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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
1/9 – 3/13 (10 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $415


Week 1

Drop 2, Drop 3 chords

Tune: Ladybird

Week 2

Scales and Modes

Week 3

Blues, use of pentatonic scales, comping

Week 4

Diatonic Harmony, Arpeggios, II – Vs

Week 5

Ladybird – soloing, key centers, arpeggios

Week 6

Jazz Blues, Now’s the Time (melody)

Week 7

Review chords, tunes, play!

Week 8

Autumn Leaves – apply arpeggios, comp

Week 9

Technique, tone, TIME

Practice ideas and ear training

Week 10

Review all and play!



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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