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
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $395
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.
scales and modes and how to link them
five basic jazz chords in root position
arpeggios derived from standard scale fingerings
discuss comping and play through blues/jazz blues progression
learn a riff blues melody
discuss use of the pentatonic scale in jazz
call and response/phrasing – (Play!)
review scales and chords
discuss diatonic harmony, II-Vs, key centers and how to use scales to improvise through selected tune
discuss jazz vocabulary and learn a bebop melody
review comping and introduce “fingerboard fluency” exercises
discuss the importance of rhythm, feel, groove and play with instructor feedback
discuss common jazz progressions and play
discuss different styles of jazz guitar, playing examples
introduce core dominant 7th chords
Intro to chord extensions
learn a new jazz standard, analyze for key centers, practice applying above material, review comping, playing the melody, and soloing
introduce more “fingerboard fluency” exercises, technical development exercises, discuss tone, articulation, embellishments and introduce “improv strategies” concept
open questions and review, discuss Jazz Guitar 2, perform tunes and review all material covered to date
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.