More so than other styles, jazz guitarists find themselves performing in a wide variety of musical configurations; solo, duo, trio, quartet, big band and everything in between. Sometimes the jazz guitarist gets to play with another chordal player, such as a pianist, but more often than not the jazz guitarist is the only chordal instrument and is expected to support the vocalist or soloist accordingly. But what happens when it's time for the guitar solo? The entire dynamic changes without chords to play off of!
Sure, a good player will keep their lines clear, make all the changes and swing hard BUT there's still something missing. On the other hand, a great player knows how to accompany themselves during an improvisation in a band setting and during a solo performance. For those of you eager to graduate from just good to great, Christopher Woitach's Jazz Textures guitar lessons will take you there in a hurry.
Christopher Woitach is a performing jazz guitarist and composer hailing out of Portland, Oregon where he is also an adjunct professor of jazz guitar at Western Oregon University. He performs a wide range of jazz styles, from Dixieland to Free jazz, Ragtime to Bebop and has worked with the likes of Bernadette Peters, Rich Little, Hank Roberts, Bob Mover, Tony Monaco, Mel Brown and John Stowell (who by the way highly recommended Christopher for this particular course of study). Jazz Improv Magazine recognizes "Woitach's honed skills as a composer, his command of the guitar - all bolstered by his imaginative ideas as a soloist."
In Jazz Textures, you'll learn how to increase your chord vocabulary, turning the simplest voicings into multiple voicings that span the entire fretboard, ready for you to use in your improvisations, no matter where you are on the neck. You'll also learn how to think about chords in an entirely new way, as representations, giving you a flexible, supple harmonic palette to work with.
Christopher covers a variety of ways for you to accompany single note lines with chords you'll create, as well as chords already in your arsenal. There are examples, exercises, and improvisations throughout these video jazz guitar lessons that will help make all the concepts clear and quickly accessible to you.
"Texture is a term used to describe the varying amount of voices played simultaneously - single notes are one texture, chord melody another. In Jazz Textures, you'll learn how to fill in all the "textural" gaps between the two by harmonizing your lines with dyads of various intervals, dyads in various ratios, how to move chords horizontally and even how to use counterpoint in your improvisations."
Jazz Textures Curriculum
1. Right-Hand Technique
2. Representational Harmony
3. Building a Personal Chord Vocabulary
4. Moving Horizontally
5. C Major Chords
6. G Dominant Chords
7. G Altered Dominant Chords
8. Chord Types Combined
9. Using 3rds and 7ths
10. Accompanying the Improvised Line
11. Single Lines with Comped Chords
12. Single Lines with Embedded Chords
13. Embedded Chords: Exercise
14. Dyads: Octaves
15. Dyads: Intervals
16. Dyads: Contrary Motion
17. Dyads: Linear Intervallic
18. Dyads: 2.1
19. Dyads: Counterpoint
Jazz Textures includes a vast reference of textural material - dyads, triads, chord forms with scalar areas mapped out, exercises, examples of contrary motion and inner voice movement, horizontal essential scale charts, non-adjacent dyads and triads, dyads of various ratios - everything covered in the video and more.
The Jazz Textures guitar lessons will deliver the knowledge, technique and harmonic freedom to accompany your improvised solos and produce that big sound all great players possess. Texturize now!