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Technique & Concepts

The fans spoke, and they said, "Joe Chawki" - here he is, ladies and gentlemen. In this series Joe breaks down some of the techniques and concepts that he draws from in his own improvisation. He blends numerous styles and influences to create a mesmerizing sound that is as musically beautiful as it is technically challenging.

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Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Joe kicks off his series and gives a little preview of what's to come.

Length: 1:39 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Modal Musings

The concept of modes is absolutely vital to your ability to improvise at an advanced level. Join Joe as he takes a look the modes of the major scale.

Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Bursting & Sprinting #1: Economy Picking

Joe walks through an economy picked sequence using a grouping of 5.

Length: 3:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Bursting & Sprinting #2: Sweep Picking

Learn a few licks that will help hone your sweep picking skills.

Length: 3:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Bursting & Sprinting #3: String Skipping

Joe takes the common Pentatonic scale and creates a less common sound by string skipping.

Length: 3:32 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Bursting & Sprinting #4: Economy Picking

Joe goes further expands on the Pentatonic scale, but goes back to utilizing economy picking for fast musical bursts.

Length: 5:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Bursting & Sprinting #5: Sequenced Grouping

Join Joe as he demonstrates a sequence made up of groupings of 5 and 8.

Length: 2:31 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Bursting & Sprinting #6: Economy Picking

Joe expands on economy picking with a new 1 note, 2 note per string pattern to help break you out of the 3 note per string box.

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Bursting & Sprinting #7: Tapping Extensions

While not something Joe typically relies on, tapping can be a useful tool in extending scales and arpeggios.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Boot Soup Blues

In this beast of a lesson, and I mean that in a good way, Joe improvises a solo using chromatic, diminished, mixolydian, and dominant ideas over a common blues jam and then takes a look at each lick.

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Atonal Hacks

Step outside the box with Joe and learn how to grab outside or dissonant sounds.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Synthetic Pentatonics

Also known as "altered pentatonics", learn how to use this concept to create a more interesting sound.

Length: 14:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Is it Major? Is it Minor?

It's both! Join Joe for this crash course in the melodic minor scale.

Length: 6:36 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Intro to Yogi's, Gypsies, and Flying Carpets

Joe attempts to condense down the wide world of Eastern music into a short lesson. As well as discussing the topic, Joe performs a hypnotic improvised example over a drone as well as performing an improvisation of the song Quietus, from his album Nazar.

Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Say It Like You Mean It

In this lesson, Joe explains and demonstrates his approach to dynamics and phrasing.

Length: 4:21 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
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