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Jazz Guitar II

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Overview

This fun and fast-paced course is a continuation of the concepts explored in Jazz Guitar I. Dive into more complex harmonic and melodic concepts, scales and chord voicings with ample hands-on playing time and personal guidance available for all participants. Required text: None. Materials provided by instructor. Prerequisites: Jazz Guitar I or equivalent, knowledge of scale and chord theory and some familiarity with jazz repertoire.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
4/5 – 6/7 (10 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Guitar

COURSE TITLE: Jazz Guitar II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This fun and fast-paced course is a continuation of the concepts explored in Jazz Guitar I. Dive into more complex harmonic and melodic concepts, scales and chord voicings with ample hands-on playing time and personal guidance available for all participants.  

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this course students should be able to solo/comp over more advanced jazz pieces than covered in Jazz Guitar I and should be developing more mastery of both guitar technique and overall theory.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Prerequisites: Jazz Guitar I or equivalent, knowledge of scale and chord theory and some familiarity with jazz repertoire.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Required text: None. Materials provided by instructor.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

review of materials covered in Jazz Guitar 1, play with instructor feedback

Introduce standard tune #1

Week 2

introduction of chord inversions and how to apply them.

review key center concept and introduce II-V drill through all keys – chords and basic riff

Week 3

discuss chord extensions, 9 for 1 voicings, how and when to use these colorful sounds.

apply to standard tune #1 and introduce standard tune #2

Week 4

arpeggios – derived from scale fingerings and introduce “pivot arpeggio” concept

play both tunes and apply arpeggios

Week 5

exploration of single note jazz vocabulary by learning riffs and ideas from jazz greats

apply to jazz progressions and discuss importance of fingering

Week 6

discuss the diminished chord and scale and some modes of the melodic and harmonic minor scale introduce voicings, scales and riffs for II-V’s and minor ii-v’s

Week 7

introduce tune #3(a bebop melody), play and discuss 80/20 rule as applied to playing jazz and review common jazz progressions

Week 8

further exploration of arpeggios with application to some more complex tunes

discuss chromatics and approach note and patterns

apply to tunes

Week 9

more comping ideas, discuss importance of ear development – hearing root motion and common progressions

review any requested topics

Week 10

play with instructor feedback noting improvements and areas for continued work

open questions and discuss practice strategies

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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