If you want to improve your solo guitar arranging skills on the tune “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, this is a great masterclass to get today.

Sid Jacobs is a master of solo guitar playing!

This time, he dissects the Gershwin tune, “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. This classic from the musical Porgy and Bess is beautifully constructed melodically, harmonically and even rhythmically.

Sid shows us the subtle nuances in the melody and slowly builds the arrangement from the ground up. Typical chord melody arrangements tend to simply put a chord voicing on top of a melody. Although this works, it is not as elegant as what Sid does.

Sid Jacobs is attentive of the bass motion, guide tones and the melody harmony relationship. You will not only learn his arrangement but also discover his solo guitar interpretation skills and arranging techniques.

This 20-min masterclass will teach you:

  • When (and when not to) harmonize every note of the melody
  • How to use open strings to connect phrases
  • Creative ways to make your solo guitar arrangements flow
  • Beautiful ways to combine clusters, shell voicings and fills

In addition, you’ll also hear Sid’s humorous musical jokes that the Hendrix chord, the Jim Hall chord and even what the Sid Jacob chord might be.

If you want to improve your solo guitar arranging skills, this is a great masterclass to get today.

  • Full video is 20 minutes
  • Soundslice Included
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It Ain’t Necessarily So Full Class + Download 00:20:37
It Aint Necessarily So Soundslice 00:03:38

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  1. It Is Not Necessarily As You Assert


    The 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.

    by james seaberry
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