a unique and revolutionary jazz guitar method that is guaranteed
to show you super fast results...
How do you
feel about your guitar playing right now?
Well, if you're like most intermediate players, you're probably struggling
to learn music theory. And after some years of playing, using the same
old shapes and patterns, you no doubt find yourself in a musical rut -
or more appropriately, an unmusical one!
Harmony and theory have taken a back seat as you have scraped by up until
now "playing by ear". What is more, when you hear great guitar
players improvising effortlessly, you feel more than a little envious...
Does this sound like you? Wouldn't you like to increase your musical
vocabulary? Wouldn't you like to play the guitar with no restrictions?
Jump from one musical situation to another with utmost confidence? If
so, please read on because I have been exactly where you are and
I have some wonderful news for you...
It's a whole new approach...
To be quite frank, learning the guitar is not an easy task
- at any level. There is always more to know, and achieving results takes
patience, commitment and a great deal of focus. But I have a few dynamic
short cuts up my sleeve...
I am a jazz recording artist, with a string of successful records on my
hands, and frankly looking forward to having many more. I set up this
site because in my reasonably long tenure as a jazz guitarist I see few
books that effectively communicate how to approach the concept of teaching
I wanted to put together a course that was effective, understandable and
practical. That is not to say that jazz guitar is something that can be
taught and learned easily. Far from it.
But I wanted to put something together that could be studied at home,
along with the advantages of new technology and a system that not only
works effectively but appeals to those that are looking to work hard and
am talking about a new method entitled: "Play
What You Hear- a unique, complete home study course for the improvising
is simple. Great musicians can pull a melody out of a hat and run with
it. They can very often hear a song and translate it to their instrument
immediately. They have no restrictions at all.
Most guitar players on the other hand tend to play by shapes and patterns,
thereby restricting their aural facility and resigning their vocabulary
to a small library of rehearsed shapes, licks and patterns.
Whilst this is all well and good, wouldn't you like to break out of this
cage and open yourself up to a new level of musical freedom?
"Chris - Your course is simply the best!!!!!!!!! I appreciate
the time you spent on attention to detail, making it fun, making
it real and most of all it holds your attention. A great boon
for those serious but struggling like me. I, like many, have
stacks of guitar course books that I briefly managed to get
into but then they went on to make great dust collectors. What
really encouraged me to buy your course is that you have such
a high spirit and great attitude for the art of music and it
shows in the way you've designed this course, and on top of
that when I first went to your web site and heard you playing,
well, you know who I thought it was....... George Benson sounds
like you; not the other way around. Well done!" - Garland
Tabb PWYH v.2.3 student
"Chris - I've studied with several instructors, and worked
through at least 23 different books and I can say without a
doubt that the unique and effective approach of your course
is untouched by anything I've ever worked with. Your course
is more than a bargain - it's a dynamic process that has already
begun to transform my playing to a much better place - and your
prompt attentiveness to one of your 'students' is part of what
makes that transformation so effective. Thank you so much!"
- Larry Feinstein PWYH v.2.0 student
"The best lessons I ever had in such a short amount of
time! The CD has greatly improved my understanding of jazz and
sight reading and improvising and knowing the fretboard in ways
I never thought possible. It's really given me a big boost of
confidence - yours sincerly Steven Kunoth - PWYH
"Thanks Chris, I just wanted to tell you that so far your
PWYH method is brilliant! It's as if the whole thing has been
out of reach to me and I just haven't been able to figure it
out. The melodic patterns prove it. They're so easy to create
and they're moving me out of the rock-n-roll box I've been stuck
in for, I'm embarrassed to say, 30 years". - Michael
Fiorillo PWYH v.2.0 course student
"Man. I just have to tell you, I love the course. So
far it's great. My wife couldn't believe the difference in my
playing after just one day!" - Kevin Long PWYH
v.2.0 course student
"Chris Standring's Play What You Hear is By far the
most innovative and effective ear training program for guitarists
I have ever seen!"
- Ron Eschete, renowned educator and recording artist.
the good news; You don't have to unlearn. All the cool licks you have ever
learned up until now have a definite place in your musical vocabulary and
should not go ignored. I am talking about a new world of musical facility
however. The highest level.
With this home study course you can, in your own time, teach your fingers
to obey what your ear tells you - all in a relatively short space of time.
Can you imagine how fulfilling this would be?
"PWYH is great, I am really enjoying it, and taking
my time with each part. It has added a considerable amount of fuel
to the fire for me, and my playing has opened up already. I think
the biggest benefit from the early exercises is that I am becoming
fearless in my movement around the fretboard, and I enjoy trying to
traverse the frets in odd and interesting ways, and with a 90% success
rate at that! It's very liberating. I love PWYH!! Thanks a lot!"
