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

  • Mapping a Tune with Bebop Scales (Chroma Zone 02)

    Mapping a Tune with Bebop Scales (Chroma Zone 02) | by Genil Castro 5

    Excellent. Gives great insight into how the melody of a tune can be conveyed by the appropriate chord scale while being faithful to the melody.
    Dane Clarke
  • Swing and Big Band Chordal Riffs and Shout Choruses

    Big Band chord riffs and shout choruses 5

    I took my time with this course. After the first two or three examples, I realized that this is fundamental material that was missing in my playing. These choruses give the student the knowledge and ability to play bluesy chordal riffs that sound very sophisticated. The chords used are pretty basic but the syncopation and voice leading produce a sound that is hip, musical, and can stand on its own as a chord solo or sound great with a bass player. The ideas presented are in various keys. They are explained well and demonstrated accurately. The ideas are written out completely. I am not a great music reader but I did not find it difficult to learn these phrases. It definitely does not hurt to challenge oneself in the skill of reading music. Thanks Steve, for a great course. You have given me some super cool ideas to take on the bandstand.
    Robert Blagg
  • The Life-Vest Arpeggio Part II

    Life VEST ARPEGGIO 5

    incredible useful material. thank you very much for your lessons
    yakov esterlis
  • Chroma Zone ( the chromatic world around the Life Vest Arpeggio) an Introduction to Bebop Scales

    Chroma Zone 5

    the best course if you want to improvise fluently. great instructor! all examples are real, ready to be Incorporated in your playing
    yakov esterlis
  • Jimmy Wyble’s Etude #1

    Excellent and very enjoyable class 5

    This is an excellent and very enjoyable class. Prior to this presentation I had a vague awareness of the name Jimmy Wyble but hadn't studied his etudes and didn't know the details of his ideas. With this lesson, I feel like Sid Jacobs has given me a solid start. The technical and music content is top-notch, the video and audio are clear and Sid's command of the material and relaxed presentation connects very well.
    Michael Neverisky
  • Comping the Blues part 1: Comping Rhythms

    Comping The Blues Part 1 & 2 5

    I'm working on both Part 1 & 2. As to be expected from Tom these course are excellent. Very complete and informative. Thanks Tom.
    Blair Hunter
  • The Life Vest Arpeggio for Jazzers

    LIFE VEST ARPEGGIO 5

    OUTSTANDING! LOVE THE TIPS, TEACHING, EVERYTHING
    yakov esterlis
  • John Stowell and Tim Lerch Jazz Guitar Conversations #1

    Wonderful Stuff 5

    two fantastic players
    James Mackay
  • Ben’s Basic Bossa and Samba Grooves

    Clear, concise and applicable. 5

    A relief to have an explanation of Brazilian rhythm playing that I can understand and apply. Thanks Ben
    Ray Bartlet
  • Blues-Part I – Call and Response

    Blues Part 1 Call and Response 5

    This class is just what I was looking for, some great ideas to add to my blues and jazz vocabulary. The call and response concept makes these ideas perfect for playing with a bass player. But many of the lines are punctuated with chord "hits" enabling the combination of single note and chord punctuation to stand alone. The lines are tasty, bluesy, and authentic. The focus is mainly on the key of F and Bb, which gives the student the opportunity to see cool ideas in different positions. The accompanying tab is accurate and the course is laid out with easier ideas first and then moving to more challenging phrases involving syncopation, triplets, chordal movement, thirds, sixths, octaves, etc. Steve is a wonderful teacher. He moves the class along at a good pace with thorough explanations. Lots of great material in this course! Thank you Steve!
    Robert Blagg
  • Let’s Burn One! – Playing Fast Tempos

    Loaded with great ideas 5

    Excellent video with a lot of great ideas and concepts to work on.
    Robert Minchin
  • II-V-I Motivic Phrases

    Excellent course 5

    This course was a real eye and ear opener. I'm looking forward to taking these concepts and applying them to the tunes in my set list. An excellent addition to my jazz vocabulary. Thank you Steve for a thoughtful and thorough presentation.
    Robert Blagg
  • Further Phrasing Concepts

    Exceptional!!! 5

    An exceptional more than useful course. Thank you very much Jamie.
    Gabriel Ene
  • Discussion/Demonstration of the Modes of the Melodic Minor Over Dominant Chords

    Finally I get... 5

    ...the melodic minor! Really enjoyed the video which repays repeated viewings. I can now visualise and hear how different melodic minor shapes lock onto the dominant chord and can be mixed with dominant and major arpeggios to bring out varying amounts of tension. The articles are useful too, although the lesson would be enhanced by a 1 page worksheet referring to the material covered in the video. Still excellent value overall though.
    C E Isaac
  • Discussion/Demonstration of the Modes of the Melodic Minor Over Dominant Chords

