This in-depth look at Baroque style improvisation was recorded live with participants. Steve’s teaching approach and structure is similar to his other MMC videos with addition to short questions sprinkled throughout the classes.

Concepts included:

  • Super/sub George Van Eps concepts of movement within chord forms,
  • Independent linear melodies in 2 and 3 voices,
  • Use of appoggiatura,
  • Pedal points,
  • Important cycles to create structured progressions while improvising counterpoint,
  • Contrary motion devices,
  • Popular song progressions that work great as Baroque-style improv vehicles,
  • Harmonized scales,
  • Enclosures (targeting essential tones using upper and lower neighbor tones)
  • “Gradual chords” (building chords via single note lines with sustained tones on adjacent strings)
  • 10th intervals with inner line motion, soprano voice motion and bass motion,
  • Layering 10th intervals to create larger chords,
  • Call and response textures,
  • IV V I progressions in all keys exercises,
  • Inner line motion techniques
  • Descending chromatic bass lines with soprano lines outlining the inferred chords
  • Call and response counterpoint using sustained notes,
  • Interval alternation concept to attain contrary motion,
  • Figured bass techniques,
  • Ornamentation and slurring techniques.

Three progressions in which to base the improvisational techniques, in both common time and 3/4, are the bulk of the PDF materials for the class. The other 2 PDF’s are must-know chord forms for both 6 and 7 string guitar with a focus on open-voiced triads and contrary motion counterpoint cadences. Each class runs approximately 90 minutes and 22 pages of PDF material are included in all 5 parts.

Here is the approximate class by class breakdown for individual classes:

Part 1: Demonstration of super/sub Van Eps concepts, closed positions triads and harmonized scales, open position chords, voice-leading from chord to chord, performance and analysis of PDF of counterpoint etude on Manha De Carnival and more.

Running time: 90 minutes

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Class Content

Full Class + Download
Pathways To Baroque Improvisation: Part I Full Class + Download 01:30:00
Mahna de Carnaval Etude: Soundslice 00:02:08

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  1. 5

    Simply incredible course. I saw Ted Greene lesson with Steve on youtube a year ago. I didnt know who the student was. When I saw it I wanted to learn how to think and shoot for 1% bach to be humble in the face of his genius. I found myself listening to Steve and then pausing and applying the clear way Steve lays it out. Simply incredible course. It changes the way I think harmonically and helps me get out of standard guitar boxes that are static. Much appreciation to Steve. Highly recommended. I am off to course 2!

    by douglas robin
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