Learning, listening and playing jazz is a jouney that takes a lifetime to travel. While every traveller plots their own path, all travelers must pass through the same milestones along the way. Much like how American painter, Thomas Cole depicts childhood, youth, adulthood and maturity in his series of paintings, "The Voyage of Life," American jazz artist, Mimi Fox presents the four key educational milestones that a jazz guitarist must achieve. Mimi's four TrueFire courses: Jazz Anatomy, Graduated Solos, Flying Solo and now Jazz Performance guide the student through the requisite techniques, harmony, improvisational theory and creative skills they'll need for their journey.
In Jazz Anatomy, Mimi broke down the fundamentals of the form, covering both rhythm and soloing over the five most common progressions; major blues, minor blues, modal, and both minor and major 2-5-1 progressions. In Graduated Solos, Mimi guided the student in the art of improvisation focusing on constructing balanced, inventive and engaging solos. Mimi's third course, Flying Solo, revealed the underlying science and art of performing and improvising without a rhythm section.
Now, in Jazz Performance, Mimi demonstrates the culmination of the key learnings from her previous three courses in a very unique educational format. In the first section of the course, the student is treated to live performances of 10 jazz standards in a trio setting. In the second section, Mimi provides an artist commentary for each tune, where she describes her harmonic and creative approach for the entire tune, including the solos. In the third section, Mimi analyzes and demonstrates key chord voicings and phrases from each tune's improvised solos.
Jazz Performance features several jazz standards, as well as Mimi's original tunes: Blues for Two, Stella by Starlight, Pack of Lies, Roses in January, Triste, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Yardbird Suite, My Romance, Caravan, and Lullaby of the Leaves.
The instructional elements are presented in an interactive video format and include complete tab and notation of the solos. Power tab and Guitar Pro files are also provided.
Whatever path you've chose to take on your journey to becoming a great jazz player, Jazz Performance will help light your way.