Jazz guitar

17 of Mike’s Favorite Classes

Mikes Master Classes is loaded with video after video of high quality classes great to study advanced jazz guitar.  Sometimes, the amount of information available can be a bit overwhelming.  Especially if you are new to studying with masters through online video resources.  This page is designed to guide you through some of the more popular classes we currently offer.

For new visitors, this is a great list to get started with.

1. Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary

Vic Juris
Vic offers a wealth of information as he discusses concepts from his book “Modern Chords”.  He shares techniques for reharmonizing songs with examples on All The Things You Are, Green Dolphin Street and Stella By Starlight.  He covers comping as well as picking techniques and exercises in response to class questions.

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2. Going for Baroque

Steve Herberman
This class is an introduction to Baroque-style counterpoint filled with harmonic resources to aid in the ability to compose and improvise within this style.

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3. Art of Solo Guitar – Part I

Paul Bollenback
Paul holds another information-packed, inspiring class. This, the first in a series by him on solo guitar playing.

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4. Jazz Guitar Harmony Part V

Tom Lippincott
Jazz Guitar Harmony Part 5 covers: • review of close position seventh chords and tips for practical use • explanation of the terms “drop 2” and “drop 3” as they apply to guitar chord voicings.  The “chord scale exercise” which is a logical and musical presentation of drop 2 and drop 3 voicings by inversion and string set, using the seventh chords diatonic to the major scale.

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5. Chordal Solo Choruses

Steve Herberman
(in TAB and standard notation) The inspiration for this fun and challenging class comes from the exciting chordal solo choruses George Van Eps recorded for the Jump record label with his small group. This advanced-level class deals with arranging solos in a contrapuntal 8th note-based chordal style using fingerstyle or hybrid picking.

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6. Bebop Flow: Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4

Sheryl Bailey
Learn how to play in any harmonic situation and create long, fluid lines with this concept of applying the Dom7 Be-bop Scale with a group of chord substitutions called “The Family of 4”

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7. Composition Techniques

Jay Umble
If you have felt stuck in your ability to write tunes, this composition class will show you an entirely new way to address this process.

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8. Jazz Time Feel

Jamie Taylor
Amazing time and fantastic feel is the constant factor that unites all the jazz greats in history, from Louis Armstrong to Kurt Rosenwinkel. That well-worn II-V-I lick you’re so tired of can suddenly sound like a million dollars when you get it right in the middle of the pocket!

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9. Chord-Melody 101/201

Steve Herberman
You already know a handful of cool sounding voicings but chord-melody arrangements may still be tough. Ever listen to Wes Montgomery’s few unaccompanied chord solos and marvel at how beautiful they are in their simplicity yet they sound so incredible? You may recognize every chord shape Wes is playing, (mostly drop 2 and drop 3 inversions) but how did he arrange it to be so musically satisfying? I’ll offer my insight to this important question and others, recorded live so that questions can be asked at anytime during the recording!

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10. Modern Jazz Guitar – Part II

Tom Lippincott
Modern Jazz Guitar Part 2, Melody, covers: • in-depth analysis of modern jazz guitar single-note soloing techniques • examination of a standard chord progression (chord changes from “All the Things You Are”)

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11. Altered Sounds

Steve Herberman
In TAB and standard notation, 25 pages of written material Western music is based on the idea of harmonic cadence, tension and release. It’s easy to balance tension and release once the principles are clearly understood.

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12. Rhythm Changes – A Two Speed Approach

Jamie Taylor
It’s probably the second most called tune in the repertoire, after the blues, but the famous “Rhythm Changes” (i.e. the many variants of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”) always presents a challenge to musicians at every level of experience.

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13. Modern Harmony & Harmonic Concepts

Jay Umble
Guitarist Jay Umble will hold his first Mike’s Master Class where he will convey his ideas on modern harmony and harmonic concepts.  Topics include: Modern Harmonic Systems, C Dorian Harmonized Scale, Major and Minor Parallel Chordal Systems, Blurring the Harmonic Nature of Chords, Bossa Nova Rhythm Concept with application on a Standard Tune, Parallel Voicing Concepts for ii – V7 – I Progressions, Modern Comping with the Blues, Using a common tone on top for entire chorus, Pianistic voicings, Other voicings – 12 bar example, Applying the Altered Dominant Matrix System, Modern ii – V7 – I Progressions, and Harmonic Set-Ups.

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14. Getting Creative With Standard Tunes

Jon Wheatley
What is it about really good jazz playing that makes standards sound lyrical, fresh, and interesting?

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15. Soloing and Comping in a Pianistic Style

Lorne Lofsky
Jazz master Lorne discusses soloing and comping in a pianistic style.

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16. Advanced Harmony for the Jazz Guitarist

Roni Ben-Hur
11 lessons that will dramatically change your approach to chord voicing, allowing you to add color, texture and harmonic movements to every chord, using the minor 6 and major 6 diminished scales, and the diminished chord.  Mastering this information will give you the tools to create sophisticated voice leading, impressionistic chords with beautiful tensions, and raise your chord solo and accompaniment playing to new heights.

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17. A Guitarist’s Approach to the Harmony of Bill Evans

Sid Jacobs
If you’v ever heard Sid play Bill Evans arrangements for guitar, or read any of his books, you know what a treat you’re in for! If not, you’ll find out!!

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23. December 2013 by admin
Categories: Favorites | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Hi honey.I’m a guitar peaylr of 8 months, and the key is practice and practice.There is no secret ingredient that will make you switch chords faster, except practicing.Practice first your strumming. practice practice till you can go EXTREMELY FAST.than practice your fingers(A good excercise is the one where you strum the first three notes of each chords, like a scale, and you go up, and down, up and down, until it flows with no mistake)Have fun, and good luck

  2. Hi Mike,

    I’m interested in Sheryl Bailey’s bebop flow unit, but not sure of the course content. I’ve seen some you tube clips of Sheryl’s class and really like how she explains ideas clearly and to the point without showing off. When you say, “unit of study” what does that mean? Is this for one lesson or a unit of study, like a study module? I’m a bit confused with what you actually get.
    Is there a more detailed outline somewhere on your site that I may have missed?
    I look forward to your reply.


    Jeff Houston

    • The Classes on Mikes’ Master Classes include the following:

      1) Class lesson done in video format for viewing
      2) Printable PDFs of practice sheets and lesson study materials.

      Thinking of the lessons like a module is actually good as each class concisely covers one topic.

      Sheryl’s Bebop Flow lesson has two parts. Part I and Part II are somewhere between 1 hour to 2 hours. This is a typical length for all lessons here.

      Does this help to clarify?

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