In this intro video, we meet jazz guitarist Mike DeMicco and go over tuning and the positions of the major scale.
Next we learn about diatonic chords and arpeggios.
Here we learn what modes are, what the different modes are named, and how to use chord numbers to play different chord progressions.
Mike goes over left and right hand techniques in order to play more fluidly as well as introducing us to the metronome.
In this video, we learn mode exercises in different positions and we look at arpeggios played at the 8th fret.
Here we see arpeggios played from the 5th and 10th fret and learn an advanced arpeggio exercise.
Next, we go over diatonic chords in the keys of F and Eb major and see examples of a 2m-5-1 progression.
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"
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.
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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