Mike’s Starter Series


Mikes Master Classes is loaded with video after video of high quality classes great to study jazz guitar.  Sometimes, the amount of information available can be a bit overwhelming.  This Starter Series is designed to expose you to a variety of types of classes and different Masters to help you decide what is most effective for you.

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Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary Class Content | Vic Juris

Vic offers a wealth of information as he discusses concepts from his book “Modern Chords”.  He shares techniques for reharmonizing songs with examples on All The Things You Are, Green Dolphin Street and Stella By Starlight.  He covers comping as well as picking techniques and exercises in response to class questions.

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Vic Juris’s associated book:

Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary
Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary 01:27:00

Art of Solo Guitar – Part I Class Content | Paul Bollenback

Paul holds another information-packed, inspiring class.  This, the first in a series by him on solo guitar playing.  Paul has included 14 pages of study material with this class!

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Art of Solo Guitar - Part I
Art of Solo Guitar – Part I 01:25:00

Going for Baroque Class Content | Steve Herberman

This class is an introduction to Baroque-style counterpoint filled with harmonic resources to aid in the ability to compose and improvise within this style. Focusing on contrary motion and the authentic cadence employing secondary dominants, cycles and modulations, the written exercises are designed to help get strong compositional elements in the ears and hands of the player.

Once the finger mechanics and harmonic concepts have been practiced, two-line improvisation in this style can occur more easily.

We’ll be dealing with quick harmonic rhythms, chords lasting one or two beats and played in cycles resulting in music with forward motion that contain interesting modulations.

Highlights of the class include:

  • Single note Baroque-style etudes,
  • 2-part exercises in contrary motion,
  • melodic embellishments,
  • conversational bass techniques,
  • cycle 4 and cycle 6 target chords using secondary dominants. IV V I
  • cadences in various keys,
  • chromatic counterpoint in contrary motion,
  • an original arrangement of All cadences in various keys
  • chromatic counterpoint in contrary motion,
  • an original arrangement of All The Things You Are written as a Baroque/Jazz hybrid for 6 string guitar with additional pages included for 7 string guitarists.
  • The class comes with 21 pages of written material in standard notation.
  • Any player wishing to get deeper into composing and improvising in the Baroque style will not want to miss this class!
  • 65 Minutes
  • 21 Pages of PDF materials
Going for Baroque
Going for Baroque 01:05:00

Bebop Flow: Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 Class Content | Sheryl Bailey

Learn how to play in any harmonic situation and create long, fluid lines with this concept of applying the Dom7 Be-bop Scale with a group of chord substitutions called “The Family of 4”.

The Bebop Flow course, taught by renowned jazz guitarist Sheryl Bailey, is an in-depth exploration of the harmonic concepts that underpin bebop and how they can be connected through the use of the “family of 4” approach.

The course is aimed at intermediate to advanced guitarists who want to develop a deeper understanding of the harmonic structures used in bebop and learn how to create flowing melodic lines that connect these structures.

Throughout the course, Sheryl Bailey breaks down key concepts such as the bebop scale, chord tones, and chord progressions, providing detailed explanations and demonstrations of how these concepts can be used to create fluid lines that connect the harmony.

The course is divided into four main sections, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the bebop flow approach:

  1. Building Blocks – In this section, Sheryl Bailey introduces the key harmonic concepts that underpin the bebop flow approach, including the bebop scale, chord tones, and chord progressions.
  2. Family of 4 – The family of 4 approach is a powerful tool for connecting harmonic concepts and creating flowing lines. In this section, Sheryl Bailey teaches you how to use this approach to create melodic lines that connect the harmony.
  3. Turnarounds – Turnarounds are an essential part of jazz harmony, and in this section, Sheryl Bailey teaches you how to use the bebop flow approach to create flowing lines over common turnaround progressions.
  4. Practical Application – In the final section of the course, Sheryl Bailey demonstrates how the concepts covered in the course can be applied in a practical setting, showing you how to use the bebop flow approach to create solos over a variety of jazz standards.

The course includes detailed video lessons, downloadable practice materials, and backing tracks to help you practice and apply the concepts covered in the course. Whether you’re an intermediate guitarist looking to develop your understanding of jazz harmony or an advanced player looking to take your solos to the next level, the Bebop Flow course is an essential resource for any guitarist looking to master the bebop language.

