Turbocharge Your Jazz Guitar Playing And Learn
The Harmonic Vocabulary Of The World's Greatest Chord Melody Players!!
I have a brand new cutting edge program that will skyrocket
your jazz guitar playing!
In "Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 1" I presented
a rigorous program dedicated entirely to single line, solo jazz guitar playing.
In other words, a detailed masterclass on playing over changes.
In this, "Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2" I want
to show you how to play jazz guitar, chord melody style. I believe I have
a truly groundbreaking method and the program is focused 100% in this area.
So what exactly is chord melody?
Well, much like the piano, the guitar has the ability to produce more than
one note at a time. Horn instruments produce one focused note at any one
time. So as guitar players, we can play a single focused line too, but we
have the capability to harmonize that note, and because we are jazz guys,
there are any number of ways we can harmonize that note.
So in essence, chord-melody is an approach to playing a melody on the guitar,
let's say using the top two strings of the guitar, but with some sort of
harmonized accompaniment, let's say using the lower four strings of the
guitar, played all at the same time.
Chord melody is usually played in a solo jazz guitar context, or duo (with
bass) or trio (with bass & drums). When a piano comes into the mix,
things can get a little messy where harmonies are concerned, so most extremely
proficient jazz guitar chord melody players prefer a scenario where the
guitar is the only chordal instrument.
Probably the most famous of all the great chord melody players is Joe Pass.
He played in many different ensemble formats but when he decided to perform
solo, he became a staggeringly good chord melody player and of course we
are lucky enough to have a good number of his solo guitar recordings to
Other great chord melody players of note are Ted Greene, Jim Hall, George
Van Epps and Lenny Breau. There are plenty of new generation players in
this style too, but these are probably the most renowned.
And for this masterclass program I will refer mostly to Joe Pass' style
of chord melody playing.
In my research on the internet I found a great deal of transcriptions of
chord melody solos, but next to nothing as far as any focused step by step
I believe I have a truly groundbreaking 'extra-simplified' system
to get you improvising jazz guitar chord melody in the fastest possible
There are two things we should understand about chord melody on the guitar.
First, we can simply arrange an entire piece, much like in the traditional
classical sense, where we get to spend time coming up with the strongest
harmony, best fingering and so on. We then write it out and it is considered
an 'arrangement' where we perform the same thing everytime. This is a perfect
scenario in a solo guitar context.
But there is a second approach, and that is to improvise in
chord melody style. In order to do this, we need to be able to draw on harmonic
ideas, and we need to have some chord melody vocabulary so we can
improvise ideas at the drop of a hat.
And it is this second idea, the improvisation part, which I want to really
focus on. In that way, you will learn a ton of harmonic vocabulary so you
can arrange a song specifically, or you can pull off chord melody ideas
anywhere on the fretboard and in any key, in an improv setting...
I am going to give you a ton of chord-melody ideas you can use and I will
perform everything I show you in a real improvised setting, on camera, complete
with transcription, TAB and exact fingerings, as I played it.
Chris. - I think JGVM volume 2 is great! I've been looking for
something like this for a long time. Way ahead of anything else.
Take care. James Werth Virginia Beach
Chris - I thought that JGVM vol 2 really hit the mark. It's
the kind of instruction that makes playing guitar fun. I've
always leaned toward playing the standards; in particular ballads.
The tunes you provided and the treatment afforded each was just
right for someone like myself. Nice job! - Bob DeVivo.
Chris, I love the new Masterclass...I am working on lesson 4.
I have incorporated the first three lessons into my playing,
and feel a new kind of freedom of expression as my musical vocabulary
continues to grow! - Stanley Nelson
Chris, I like the new masterclass a lot so far. I am not nearly
finished with it, but what I have tried is very useful. The
ideas are laid out so they are easy to actually remember and
use (and expand) in a playing situation. I tend to use the book
more than the videos but still the videos are also helpful and
inspiring. You recomend using classical right hand technique
but I find it very easy to adapt the excercises to my preferred
combination af flatpick and fingers.- Poul Bjørn Berg
I like it. The examples are easy to follow. Both left and right
hand action is easy to duplicate. The instruction is clear and
very understandable. You use instructive language well. I also
like the upbeat and positive manner in which you encourage the
student. - John
Chris, I'm enjoying the Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass V2. I
love the way you start the lessons by building up your chord
vocabulary and immediately using them. It's very easy to follow
and the use of the chords with the melody is awesome. Thanks
- Eddie Rivera
am really impressed with JGVM volume 2. It is what I have been
looking for: clean, clear, simple with an emphasis on melody.
- Doug Tegrt
- I simply love your method. That was exactly what I was looking
for. I am a
classical guitar player, I tried jazz several times, but I never
right approach. What I like in your method is the right balance
between theory, to
understand the concepts, and the examples, to immediately hear
of it. Thank you. - Romain Hennion
Chris. I have had a quick glance through the programme and I
can honestly say that it is brilliant. It is exactly what I
was looking for and full of great information. Your analysis
of augmented and diminished chords makes perfect sense and makes
it easier to think of ways of improvising around those chords.
