Single note lines can be given greater depth by using two notes played simultaneously in a variety of
interval combinations. These harmonic intervals that can be mixed and matched implying harmony
with just two notes weaving in and out of chords and single note lines for interesting textural changes.
Guitarists such as Ed Bickert, Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith and Howard Roberts are just a few who
have used double stops extensively in their playing.
The class is divided into two sections:
Part 1, harmonic scale studies (of every interval smaller than an octave) including 10th intervals, a
veritable pillar of harmony. Both major and melodic minor scales are shown for each interval. The
studies are logically laid out on the fingerboard for ease of memorization and use.
Part 2, II-V-I and minor II-V-I lines in every interval (octaves and smaller.) The lines are great for
helping to build a jazz vocabulary and employ good finger mechanics. (Alternating pairs of fingers are
used whenever possible.) The 62 separate II-V-I examples (in TAB and standard notation) are in a
variety of keys and registers and are a good mixture of scalar and arpeggiated lines. The lines are
between two to four bars long, ideal for alternating with phrases of single notes and chords. Wherever
possible an explanation of the lines are given with discussion about chord scales, neighbor tones, and
altered sounds over dominant seventh chords.
If you are in a rut using the same kinds of double stop patterns than this class will help give you some
new direction and awaken both your fingers and mind with refreshing possibilities. Prepare for a fun
journey with special sounds that reside between single note lines and chords!
Approximately 90 minutes with over 20 pages of written materials in TAB and standard notation.
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