Jazz chord melody may very well be the
most challenging of all guitar styles to truly master. Players must develop
right-hand thumb and finger independence, a robust vocabulary of jazz
voicings, a strong sense of melody and an arranger's feel for composition.
And these are just the fundamentals. Once you have the "easy" stuff down,
it's all about groove, arrangement, performance and improvisation in real
time, often as a soloist.
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You probably wouldn't need more than ten fingers to count out the
bonafide masters of this form. Pass, Montgomery, Farlow, Ellis and Breau
would likely make everybody's list. Save one of those fingers for John
Stowell, the guitarists' guitarist and one of the modern masters of jazz
chord melody guitar.
Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn't use any of the clichés; he has an
incredible originality. John is a master creator," says Larry Coryell. Herb
Ellis agrees saying that, "More guitarists would play like John Stowell if
they only knew how." John Stowell's Modern Chord Melody reveals
Stowell's original approach and raises the bar for lucid, insightful
instruction for jazz chord melody and improvisation.
Chord Melody takes the student beyond conventional harmony and chords by
introducing a broader, more contemporary palette of voicings, shapes and
single note ideas. Stowell beckons students to think out of the box, to
create and visualize new shapes and sounds on the instrument. John also
demonstrates a series of new inversions, which can be readily employed in
accompaniments and compositions, and may also serve as templates on the neck
to generate unusual and original sounding melodies and motifs.
Students will play their way through Modern Chord Melody using
Stowell's original tunes as a workbook for demonstrating the new techniques
and sounds presented in the course. Each arrangement showcases key
techniques and approaches in context, after which Stowell explains how to
extract and apply the moves in your own playing, arrangements and
Modern Chord Melody is not for the feint of heart. Much of the
material in this course presents new approaches, voicings and techniques
that will take serious practice time to absorb and master. Modern Chord
Melody will reward the student's diligence with an impressive faculty
for chord melody.
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