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Unraveling the mystery that is Jazz guitar can be a daunting task for any player. Of the skills required to play confidently in that arena, none carry more gravitas than strong confidence in chording and comping. These are core skills. Let's join Marcelo Berestovoy as he breaks down the skills required to play in an improvised Jazz setting!
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Marcelo will walk us through a series of core skills that are required for a solid foundation in Jazz rhythm and improvisation. Each lesson will contain a teaching session followed by an extended practice session so we can truly get these skills under our fingers before putting them all to use against five full instrumental backing tracks!
Marcelo Berestovoy introduces us to 'Jazz Chording and Comping: Core Skills'
Let's get things underway as Marcelo gives a review of triads before delving into how to play a major or minor scale via triad.
Now Marcelo will apply the same technique we used with triads in the previous lesson, but now with a four-note chord progression.
Chord shells can be a quick and easy way to maneuver through a progression without actually fleshing out the full chord. In this lesson, Marcello provides us with a 12-bar Jazzy Blues progression utilizing this technique.
Here, Marcelo presents us with a 2-5-1 progression that uses both shell and full chord shapes.
Chord extensions can be added to our basic triads in order to create specific colors or tones. In this lesson, Marcello provides us with a colorful progression using triadic extensions.
Continuing with our work on extensions, Marcelo discusses the reasoning and logic for the omission or addition of certain notes in an extension.
Closing out our section on extensions, Marcelo covers another progression utilizing chord extensions, but this time adds another layer of dynamic with some syncopation.
Moving on, Marcelo discusses the importance of being able to identify the differences between major and minor tonalities.
Altered Dominant chords can be used to create color and/or tension in an otherwise bland chord progression. In this lesson, Marcelo provides us a chord progression featuring Altered Dominant chords.
Substitutions are used to create a certain feel of color by subbing out a chord(s) within a progression. In this lesson, Marcello breaks down this method as well as how to ensure the same functionality of the original chord(s).
Here's a great 12-bar Jazz Blues progression utilizing some of the skills that we've learned thus far.
There can be times that the guitarist is the only melodic instrument available during a song or section, and it becomes necessary for the guitarist to provide a walking bassline in addition to their chording/rhythm duties. In this lesson, Marcello provides us with a formulaic approach to this useful technique.
Here's a fun progression that makes use of a more minimalist approach to a modern rhythm style.
The "Joe Pass Chromatic Approach" states that when playing in a 2 - 5 - 1 progression, the 2 can always be approached chromatically from above the key. Let's join Marcelo as he breaks down this tried and true method.
Latin rhythms have always played a very important part in Jazz comping. Here, Marcelo provides us with a progression from the realm of Bossanova that highlights this skill.
It's important for a guitar player to be able to determine the underlying melody within a chord progression. In this lesson, Marcelo will lay out his process for constructing a melody-based progression.
Syncopation is another level of dynamic that can be used to affect the overall feel of a musical piece. Here, Marcelo presents us with some great syncopated Jazz rhythms.
During times that the guitar is isolated or carrying the band, it may be required for us to provide the harmony, the melody, and the bass line. In this lesson, Marcelo highlights his use of arpeggios to navigate this requirement.
Time to shift gears! In this lesson, we'll apply some of the skills that we've learned over a full instrumental Dorian vamp!
Continuing with our full instrumental backing tracks, here Marcelo applies our chord shell technique that we learned previously to a catchy Swing number!
Let's continue applying the skills that we've learned with this pleasing Modern Bebop-style backing track in Em!
Now let's revisit our earlier Swing ballad, but this time with a full band which will require us to make the proper concessions to avoid playing within the bass player's range.
Congratulations! We've reached the end of the course and will close it out with this fun 12-bar Swing track.
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Fab lesson, to the point and no messing.. honest facts as well.. if you don’t know 12-Bar Blues.. Then stop what your doing right now!!
I like it a lot. ????
Given the previous lessons, I already sound Jazz af. I love this course, the instructor, and especially this video.
Marcelo always great