If you’re a guitarist with a background in another style and you’re interested in exploring jazz and blues this course is for you! You’ll gain hands-on experience playing jazz and blues while learning basic jazz theory, scales, chords, arpeggios and songs. You’ll have fun while learning and playing! Prerequisites: two years playing experience, knowledge of major and pentatonic scales and all seventh chords.
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
4/11 – 6/6 (9 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $375
Jazz Guitar I
This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of jazz guitar in the tradition of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Grant Green, George Benson and others. Learn characteristic chord voicings and approaches to soloing over jazz standards and related chord progressions.
We will study the jazz blues form and several basic standards and delve into comping and soloing over those song forms. We will learn the basic tools required to play jazz guitar and work on applying them by playing in class.
Two years playing experience, knowledge of major and pentatonic scales and all seventh chords.
Required text: None. Materials provided by instructor.
Major scale #1 – arpeggios and modes from fingering Autumn Leaves
12 Bar blues/jazz blues – pentatonic scale for jazz improvisation
Comping rhythms and improvisation for Autumn Leaves – arpeggios and scales
Diatonic Harmony, II-Vs, key centers. Major scale #3- arpeggios and modes
Learn “Sundown”- Wes Montgomery
Technique, picking and finger style – exercises for playing by ear
Different styles – tune – “Ladybird” Apply key centers
Review tunes- Autumn Leaves, Sundown, Ladybird. Melody playing and comping
Bebop jazz vocabulary – chord melody example – Norwegian Wood
Jeff Massanari (guitar)
Four years performance and composition coursework at Berklee College of Music. Performed with Mark In-ouye and the San Francisco Symphony, Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. Appeared at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Beijing Conservatory, Davies Symphony Hall, Stern Grove, SFJAZZ Center, Yoshi’s, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Theatre Works. Taught at UC Berkeley, Redwood High, Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, Jazz Camp West and Blue Bear School of Music.