The next 6 months are going to be exciting for me. I would really
like to thank you for all the work you have put in to it. It
will be invaluable to me! - Michael Watters
Chris - I find both master class courses to be the best that
Ive ever come across. Your information allows me to actually
use chord inversions effectively for the first time. Perhaps
Im a slow learner, but I find Jazz the most challenging
genre of music. I am now able to take my fragmented knowledge
of scales, chords and modes and play some cogent music. Of course
I have a long way to go but now I can see where Im going!
Thank you so much for the great effort in creating these master
pieces of information. I am looking forward now!
- Gene King
Back in the day, I really looked forward to my guitar lessons and
I would practice as hard as I could so I could go to my weekly lesson and
give what I thought was a performance to the best of my ability. Sometimes
I played well, sometimes my teacher (knowing that I was very ambitious)
would slay my performance. This was often a little daunting to me, but he
knew what I was capable of and wanted me to step up my game as far as I
could. But what inspired me so much was seeing HIM play, with such finesse
and dedication. It was truly inspiring!
we have the internet, we have resources, we have video. These are truly
luxurious things at our disposal. We simply did not have these back when
I was growing up. We had to get on a bus with a guitar and go and see a
real live person to learn.
And by the way, I still heartily recommend this, for all the reasons I have
mentioned. But what is truly great about today's world is that we do
have the world wide web which allows me living here in the USA to connect
with someone living in China or Australia or England for example.
And the very inspiration that I always got from my guitar teacher can now
be translated in a similar way using video, which is why this has become
such an important tool for me.
So I am going to show you just about everything I know about chord melody
jazz guitar and everything I show you will be transcribed with the exact
fingerings I used when I played each example or song.
Needless to say, this program is not for beginners. A basic knowledge of
fingerstyle playing will be needed and a fundamental knowledge of jazz and
harmony on the guitar. If you are presently studying my existing programs
("Play What You Hear", Masterclass Volume 1") then
this program will be ideally suited for you.
Let's have a look at the lessons:
Lesson 1: Warm Up Exercises
Three great warm up routines to get your fingers moving.
Three Simple Chords. I talk about how we can think of every
chord as being related to one of three simple chords. Joe
Pass talked about this back in the day as he liked to reduce
everything to keep things simple. He was clearly on to something!
The Two Chord. I will show you how to think of minor chordal
sounds, the various practical forms across the fretboard and
how to play melodies on top of those chords effortlessly.
I will show you tons of melodic examples to get your teeth
The Five Chord. We will discuss the dominant chord and all
its possibilities across the fretboard, and I will show you
tons of example chord melody you can steal!
The One Chord. Here I talk about the major chord family, showing
all the practical usable forms across the fretboard along
with example chord melody ideas!
2-5-1 examples. In this in-depth lesson I show you example
2-5-1 chord melody ideas, along with ways to spice up our
dominant sounds harmonically. I talk about diminished and
augmented melodic ideas too, and how they can be used over
dominant sounds. I give you tons of on-camera examples, where
every note I play is transcribed and fingered as I played
Altered dominants. In this lesson I talk about more ways to
tweak our ears with surprise harmonies, particularly on the
dominant chord. I will talk about the melodic minor scale
and how to effectively use it in chord-melody style.
Relative minor 2-5-1. Here I focus on the minor key and how
we can generate strong chord melody. I also talk about the
melodic minor scale here too.
In part two you will see me perform three songs in front of
the camera. We will study the following:
Lesson 9: Body & Soul
Lesson 10: What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Lesson 11: Days Of Wine & Roses
single note you see me perform on camera is transcribed right in front
In fact the notation is right underneath each video, all viewable from
your internet browser, so you can pause the video and look at that particular
bar, analyze it and see exactly how I performed it. I have notated the
music using traditional music notation and TAB underneath that. The TAB,
as much as all professional musicians hate to see it, actually came in
useful as it enabled me to show you exactly where I performed the notes
on the fretboard.
The program has a ton of play along tracks in different tempos throughout.
These tracks can be streamed (and looped) within the program.
The entire program can also be printed out from a super high rez pdf file
so you will see notation (and TAB) in beautiful definition so you can
practice away from the computer. I have provided the option to order a
spiral bound printed edition that I can send you if you choose.
Take a look at one or two screen shots of the program. (Note: Exact size
is larger, about 15 inches across or 1095 x 927 pixels)
Let's have a look at an example video snippet so you can see how it looks:
"Nothing to Lose And Everything To Gain" Guarantee!
you buy "Jazz Guitar Video Masterclass Volume 2",
I personally guarantee that your guitar playing will take on a whole
new level. Otherwise you can return the program and I will refund
you 100% (including your shipping!) I make this guarantee for the
99% who are honest, (but naturally skeptical) -- not the 1% who'll
take advantage of me.
I have spent many years figuring out how to articulate music information
in the clearest most concise way. I'm convinced this is some of the
most straight forward information you will find anywhere!
you were to have private lessons with me, or anyone else for that matter,
the information you are about to hold would cost you thousands of dollars.
Now I would never discourage private music instruction, in fact I think
it is a fantastic thing, especially if you have technical problems in
certain areas. But it is not cheap. And you cannot go back to the same
lesson over and over. Not only can you study these videos time and time
again, but I'm going to make it all extremely affordable too!
I have set the price of this video masterclass at just $79.95. I believe
this is truly groundbreaking stuff!
For all Windows and MAC operating systems
Please note: This program is no longer a standalone download, you
will be given instant online access.