marc ribot

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Dig into the style of a bona fide downtown-jazz legend who can meld rock, blues, and Cuban music without ever breaking a sweat.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to incorporate “outside” notes in your solos.
• Learn about Ribot’s deft use of dissonance.
• Create melodic phrases based around intervallic patterns. Click here to download a\t\t\t\t\t\t\tprintable PDF of this lesson's notation.

It’s a common trope to say that a masterful musician has an instantly recognizable sound. This easily applies to Marc Ribot, but his playing goes a step further and insists on being recognized. Often using a spiky tone and playing with a feel that, no matter how laid back the musical scenario might be, sounds as though it could erupt at any moment, Ribot has been keeping listeners on the edge of their figurative seats since he began his recording career in the 1980s, cementing his reputation as an improvisational iconoclast.

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