Advanced Starter Series

$180.00 $149.00

Mikes Master Classes is loaded with video after video of high quality classes great to study Advanced jazz guitar.  Sometimes, the amount of classes available can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are new to studying with masters through online video resources.  This Advanced Starter Series will give you many hours of highly effective training strategies and concepts.

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Advanced Jazz Guitar Series Includes:

A New Model In Viewing the Art of Improvisation – 2-1/2 Hours Class Content | Tony DeCaprio

The extended time period ( 2 and 1/2 hours long) allows freedom to further explain, demonstrate, as well as answer questions via a simultaneous chat system. Tony teaches more of his Units (“tetrachords with an attitude”) and how to combine them via parallel scales. The lesson will bring the player closer to understanding Inside and Inside/Outside concepts for improvisation as well as how to commence applying his concepts to a standard tune. The notated literature sent in advance will only enhance in assimilation and for recall (The lessons wil be video recorded for access at a later date.). Tony also continues in aiding the player’s own mental, technical, and aural faculties via his “Arpeggiated Cyclic Progression Activities” course. Mere mimicry (sounding or associating a style with a famous musician) is often not the way to go, at least in the long haul. Tony teaches you to be about yourself!

A New Model In Viewing the Art of Improvisation - 2-1/2 Hours
A New Model In Viewing the Art of Improvisation – 2-1/2 Hours 02:21:00

A Guitarist’s Approach to the Harmony of Bill Evans Class Content | Sid Jacobs

Discover the connection between jazz pianist Bill Evans and the playing of guitar greats like Lenny Breau, Jimmy Wyble, John Stowell and Sid Jacobs! In this enhanced version of the 2006 masterclass from Sid Jacobs, you will get to see how understanding guide tones, voice leading, counterpoint, melody and using open strings can create a unique sound for your jazz guitar playing.

Sid Jacobs shares his insights studying and dissecting important aspects of pianistic playing as applied to guitar. We’ve also included newly segmented videos which will allow you to revisit your favorite parts of this video quicker. The new Soundsliced versions of Sid’s arrangements will also help you work on his arrangements easier as you can slow down the audio, loop sections and even see fretboard visualizations of the notation and tablature. 

Song examples includes classics from Bill Evans like My Bells, Waltz for Debbie and Very Early. In addition to seeing how Sid has translated Bill’s approach to guitar, you will also get to see the approach applied to other jazz guitar essentials like All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight and the beautiful ballad Chelsea Bridge. 

Sid also shares tips on how to maximise your practice time for his book, The Bill Evans Guitar Book which is becoming a modern classic for jazz guitarists interested in modernising their chord vocabulary. Prepare your guitar for new sounds you’ll be delighted to play and get this masterclass today!

Includes Soundsliced versions of 
  • “Very Early” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
  • “My Bells” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
  • “Turn Out the Stars” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs

Includes 15 Pages of PDF materials in standard notation and TAB.

  • “Waltz for Debbie” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
  • “Very Early” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
  • “Turn Out the Stars” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
  • Rootless voicings – a brief discussion with Sid Jacobs
  • “My Bells” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs

Full video is 1 hour 38 min.

A Guitarist's Approach to the Harmony of Bill Evans
A Guitarist’s Approach to the Harmony of Bill Evans 01:37:49
Introduction 00:01:34
Opening Performance – Bill Evans Medley 00:06:00
Section 1
Beyond Chord Melody 00:02:15
Playing 3rds and 7ths – Voice Leading 00:05:01
Adding Tensions 00:02:42
Section 2
Counterpoint Before Harmony 00:03:56
Lenny Breau and The Guitar as An Orchestra 00:02:49
Blues Example and Beyond Movable Shapes 00:04:32
Clusters 00:02:22
Section 3
The Sound of All The Things You Are 00:03:46
The Line Cliche, Counterpoint, Harmonic and Rhythmic Cadence 00:04:55
More Colors 00:04:39
Dominant Sounds 00:04:24
Song Examples
Stella By Starlight Example 00:03:31
Very Early Example 00:03:56
My Bells and Using Open Strings 00:08:36
Soundslice – My Bells 00:05:00
Waltz For Debbie 00:04:36
Soundslice – Waltz for Debbie 00:05:00
Soundslice – Turn Out the Stars 00:05:00
Question & Answer
Q and A – Omitting Roots 00:04:55
Q and A – Contrapuntal Improvising 00:08:32
Q and A – How to use The Bill Evans Guitar Book 00:07:41
Q and A – Chelsea Bridge Example and Dynamics 00:04:42
Closing Performance – Ask Me Now and Outro 00:02:54