-Travis Roberts PWYH v.2.0 student.
In this jam packed course you will
how to play melodies, absolutely anywhere on the guitar fretboard, without
even having to look at the guitar neck!
sounds against simple and complex harmonies
quickly how to avoid wrong notes and stress strong sounds.
fretboard harmony so you can "see" things that you have not
melodic patterns relating to all chords, in all positions and in all
a simple system to learn all the most advanced jazz chords without having
to learn 6 billion shapes.
a whole new vocabulary and have enough instruction to last you the next
15 years, I guarantee! ...And much more...
should you take notice?
Because, first and foremost, I am an established professional jazz recording
artist who plays with some of the finest and most respected jazz musicians
in the world. I have spent the last 20 years in many many different musical
situations, be it following a conductor in a Broadway style musical, to
reading the heaviest chart on a Hollywood recording session, to performing
in front of thousands of people with my own contemporary jazz group. Every
musical situation has always been different and I always wished I could
have somehow prepared for each one just a little bit better.
I have put together is a course that I wished I had studied all those
years ago. It is essentially a method that has manifested out of experience,
a document for all guitarists wanting inside secrets into the world
of jazz guitar. In short it is tried and tested.
But don't take my word for it. Read a few words from others...
Success Stories From Regular People Just Like You...
"Dear Chris, I've been working with your
course for a few weeks now, and am really pleased with it. It
provides a lot of the structure I was looking for, seems comprehensive,
and lets me control the pace. The embedded tunes are a great
asset as well. On top of all that, I was stunned at your responsiveness
to personal questions by email--a bonus I hadn't anticipated!
All in all I'm having a fine time. The course
delivers far beyond the amount I paid for it. I'd recommend
it highly!" Thanks" Tod
Schneider PWYH V.2.0 course student
"Chris - I have to truly complement you on your course
because as someone who has been collecting guitar methods dating
back to 71 (Hompespun, Hot Licks, REH, Book/CD combos, videos,
DVD's, and so much more) yours truly stands among the very best.
Maybe if I had come across it sooner I wouldn't have had to
buy every method I saw out there that only provided a piece
of the overall puzzle. Thanks again and I'm sure glad I gave
your method a second look!" Edgar Villanueva
PWYH v.2.1 course student "Hi Chris, I am about one-third along in
Play What You Hear. I must tell you that PWYH is absolutely
the best instructional series I have ever purchased--and I have
bought them by the dozens! I compliment you on arranging the
course in a logical, sequential manner. I especially like your
Play Alongs and your fretboard chord/scale/embellishments visualization
concepts. I love your "Hip Sway" album. Great tone
and innovative style." - Dan Harvey PWYH 2.1 course
"This is a great course, thank you so much. I love learning
new stuff. It's an ingenious method with the Internet as such
a great tool. I love that I can hear the music at the push of
a button". - Darryl Bouchard - "Play What
You Hear" course student
Why not take a look at one or two example lessons...
Throughout both books there are flash audio"play
along" tracks so you can practice hearing the sound of
melodic patterns, scales, examples etc. at the click of a mouse.
In this course you will learn about:
major scale and its use
on the major scale/simple melodic patterns
diatonic scale - analysis
sounds and their relative chords
Seeing is conceiving (visualizing harmony)
sounds through moving key centers
leading and chordal accompaniment
linear method and changes
diminished scale and linear exercises
Diminished patterns for dominant b9 chords
resolutions for back-cycling
relative minor turnaround
melodic minor scale and b5 resolutions
Melodic minor patterns for dominant b5 chords
The blues scale
themes and variations
2, 5 resolutions
now to the music - example jazz standard sequences
Money ... Save time ... Start Now!
Imagine taking jazz guitar lessons with a private teacher
every week for 15 years . Let's say you spend fifty bucks for a private
lesson. Let's say you take 40 lessons a year, that's two grand a year spent
in tuition fees. Multiply that by 15 years and you have spent $30,000. That's
a great deal of money. That's also money well spent I happen to think.
But what if I told you I could give you 15 years worth of instruction, at
the highest level, for just about the price of just two of those private
lessons. Would that be worth it to you?
guarantee that you will be playing jazz guitar in no time. I'm so convinced
that this course will be the answer to your dreams that I will offer you
a Lifetime Money-Back Guarantee!
Aren't you tired of the same old chords, the same old patterns and shapes?
Wouldn't you like to navigate effortlessley through chord changes, whilst
playing beautiful melodies?
