Jazz Guitarist? Want to feel more confident in your foundation and excited to improvise with your bandmates?

So you want to know the right stuff, how to play the standards, and you want to be confident that you can USE all that stuff you've been working on when it matters

Here's the shortcut: Transcribe your brains out, practice all day long, and be a professional musician for 30 years :)

But hang on, you've only got 30 mins a day to play...

So here's where I can help you. I can show you the exact things to work on right now. We have a space here to work together, just you and me, on the things that matter to you. And, here at ElectricCampfire you'll find 600 other guitarists who are moving forward with their playing and sharing the journey to finding that spark of excitement in playing music.


Check out Mike Outram's website ElectricCampfire.com. If you want to get some jazz lessons - this is the man. He's who I go to when I'm trying to get my jazz chops together!

Justin Sandercoe - JustinGuitar.com

Annual Membership


  • Billed Annually at $240 (Limited time offer! Save $180)
  • Private 1-2-1 Coaching with Mike Outram
  • Learn Jazz Standards
  • Library of In-depth Video Courses
  • Guest Expert Lessons
  • Group Focus Challenges
  • Supportive Online Community

Here's a selection of what you get...

Step-by-Step Courses

Our library of over 25 video lessons provides training and practical advice on all aspects of guitar playing, improvisation, practising, harmony and much, much more.

Guest Lessons

Our guest expert workshops give you creative ideas & practice tips from some of the best guitar players and educators in the world.


You'll get to share ideas, get feedback, and contribute to our amazing community of like minded guitar geeks from all over the globe.


You get a private forum thread where you can get Mike's 1-2-1 guidance  & feedback anytime you want!

Group Challenges

We regularly take on a new and varied creative challenge together. It's a powerful, fun way to learn alongside other people.

Learn Standards

Within the site there's tons of opportunity to get advice, ideas & feedback on playing jazz standards

Course Library

So we have around 25 Courses here for you. These are step-by-step online video guitar lessons with TAB, notation and text on topics such as:

Building a Practice Routine

Play Better Solos

Sight Reading Foundation

How To Learn Tunes

Style Study - Emily Remler

The Triad Quest

Expensive Voicings

Jazz Phrasing & Articulation

Quick Win Harmony Lessons

Harmonic Foundations

Style Study: Kurt Rosenwinkel

Unlocking the Melodic Minor Modes

Style Study: Ted Greene Solo Guitar

Chord Tone Improvisation: The Gateway To Musical Connections

Rhythm Changes: Hidden Language

The Community Forum

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a place where other guitar nerds, just like you!, could go to chat about, say, John Scofield's voicings, or Larry Carlton's phrasing?

And you know what'd be really cool?

A place where you could get together with other human beings who are working all this stuff out, too. Maybe we could all work out a solo for one month, and share our progress, and use that for a bit of focus. And maybe get some more ideas and inspiration to keep working on it, have fun, plus a bit of banter?

Well, Holy Coincidence! Did the planets just, like, re-align themselves right now?

Because, this, my six-stringed brethren & sistren, is EXACTLY what our Forum is all about. It's a place where you can build skills and confidence with my support. 

You'll be in our little family of like-minded guitar geeks, and they will weigh in with witty observations, motivating riposts, answers to your questions, challenges and support to KEEP YOU MOVING TOWARDS ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS.

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About Mike

Hi, I'm Mike Outram - guitarist, improviser, composer, teacher, and the founder of Electric Campfire. 

I've been a professional musician for around 25 years and have had the privilege to take part in international tours, sessions, & recordings with Steven Wilson, Carleen Anderson, Herbie Mann, Tim Garland, Theo Travis, Nikki Iles, Steve Lawson, and Laura Rossi. I love being part of a group and taking on different musical challenges.

Also, I'm Guitar Professor at The Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban & The Guildhall School of Music, London where (for almost 20 yrs) I've worked with the next generation of incredible young musicians.

A couple of years ago I started writing about improvisation, guitar playing & creativity on my blog and kept getting asked for more in-depth material. Hence this site was born and here we are!


