Jazz

Guitarists can learn a lot by dissecting the art of articulation of the horn-playing masters.

Advanced

Intermediate

• Develop a more fluid jazz time-feel by using hammer-ons and pull-offs.

• Create elegant jazz lead lines.

• Understand how to navigate bebop harmonic passages.

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Few figures in jazz history loom as large as Charlie Parker. His pioneering work in the 1940s remains a cornerstone of modern small-ensemble jazz and his playing still sounds fresh today. Parker’s legendary practice regimen combined with his brilliant artistic vision yielded a uniquely personal and virtuosic style. It’s a high bar, but let’s learn some Parker-style jazz language and see how well his style adapts to the fretboard.

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The late jazz master was not only a deep harmonic genius but could twist your ear with rhythms too.

Intermediate

Intermediate

• Learn how to outline chord changes with motives.
• Develop a sense of “3-over-4” rhythms.
• Understand how to increase tension in your solos.

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With the passing of Pat Martino (born Pat Azzara) on November 1, 2021, the jazz guitar world truly lost a giant. Martino has not only influenced legions of guitarists over a span approaching seven decades, but his prowess on the instrument is highly regarded, and maybe even a little feared, by his contemporaries. It’s awe inspiring to consider what Martino contributed to the music world and how many lives he impacted as a performer, composer, mentor, and educator.
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Everyone knows the feeling of playing the same old blues licks time and time again. You don’t have to get stuck in this rut, and in fact there is an awesome way out of it.

Intermediate

Advanced

  • Convert your simple pentatonic boxes into chromatic powerhouses.
  • Learn how chromatic enclosures and passing tones can be used when playing the blues.
  • Understand how to use diminished scales over dominant 7 chords.
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The greatest modern blues players all have a fantastic understanding of how to inject “outside” notes into their phrases to create new and wild sounds. Those crazy-sounding notes are chromatic tones, but placing them in the right spot is what takes a phrase from dull to amazing. I’m going to show you how to take a boring blues scale and make it hip and exciting.

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Some names you’ve heard, others maybe not. But they all have a unique voice on the instrument.

Intermediate

Intermediate

• Open your ears to new influences.

• Understand how to create interlocking rhythm parts.

• Develop a new appreciate for the rhythmic complexity of Wayne Krantz, the effortless bebop of Biréli Lagrène, and the driving force that is David Williams.

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The guitar has been a major factor in so many styles of music over the last 70 years, and any experienced musician can tell you that playing any one of those styles with authenticity takes countless hours of dedication. As we learn the instrument, we seek out music that we find inspiring to help guide us toward our voice. The legends we all know in the guitar pantheon have inspired millions of players. In my musical journey over the years, I’ve always been thrilled to discover unique musicians who never attained the same recognition as their more famous counterparts. With so much music at our disposal these days, I thought this group of guitarists deserved a little more spotlight. The inspiration and knowledge they have provided me were paramount in my development, and I wouldn’t be the player I am without them.
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