“Sheryl Bailey shares her approach to practicing and developing strong sounding bebop lines and gives specific examples to demonstrate the concept. This is a lesson from a real performer so it’s real practical application rather than just theory! Some bebop lessons that I’ve encountered at times tend to be dry and removed from the melodic flow and intensity of the real music.”

~ Az Samad

“Sheryl lays out the material in a very intelligent & organized manner! Her concept is nothing short of brilliant.”

~ Steven Larcovic

“I think this is simply the best instructional video I’ve ever seen. Very practical, very clear, sick lines. Sheryl is just an amazing teacher who not only teaches very well but plays smoking lines too. By the end of the video you finally understand the concept of substitions and how to play the bebop scale.
Get this!”

Read a full review of this class in Guitar International Magazine

“Sheryl Bailey, in addition to being an outstanding musician and performer, does a great job of communicating concepts to students. Application of the Micro-cosmic bebop line to the family of 4 plus 1 chords came very easily after taking this lesson. I started working the line into ii-Vs in a bunch of tunes my quartet performs. This is how I run through keys, by pushing myself to use new ideas in tunes. The application to tritone subs was excellent. Great lesson…thanks!”

~ Mark B.

“This is a great lesson for anyone who wants to understand the Bebop language with easy and fast. Results are immediately practical. 
Sheryl founded a way to make it really simple and understandable.
5 chords and just one dominant Bebop scale and you’re ready to go for it.
Thanks Sheryl you did a great job, we’re waiting for part two.”

~ Chris

“Another great insight from Sheryl. I have been working with the Bebop scales for awhile and were hit and a lot of miss, but this lesson put’s it all into perspective and now getting some great new sounds in my lines. “

~ Steve B.

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Bebop Flow: Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 01:22:00
MMC Study Suggestion by Az 00:00:00
1: Intro 00:01:23
2. Just Friends – Intro Solo 00:02:50
3. What is the Flow? Dominant 7 Bebop Scale Example 00:03:44
4. F7 Bebop Scale Fingerings From All Chord Tones (3 and 2 octaves) 00:02:03
5. How to Use The Flow 00:00:29
6. The Micro-Cosmic Bebop Line – Intro 00:02:08
7. The Micro-Cosmic Bebop Line – The Line 00:00:38
8. The Micro-Cosmic Bebop Line – Analysis 00:01:58
9. The Family of 4 – Intro 00:01:04
10. The James Brown Chord and Pluralities 00:02:22
11. Am7b5 and Cm6 00:02:30
12. The Bebop Scales 00:04:38
13. Nice Fingerings for Ebmaj7 and Am7b5 Arpeggios 00:00:50
14. How to get a Lydian Sound 00:01:01
15. The Flow on Vamps 00:01:01
16. Major II-Vs 00:00:41
17. Minor II-Vs and The Altered Sound 00:02:59
18. Learning to Hear on Major and Minor II-Vs 00:02:45
19. Learning to Hear over Major7 00:01:23
20. II-7 V7 with Dom7 Bebop 00:04:34
21. Minor II V with Dom7 Bebop 00:01:52
22. Family of 4 Bebop Lines 00:07:06
23. All The Possible Sounds – F7 Cmin7 Ebmaj7 Cmin7 F7 Amin7 D7b9 00:03:21
24. Improvised Solo Example 00:02:54
25. Just Friends Ala Bebop – Explanation 00:06:52
26. Just Friends Ala Bebop – Solo Example and Thoughts 00:04:17
27. Substitute II-Vs 00:03:10
28. Light and Dark on C7 00:04:03
29. Just Friends (Slower Tempo) 00:03:34
30. Just Friends – Improvised Outro Solo 00:02:09

The Joy of Practicing Class Content | Tom Lippincott

“Practice makes perfect,” so the saying goes.  However, many musicians view practice as a necessary but tedious and grueling task that’s full of drudgery.  Or even worse, some musicians approach practicing with a sense of fearful urgency, feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work that they must complete in order to reach their goal of being a “great” player.

These same people are often uncertain how to organize their practice time, not sure what they should practice, or how much time they should to devote to each subject.  Even accomplished musicians can sometimes experience a lack of inspiration or feel unsure about how to structure a practice session.

If any of this sounds familiar, then this class can help get your practicing back on track and assist you with achieving more fulfillment from your guitar practice sessions.

Practicing should be approached with joyful anticipation and savored instead of undertaken with reluctance or dread. 

The Joy of Practicing explores ideas and recommendations with an eye toward making practice enjoyable and productive rather than tiresome and dull.  The class covers a suggested practice routine broken down into nine categories with examples from each.