    5

    Great discussion. Too short for such a rich topic as melodic minor. Also, more examples from actual songs would help e.g. the Ellington illustration greatly clarified what was being discussed. Thanks to you both.
    Dane Clarke
  • Advanced Harmony for the Jazz Guitarist

    5

    Valuable info.
    Stephen Jackson
  • Contrary Motion Counterpoint Part 2: Mixed Rhythms

    Simply some of the best materials available on the whole Internet 5

    I bought my first class on this site (and it was from Steve Herberman!) in 2009. I have to say in the intervening 11 years one class after another, these materials have turned my playing around, as well as my way of approaching the guitar. What I say about Steve's latest offering can easily apply to any of his classes: generous amounts of materials, accompanied by clear explanations that are never overly theoretical, and sound like music - never like exercises. The contrapuntal approach on the guitar is difficult and for this reason tends to be rare both in performance and in educational materials, but this site - and Steve Herberman in particular - offer a clear way into this world, tackled in a very methodical way and approached with the immediate goal of making music and improvising with the outlook of an arranger. For anyone interested in this style of playing/ composing/ arranging there is an old class of Steve's called 'Contrapuntal improvisation' that really started it all for me and, despite a video quality that 11 years old, is worth the price of admission alone for the opening rendition of Alone Together. In fact, that reminds me, I need to roll up my sleeves and transcribe it!
    Nico Sabatini
  • Crushing Minor Lines

    crushing Minor Lines 3

    Good lesson for Jazz-rock player. An attached Pdf would have been nice, less distortion could help to appreciate the lines harmony
    Jacques SOULADE
  • Crushing Minor Lines

    5

    Excellent course. Joe wastes no time and covers a wide range of topics. He also plays the heck outta the guitar. Great stuff!
    Dane Clarke
  • Contrapuntal Improvisation

    Contrapuntal Improvisation I 5

    I'm always amazed by the so clear way Steve explains complex concepts, shown with great examples and with such a high level of musicianship on the demonstrations!
    Daniel Corzo
  • Contrary Motion Counterpoint part 1: Concerted Rhythms

    Contrary Motion Counterpoint part 1 5

    Antoher clear, full of nice ideas to work on, and absolutely inspiring lesson!! Thanks a lot Steve!
    Daniel Corzo
  • Contrary Motion Counterpoint part 1: Concerted Rhythms

    Mechanisms as a Modular System, not a Dr. Seuss Book, indeed 🙂 5

    Steve, I really like where you’re going with this “Mechanisms” thing, because the creativity really comes from not just parroting it, but the ability to personalize it, individually. Modularity has become the basic principle of computer coding, especially Object-Oriented Programming. Creating re-usable, small bits, or “Objects”, that can be re-used and re-applied in multiple formats, contexts, situations. It has the same applicability with music. Mingus famously said that music is the progressive mastery of simple things that build on each other. For example, I played around with the representation of the C-7 chord in measure 1 of exercise 5. Now, instead of playing the C-7, I have additional ways of representing this information, in a linear way. This also connects very much with what Barry Harris says, over and over again, “Music is Movement”. Thanks again and cheers, Nav
    Navdeep Jhaj
  • Sid Jacobs Tucson Workshop: Session I

    Great Instructor 5

    Explains things clearly, very helpful, entertaining and make theory understandable. Good sense of humor, nice guy.
    Charles Vick
  • Blues for the New Millennium

    Blues for the New Millennium | by Randy Johnston 5

    Great course Randy. Thanks!
    Dane Clarke
  • Blues-Part I – Call and Response

    Great 5

    I liked a lot this course. A bunch of examples that includes many concepts.
    David Pérez Surribas
  • Going for Baroque

    excellent course but I wish it had tab 5

    overall there is great info in this but i found it largely inaccessible due to my lack of ability to read standard notation. I realise that this is actually my problem, not the fault of the course, (it is afterall a MASTERclass). Parts 2 and 3 include tab so I'm going to jump right into those.
    Eric Schick
  • Walking Chords for Jazz Guitar

    Another excellent class from Tom 5

    Toms lessons are always well presented with detailed notes and a treasure trove of great ideas.
    Henry Rutgers
  • Guide Tone Lines

    Not a class or instruction 2

    Maybe I'm missing something but there was no instruction or lesson here at all.
    Doug Eisenstark
  • Sid Jacobs Tucson Workshop: Session I

    Absolute Joy and Treasure of a Workshop From Master Sid Jacobs 5

    Another Awesome Lesson With The Master Sid Jacobs , Thanks Again!
    Shawn Loudermilk
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