motion & Looping Features
Download Size: 0.50 GB
Indie Course Downloads

Indie Courses are video course downloads produced independently from TrueFire. Recorded in Frank’s studio, these products present fresh educational concepts and effective teaching methodologies. Indie Courses are exclusively available for purchase in Frank’s channel store and can be downloaded via the TrueFire apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. Indie Courses are NOT available for streaming on the web — they are in-app only items.

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10 Chord Melody Arrangements

Here are 10 chord melody arrangements for classic standard songs. For each of the 10 standards, you get a performance video and a detailed breakdown of each of the arrangements. I break it down note for note going over each chord in the arrangement. Also included is a pdf of the manuscript with TAB. 10 Songs include: After You’ve Gone, I’ll See You In My Dreams, It Had To Be You, Somebody Loves Me, All By Myself, You Made Me Love You, Nuages, Always, I’m Confessin’, and Whispering.

What You Get

23 Video Lessons
110 of Total Video Runtime
Tab & Standard Notation Charts
Slow-Motion & Looping Features
Download Size: 0.90 GB
Indie Course Downloads

Indie Courses are video course downloads produced independently from TrueFire. Recorded in Frank’s studio, these products present fresh educational concepts and effective teaching methodologies. Indie Courses are exclusively available for purchase in Frank’s channel store and can be downloaded via the TrueFire apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. Indie Courses are NOT available for streaming on the web — they are in-app only items.

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New! Study Online Privately with Frank

I dedicate my life to teaching jazz guitar and am so excited to be working with TrueFire for over 10 years on these breakthrough ways to work with students all over the world. Whether you feel you just need a lesson to get you on track with a study plan or just want to learn a couple of new substitutions, I believe I can help you. TrueFire’s new platform makes it easy for us to communicate and work together!

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Win a Frank Vignola Signature Eastman Guitar

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