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Mike Demicco - You Can Play Jazz Guitar Vol. 1

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9 Videos | Length: 1hr 22min 12sec
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  • Tuning & Major Scale Positions 7:20

    Tuning & Major Scale Positions

    In this intro video, we meet jazz guitarist Mike DeMicco and go over tuning and the positions of the major scale.

  • Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios 8:17

    Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

    Next we learn about diatonic chords and arpeggios.

  • Modes & Chord Numbers 10:18

    Modes & Chord Numbers

    Here we learn what modes are, what the different modes are named, and how to use chord numbers to play different chord progressions.

  • Coordinating Left/Right Hand Techniques & Using a Metronome 8:06

    Coordinating Left/Right Hand Techniques & Using a Metronome

    Mike goes over left and right hand techniques in order to play more fluidly as well as introducing us to the metronome.

  • Mode Exercises & Arppegios at the 8th Fret 8:03

    Mode Exercises & Arppegios at the 8th Fret

    In this video, we learn mode exercises in different positions and we look at arpeggios played at the 8th fret.

  • More on Arpeggios 9:09

    More on Arpeggios

    Here we see arpeggios played from the 5th and 10th fret and learn an advanced arpeggio exercise.

  • Diatonic Chords & Examples of a 2m-5-1 Progression 10:36

    Diatonic Chords & Examples of a 2m-5-1 Progression

    Next, we go over diatonic chords in the keys of F and Eb major and see examples of a 2m-5-1 progression.

  • Major Scale in Other Keys & Performance of 10:40

    Major Scale in Other Keys & Performance of "Just Too Minor"

    In this tutorial, Mike goes over major scale positions in different keys and we see a performance and breakdown of the song "Just Too Minor"

  • 9:43

    "Just Too Minor" Played Slower, Blues Licks, & Final Thoughts

    In this last video we see the song "Just Too Minor" played slower with more analysis, we go over the comping of different blues licks, and get Mike's final thoughts.

Product Overview

In this Homespun videos series, you’ll learn the skills every guitar player needs to play beautiful solos and create exciting improvisations. Jazz pro Mike DeMicco gives you a complete understanding of what jazz guitar is all about, taking you through a wide variety of scales, modes, arpeggios and chord voicings, and then teaches you how to practice them so you can move around the fingerboard with ease.

The enormous amount of information presented here will be invaluable to you in all situations, whether you're jamming on simple chord progressions or approaching a complex jazz standard. Mike provides numerous exercises and plays musical examples to illustrate the techniques he teaches. You'll gain an understanding of the fretboard and the elements of music theory- all the tools you'll need to start playing jazz.

For the lesson's culmination, Mike teaches his original tune, Just Too Minor, which features a melodic "head" or melody, followed by a variety of comping and soloing ideas. When Mike is joined by Vinnie Martucci on keyboards and Rich Syracuse on bass, the ensemble perfectly demonstrates how it all fits together.

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Mike Demicco - You Can Play Jazz Guitar Vol. 1 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and Informative. Good Teacher+++++++++++ For everyone who want to play Jazz. Good Teacher easy to learn from Him.
Date published: 2019-12-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful introduction to the world of jazz guitar. This is a wonderful introduction to guitar students wishing to enter the world of jazz. Mike is clear and thorough and the examples are fun. Even intermediate guitarists can learn and be inspired. My own warm up will now include some of Mike's examples.
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Mike - Jazz on! I loved this. Mike takes us through essential basics that really will begin to unlock the fretboard for the budding jazz guitarist. The material is suitable for someone past the beginner stage, e.g. if you already know some blues or rock scales and want to get into jazz fundamentals. He doesn't do much to explain some of the chord voicings. And a word of warning - please take his right hand guidance with a pinch of salt! The playing example is amusingly haphazard - not really alternate picking - and makes me wonder how exactly he developed the fluency to play some of the faster runs on show later on. I really enjoyed learning the tune - good material to listen to and for learning to switch mode on the fly. Any chance of Mike vol.2???
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from It's hard to be a great teacher. This is obviously footage of a VHS tape, of a teacher from the late 1980's. He's probably a very good teacher in person. He can and does slow things down for the student, but this video is a degraded tape of the guy. It's nowhere close to a personal instruction course on the guitar. You're seeing some out of context footage here, of a guy who's probably a good personal coach. But even 20 years ago, this was somewhat obsolete. YET, this course has great value.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good intro to jazz basics This was good (though it looked like it was recorded on vhs) and Mike seemed a bit nervous, but it was interesting and helpful. Made me understand modes a bit better.
Date published: 2018-02-16
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