Class Reviews

A gigantic list of our class reviews.

Over the years, Mike’s Master Classes have accumulated a lot of reviews.  We want to thank all those that have taken the time to write out thoughtful responses upon completing the classes.  We hope your responses will help others find a new class to expand their studies.

Course Reviews

  • Giant Steps

    Very useful 5

    Thanks, Jay, for an insightful group of lessons on this challenging tune! I have always been a bit baffled by it and you helped me understand some new approaches to playing it.
    John Duncan
  • Diminished Harmony Secrets: Expand Your Diminished Harmony Vocabulary Infinitely

    Very useful 5

    Thanks, Jake! I enjoyed this lesson and put the ideas to work right away!
    John Duncan
  • The Harmonic Major Scale

    Always amazing 5

    Tom is a master player and teacher. I feel very lucky to live in a day and age where I can get all this wonderful information from a master teacher at the touch of a button.
    Pete Swanson Swanson
  • Diminished Harmony Secrets: Expand Your Diminished Harmony Vocabulary Infinitely

    Excellent information 5

    This is a really interesting class showing possibilities with diminished chords. Jake gives a well presented and organized class. It gives me some very interesting and modern sounding chords and a system I can use to come up with my own application of his concept. I'll be working on this concept for daily. Just what I was looking for to expand my harmonic sound.
    Robert Minchin
  • Diminished Harmony Secrets: Expand Your Diminished Harmony Vocabulary Infinitely

    Diminished Harmony Secrets 5

    Beautiful sounds! A side benefit is the voice leading...very cool 🙂 The video got cut off at the end...whats up with that?
    George Cole
  • Heads, You Win!

    Essential viewing 5

    Superb. Hard to know what else to say. This guy is just a great teacher. Get this lesson.
    Ian Gow
  • Comping with Artificial Harmonic Voicings

    comping with harmonics 5

    Great class, well presented, very complete. This class takes the use of harmonics out of the "novelty" or embellishment sphere and makes it something useful for any and every measure of your playing.
    james seaberry
  • II-V-I Motivic Phrases

    using Motifs 5

    This is fun musical stuff. Awesome presentation!
    Robert Gannon
  • Going For Baroque Part III

    Steve hits it out of the park here 5

    I remember taking his first baroque class — like with everything that he does it’s completely comprehensive with tons of material. My rule of thumb with regard to these master classes, as Vic Juris said many years ago, was that if you can get one or two really important fundamental things that you can genuinely incorporate into your playing, it would’ve been well worth it. I absolutely got something very important from that first class, which I still use to this day when I improvise: how to use tritones and displaced tritones to get you to play tenths and thirteenths. The secondary effects of that class was that kind of information really helps with fingerboard knowledge as well. This class In a way builds on this fundamental information from the first class. I took copious notes of all the exercises and condensed them to eight pages of really essential stuff that I know if I worked tirelessly on, will immensely improve my playing. Steve is right when he declared in this class that mastery of fundamental counterpoint and cadential mechanisms, maybe used in the way that George v EPS used it, Will enable one to improvise more readily. And that’s exactly what this class is, even building on some of the fundamental principles of the first class. When I analyze the material, it really came down to really knowing your 10ths, 13ths, and spread triads and being able to work with these. Now that I have eight notes of really important stuff synthesized, the next step is to hit the woodshed and as my original teacher said, “ work the shit out of it!“
    Navdeep Jhaj
  • You Stepped Out of a Dream – Masterclass (Arrangement by Sid Jacobs)

    Two Hands clapping ad infinitum ! Bravo Again 5

    Wow Again! Another Guitar-Haiku Jewel From Sid Jacobs , Two Hands Clapping ad infinitum , oh yeah , that one chord break up exercise , for some reason made me think of Robert Johnson , Anyway ,Bravo Again
    Shawn Loudermilk
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So – Masterclass (Arrangement by Sid Jacobs)

    It Is Not Necessarily As You Assert 5

    The length of the class does not concern me; it is full of great ideas, techniques, and good jokes. Only criticism: the dog is badly out of tune.
    james seaberry
  • Walking Chords for Jazz Guitar

    5

    If you're new to this stuff you're going to find a treasure here. I have been digging on and off in this topic for years but, even so, I have gone further with this class. As always, the material is supremely well organized.
    pedro munoz
  • Paul’s Picking Power Secrets

    You should have showed us the stove in Let's Burn One! 5

    I had the good fortune of attending a jazz camp in Maryland a few years ago and Paul was the guitar guru. He commented that my picking was very stiff, and I never got the chance to ask him for advice on how to make things better. I am therefore very glad that put out these two picking courses to help me improve my picking.
    DAVID TARDIO
  • Paul’s Picking Power Secrets

    Very useful 5

    I found this course very useful and helpful in my own playing and have incorporated much of Paul’s suggestions into my daily practice. Developing and maintaining good picking technique is an ongoing process and requires a regular return to basics. Thanks a Paul!
    Henry Rutgers
  • Tetrachord Scales – Part 1

    Very helpful, taught in a relaxed, fun manner 5

    Randy seems like the kind of guy you could easily talk to over drinks between sets at Fellini's in Charlottesville (oh, wait - I DID do that!) This is a great lesson that teaches a concept that I wish I had learned years ago. In just a few short minutes I feel like I've learned an easy way to escape the box pattern of playing on the fretboard. Not to mention an easy way to play a diminished scale! That alone was worth the price! Really looking forward to part 2 (and beyond).
    DAVID TARDIO
  • Jimmy Wyble’s Etude #5

