This lab uses the original George Van Eps method for guitar. The student is rigorously involved in developing a triad-oriented approach to the finger board. Topics covered include harmonized scales and scale patterns, melodized triads, and free improvisations. Strong emphasis on correct technique for both right and left hands.
This is a continuation of ILGT-269 (rhythmic displacement in comping and soloing by the use of polyrhythms and polymeters).
Study and performance of the guitar playing style of Wes Montgomery through recordings and transcribed solos featuring Montgomery's own fingerings, phrasing, etc. Focus on the artist's blues and swing feel, spontaneous improvisation, and individuality.
Performance and study of guitar books from Broadway shows, night clubs, and recording sessions.
A sight-reading class for guitarists utilizing modern music in funk and jazz styles. The class will be based on a working guitarist's skills necessary to function in practical playing situations. Drills will utilize play-along recordings where class members will have to add parts on the spot. Guitar ensemble material will also be used to gain ensemble, phrasing, and intonation skills, as well as big band charts reading lines, comping chords, and improvising.