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Jazz Guitar 2

jeff-massanari

Overview

In this fun and fast-paced course is a continuation of the concepts explored in Jazz Guitar I, you’ll dive into more complex harmonic and melodic concepts, scales and chord voicings, with lots of hands-on playing time and personal guidance for everyone. This course is designed for guitarists with some jazz playing experience looking to take their playing to the next level. Prerequisites: Jazz Guitar 1 or equivalent; knowledge of scale and chord theory and some familiarity with jazz repertoire.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $280

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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 drop 2/3 root position jazz chords, inversions

Jazz blues – comping

Introduction to scale derived arpeggios

Major scale modes – fingerings

 

WEEK 2

II/V s – root motion exercises

Diatonic harmony review

Play “All the Things You Are”

 

WEEK 3

“All the Things” 1st 8 bars-demonstrate key centers/ arpeggios-chromatic

Approach notes

 

WEEK 4

If Appropriate – apply inversions to “All the Things”- add 2nd 8 bars

Jazz blues -“Billie’s Bounce” head – use of pentatonic scale in jazz

 

WEEK 5

PLAY- Jazz blues- Check Billie’s Bounce,

add bridge and last 12 bars “All the Things”

Multi-function chord explanation

 

WEEK 6

Explain Core Chord sheet / 3 and 7 voicing and pass out riff sheet

Demonstrate fingerboard fluency

 

WEEK 7

Joe Pass solo and analysis- “Have You Met Miss Jones”

PLAY Diminished chord usage

 

WEEK 8

Review tunes

Pivot Arpeggio concept!

 

WEEK 9

Discuss feel, swing

Long-term practice strategies

Minor II/Vs- voicings/ soloing

Tune: “Minority”

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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