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Juampy explores using the whole fretboard in order to break out of strict position playing. He points out that this rapidly develops the player with the ability to create new harmonies and melodies.

Most guitarists learn their instrument starting playing the ‘pentatonic box’ positions and never move beyond this approach.

Playing horizontally helps the guitarist to move beyond fixed position moves. It enables more of a mastery of the fretboard, by starting lines either at the left on the guitar neck and advancing to the right, or the other way round.
Juampy makes learning this approach fun and demonstrates how the possibilities go as far as your imagination will allow you. Along the way, he name drops jazz and avant-garde classical composers who use the techniques and harmonies he demonstrates.

He demonstrates different approaches to horizontal playing, using both two- and three-notes per string fingerings. He also shows how interesting lines and harmonies can result from playing on adjacent and non-adjacent strings.

In this course Juampy demonstrates:

Playing different scales on each single string for the following:

  • Pentatonic single string and harmonies
  • Melodic Minor
  • Diminished
  • Symmetrical (whole-half tone scale).

Juampy’s harmonic grasp is impressive. He discusses a range of double stop intervals using symmetrical scales. This alone will introduce many guitarists to new sounds and ideas.

As an example of horizontal playing, he improvises on a C7 blues using a whole tone scale. Possibly the first time you may have heard this approach to the blues!

He also suggests methods of combining different scales, such as integrating the melodic minor and symmetrical scale.

This course will expand your ear and instantly introduce new ideas into your playing.

[Course Description by Michael Bryant]

From Juampy

Hello students,
In this new video lesson I’m trying to organize the so called concept Horizontal Guitar.
In my opinion it is a powerful tool for playing more melodically.  Break outside the box and change your technique and  mindset. It’s very helpful for me, and I saw many great guitarists playing this way, including Allan Holdsworth, John Stowell and John Scofield.
This clinic has many examples applied to pentatonic, minor melodic, and symmetrical scales.
With many new patterns, licks and intervallic ideas, new chords and phrases belonging to these scales can be used over famous standards and blues. Your improvisation palette will expand a lot.
I hope you enjoy this original approach in the same way that I have.  I’m happy to share my ideas with you.
All the best!!

Class Content

Horizontal Guitar
Horizontal Guitar 01:04:00

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    Very, very good class. The ideas are similar to those put forth by Howard Roberts long ago in seeing the fingerboard horizontally, but this class brings things into a more modern focus, with clear examples, and practical tips. You won’t go wrong with this one. I only wish the PDFs had been a bit more extensive, as I am a very slow learner that needs to mull things over and over and over for a long time, and the written materials help a lot with me. Juampy’s explanations are very well presented, and he demonstrates all his ideas and techniques very well.

    ~ james seaberry (October 31, 2013)

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