Guitar Classes

THE JAZZSCHOOL AT CJC

Guitar Classes

Jazzschool-Online Technical Notes
All Jazzschool-Online classes meet online via Zoom. Technical requirements include: computer, tablet or phone with a reliable internet connection. Computer (laptop or desktop) is preferred, but a tablet or phone is also possible, with somewhat limited functionality. Optional for improved sound quality: external microphone, either connected via USB or XLR cable to audio interface. For a budget USB mic option, we recommend the Samson Go, currently retailing for around $50 new. Additional technical requirements are listed for specific classes below.

10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEPTEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 6 / ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC

Beginning Guitar
If you’re interested in learning how to play the guitar, this course will help you develop a strong foundation in basic skills, learning the essentials, including tuning the guitar, finding notes and basic chords on the fretboard, proper hand positions, scale fingerings, simple songs, reading music and more! Your instructor will also answer questions about equipment selection (guitars, strings, amps, picks, etc.). Prerequisites: none, for complete beginners; students must bring a guitar to class. Required text: Modern Guitar Method Vol. One, Mel Bay from your preferred retailer.

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
9/26 – 12/5 (10 weeks) no class 11/28
Danny Caron, $395

Blues and Swing Guitar
Learn chord voicings, fingerboard harmony and single string soloing techniques, with a variety of styles covered, from the urban blues of B.B. King and Albert Collins to the more complex swing of Charlie Christian and Aaron “T-Bone” Walker. We’ll dive into alternate chord cycles and rhythm playing and work with transcriptions to develop strong melodic solos. Prerequisites: familiarity with the 12-bar blues progression, ability to play barre chords in several shapes, basic knowledge of the minor pentatonic scale, some picking facility.

Saturdays, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
9/26 – 12/5 (10 weeks) no class 11/28
Danny Caron, $395

Jeff Massanari

Jazz Guitar 1
Gain hands-on experience playing jazz and blues while learning basic jazz theory, scales, chords, arpeggios and songs. Especially recommended for guitarists with previous experience in other styles interested in exploring jazz and blues. Prerequisites: two years playing experience, knowledge of major and pentatonic scales and all seventh chords.

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks) no class 11/25
Jeff Massanari, $395

Jazz Guitar 2
Continuing on from Jazz Guitar 1, explore more complex harmonic and melodic concepts, scales and chord voicings, with lots of hands-on playing time and personal guidance. Prerequisites: Jazz Guitar 1 or equivalent; knowledge of scale and chord theory and some familiarity with jazz repertoire.

Wednesdays, 8:15 – 9:45 pm
9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks) no class 11/25
Jeff Massanari, $395

Terrence Brewer

The Role of the Guitar in Jazz; Past, Present, Future –
Big Band, Bebop, Brazil, and Beyond NEW!
Since the unamplified days at the turn of the 20th century through to the sonically powerful, technologically enhanced world of the 21st century’s digital age, the guitar has held its own––evolving and morphing through an ever-changing musical landscape––from the front porch in the rural south to sold-out arenas, to intimate nightclubs packed with people brimming with energy to hear their favorite 6-string artists. This course covers the roles of the guitar and the guitar player throughout the instrument’s development in the context of jazz’s musical evolution. Explore rhythmic approaches, harmonic approaches, conceptual ideas/ideologies throughout the history of jazz through a mix of lecture, audio/video, photographs, and hands-on playing. Bring your guitar, be prepared to engage, ask questions, play and have fun! Prerequisites: knowledge of major scales and 7th chords, but also open to non-guitarists interested in learning more about the history of the instrument.

Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
9/21 – 11/30 (10 weeks) no class 11/23
Terrence Brewer, $395

Funk and R&B Guitar Solos NEW!
The best guitarists in the R&B, gospel and pop worlds have more than just chops. They have a firm foundation in the voicings of Wes Montgomery, the stylings and tone of David T. Walker, and a knack for finding a sweet spot in a song the way Steve Cropper did. In learning and analyzing the solos of Isaiah Sharkey, Justus West and more, we will keep our feet firmly in the classics while examining the ways contemporary players are reshaping the role of guitar in the 21st century. Prerequisites: intermediate technical facility, knowledge of triads and 7th chords, and major, minor and pentatonic scales.

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Jon Monahan, $395

Jon Monahan

Gospel and R&B Guitar
To listen to modern players like Isaiah Sharkey and Jubu Smith is to hear most of what is possible on guitar, along with some things that might not be possible! Under the virtuosity is a firm foundation of classic soul, drawing on the styles of Ernie Isley, Curtis Mayfield, and lesser-known church players. We’ll learn chord melodies to some classics from the genre, and explore songs from musicians who have felt its influence, including Prince, D’Angelo, and PJ Morton. Prerequisites: intermediate technical facility; some familiarity with 7th chords and jazz harmony is helpful.

