Guide tones are necessary for making intelligent chord melody and bebop lines. You don’t hear the changes without them. Guide tones are the essence of bop lines. They are easy to find and use on the guitar. More importantly they’re easy to hear. We will see how to find them quickly and we will get new ideas for comping, make chord melodies and create jazz lines.
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Guide Tones for Jazz Lines, Comping and Chord Melody Class Content | Sid Jacobs
In this 2006 masterclass, watch Sid Jacobs demonstrate the real depth and importance of guide tones for building strong solo guitar arrangements, counterpoint, comping and improvising melodically strong single note melodies.
Sid Jacobs shows the connection between Bach and Charlie Parker’s sense of harmony while taking notes from Bill Evans and Lenny Breau. Discover how to use lush voicings and to get beyond using drop-2 or drop-3 voicings. Sid shares his insights after studying and arranging music over many years so that you too can stop thinking like a human capo.
You will see how to start combining a musical view of voicings, guitar friendly counterpoint and a melody chord approach that uses guide tones to create beautiful voicings.
This masterclass will provide much food for thought as well as plenty of musical examples that you will able to dig into. There’s a wealth of knowledge from Sid Jacobs in the entire session. This masterclass is well suited for intermediate and advanced jazz guitarists who know about guide tones but may have not fully examined the depth of it all.
With the newly segmented videos, you’ll be able to locate specific examples easier for repeated study and analysis when needed.
- 13 Pages of PDF materials in standard notation and TAB.
- Notes on Guide Tones for jazz lines, comping and chord melody
- “Waltz For Debbie” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
- “Very Early” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
- “My Bells” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
- “Frankie and Johnny” – arranged for guitar by Sid Jacobs
|Guide Tones for Jazz Lines, Comping and Chord Melody|
|Guide Tones for Jazz Lines, Comping and Chord Melody||01:18:00|
|Intro – Single Note Improv Solo||00:04:31|
|Similarities between Bach and Charlie Parker||00:02:28|
|Guide Tones, The Melody and Jazz Lines|
|Shell Voicings and Guide Tones – The Essence of the Bebop Lines||00:04:25|
|Blues in Bb and Using the Blues Scale||00:04:50|
|Making Lines Using Guide Tones||00:01:31|
|II V I and Using Chromatic Embellishment||00:01:20|
|Have You Met Miss Jones – Melody and Guide Tones||00:02:36|
|All The Things You Are – Melody Notes as 3rds||00:04:59|
|Using Line Cliches||00:02:02|
|Comping and Chord Voicings|
|Stop Thinking Like A Human Capo||00:07:27|
|The 2 Ways The Guitar Is Like An Orchestra||00:06:32|
|Chord Melody – Waltz For Debbie Peformance||00:02:46|
|Using Lush Voicings||00:01:51|
|Comping Through a Blues||00:02:39|
|Not Getting Into The Math – Just Using Familiar Shapes||00:02:40|
|Putting The Melody On Top and Voice Leading||00:04:07|
|Dmin G7 – Something We Learn From Charlie Parker and Bach||00:04:05|
|Individual Notes of The Chord and The Melody||00:03:02|
|Not Thinking Of The Scales||00:03:20|
|When Do Scales Work – Ask Me Now by Thelonious Monk Example||00:03:00|
|Outro Performance and Closing Words||00:06:22|