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.
- The Life Vest Arpeggio for Jazzers
Life Vest Arpeggio Indeed! All the classic sounds! 5Great lesson! Can't wait for Part 2
Clinton CarnegieNuages: Solo 7-String Guitar Arrangement
Nuages 5Fantastic as always. I never go wrong with Steve. To the Woodshed!!!!
james seaberryTetrachord Scales – Part 1
Tetrachord Scales-Part 1-Randy Johnston 5Always loved Randy's playing-this is my first exposure to his teaching. Have to say, his approach makes jazz guitar a whole lot simpler and much more logical-not necessary to learn endless fingering patterns. This system allows you to actually play much more melodically, which is really what it's all about!
David KlausnerMelodic Minor Complete – Part II: Practical Application
5A wealth of information masterfully delivered and illustrated.
Dane ClarkeMelodic Minor Complete – Part II: Practical Application
mel minor II 5...lots of bang for the buck!!!
Dirk Banken8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes
Great overview 5Nice overview of the various blues changes and some ideas on how to solo over them. Very informative!
Henry RutgersGuide Tone Lines
Excellent course 5Thank you, Howard, for putting this information in such a clear, concise, and useful manner. You are an incredible teacher and an amazing guitarist and also possess the gift of making concepts easily understandable. I was able to take this lesson and put these concepts to work in many of the standards that I have played for years. it added a dimension that I had not previously known to my lines.
John Duncan“West Coast Blues” [Guitar Masterclass]
Excellent course 5Thanks Randy for your valuable insights on this difficult jazz blues waltz from the master Wes Montgomery! I learned some new approaches and found the material instructive.
John DuncanGiant Steps
Very useful 5Thanks, 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 DuncanDiminished Harmony Secrets: Expand Your Diminished Harmony Vocabulary Infinitely
Very useful 5Thanks, Jake! I enjoyed this lesson and put the ideas to work right away!
John DuncanThe Harmonic Major Scale
Always amazing 5Tom 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 SwansonDiminished Harmony Secrets: Expand Your Diminished Harmony Vocabulary Infinitely
Excellent information 5This 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 MinchinDiminished Harmony Secrets: Expand Your Diminished Harmony Vocabulary Infinitely
Diminished Harmony Secrets 5Beautiful sounds! A side benefit is the voice leading...very cool 🙂 The video got cut off at the end...whats up with that?
George ColeHeads, You Win!
Essential viewing 5Superb. Hard to know what else to say. This guy is just a great teacher. Get this lesson.
Ian GowComping with Artificial Harmonic Voicings
comping with harmonics 5Great 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 seaberryII-V-I Motivic Phrases
using Motifs 5This is fun musical stuff. Awesome presentation!
Robert GannonGoing For Baroque Part III
Steve hits it out of the park here 5I 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 JhajYou Stepped Out of a Dream – Masterclass (Arrangement by Sid Jacobs)
Two Hands clapping ad infinitum ! Bravo Again 5Wow 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 LoudermilkIt Ain’t Necessarily So – Masterclass (Arrangement by Sid Jacobs)
It Is Not Necessarily As You Assert 5The 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 seaberryWalking Chords for Jazz Guitar
5If 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 munozPaul’s Picking Power Secrets
You should have showed us the stove in Let's Burn One! 5I 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 TARDIOPaul’s Picking Power Secrets
Very useful 5I 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 RutgersTetrachord Scales – Part 1
Very helpful, taught in a relaxed, fun manner 5Randy 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 TARDIOJimmy Wyble’s Etude #5
Wyble's Etude 5 5Listening 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 LoudermilkLet’s Burn One! – Playing Fast Tempos
Many ways to attack the problem 5I 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 TARDIOJazz Guitar Finger-Style Technique
4Great course but already got these exercises from classical music for most of them Anyway, thank you Tom
Valentin WeberExpanding Guitar’s Harmonic Vocabulary with Artificial Harmonics p. I
Some good angles 4I 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 KangasTriads and Seventh Chords of the Melodic Minor Scale
Triads and Seventh Chords of the Melodic Minor Scale 5Excellent exploration of how the chords of the melodic minor scale can have practical use and pleasing sounds.
Dane ClarkeOut of Nowhere Masterclass
Whew! So much there. 5Wow, 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 MooreThe Minor Major 7th Arpeggio
minor major 7th 5Great class as always with Juampy. TONS of information. This is a valuable addition to the John Stowell Melodic Minor classes.