Jazz guitar students have three big
mountains to climb; the theoretical, the physical and the aesthetical.
The first two are fairly straight forward propositions. Keep your nose
in the books and you will surely master the theoretical. Spend enough
time in the shed and the chops will likewise surely come.
But mastering the "aesthetics" of jazz is quite another thing and this
is where most jazz guitar students hit the wall.
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Graduated Solos presents an intuitive approach for cultivating the
aesthetics of your jazz improvisations, specifically how to construct
beautiful, expressive solos using the melody as the template for the
improvisation. Most students of jazz guitar are so focused on
the prevailing progression that they often neglect the tune itself.
While there are many superb improvisations that
make no reference whatsoever to the
head, the most brilliant and
memorable solos are generally "graduated" improvisations that stem
directly from the melody.
Your professor of Graduated Solos is
Mimi Fox; phenom player, accomplished educator and top recording
artist on the
Nations label. Mimi chairs the guitar department at the Jazz School
in Berkeley. Her first TrueFire course,
rocketed immediately to the top of the jazz guitar instruction charts
and remains there to this day. Guitar Player cites Mimi as "a prodigious
talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms, but has managed
to reinvigorate them." Just Jazz Guitar hails her playing as "jazz
guitar at its best." In short, Fox has all the chops.
Graduated Solos is a hands-on playing course that gets you up and
running without tedious theory and exercises. Mimi presents five
compositions constructed with a wide range of progressions that are
common to thousands
of jazz tunes. You will first learn to play the melody for each
composition and work through a detailed analysis of the tune's
Mimi then demonstrates how to adapt the melody into a graduated series
of improvisations using arpeggiated figures, harmonic substitutions,
rhythmic variations, motific development, articulation, phrasing and
other approaches for building a well-constructed solo and playing with
"heart and commitment."
If your improvisations have "hit the wall" and you're feeling a bit in
the proverbial rut, Mimi's Graduated Solos course is likely the epiphany
you've been yearning for.