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As a jazz guitarist, it took me a while before I realized most of what I played was coming from my guitar neck and not necessarily from my head.  One night at a gig a jazz vocalist sat in and sang the blues.  Although she didn’t know a whole lot about musical theory, or even what notes she was singing, I realized her solo was more thematic and melodic than mine.  It was at that point I started to use my voice and scat my ideas and make my guitar express what I was singing/hearing.  This opened up a new world for me and a deeper level of improvisation.  This class is about learning to be in the driver’s seat and in control of what you play.  It’s about making your instrument become your voice from the inside out.  I would say the level is intermediate to advanced.  I use a simple vehicle of Blue Bossa to demonstrate, and designed this class for interactive playing with me.  The last stage opens up the harmonies and expands the stock changes to a new level without losing the integrity of the piece.  In this re-harmonization part, I explain what I did which should give insight to the viewer’s harmonic vocabulary.  The video is approximately 95 minutes in length.

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The Importance of Scat
The Importance of Scat 01:36:00

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    Hi Mike, thanks for adding Steve’s class on Scat (vocal improvisation). I found this class very instructive and helpful. I realize the importance of scat and have been studying it for some time now. Mostly from books written for vocalist and listening to the great artist who introduced this technique. My goal was to improve my articulation of notes and phrases, and to heighten my ability to improvise spontaneously without thinking about scales, arpeggios and harmony. Steve’s class emphasis is on playing more melodically and it didn’t disappoint. For the guitarist who are looking for another tool to help them improve their phrasing and improvisation, I recommend they give this a try. Steve is an excellent guitarist and teacher.

    ~ Gy Moten (May 4, 2011)

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