William Leavitt was simply an outstanding guitar arranger and pedagogue - very musical and knowledgeable. BUT Whether one studies at Berklee, another college, or their local Guitar Center, one central goal is clear - to play music. In other words, repertoire. In other words, tunes. And they have other books covering chords and voice leading which are Jazz oriented.
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William Leavitt was simply an outstanding guitar arranger and pedagogue - very musical and knowledgeable. BUT Whether one studies at Berklee, another college, or their local Guitar Center, one central goal is clear - to play music. In other words, repertoire.
In other words, tunes. And they have other books covering chords and voice leading which are Jazz oriented. The Jazz song book has nice solo guitar arrangements but is also oriented around the low end of the fretboard in a lot of cases. So I have another suggestion. I think it would behoove this study group to utilize some of the excellent materials that this very website offers! For example, the Jazz Standard Study Guides. Using but one example, the tune Autumn Leaves is broken down into scales, chords, arpeggios, chord outlines and phrases for jazz language improv, and a bass line.
It is all broken down very nicely with helpful theory explanations along the way. We could have a parallel thread where we tackle such a tune over time, weaving in more and more material. For example, just play the comping chords and upload your recording, then the melody, then add the bass line. Or - bass, then chords, then melody.
From there play the scales and arpeggios, and finally the jazz language outlines and phrases. Build your jazz tune playing capability from the ground up! Overall this would be supportive of a more comprehensive study plan that is leveled and graduated.
Made up of Leavitt and Jazz Tunes study. All in all it would include - Technique, reading, etudes, tunes, jazz improv skill building. Finally - anybody could join this other thread, and at any time. No pressure, just fun. Just think about it - in two-three years you could have a solid technique foundation - AND - be able to play ten or so jazz standards convincingly.
Head, bass line, comping, a little chord melody, and a solo. For the solo you could improvise, use written solo material, or a combination of the two. Would welcome others thoughts on this idea. Last edited by Jazzstdnt; at AM.
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