While the list of items presented may not be perfect for everyone, students can use the guide as a starting point to build a custom practice plan tailored specifically for their own needs and goals.

The Joy of Practicing covers:

  • Ideas for making practice sessions more fun and approaching music and musical development with a positive attitude
  • Breakdown of three types of musicians with a discussion of the differences in goals for each
  • Discussion of technique practice with examples of right and left hand exercises, as well as scale and chord exercises to improve technical proficiency
  • Note-recognition exercises for help with learning note names on the neck, as well as reading notation and rhythmic notation reading exercises
  • Devoting separate practice time to rhythmic development, with multiple examples
  • Discussion of listening to music, both “actively” and “passively,” and its importance in a musician’s development
  • Step-by-step breakdown of suggested routine for learning a new tune accurately and thoroughly
  • Concise but complete list of what to practice to develop harmony, chords, and comping, with multiple examples
  • Exploration of single-note improvisation with examples of applying concepts of voice leading, guide tones, approach and target notes, chord tone versus chord scale approach, development of intervallic patterns, reharmonization techniques, and motivic development
  • Discussion of composition and its importance to musical development, with suggestions and tips
  • Running time: 126 minutes
  • Includes 25 pages of written examples and exercises
  • All musical examples from the video are provided in music notation, tablature, and chord grid form.
  • Each example performance in the video is titled and numbered for easy navigation.
  • MP3 backing tracks for written examples and solos
Full Class + Download
The Joy of Practicing 02:07:00
Intro Song 00:01:40
Introduction & About My Guitar (Tuning and Fanned Frets) 00:02:01
Defining Practice 00:01:48
Goals For the Professional 00:01:42
Goals For the Semi-Professional 00:01:00
Goals For the Hobbyist 00:00:32
The Surprisingly Most Successful Way To Practice 00:00:52
How Kenny Werner Practices 00:00:51
Practicing Guitar, Video Games, and Life 00:02:59
Stop Trying To Get Better 00:00:42
My Practice List and Practice Time Organisation 00:02:23
One Small Subject In Great Detail 00:01:53
The Lifetime Master List and The Short Term Master List 00:01:30
Staying Relaxed 00:01:24
Slow Scales and Meditation 00:02:01
Warming Up Like Scott Tennant 00:00:31
Ex 1 – Left Hand Slurs and Variations 00:01:11
Ex 2 – Finger Independence 00:02:13
Giuliani Exercises 00:01:50
Ex 3 – Giuliani Right Hand Study 00:00:39
10 Three Octave Scales For Technique Practice – Ex 4A to 4J 00:03:37
Chordal Things – Ex 5 and Ex 6 00:02:01
Why Learn to Read 00:01:28
Ex 1 – Note Row 00:02:03
Ex 2 – Note Row on High E String 00:01:32
Ex 2a – Note Row in 5th Position 00:01:54
Ex 3 – Eighth Note Reading 00:13:11
Ex 3b Sixteenth Note Reading 00:02:30
Intro to Rhythm Practice 00:00:39
Ex 1 – Eighth Note in 4/4 missing h in eighth 00:01:08
Variations with Improvisation 00:01:50
Click on the and of 2 00:01:49
Ex 2 – 8th Note Triplets 00:02:35
Ear Training Exercises 1 to 4 00:02:08
Ear Training Exercises 5 to 7 00:02:10
The Importance of Listening 00:02:30
Active Listening 00:00:55
Two Approaches to Transcription 00:03:09
Transcribe! Software Tutorial 00:11:23
The Importance of Repertoire 00:01:46
Repertoire Ex 1 to 4 00:02:48
Repertoire Ex 5 and 6 00:02:12
Repertoire Ex 7 and 8 00:01:34
Repertoire Ex 9 – Alternate Changes and Color Tones 00:01:48
Repertoire Ex 10 – Chord Melody 00:01:24
Repertoire List Guidelines 00:00:34
A Systematic Approach to Harmony 00:02:29
Harmony Ex 1 to 5 00:05:36
Harmony Ex 6 to 10 00:07:30
Improvisation Ex 1 and 2 00:02:07
Improvisation Ex 3 and 4 00:01:34
Improvisation Ex 5 to 7A 00:03:20
Improvisation Ex 8 00:02:06
Improvisation Ex 9 and 10 00:03:35
Improvisation Ex 11 and 12 00:03:32
Tom’s Personal Approach to Composition 00:04:16
Closing Thoughts and Outro Performance 00:02:03

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