Watch the Melody is King online guitar lesson by Bruce Arnold from NYC Jazz Guitar Summit

Guitarist Jack Wilkins has been on the International jazz scene since the early 1970's. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, and Buddy Rich among many others. A native of Brooklyn, Jack began playing guitar at age thirteen. His mentors included Johnny Smith, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. Wilkins teaches at The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and LIU. He was invited to judge the Monk Institute Guitar Competitions in Washington. He also conducts seminars on the “Great American Songbook”, and guitar clinics, both in New York and abroad. His latest CD's, "Reunion", “Christmas Jazz Guitar” the DVD's, “The Benedetto Players in Concert”, “The Benedetto Players and Guild Jazz Masters”, and “Jazz Guitar Workshop” are all currently available. A new CD is now available called “Until It’s Time” on the Maxjazz label. Jack's segment takes a look at adding some professionalism to your solo guitar playing. He often finds that the biggest challenge for students is to be able to organize and apply the musical concepts they learn, and this workshop focuses on just that. Jack discusses the importance of the melody, the structure of the song, and clarifies the roman numeral chord numbering system as well as touching on right-hand technique, tritones, and substitute changes. The workshop wraps up with Jack addressing the question of "how to practice" which is often asked by his students.

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