Well, if your answer is yes....here's what my system has to offer...
I want to welcome
you to a whole new world. It's a world that you can benefit from for the
rest of your life. It's a whole new way of thinking. It's a fresh new concept
and it's presented in a clear easy-to-understand format.
You will learn brand new things on a daily basis! This course is packed
with tons of interactive diagrams, charts, notations, techniques, secrets,
principles, background audio tracks to practice to and much much more! These
techniques have been tested and proven to work which is why I offer a Lifetime
version 3.1 is now here!!
New features include:
300 rhythm section audio examples and play along files - Thanks
to Peter Erskine & Steve Gadd!
guitar audio examples played by Chris Standring!
fast streaming audio!
& simple download - get your course in minutes!
pdf files so you can print out the whole course!
the latest version: Play What You Hear 3.1
I'm really excited to present the latest and greatest upgraded Play
What You Hear version 3.1!
Many students have asked me if I would include Guitar TAB. Well, reluctant
as I was, I understood that there were just too many players out there
not yet comfortable with reading music notation. So now the whole
course has TAB under every single music example!
Not only that, I decided it was time for students to be able to click
an audio button to hear every single musical example, something that
will help immensely when it comes to learning musical vocabulary.
I spent what seemed like forever generating guitar TAB and recording
audio samples (Possibly longer than it took me to initally write the
There are now over 300 audio examples you can click on, along with
TAB and musical notation throughout the course. And with super fast
streaming flash audio technology, the whole course brings a new meaning
to the word interactive!
There are also 2 additional pdf files so you can print out the entire
course (188 pages). This is very helpful as it enables you to practice
away from the computer from time to time; you know give your eyes
a little break!
The new version is vastly improved! With new technology I have managed
to create a small 2 megabyte file to download so you can get the course
on your computer and be up and running within minutes!
(DSL users will get instant audio streaming from the download version
- dial up users should order the CD ROM version).
Hear a melody anywhere
and play it instantly on the guitar!
With my course you will learn how to play virtually anything you
hear! You will learn a whole new "horizontal" concept which will
enable you to play endless melody. Guitar playing without restrictions!
Everyone has their favorite songs. My course will enable you to play all
your favorite songs in no time at all! Furthermore, you will have at your
fingertips, a complete harmonic vocabulary to enhance your own compositions.
It's a wealth of musical inspiration!
by step program that takes you through every aspect of jazz guitar
fast streaming audio enables you to practice endless melodic ideas "hearing"
the harmony behind you.
and professionally presented notation and charts - explained in an easy
to understand way.
it from the experts...
"Apart from your ears, this is the only resource you'll
ever need to master the jazz guitar" - Jon
Dalton recording artist
"By far the most innovative and effective ear training
program for guitarists I have ever seen! Simply the
best learning method to come along since Jamie Abersold. Chris
has hit on something really good and much needed today. Players
of my generation learned to play on the bandstand as we were
forced to "play what we heard" and if we didn't,
we had to get it together pretty darn quick. This course will
help speed up that learning process rapidly. I will recommend
this course to my students highly". - Ron Eschete
Recording artist and educator
"This course is amazing - really comprehensive. It's
like my 3 years I spent at Humber College of Music in Canada,
all on one CD!"- Tony Smith guitarist with
Standring once again shows that those who CAN, teach. Standring
teaches with an intuitive flair that is very rare in the glutted
world of jazz guitar education". Highly recommended.
Chris markets a no-nonsense jazz guitar methodology. A true
Pedagogue. An authoritative addition to the many hats of composer,
performer, recording artist and jazz musician".
- Prof. Richard Smith Chair, Studio/Jazz Guitar Department
USC Thornton School of Music
"Chris Standring's instructional CD "Play What
you hear" is one of the most comprehensive and easy to
use instructional CDs on the market today. Whether you are
just beginning or already a pro, into jazz or funk, this CD
has something for everyone. It's so convenient to have the
audio and the transcripts together on one page! One big step
ahead in guitar instruction!! And I've heard them all!! You
can pay for expensive private lessons for years or make one
small payment and have the same info at your fingertips with
"Play what you hear". I highly recommend it".
- Allen Hinds Guitar instructor G.I.T. studio guitarist
and touring sideman with Patti Austin, Randy Crawford, BeBe
Winans, Ricky Lawsen band.
What You Hear" Chris Standring, an accomplished guitarist,
composer, and educator, has created a superb learning experience
for the aspiring jazz guitarist. It's both fun to use and
easy to comprehend. Highly recommended!"
