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If you're interested in my online guitar course, Berklee Guitar Chords 101, offered by berkleemusic.com, click here.
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Jazz Chord Survival Kit is meant to serve as an 'emergency' source for guitarists with an uneven understanding of basic 7th chords. Basic voicings appear in traditional notation, chord blocks and tab.
Scales for Practice offers some subjective titles for the modes of the seven scales I find most useful. It's helped me to get a handle on a large amount of material.
of Harmonic Major outlines some harmonic situations for you to hear
and start using these sounds.
Major is the latest addition to the list of required scales at Berklee.
I've had to learn a lot more about this scale to enable me to use it.
There are some great colors that you won't find anywhere else.
Effects This is the lead sheet for a tune I wrote several years ago
and I've been playing it ever since. You can hear it on 4 Madmen in La
string etude This exercise is similar to exercises written by saxophonist
George Garzone to help his students to get into some interesting vocabulary.
The single line stuff uses open strings from E min pent, the fingered
notes use its tritone opposite, Bb minor. The chords at the end of each
line feature interesting sounding chords.
for practice brings together a couple of important elements: rhythmic
solfege as discussed by Ronan Guilfoyle and rhythmic exercises similar
to those introduced by drummer Gary Chaffee.
to chromaticism on guitar introduces some basic ways to introduce
some angularity to basic minor pentatonic melodies.
Here's my latest releasea DVD intended to simplify
modal voicings on the guitar. There's a little booklet enclosed with all
of the material in tablature, in addition to traditional notation. Available
if you click here. They've even set it up to show a free trailer clip,
if you're interested. Here's a link to the printed materials for the DVD.
La Porta's book, entitled Intermediate
Jazz Duets contains some of the most difficult music I've ever tried
to play. Articulations on every note, quick tempi and beautiful melodic
counterpoint throughout make this worthwhile for anyone who wants to really
dig into state of the art contrapuntal writing.
The play-along cd features John La Porta playing the first
part on one side of the stereo image while I play the second part on the
guitar on the other side. You can listen to either part or both, allowing
you to work up the parts. After you play through the heads, the rhythm
section comps for you before returning to a shout chorus or the melody
out. The recordings also feature Joe Hunt on drums throughout.
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