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 I or equivalent; knowledge of scale and chord theory and some familiarity with jazz repertoire.
Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Jeff Massanari • $395
COURSE TITLE: Jazz Guitar II
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.
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.
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.
review of materials covered in Jazz Guitar 1, play with instructor feedback
Introduce standard tune #1
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
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
arpeggios – derived from scale fingerings and introduce “pivot arpeggio” concept
play both tunes and apply arpeggios
exploration of single note jazz vocabulary by learning riffs and ideas from jazz greats
apply to jazz progressions and discuss importance of fingering
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
introduce tune #3(a bebop melody), play and discuss 80/20 rule as applied to playing jazz and review common jazz progressions
further exploration of arpeggios with application to some more complex tunes
discuss chromatics and approach note and patterns
apply to tunes
more comping ideas, discuss importance of ear development – hearing root motion and common progressions
review any requested topics
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.