- Mark Stefani jazz guitarist, composer and educator.
To read more testimonials from satisfied customers click
But that's not all...
Bonus #1: Jazz Guitar Talk
I'm giving away a very important document when you purchase
this program. It's called "Jazz Guitar Talk: Great
players discuss what it takes to be great!
Twelve of the world's finest jazz guitarists openly talk about
what it takes to truly rise to the top of the jazz guitar tree.
They discuss jazz education, practice routines and offer personal
philosophies that enabled them to master their instrument.
Pat Martino,Steve Khan, Jack Wilkins, Richard Smith,
Sid Jacobs, Mike Clinco, Pat Kelley, Jeff Richman, Henry Johnson,
Mark Stefani, Bruce Forman and Larry Koonse all reveal what
it took for them to become some of the best jazz guitarists
of our time.
Bonus #2: Chord Finder and Ear trainer
I have also included a Chord Finder, something that I
personally developed and put together. If you need to look up
a chord, simply go to the chord finder and click on any key,
then the type of chord you need to find, and a menu of 3 different
chord shapes comes up, each with a photo (from student perspective),
and chord diagram. Click on any image and hear that chord. These
chords are not synthesized, they have been recorded by me personally
so you can hear the characteristics of the guitar.
The purpose (in this particular course) of this chord find system
is actually much more than a resource to find a chord. Each
chord voicing has an audio sound attached to it and you can
use these to isolate certain chords to practice your scales
and chord sounds to. There is no better aural training in my
view than to isolate individual chords and practice what notes
sound strong and what notes sound weak over them.
And if this simply wasn't enough...
#3: Chris Standring's 2008 album 'Love & Paragraphs'
I'm also giving away my
2008 album "Love & Paragraphs" - a
smash hit #1 album across the USA!
upon a time Wes Montgomery plugged in his guitar and changed
the way the world listened to jazz. Since then the guitar
pick has been passed on to artists including George Benson,
Earl Klugh, John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and each and
every one has pushed the genre just a little bit further.
With Love and Paragraphs, guitarist Chris Standring makes
a fair bid to push it the next step forward. This is as
close to being a perfect album as any released in 2008!
All About jazz
On Love & Paragraphs, we find Standring exploring chill
and ambient sounds while maintaining the soulful mood that
his fans have come to expect! Contemporaryjazz.com
Standring propels jazz culture while making it all seem
easy! - Music Connection
NB: Whether you order the download
version or CD ROM version of PWYH, this bonus Love &
Paragraphs CD will be shipped to you free of charge (no
Now picture this: You have been playing for a couple of years
since you bought this course, your playing has taken on a whole new level.
You may be playing professionally and jumping around town sitting in with
several trios, quartets, quintets and not only making a living playing music,
but just as importantly, establishing a respectful name in the jazz world.
Now stop and look back on today. What price tag might you have put on the
information I have given you? Well I thought about this long and hard and
arrived at the price tag of $299
However, I have decided to reduce the price to make it affordable to
For a limited time, I want you to have the complete "Play What You
Hear" home study jazz guitar course for just $97.00
Your "Nothing to Lose And Everything To Gain"
you buy "Play What You Hear", I personally guarantee
that your guitar playing will take on a whole new level. Otherwise
you can return the course and I will refund you 100% (including your
shipping!) I make this guarantee for the 99% who are honest, (but
naturally skeptical) -- not the 1% who'll take advantage of me.
If you've read the testimonials from my customers and
peers, you've already seen what my product can do for you. I teach the
simplest, most easy-to-understand techniques, secrets, and principles
to learning jazz guitar, available anywhere today.
Don't forget - order the complete course now for just $97 and save!! This
offer won't be here for ever!
PS Still not convinced that you need this revolutionary home-study jazz
guitar course? Let me give you just one more reason to order. If you don't
know how to form chords like C13b5, Db9#5, Bm11b5 or A13b5, then you need
this course. If you want to solo effortlessly through complex chord changes,
you owe it to yourself to get this program! All of this and much more
is covered in detail in my "Play What You Hear" Home
Don't forget - order now and get your copy of "Jazz Guitar
Talk: great players discuss what it takes to be great!"
AND my unique Chord Find system, AND my Love &
Paragraphs CD, all absolutely free!
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Is there a difference between the download version and the CD ROM
The only difference is that the download version streams all the audio
files from the PlayJazzGuitar.com web server and the CD ROM version
contains all the audio files on the CD ROM disk. The download version
is recommended ONLY to DSL/Broadband users because dialup users will
not be able to stream the audio files fast enough. Other than that the
two formats are exactly the same.