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This is an nine week course divided into three sections. Take any of the three or join Prof. Sher for the entire two months and take some time to really develop a round and full solo style! 

Chord Soloing: Session I – Wes Montgomery’s Chord Approach [3 Weeks] Class Content | Ben Sher

Wes Montgomery’s chord approach using Barry Harris’s 6th diminished scale

Wednesday Sessions: March 2, 9, & 16.

Wes completely revolutionized the possibilities harmonically for playing chord in a melodic context. He superimposed moving harmonies into  stagnant places harmonically within songs and chord progressions. In this three week course Much of his ideas for doing this can be found in Barry Harris’s approach.

In this class Prof. Sher will unravel that, show the specific chord voicing that Wes used, present examples and help students to develop this technique in their own playing. He’ll also present a transcription of Wes playing Round Midnight, which features an almost symphonic eight bar chord solo on the bridge! This is a three week section.

Full 9 Week Session

Three Weeks of Live Instruction
Wes Montgomery’s Chord Approach: Session I 01:14:29
Ben Sher: Session II 01:16:00
Wes Montgomery’s Chord Approach: Session III 01:02:53

Chord Soloing: Session II – Chord Soloing Brazilian Style [3 Weeks] Class Content | Ben Sher

The Brazilian guitar style: Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charlie Byrd.

Wednesday Sessions: March 23, 30, & April 6.

The Brazilian guitar style: Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charlie Byrd. This Brazilian guitar  style adds a layer of rhythmic complexity to the standard Johhny Smith-style chord solo. In this style the guitarist is essentially keeping three ‘voices’ happening at once: the bass, ostinato chord pattern, and the melody. Prof.Sher will present several of his arrangements of familiar tunes by Antonios Carlos Jobim. Students will learn some of the basic ‘comping’ patterns and how to apply them in a solo style. this isa three week section.

Three Weeks of Live Instruction
3-17-22 Live Session – Ben Sher 01:16:00
4-4-22 Live Session – Ben Sher 01:06:00

Chord Soloing: Session III – Advanced Harmonic Concepts [3 Weeks] Class Content | Ben Sher

Advanced Harmonic Concepts and Development of Personal Style

Wednesday Sessions: April 13, 20 & 27.

In this three week section Prof. Sher will delve into some non-linear approaches to harmonizing tunes. Drawing from the chord vocabulary of Wayne Shorter, Jim Hall, and the contrapuntal style of Gene Bertoncini Prof. Sher will help students develop highly personalized chord solos. style. this isa three week section.

Three Weeks of Live Instruction
4-17-22 Live Session – Ben Sher 00:58:00
4-27-22 Live Session – Ben Sher 00:59:00
5-17-22 Live Session – Ben Sher 00:56:00

Chord Soloing: Session IV – [3 Weeks] Class Content | Ben Sher

Advanced Harmonic Concepts and Development of Personal Style

Mondays Sessions: June 13, 20 and 27

In this three week continuation section Prof. Sher will delve into some non-linear approaches to harmonizing tunes. Drawing from the chord vocabulary of Wayne Shorter, Jim Hall, and the contrapuntal style of Gene Bertoncini Prof. Sher will help students develop highly personalized chord solos. style. this isa three week section.

Three Weeks of Live Instruction
Session 1: Billie’s Bounce – Blues Changes 01:00:00

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