Hybrids – A New Approach to Reharmonization – Lesson II Class Content | Jack Pezanelli

In this lesson, Jack will continue his presentation of harmony organized from the hybrid or “slash chord” viewpoint and will perform and explain two versions of “Giant Steps” reharmonized in this manner.

Hybrids - A New Approach to Reharmonization - Lesson II
Hybrids – A New Approach to Reharmonization – Lesson II 01:14:00

Upper Structure Triads Class Content | Lorne Lofsky

Lorne returns for another informative Master Class – Upper Structure Triads.

View a clip from Lorne’s class

Upper Structure Triads
Upper Structure Triads 01:33:00

Advanced Jazz Guitar Harmony: 4-Part-4ths Class Content | Tom Lippincott

In this advanced jazz guitar class, 4-part-4th, or quartal-based, chords and harmonies will be examined in detail.  This interesting sound, which draws on harmonies explored by early twentieth century classical composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky, was introduced to the jazz world in the 1960s by such musicians as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and McCoy Tyner, and has ever since been an important part of the vocabulary of modern jazz players.  A new generation of jazz musicians including guitarists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Jonathan Kreisberg, Lage Lund, and many others, have begun to explore even more of the possibilities with these exciting sounds and are creating a new harmonic vocabulary with the 4-part-4th chords as a central component.

The 4-part-4th sound was touched upon briefly in part 3 of my Modern Jazz Guitar series, but now we will delve into that sound in detail, leaving no stone unturned (or chord un-played).  This new class provides a logical, systematic step-by-step approach for finding the 4-part-4th harmonies derived from the major and melodic minor scales using guitar-friendly drop 2 and drop 3 voicings.  Numerous musical examples are demonstrated on the video as well as written out in traditional notation and chord grid form, but the material has been designed to be open-ended enough that you will be encouraged to find your own path and work toward developing your unique musical voice.

Advanced Jazz Guitar Harmony, 4-part-4ths, covers:

  • explanation of the difference between tertian and quartal harmony, and discussion of the modal approach versus the functional approach to harmony
  • explanation and exploration of 3-part-4th chords, usually called suspended triads, including harmonization of the major scale with “sus chords.”
  • brief review of major and melodic minor scale seventh chord harmony, with example voicings in close root position
  • explanation of the term 4-part-4th and its relation to suspended seventh chords, with examples applied to the major and melodic minor scales with close position voicings
  • brief review of the terms “drop 2” and “drop 3” with example chord voicings using traditional seventh chords
  • the “chord scale exercise” which is a logical and musical presentation of drop 2 and drop 3 voicings by inversion and string set, using the 4-part-4th chords diatonic to both the major scale and the melodic minor scale, with subtitles on the video that match each exercise to the written example
  • additional methods for developing mastery of the above voicings including inversions and diatonic cycles (including a brief review of the diatonic cycle concept)
  • examples of using 4-part-4ths for comping on II V I chord progressions, including varying degrees of “in” and “out” sounds, and melodic minor scale harmonies
  • etude/chord-melody harmonization combining all of the 4-part-4th concepts in a musical context, using the standard tune “Invitation”
  • running time: 128 minutes
  • includes 22 pages of written examples and exercises
Advanced Jazz Guitar Harmony: 4-Part-4ths
Advanced Jazz Guitar Harmony: 4-Part-4ths 02:08:00

Thinking Outside the Box – Part III Class Content | John Stowell

In this advanced jazz guitar class, John Stowell illustrates using harmonic and melodic minor substitutions to build new solo lines over major, dominant and minor chords.  Included with this class are two original compositions of John’s, which comprise these techniques, written in standard notation as well as TAB.

Other Guitar Lessons from this series include:

Thinking Outside the Box - Part III
Thinking Outside the Box – Part III 01:31:00

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