Tuesdays, 7:45 – 9:15 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Jon Monahan, $395

Chord Soloing
Explore the art of chord soloing and the creation of chord melodies from lead sheets. We will examine upper-register chord voicings, voice leading, quartal harmony, the use of clusters and the rhythmic principles necessary for putting it all together. Prerequisites: knowledge of all seventh chords and general familiarity with jazz harmony.

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Steve Erquiaga, $395

Jazz Guitar Comping
This hands-on course provides the intermediate-to-advanced guitarist with the tools, concepts and techniques essential to creative and effective contemporary comping.
Topics include: Comping over straight-ahead, bebop, modal, funk/fusion, ballads, contemporary jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles of music; Creative chord voicings—looking at the fingerboard and voicing chords in a more “pianistic” way; quartal harmony (clusters voiced in 4ths) in modal comping; the possibilities of dissonant intervals such as the minor 2nd; slash chords; tritone substitution; and upper-register chord voicings; Rhythmic anticipation and syncopation: the “right” places to put chords, in order to create “forward motion;” comping in 3/4, 6/8 and odd meters. Prerequisites: knowledge of chord/scale theory; ability to play major, dominant and minor seventh chords and the ii–V–I progression in all keys.

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
9/24 – 12/3 (10 weeks) no class 11/26
Steve Erquiaga, $395

Guitarist’s Guide to Chord Substitutions NEW!
Learn how to decode lead sheets and add interest and excitement to your chord progressions. Chord substitution and enrichment techniques covered include the use of extensions, inversions, rootless voicings, harmonic synonyms, homonyms and more. Explore ways to add chords to basic progressions using back-cycling, tritone substitution, tonicization, and relative minor and major chords as well as how to utilize harmony derived from the melodic minor, diminished and whole tone scales. Chord shapes are presented in chord grid format. Prerequisites: knowledge of major scales and ability to play basic chords from lead sheets.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
9/24 – 12/3 (10 weeks) no class 11/26
Ian Faquini, $395

Danny Caron

Music Theory And Fretboard Knowledge for Guitar
Learn the basics of music theory as applied to guitar, developing familiarity with the fretboard through chord, scale and arpeggio practice. Topics include: Overview of chord and scale types and where they are located; Chord progressions commonly used in jazz and related styles; Comping patterns; Scale and arpeggio practice in various positions; Reading charts and standard notation (treble clef); Transcribing music from recordings; Basics of melodic improvisation; For students with some playing experience, knowledge, and facility, who have never seriously practiced or studied music theory or the guitar fretboard; Prerequisites: ability to play basic barre chords and some familiarity with playing scales.

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
9/21 – 11/30 (10 weeks) no class 11/23
Danny Caron, $395

Sight Reading for Guitarists
A class for intermediate to advanced guitarists of all styles who wish to improve their ability to read standard music notation. Topics include: Approaches to seeing the fingerboard as individual notes, not patterns; Choosing the proper position in which to play a given passage and how to most efficiently change from one position to another; Reading and counting syncopated, complex rhythms; Interpreting and executing phrasing and dynamic markings; Identifying how and what to practice, making the process interesting and fun. Sight reading materials represent a variety of styles and genres.

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks) no class 11/25
Steve Erquiaga, $395

Ian Faquini

Brazilian Guitar Fundamentals NEW!
Learn the basics of Brazilian musical styles and rhythms such as bossa nova, samba, baião, and more. We’ll focus on learning basic chord shapes and rhythmic patterns essential to playing Brazilian repertoire. All levels welcome.

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Ian Faquini, $395

Brazilian Guitar
Learn Brazilian music styles including samba, baião, bossa nova and choro, and the techniques used to play them. Primary focus is on learning repertoire, while developing the following areas: stylistically appropriate comping rhythms, chord melody playing, creating solo arrangements, right hand finger-style techniques and melodic soloing approaches. Prerequisites: ability to read music notation.

Sundays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
9/27 – 12/6 (10 weeks) no class 11/29
Ricardo Peixoto, $395

Check Out These Short-Term Workshops:

Charlie Parker for Guitarists NEW!
with Mimi Fox
Saxophonist/composer Charlie Parker (1920 – 1955) is widely considered to be one of the most influential jazz musicians. His style of playing is characterized by the virtuosic execution of eighth-note lines and blues phrasing over standard song forms. Parker’s music presents special challenges for guitarists particularly in the areas of fingering, articulation, and reading. In this hands-on class, students explore Charlie Parker’s music in depth, playing his solos and analyzing his melodic lines. Instructor provides tips for playing at Parker’s often breakneck tempos. Guitarists, prepare to have lots of fun and play your fingers off!

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$45 advance, $60 day of workshop
Mimi Fox

Hot Club Jazz Guitar
with Paul Mehling
This workshop focuses on various aspects of hot club-style jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees

Sunday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$45 advance, $60 day of workshop
Paul Mehling

10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEPTEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 6 / ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC

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