Here are a couple of clips for you to hear so you can get an idea of what I'm about, and what I can help you with. This one is a funk/fusion band I play in called the London Horns (Track: Feelin' Nearly Normal)

And this one is a jazz quartet from a while back. (Track: Secret Love)

Creative Jazz Guitar Lessons

The vibe here is about being more creative with your music & guitar playing, nailing the foundations, and making it happen on the bandstand. Yes, you'll naturally find a lot of material about jazz and improvisation here, but we're all huge fans of all things guitar and especially playing and players who use the instrument creatively. We love Derek Trucks, Muriel Anderson, John Renbourne, Guthrie Govan & Jerry Donahue just as much as Wes Montgomery, Emily Remler, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jim Hall & Pat Metheny. 

Electric Campfire is a place where all that good stuff is celebrated and we aim to share these creative sparks to inspire you.

PS: Here's how our members are benefitting from using TEC...

“I'd definitely like to echo Neil's comments - there's been some fantastic stuff happening on here in the past year covering a huge amount of ground (music, memory, habits, psychology, creativity etc. etc.). It's also been very motivating having Mike and the rest of the community pushing me to actually get on and do things - especially when they're in areas of weakness that I'd prefer to ignore if only people would let me...

Bottom line is that I think my playing has improved more in the last year than in any other year I can remember since I'd learnt the basics and Electric Campfire has been possibly the most important thing driving and enabling that progress."

- Mark Morley-Fletcher

"My playing has undoubtedly improved by virtue of the fact TEC has got me out of that vicious cycle of just noodling with absolutely no direction. There's always a lesson or a challenge to take up. I really like the mix of exercises (like the triad quest, practice routine), pieces (Zhivago, Mi Cosa, Softly) and philosophy (Play Better Solos). I feel like I am moving forward again, even if it's slowly.

I like Mike's post on how to frame practice. My biggest challenge is the 'do music' part, since a full time job and two kids under 4, life in general, makes it quite difficult... but that won't last forever! :-) So TEC is like a refuge, this is the place I can 'do music' consistently. I often practice or post stuff at around midnight when I really should be asleep if I want to be coherent in meetings the next day :)

My goal right now is to keep my playing ticking over until it's easier to get out and about and do more music, specifically playing with other people. Ideally I'd really like to find some folks to play with regularly, a duo, a trio whatever...

It's never a bad time to take the opportunity to say thanks to Mike for creating such a great site and finding the time and energy to be so on it with feedback in the comments and on the forum. It's also fantastic to watch TEC steadily grow into such a really great community - 'you get out what you put in' is never truer :)”

- Neil Hodgson

"It's great to have such a positive community feel on this site. I am loving the material as well as the feedback :-)"

- Ernest Alishan

"TEC has turned my relationship with the guitar around completely. I guess I did effectively give up too, although I hadn't thought of it like that. Wasn't playing music, and just picked up the guitar at random times to play whatever was in my head/fingers or to read a bit of music, but totally sporadically and with no goals in mind and no purpose. It had been like that for years I guess….

After joining TEC in June I now have:
-a regular practice routine
-monthly goals
- more confidence on the instrument
- a bunch of people to talk to about it all
- interest and enthusiasm for music and sounds
- a great community of like-minded students
- material for a lifetime
- an inspirational tutor

- Will Gibson

"Overall what's worked for me - in the sense of seeing some progress - has been having limited goals, and within them, focussing systematically and consistently on particular aspects of theory and technique. You've done this for me by constructing the practice routine! The videos *work" too, they're a big help to make sure I've understood an exercise/lesson."

- Kim

"The result was much better than I expected and I really feel that this is the result of working so much on my ear as I have since the Chet Baker challenge in September. It has really changed the way I listen, and the clarity of the music in my head is much more precise."

- Esben

"I feel I have learnt much more than in any other musical activity, Mike is really a unique teacher and I am happy to be part of this site with all of you."

- Maurizio

So that's how this site and the community is making a difference to people just like you. Now it's up to you. Do you want to play better, enjoy your learning & surprise yourself?

Ask yourself, what would happen to your playing if you had expert tuition & guidance plus an amazing community available to help you whenever you want?

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