In this class I will be teaching a way of looking at chords based on what you know about scales used for improvising. This class will get you thinking about specific intervals and sounds that you prefer and give you ideas on how to put them together.

  • Sub-topic 1 Creating a melodic shape in your comping.
  • Sub-topic 2 Voice leading between changing chords/keys.
  • Sub-topic 3 Strengthening fingerboard knowlege.

Chord Melody
Chord Voicings
Modern Jazz Guitar

Expected Outcome:
By taking this class and practicing the ideas presented, the student will be able to come up with new and interesting ways of creating and using chords.

About Dan Arcamone:

Artist Recording Collective artist, Dan Arcamone is a guitarist, composer, and educator hailing from Norwalk, CT. Arcamone’s powerful yet elegant style has been winning over audiences and critics alike. Intricately constructed single-note phrases and rich chordal landscapes mark his highly individualized style.

Dan has performed and/or recorded alongside Steve Pruitt, Tony Grey, Panagiotis Andreou, Kenny Grohowski, Sean Nowell, Mark Small, Brad Mason, Jen Allen, Thierry Arpino, Marko Djordjevic, Rich Zurkowski, Matt Dwonszyk, Nathan Peck, Janek Gwizdala, Martin Bejerano, Thomson Kneeland, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Damian Curtis, Zaccai Curtis, and Damon Grant, among others.

Arcamone’s musical style is hard to pin down with a single term, needless to say it is the result of years of focused study and focused performances. These experiences have culminated in a personalized approach to the guitar that challenges the listener to think outside of their common expectations. As a leader, Dan Arcamone has released several recordings to date: Standards, Vol. 1 (2021), Psalm (2019), X (2018), Evolve (2017), In Colors (2016), In Motion (2010), and Trioisms (2008). In addition to his recordings, Arcamone has also released two books, Melodic Continuity and Counterpoint Exercises on Familiar Chord Progressions, available on his website.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate / Advanced

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  1. personal Approach to Chords


    What a fine class! I have both of his published books, and the info her is completely different than the books; that is, he is a limitless source of good musical ideas. The class is short, but full of good ideas.

    by james seaberry
  2. Developing a Personal Approach to Chords | by Dan Arcamone


    Even though I was only able to spend a very limited time learning personally from Dan Arcamone before COVID hit, I still consider him my teacher and myself a student of his. I know I am therefore sounding biased when I talk about his playing, but don’t take anyone’s word for it, just listen to his CDs (he has many of them) of his original music. And I know this will sound like blasphemy to some but I’ll take his original compositions over Metheny, Scofield or Martino any day. He sounds like no other and in my humble opinion is probably top 5 in jazz fusion, (or whatever you want to call it) on the planet. This particular lesson is only the tip of the iceberg of what he knows and is capable of playing. I hope you guys at Mike’s Masterclasses can get him to do many more lessons. I’ve seen him rip up and down the fretboard from about a yard away and went home just shaking my head in disbelief.

    by Anthony Saragias

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