In this class, John and Mike demonstrate how the melodic minor modes over dominant chords can be applied to create tension/resolution in a V-I setting. Also discussed are melodic minor chords referenced as dominant altered chords and implied V chords as a reharmonization device. Some pianistic chord voicings for the guitar are also demonstrated.

This is Session I from Mike and John.

Mike Godett:

Mike Godette is a guitarist out of the New Haven, Connecticut area. In his formative years he studied classic rock and metal and then started gradually getting more and more interested in fusion music. Through fusion his interest in jazz grew more and he enrolled in an arts high school in New Haven called Educational Center For The Arts where he studied for his junior and senior year. After graduating high school he enrolled in Western Connecticut State University and received a degree in Jazz Studies. For the past decade, Mike has had an active teaching and performing schedule. He’s toured all over the country with his former progressive jazz metal group Mid Atlantic Title, and he’s also performed with jazz artists such as Aaron Goldberg, Myron Walden, Jimmy Greene, Jumaane Smith and Ralph Lalama. Mike is currently on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Fairfield School of Music and Continuo Music. In addition to teaching, Mike is currently working on collaboration lesson videos with other guitarist’s as well as maintaining an active youtube channel.

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Using Melodic Minor Modes to Access Tensions Over Dominant Chords 00:30:00

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