Watermelon Man Guitar Lesson

  • Published on:  Thursday, July 14, 2016
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    In this lesson, you’re going to get a step-by-step breakdown of how to play the classic Herbie Hancock jazz standard, Watermelon Man, on guitar.

    We’re going to use this as an opportunity to work out some arpeggio shapes up and down the fretboard, and some other cool tricks you can use to spice up your soloing.

    Watermelon Man is a popular standard that’s often called at jam sessions, so it’s worthwhile getting to know it inside and out.

    If you enjoy this Watermelon Man guitar lesson, please share it with your friends - it would mean the world to me!

    Special thanks to my mentor Matt Warnock, who once showed me this innovative step-by-step approach to building up improvisation ideas over this tune. Check out his site at www.mattwarnockguitar.com.

    I’d also like to thank Garry Petrisic who built the amazing archtop guitar featured in the video.

    Thanks for watching. I appreciate you!


    Greg O’Rourke
    BMus (Hons), ANU

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  • Source: https://youtu.be/zE7-xdvnMOM


  • дай_ми_ под_наем

    дай_ми_ под_наем

     1 months ago

    I have jazz band and there are like 30 chords and i dont know which ones which
    Its bad

  • Yusivilla


     2 months ago

    Very nice lesson and very well expained. Thanks.

  • Pertti Jokivuori

    Pertti Jokivuori

     3 months ago

    Fantastic! Many thanks!

  • melektaus nicodemus

    melektaus nicodemus

     7 months ago +2

    I was hoping that the watermelon man was the headhunters' one

  • Jon Fowler

    Jon Fowler

     8 months ago


  • chuck felton

    chuck felton

     11 months ago

    Clear presentation and great back-up documentation on your site - thanks !

  • avatar90404


     a years ago

    Instant Kenny Burrell!

  • Mark SD

    Mark SD

     a years ago

    Dig this very much

  • fearbabyriffs


     a years ago

    Sounds like Chitlins Con Carne?

  • skizzarz


     a years ago

    You ever bend that neck?

  • baggins8472


     2 years ago

    Jazz is, was, and always will be an extension of the blues. Great lesson!

  • Evil Sean

    Evil Sean

     2 years ago

    jazz is not and never has been an extension of blues ... jazz is regular orchestra guys being naughty ... blues ... is not that... its not nice to feed learners ham and tell them its chicken ... otherwise liked vid ... thumbs up

    actually your teaching technique is gentle and effective ... watched a few more can you tell ?... but still history should never come from entrails ... use a proper source ... still on fire that you thought blues... ah ...

    congratulations on reaching line 3 ... yes im still here .. i thought i`d take a little time to say 1. i dont make vids anymore and in fact this is an alt account so i can comment without affecting revenue ,,,, and then ... just then ... it hit me ... your shit is good man ... keep it up.. also liked and subbed

  • Zack Van Meter

    Zack Van Meter

     2 years ago +10

    What guitar is that!? It's gorgous (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

  • Andrew Boehmer

    Andrew Boehmer

     2 years ago +1

    Nice video. This helps me understand how to "jazz up" a simple song.

  • R Tee

    R Tee

     2 years ago +3

    FretDojo; it would help some Learners if you would use a Guitar with fret markers

  • John Bayley

    John Bayley

     2 years ago

    Great piece of work. Thanks!

  • ukulelechriswilson


     2 years ago

    Many thanks for this share.

  • Piotr


     2 years ago +2

    You are a typical positive man. Cool video.

  • tpledger100


     2 years ago

    well laid out and explained thanks!

  • Andy S

    Andy S

     2 years ago