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Offline thor von clemson

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Thinking about switching gears a little
« on: January 16, 2007, 12:16:53 PM »
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I have always had a thing for Jazz and stuff like the California Guitar Trio, Divided Sky, etc. Progressive but not super heavy. Technical, melodic, and wonderful. I started listening to Jazz a few years ago and have really gotten into it. I am more into the mellow progressive stuff. I have a lot of ideas in my head for cool licks, chord voicings, etc, etc, I can play the bass lines with a separate bass for recording, and I know someone who can record drums and record stuff in general.

Its been exceptionally difficult to find anyone around here who wants to play Progressive Metal and I feel looking for band members has taken a lot of time away from my family (keep in mind I am 23 and got married 7 months ago plus we just bought a puppy). It has also put a lot of stress on me. Maybe I was looking for the wrong thing?

I will need to kind of start from scratch as far as learning scales, chords, etc goes but I feel that playing the music I have played for the last few years has helped a lot with my technique. To my understanding, good technique is just as important as knowing what to play. I know some basic stuff and I can lay out what I have going through my head pretty easily but it would help me a lot to learn some technical scales, chords, etc, etc.. Plus it would give me another excuse to get another Parker.

I would not have to worry about 4-5 other guys not commiting themselves to practice, learning the songs, and all that. I can commit as much or little time needed, learn the songs at my own pace, and really have fun with it.

I am looking for a book/dvd, dvd being the most important as I am a visual learner. Does anyone have anything in mind for a begining-intermediate jazz guitarist. Either that or something with an approach to unique chord structures, scale consctruction, and the like...

I'm really into some of the following artists. I realize there is a wide variety but anything will help.

Divided Sky, California Guitar Trio, Guthrie Govan, Aletheian, Cynic, Death (not necessarily the tempo of the music but the scales they use. I know Chuck from Death used the Harmonic Minor scale a lot), Aghora and anything that sounds catchy or unique.

I will add that I would prefer any instructional vid that focuses on using a pick rather than finger picking for now.


« Last Edit: January 16, 2007, 02:01:22 PM by thor von clemson »
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Offline bno

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2007, 12:39:26 PM »
I don't have it but have seen footage from it and it appears to be a very complete dissertation on one musician's take on jazz improvisation -

John McLaughlin's "This is How I Do It" DVD series - it ain't cheap.

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Offline jazzrat

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2007, 01:00:00 PM »
I learn visually also. I really like the Joe Pass videos. He talks about chord substitution and moving voices in the chord progression. It's challenging but not so much that it is discouraging.

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2007, 01:14:19 PM »
If you're interested in jazz fusion at all, I would recommend Scott Henderson's improvisation video (by REH Videos). The Allan Holdsworth instructional video can also give you some interesting ideas to work with.

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Offline loumt123

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2007, 01:58:56 PM »
www.jazzguitar.be

great place to begin.

 I also believe mel bay has an amazing series out called "mastering the guitar". I think there are books A-C. I got one for my brother for christmas. It slowly but surely builds up your sight reading abilities...almost a must for jazz. They are also offered as spiral bound (which all music books should be grrr[}:)])
 

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2007, 02:09:06 PM »
Lou,
No joke on the spiral bound!  8^)

What ended up happening with your Berkeley audition?  You may have posted the results elsewhere, but I don't remember reading about it.

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2007, 02:21:15 AM »
Give me those spiral bound music books too. Nothing like regular music books jumping off the music stand to make me appreciate spiral bound. Spiral will even lay flat on a table, what a concept.

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