    Wyble's Etude 5 5

    Listening to Sid Jacobs play these Wyble Etudes is so damn uplifting and inspiring for me ... you can feel the respect and joy in every note , may we all honor our teachers in such a way , Thanks again
    Shawn Loudermilk
  • Let’s Burn One! – Playing Fast Tempos

    Many ways to attack the problem 5

    I like this video because there isn't just one quick, easy solution presented here that is the one answer for everyone. Far from it. First of all, this will take time (of course I always thought everyone except me was born with the ability to play fast!) and working on this daily is key. It could be your picking hand and/or your fretting hand. It could be how well you move around the fretboard. All possibilities are addressed here. I like the idea of incorporating jazz language into your playing as well (take an idea or 3 that you like and work on incorporating those ideas wherever you can). All in all a lot of important information and advice packed into a fairly short video.
    DAVID TARDIO
  • Jazz Guitar Finger-Style Technique

    4

    Great course but already got these exercises from classical music for most of them Anyway, thank you Tom
    Valentin Weber
  • Expanding Guitar’s Harmonic Vocabulary with Artificial Harmonics p. I

    Some good angles 4

    I think many of us grasp the basic idea of artificial harmonics but seek a little more in terms of how to practice and to see additional possibilities. Genil is a very articulate teacher and I was more impressed with several insights that he provided than he basic technique (e.g., how we acquire musical knowledge). One thing that is included here are 3 and 4 note simultaneous (as opposed to the "waterfall") voicings that include artificial harmonics. You can find the basic technique elsewhere but this is a good treatment of it.
    James Kangas
  • Triads and Seventh Chords of the Melodic Minor Scale

    Triads and Seventh Chords of the Melodic Minor Scale 5

    Excellent exploration of how the chords of the melodic minor scale can have practical use and pleasing sounds.
    Dane Clarke
  • Out of Nowhere Masterclass

    Whew! So much there. 5

    Wow, I just finished watching Jake's Out of Nowhere lesson. I loved this lesson and love Jake's practical and real world teaching style. I also love how teaches concepts and shows you clearly and slowly how to execute them. Please do MORE Jake lessons teaching more standards like this! Repetition of some of the concepts taught here is fine since seeming them applied in different ways and different standards is what makes them useful and helpful. Great job, Jake!
    Steven Moore
  • The Minor Major 7th Arpeggio

    minor major 7th 5

    Great class as always with Juampy. TONS of information. This is a valuable addition to the John Stowell Melodic Minor classes.
    james seaberry
  • Blues: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach – Part II

    5

    Both Vol.1 and 2 are amazing courses, comprehensive, and packed with information. Staying away from cliches, Tom instead uses the blues form to show how modern harmony works and how the blues can support a completely contemporary sensibility. There's enough information to set a person up for a year...
    Peter Watrous
  • Green Dolphin Street – Changes, Voicings and Lines

    5

    This is an INCREDIBLE Study of a Tune........I have never seen anything this comprehensive anywhere on the Internet, Ever! There is so much valuable, useable material in this 1 hr. lesson it is unreal......... There are plenty of both Chord Melody and Single line soloing examples that of course is transferable to other songs........ Plus a Bonus video segment near the end on SPECIFICALLY how to use guide tone lines while connecting all the 2-5s in the C Section........ This is a Must Have........
    Ray King
  • Jazz Guitar Comping & Looper Pedal Basics

    Randys Looper & Comping Course 5

    Another Hit For Randy !! Incredibly Well Explained and packed with GREAT Info on Comping. and using a looper pedal...........After some nice comping examples, Randy Plays a Lot Of Choruses of single line soloing over his comping loop, which is an F Blues. Very Tasteful Licks , well worth learning. QUESTIONS: Randy, how specifically do you use the looper on a solo guitar gig? My guess would be that you play the melody first and accompany yourself without the looper. Then You turn on the looper & play chords only for one full chorus. Then You solo over the loop that you just made............ Then maybe you go back and play the melody with the looper.......... Then turn off the looper and do a tag ending or any ending that you choose........ Look forward to hearing how do do do you do actually do it! Thanks, Bob B.
    Ray King
  • Advanced Harmony for the Jazz Guitarist

    Beautiful Chords (Finger Busters:) 5

    Thx Roni! Very cool sounds. This is the next stage past knowing all of your 7th chord inversions. It really does give you some colorful and tense sounding chords...especially on the guitar. I think there are several years of study in this course alone!!!
    George Cole
  • Jazz Guitar Comping & Looper Pedal Basics

    Another great video 5

    Another great course by Randy. Randy is a real pro and I find that anything he teaches is worth listening to and practicing. He is a great teacher, concise and to the point and breaks things down into small logical bits of information.
    Robert Minchin
  • Tetrachord Scales – Part 1

    Insightful 4

    Helpful perspective on scale fingerings. Shows how to simplify the fretboard by seeing scale position fingerings in terms of combinations of their simplest components. Looking forward to the next part of the class.
    Fred C.
  • Guide Tone Lines: Soloing on a “Bird” Blues

    Terrific - LOTS of information that will keep you busy for years 5

    There is a lot of great material in this lesson, and you will be able to use it not only over a Bird Blues but anywhere in your repertoire. Steve is very melodic soloist and the guide tone line ideas he presents here will really help you develop a flow to your melodic improvisation. Very highly recommended class.
    DAVID TARDIO
  • Tetrachord Scales – Part 1

    Simple and effective 4

    Any help that simplifies this "stupid" instrument is welcome. I think that We try to overcomplicate simple things. Great players play in a horizontal way not a pure vertical as normal pedagogy teaches.
    Sergio Jaén Lara
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