JAZZ GUITAR - JAZZ GUITAR LESSONS
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"Play Jazz Guitar" Home Study CD
Gear Review By
can offer one unique perspective in my experience with the Play
Jazz Guitar home study course by Chris Standring. I've been playing
guitar for close to 20 years. My interest started with, like probably
many folks my age, wanting to play "Stairway to Heaven".
Once I could fret a few notes and finger a few chords, though,
my tastes leaned toward the popular music of the time - glam metal.
I know, you might be laughing, but I'm being honest and I'm driving
towards a point here.
As you mature as a guitarist, you might go through many different
phases. You might actually put down that guitar for a few months
or years, especially when you feel you've reached a plateau and
you're either not willing, nor feel you're able to commit the
time and energy it takes to get to the next level.
Eventually you'll go through a phase when you start enjoying the
more subtle nuances of a fine acoustic guitar or a Fender Strat
through a clean tube amp. You start exploring more chord voicings
and progressions. Your tastes are changing, and although it might
make you feel older, you somehow manage to explain it as "more
sophisticated" taste in music. If this sounds like you, shoot
me an e-mail, I'd love to have someone tell me I'm not crazy.
Don't get me wrong, though. The love of jazz guitar, the chords,
the melodies and the progressions comes to some at an early age.
For a lot of us, though, it comes with maturity. You've been playing
for a while and you're thankful that you made the decision at
an early age to take up the guitar. Now you're looking to improve
your skill. Whether it's for relaxation, performance or recording's
sake - you're interested in learning Jazz Guitar.
Enter "Play What You Hear" from Chris Standring. Chris
has been an internationally acclaimed hit recording guitarist
and now, an incredible teacher. Play Jazz Guitar is a 2 CD-ROM
home study course that will take you on an incredible journey
of the theory and composition of jazz guitar. Imagine being able
to get 15 years worth of professional instruction, for around
fifty bucks! That's what you'll get - and more with this course
from Chris Standring.
The two books (CD's) cover:
In this first book you will learn about:
Melody * The major scale and its use * Variations on the major
scale/simple melodic patterns * The diatonic scale - analysis
* Diatonic sounds and their relative chords * Seeing is conceiving
(visualizing harmony) * More melodic patterns * Diatonic sounds
through moving key centers
Harmony * Embellishing chordal accompaniment * Voice leading and
In this second book you will learn about:
Playing over changes * The linear method and changes * Step-wise
resolution: be-bop * b9 resolutions * The diminished scale and
linear exercises * Diminished patterns for dominant b9 chords
* More b9 resolutions * The back-cycling turnaround * b9 resolutions
for back-cycling * The relative minor turnaround * The melodic
minor scale and b5 resolutions * Melodic minor patterns for dominant
b5 chords * b5 resolutions * #5#9 resolutions * The blues scale
* Recognizing triads
Phrase development * Motifs, themes and variations * Sequential
2, 5 resolutions * Tritone substitution * Sequential tritone resolutions
* And now to the music - example jazz standard sequences
For under $50, you get a wealth of information here designed to
enlighten and train you on the methods and theories surrounding
Jazz Guitar. I'm currently enjoying this fresh approach and Chris
has done an incredible job of presenting the materials in an easy
to use and professional format.
There are a few things to keep in mind here, though. For those
of you that have never learned to read music, this approach may
be a little challenging. Chris does not make use of guitar tablature
in this package. Fortunately my first instrument was the piano,
so reading the notation has not been a problem. If you're someone
who has grown up with the guitar magazines, though, you're going
to have to be a little more studious in your approach. This might,
however, be the perfect reason for you to learn how to read standard
notation. If you're really interested in taking your abilities
to the next level - you simply must.
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