Hal Leonard Tutorial

George Benson - The Art of Jazz Guitar

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    Introduction

    George Benson welcomes you to the course.

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    "Danny Boy" (ex. 1-2)

    George talks about why he likes the song "Danny Boy" and hnow he likes to play it.

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    Solo (ex. 3)

    In this video, George plays a solo using examples found in the booklet.

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    The Blues (ex. 4-15)

    George discusses why the learning the blues is a because of the chord change styles.

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    Chromatics (ex. 16-23)

    Continuing his discussion of learning the blues helping you become a jazz guitarist, George what you can do with chromatics.

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    Solo

    George plays another solo.

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    Singing (ex. 24)

    In this video, George discusses the concept of singing while playing the guitar.

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    "Nature Boy"

    George plays the song "Nature Boy."

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    Wes Montgomery (ex. 25-26)

    George discusses what he learned from the great Wes Montgomery.

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    "Rattling" (ex.27-28)

    In this video, George discusses "Rattling" notes.

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    "On Broadway" (ex. 29)

    George shows how he plays the song "On Broadway."

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    B.B. King

    George talks about the legendary B.B. King's guitar playing.

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    Chuck Berry

    In this video, George shows how Chuck Berry's style of playing inspired some of his own.

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    Turnarounds (ex. 30-35)

    George shows how turnarounds can be used.

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    Playing with Ideas & Influences

    George talks about the importance of experimentation.

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    Final Song

    In this final video, George ends the course with one last song.

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Eight-time Grammy-winner George Benson covers chord substitutions, turnarounds, the Wes Montgomery style, and more. He also demonstrates his signature scat-style singing on the groundbreaking “This Masquerade” and soloing over the famous “On Broadway” vamp.

As a bonus, several virtuoso solo jazz and blues guitar performances by Benson himself are included as further proof, if it were needed, of his total mastery of jazz guitar.

See why George Benson is and will forever be a true guitar monster!


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A former child prodigy, George Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin' was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following, as well as being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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    George Benson - The Art of Jazz Guitar

    Eight-time Grammy-winner George Benson covers chord substitutions, turnarounds, the Wes Montgomery style, and more. He also demonstrates his signature scat-style singing on the groundbreaking “This Masquerade” and soloing over the famous “On Broadway” vamp.

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