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Modern Jazz Guitar Complete Series

Modern Jazz Guitar Part 3, Chord Voicing & Harmony, covers:

  • survey of modern jazz guitar chord voicings and harmony
  • discussion of three different approaches to harmony:  tonal, modal, and polytonal
  • ways to use some of the basic major-scale-derived voicings you may already know to get a more modern sound, with example voicings
  • examples of melodic minor-derived drop 2 and drop 3 voicings and ideas for reharmonizing basic chord progressions with them, including a brief overview of the modes of melodic minor
  • use of four-part-4th or 7sus4 chord structures for generating new harmonic material, either as substitute chords in a tonal context or in a modal context, with systematic presentation of voicings
  • overview of the five possible four-note chord types contained within any seven-note scale, with an explanation and discussion of each, with examples
  • examples of creating new voicings of the above chord types based on changing one or two notes of commonly known basic 7th chord shapes
  • explanation of drop 2&4 and drop 2&3 voicings, with examples and discussions of each
  • ideas for generating new voicings based on the above chords
  • exploration of unusual, more dissonant, or “wrong” color tones added to basic shell voicings, with examples
  • discussion of two- and three-note chords derived from four-note voicings, with examples
  • using modern harmonic vocabulary for self-comping during a single note solo
  • application of polytonality to playing over standard chord progressions, with both quartal and third-based chord voicings
  • examples of chord voicings and chordal phrases in the style of several modern jazz guitarists including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ben Monder, John Stowell, and Lage Lund
  • backing MP3 play-along tracks used in the video for all examples and etudes available for free download at http://www.tomlippincott.com/
  • running time: 107 minutes
  • includes 18 pages of written examples and exercises

Other videos from this Modern Jazz Guitar Instructional series :

Class Content

Modern Jazz Guitar - Part III
Modern Jazz Guitar – Part III 01:47:00

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    Tom explains complex material in a very clear way. This is inspiring, useful, thorough and will you keep busy for long time. I have some other classes from T.L. and they all are great.

    ~ Jovica Savin (December 11, 2016)

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    These are well structured, comprehensive and specific classes that I would recommend to any player interested in more modern jazz guitar.

    ~ Tony (June 27, 2012)

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    Great lessons. One of the most intense lessons I have come across. They describes the sound of modern jazz ideas in detail with some background information, which I think is critical in terms of learning the concept. Materials are well organized and easy to follow. Thank you Tom.

    ~ tyoshida (May 13, 2012)

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    Not only the lesson in the is well done and very clear, but also the pdf stuff is quite precious. I like the way Tom teaches giving you a lot of ideas to be develop by your own…like a springboard. Another wonderful teacher from the mike’s master classes!! I recommend this class to all the ambitious and enthusiastic guitar players who wants to deepen the modern jazz vocabulary.

    ~ fabrizio (February 23, 2012)

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    Another great class. Tom teaches you how to move beyond your traditional jazz chords. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a fresh perspective jazz harmony.

    ~ Robert (October 23, 2011)

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    What I wrote about Vol. II is also true about Vol. III – I can’t recommend this series highly enough to everyone seriously interested in modern jazz guitar – Don’t miss it!

    ~ Ulrich Mueller-Romeike (October 22, 2011)

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    I could only afford one of these 3 class offerings; I chose this one, but now, I’m sure I could not go wrong. What an outstanding class!! NOT for those who are not already pretty well versed in theory and skill, but if you listen to Rosenwinkel, Monder, Moreno, etc. and go "yeah, like that….", this is the series of classes to get you there. I’ve followed Tom for a long time in other venues, and he knows his stuff and delivers it.Very condensed material, well presented, and the backing tracks available are an idea that other teachers should follow.

    ~ james seaberry (August 25, 2011)

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