INDIVIDUAL LESSON DESCRIPTION

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FOREWORD.

​The lesson aims to involve the student in the study of the Latin-jazz guitar. The knowledge of the techniques of harmonization on the guitar can enable the student to face the performance of standards of world music subsequently reworked gradually in a personal way. The idea is therefore to provide participants with the technical and theoretical means to acquire at a basic level a good knowledge of jazz improvisation technique that can also be used in pop and related contexts. There is no preclusion to the type of guitar used by the participants since the fundamental principle is to encourage them to be creative regardless of the technical specifications of the instrument used. The lesson can also take place thru Skype and the payment procedure is done thru PayPal.

Topics of the lesson can be decided compatibly with the time available.

CHORDS AND HARMONIZATION TECHNIQUES.

• Basic techniques for using the right hand in fingerstyle jazz;

• Technical and theoretical study of the mechanisms that regulate the functioning of the guitar from the harmonic point of view;

• The harmonized scales-study hypothesis;

• Melodization of the chords or the movement of the static chords maj7-min.7-dom7-dim.-half dim.- on the whole fretboard;

• Major and minor principal cadences or the harmonic movements most often recurring in musical pieces; the Turnarounds;

• The rhythm guitar in Swing and Brazilian music;

 

IMPROVISATION - THEORY AND PRACTICE

• Exploration of the fretboard and display of scales and arpeggios in the various boxes;

• The importance of position playing;

• The control of the alternating bass in the execution of scales and arpeggios and intervals;

• Fundamental aspects of improvisation-rationality and instinct;

• Guide tones and emphasis on tensions and diatonic extensions of the chords;

• Diatonic and chromatic approaches

 

ARRANGING AND HARMONIZING A SONG FOR SOLO GUITAR.

• From theme to polyphony;

• Choosing the right key;

• The walking bass;

• Substitutions and secondary dominants;

• The groove: Style and stylistic coherence;

• Movement of the parts;

• The directions of phrasing;

• The drop chords.