Jens Larsen is a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger in the groups Træben, Yvonne Smeets Group, Jazz4kids and Wijnen, Winter & Larsen.
Besides performing, he teaches guitar at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the BSN in Voorschoten. He also produces jazz guitar lessons on YouTube and writes articles for jazz publications.
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I get a lot of questions on technique building and what to work on to become a better improvisor. This lesson is a demonstration of my vision on how to approach scale practice to get the most benefit out of it from an improvisor's point of view.
In this lesson I want to demonstrate a set of voicings that are fairly easy to play on the guitar and very useful for playing chords with extensions. I also want to talk a bit about how you approach playing chords in terms of interpretation of chord extensions, substitutes, connecting or voice-leading the chords.
Here's a lesson on the Maj7b5 chord which is a sort of swiss army knife tool in jazz improvisation since it can be put to use as several different sorts of chords