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Master Class: Advanced Improvisation

Develop your instrumental soloing & performance skills by learning advanced techniques to improvise over chord changes, both in traditional jazz standards and complex modern harmony.

Advanced Improvisation explores advanced techniques that great jazz guitarists use in order to improvise over chord changes. Topics included cover rhythmic considerations as well as effective use of scales, arpeggios, and modes. Altered pentatonic scales, across-the-bar-line phrasing, diminished scales, melodic tension on dominant chords, blues in jazz, and nonfunctional harmonic improvisation.

Some comping and chords are covered but it is assumed this knowledge has been assimilated. Ways to gain a more complete knowledge of the guitar fretboard will be addressed as this is a major component and barrier to learning improvisation.

Topics covered will be catered to audience level of understanding.