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Jazz Guitar 1



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
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $280


JAZZ GUITAR 1 – 6 week Summer Syllabus


Week 1 – Major scale type 1 – arpeggios/modes from fingering Tune: Autumn Leaves


Week 2 – 12 Bar blues/Jazz blues – pentatonic scale for jazz improvisation


Week 3 – Comping rhythms/improvisation for Autumn Leaves – Arpeggios/Scales


Week 4 – Discuss diatonic harmony/II-Vs/key centers, Major scale type 3 – Arpeggios/Modes


Week 5 – Learn “Sundown” – Wes Montgomery, discuss using pentatonic scale in jazz


Week 6 – Review tunes, jazz single note vocabulary



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.


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