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Mike Demicco - You Can Play Jazz Guitar Vol. 1

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    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.

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    Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

    Next we learn about diatonic chords and arpeggios.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    More on Arpeggios

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

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    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.

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    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"

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    "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.

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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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GrayGuitar
Submitted 2 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Game Designer, Reaper


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quaylebeast
Submitted 2 months ago

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???


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Akmonster
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer


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Nyj
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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Hi and thanks for the review!
You would be correct...the Homespun collection that we get from our friends at Homespun Tapes were originally pulled from either DVD or, in this case, VHS and then modified and put on our site for our All-Access Pass members. I believe the copyright on this one was 1993, certainly one of the older ones we've received.
But the content is valuable and as long as you guys still like watching them, we'll keep putting them up!

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GrayGuitar
Submitted 2 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Game Designer, Reaper

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quaylebeast
Submitted 2 months ago

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???

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Akmonster
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer

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Nyj
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thanks for the review!
You would be correct...the Homespun collection that we get from our friends at Homespun Tapes were originally pulled from either DVD or, in this case, VHS and then modified and put on our site for our All-Access Pass members. I believe the copyright on this one was 1993, certainly one of the older ones we've received.
But the content is valuable and as long as you guys still like watching them, we'll keep putting them up!
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Mike DeMicco is a guitarist and composer with The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (BBQ), and is featured on their recordings as well as his own CD, As The Sun Sets. His musical diversity has led him to work with Dave Brubeck, Warren Bernhardt, Taylor Eigsti, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Mose Allison, James Taylor, Michael Franks, Garth Hudson, Rory Block and many other celebrated artists. Mike has performed extensively at the major US and European jazz festivals worldwide; at many prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art; and on "Prairie Home Companion" and PBS. He has conducted master classes and clinics at numerous college and universities (University of North Florida, University of the Pacific, Pennsylvania State Universities, Bard and Skidmore). Mike has received a certificate for outstanding service to jazz education from the International Association of Jazz Educators, has been awarded two Meet The Composer grants, and has appeared twice on PBS' internationally syndicated Jazz in America series. Aside from this busy schedule Mike teaches private guitar students at his studio near Woodstock, NY.

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    Mike Demicco - You Can Play Jazz Guitar Vol. 1

    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.

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Mike Demicco - You Can Play Jazz Guitar Vol. 1 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 4 .
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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