Study the styles of some of the most influential jazz guitarists, and learn the basics behind the jazz language: chord/scale usage, building melodic tension, and improvisation techniques.
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 the essential tools and skills for playing jazz guitar.
This practical guidebook will help you master the theory, technique, and conceptual framework for how to play jazz: comping chords, soloing, and playing with expression, facility, and good hand health. The accompanying recording provides demonstrations of key technical concepts with play-along tracks to help you develop phrasing and location concepts on the fingerboard. It also provides examples to train your ear with call-and-response exercises similar to what you might be asked to perform at an audition or jury. A unique section on audition preparation for colleges and professional music programs, with an extended interview with Berklee College of Music’s director of admissions, will help you advance in your career.
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“Mark White is committed to understanding and teaching the complete guitar. His book is all about crafting the technique and language of jazz guitar, along with providing keys to preparation for college auditions. The book even includes a short reference history of jazz guitarists. I recommend The Practical Jazz Guitarist as a single place where questions about learning jazz guitar are answered.”
“Mark White has outdone himself with this incredible text for the advanced as well as entry level jazz guitarists. The chapter on preparing for the college audition is extremely valuable. I have not encountered another book that covers so many topics explained so beautifully.”
Mark White is a performing jazz guitarist and educator, who has worked in various professional capacities with artists such as…