Learn to play a great guitar solo! Guitar Improvisation Techniques is designed to help guitarists who may have learned the technical aspects of playing, but lack the theoretical application of the musical elements that make up a strong solo that moves the listener.
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.
From rock to jazz or folk to metal, what separates the great guitarists from the rest is their mastery of the skills taught in this program. From basics like chords and scales to nuances like improvisation techniques, form, control, and inflexion, this certificate program will take your guitar playing to the next level. Few accomplished guitarists have reached their peak alone, and Berklee’s faculty is unparalleled when it comes to delivering the personalized instruction and feedback that will help you turn the fretboard into a playground packed with unlimited possibilities.
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.
Free your mind and your fingers will follow.
Rediscover the childlike excitement you felt when you held your first guitar, as you explore a new world of possibilities for your music. No matter what your level or musical persuasion, rock, funk, jazz, classical, this book will change the way you play guitar.
Beloved guitarist and educator Jon Damian shares his innovative techniques to significantly improve your composing and improvising (comprovisational) skills:
Think out of the box. Journey inside this truly unique collection of creative resources for the curious guitarist. Be inspired to search for the guitar’s endless musical treasures.
Your guitar will thank you.
“A fresh take on songwriting and a source of methods sure to spark your creative sense.”
—Guitar One magazine
“The worlds of hep cat and Zen master collide in this stimulating and provocative approach to the guitar. By venturing far beyond the typical scale compendium, chord dictionary, or fretboard method, Jon Damian offers an exciting alternative to tedious drills and rote learning. Regardless of skill level or experience, intrepid pickers will find a lifetime of inspiration.”
—Andy Ellis, Senior Editor, Guitar Player magazine and MusicPlayer.com
“The spirit, imagination, creativity, and warmth of Jon Damian lives and breathes in this book. Like Jon, it’s full of great ideas, and encourages a vitalized departure from the musical status quo. A more soulful guide would be hard to find.”
“A long awaited book by the most experienced and admired guitar teacher I know. A must for guitar players, young and old, this is great stuff!”
“A wonderful book by a very special musician.”
“I have been exceptionally lucky a few times in my life. Studying with Jon Damian very early on is one of them. I love this book. I’d have to take it with me on a desert island.”
“Jon is one of the most creative, original guitarists playing today, and his teaching reflects that creativity. Instead of simply supplying a repertoire of licks or a set of rules, Jon unlocks the vast possibilities of the fretboard and lets the student run loose through the blooming fields of musical material.”
—Allan Chase, Chair, Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory
“This book gives us the keys to open many musical doors, some we probably didn’t even know were there. As my teacher, Jon Damian gave me the confidence to go after my own ideas, and showed me new ways to look at music. With this book, everyone will have a chance to learn about some of the fantastic things in Jon’s world. There’s so much amazing stuff in here!”
Author Jon Damian is an active international performer, composer, arranger, lecturer, clinician, and author. His varied career has included performances…