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Watch the Spirit of NYC Jazz online guitar lesson by Bruce Arnold from NYC Jazz Guitar Summit

Randy Johnston moved to Richmond, Virginia, at age thirteen, and started off playing rock music as a teenager. He studied at the University of Miami late in the 1970s and switched focus to jazz music, playing there with Ira Sullivan. He moved to New York City in 1981, and in the 1980s played with Houston Person and Etta Jones. In 1991 he signed with Muse Records; his first two albums were produced by Person and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. He has recorded steadily as a leader since then, and has also played as a sideman on albums with Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.

In this series Randy discusses tetrachord fingerings, which is a simple way to approach looking at the guitar fingerboard. As guitarists we have so many options in terms of playing the same chord or scale in different positions and the purpose of this course is to demonstrate how we can condense this into two or three different fingerings. He starts by demonstrating Ionian tetrachord fingers (of half of a major scale), then demonstrates how to modify this idea to encompass other scales and modes. This is a great concept to help you simplify your view of the neck!

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