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
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 drop 2/3 root position jazz chords, inversions
Jazz blues – comping
Introduction to scale derived arpeggios
Major scale modes – fingerings
II/V s – root motion exercises
Diatonic harmony review
Play “All the Things You Are”
“All the Things” 1st 8 bars-demonstrate key centers/ arpeggios-chromatic
If Appropriate – apply inversions to “All the Things”- add 2nd 8 bars
Jazz blues -“Billie’s Bounce” head – use of pentatonic scale in jazz
PLAY- Jazz blues- Check Billie’s Bounce,
add bridge and last 12 bars “All the Things”
Multi-function chord explanation
Explain Core Chord sheet / 3 and 7 voicing and pass out riﬀ sheet
Demonstrate fingerboard fluency
Joe Pass solo and analysis- “Have You Met Miss Jones”
PLAY Diminished chord usage
Pivot Arpeggio concept!
Discuss feel, swing
Long-term practice strategies
Minor II/Vs- voicings/ soloing
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.