Self Accompaniment-Major II-V-Is

by | Jazz Improvisation

Lenny Breau

If you’re a jazz guitarist, at some point you’ve probably experienced what I like to call… pianist envy! This is the result of watching keyboard players use their left hand to comp with chords, while independently improvising intricate lines with their right hand. You’ve probably even thought to yourself… “If only I had a third hand, I could probably do some of that”!

Since third hand implants are not a viable option (lol), in my newly posted lesson I am going to show you the next best thing; an awesome technique that I first heard the legendary guitarist Lenny Breau apply. It will also enable you to solo and comp at the same time and hopefully put an end to that piano envy! And to demonstrate it, in the video I play and comp over “Joy Spring” by Clifford Brown. If you are at all familiar with this bebop tune, you’ll recall that it has a busy, intricate melody and lots of moving chords. But don’t let this intimidate you. You can apply the concept I will teach you to any tune, no matter how simple!


The Self Accompaniment Major II-V-I lesson files, can be downloaded for $9.00. The download includes: PDFs with both regular notation and TAB of “Joy Spring” as well as of all the chord examples, MP3s of everything, and a Band in a Box file of the “Joy Spring” arrangement. If you don’t own Band in a Box, a Midi file is also included which can be opened and used to practice using the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score” .

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    I did not get a PDF of the Joy of spring when I down loaded. I have the other PDF s, but not the Joy of spring, Please respond. Ted

    • Richie Zellon

      I just discovered that the additional Joy Spring PDF with notation & TAB didn’t make it into the zip file for download. I have just uploaded a new file which is now complete.
      To re-download, if you are logged in, please click on “Download” right below the PayPal Icons. The download page will open because the system has you registered as having already paid.

      Sorry for the inconvenience!

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