This course explores the advanced techniques that great jazz guitarists use in order to successfully solo over chord changes found in both traditional and modern jazz compositions.
Gain command of the techniques necessary to play jazz guitar in a compelling and authentic manner.
Develop the skills to become a professional guitar player. Through private lessons with Berklee's renowned faculty and a rigorous program of study that spans contemporary music styles, you will develop your unique sound, improve your technique, increase your musicianship, and harness technology to create professional-sounding recordings.
Learn twelve classic bebop guitar solos from six of the greatest bebop artists.
Each solo includes a technical introduction with analytical insights and references to its classic recording. The transcribed solos include:
“It’s essential for a dedicated player to focus upon the evolution of the art form generated by its top artists. Capturing the magic that those players revealed is an art in itself. Kaplan has done so in this collection of some of the most accurate transcriptions. His suggestions regarding ones preparation for these studies are extremely valuable as well. I’d advise all serious students of today’s masters of jazz guitar to take a close look at this collection of transcriptions, as well as Kaplan’s analysis of them, for these chosen players were, and still remain, the source of greatness.”
“Transcribed solos have always been a marvelous way to put ‘eyes to the notes’ we hear on recorded solos. This diverse collection of solos covering standards and bebop tunes will help inspire students’ imaginations and allow their individuality to appear—maybe, for the first time.”
“I have long been a believer in and an advocate of the art and power of transcription. There is no better way to understand and access the music of the masters than through their actual output and specific performances. In this volume, Mr. Kaplan presents a well-conceived collection of classic jazz guitar improvisations. He documents the musical language of greats like George Benson, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery with accurate transcriptions, purposeful performance notes, and insightful annotated excerpts. This book is a must-have for any serious student of jazz guitar.”
—Wolf Marshall, guitarist, author, columnist, and educator (Professor, UCLA Jazz Department)
“A discriminating collection of incredible solos clearly presented with amplified points of interest. A must-have for the guitarist interested in exploring masterworks from some of jazz’s most celebrated musicians.”
—Dr. Michael Di Liddo, Professor of Jazz Studies, Miami Dade College
Michael Kaplan is the author of Contemporary Jazz Guitar Solos (Berklee Press, 2016) and Bebop Guitar Solos (Berklee Press, 2014). Currently, Michael…