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Swing Comping – Charleston Rhythm Variaton 3 [Pt 4/4] [CCL14]

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Swing Comping – Charleston Rhythm Variation 2 [Pt 3/4] [CCL13]

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Swing Comping – Charleston Rhythm Variation 1 [Pt 2/4] [CCL12]

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Shadow of Your Smile

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Swing Comping – Charleston Rhythm [Pt 1/4] [CCL11]

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Giant Steps Chords

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Latin Comping 6: If You Never Come To Me [CCL10]

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Godin Guitar Demo Video (Feat Isn’t she lovely)

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Latin Comping 5: Girl From Ipanema [CCL9]

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Latin Comping 4: Wave [CCL8]

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Latin Comping 3: Once I Loved [CCL7]

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Latin Comping 2: Corcovado [CCL6]

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Latin Comping 1: How Insensitive [CCL5]

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12 Bar Jazz Blues in Bb

A short lesson on an old favorite, the 12 Bar Blues in Bb, utilizing a downward (mostly) quarter note pulse as the main rhythmic tool in the comp. I play through two choruses with quite a bit of embellishment, then settle into a ‘stomp’, ala ‘Freddy Green’ style accompaniment. This style was popularized in the early to mid 20th century, particularly by guitarists in Europe and America who performed without amplification on the bigger ‘git-boxes’ (larger bodied acoustic guitars) in the rhythm sections of small and large ensembles. In order to cut through the sound of louder brass / reed … [Read more...]

The Ibanez George Benson GB10

In this video I improvise over George Benson’s version of Jose Feliciano’s tune ‘ Affirmation’ in B minor. See the attached transcription sheet, which has the details of all the substitutions and chord impositions I use to navigate the original chord chart. I also play an improvised rubato intro, which is a small exploration of the main harmonic theme of the A section - Emi9 to Bmi9, and a nod to the main melodic theme in some points. If anyone is interested in some approaches to the specific harmonic techniques or imposed chords please message me! Full Lesson Transcription … [Read more...]

Combover Blues

Local Auckland band ‘Blue Train’ plays ‘Combover Blues’ (something I can relate to HA!) - an original composition by Steve Sherriff. In this line up ‘Blue Train’ are Steve Sherriff - Tenor Sax, Alan Brown - Piano, Cameron MacArthur -Acoustic Bass, Jason Orme – Drums and Dixon Nacey - Guitar. Another great jam with these talented jazz muso’s from Auckland New Zealand. This tune, a Blues in A minor, presents the improviser with a few surprise chords at the end of the form (see the last 4 bars of the melody transcription provided) – lots of dominant sevenths: E7 – F7 – D7 – C7 for two … [Read more...]

Nick’s Tricks

Local Auckland band ‘Blue Train’ plays Nick's Tricks, an original composition by Steve Sherriff. In this line up ‘Blue Train’ are Steve Sherriff - Tenor Sax, Alan Brown - Piano, Cameron MacArthur - Acoustic Bass, Jason Orme – Drums and Dixon Nacey - Guitar. Had a great time jamming with these guys – complex tune and I had to memorise this melody by heart and still failed getting it all as I’d practiced it heaps slower, HA! Happy with the solo though; my focus, which I can still recall now a couple years on, was on playing thematically through the changes, trying as best I could to … [Read more...]

Masterclass Lesson 14:Pentatonics over Altered Chords 1-6-2-5 in C [ML14]

In this lesson we examine our old friend – the major turnaround or 1-6-2-5 (I major, IV dom7, ii m7 and V dom7) in the key of C Major – a staple progression utilised to introduce, bridge, tag, and vamp many classic jazz standards. This numbered sequence of chords is derived directly from the 1st, 6th, 2nd and then 5th chord roots of the C Major scale and thus, contains the following chords (with alterations to the 5th and 6th chords): | Cma7 | A7(alt) | Dmi7 | G7(alt) | The focus of this lesson is squarely on the two dominant chords – A7(alt) and G7(alt). It is important to note that … [Read more...]

Andy Irvine Tour 2014 – Reacting

In this video I collaborate on an original song in a clinic with American bassist, composer and music educator Andy Irvine, with legendary Kiwi drummer Patrick Kuhtze at the Auckland Rockshop’s BackBeat Bar. The theme of the workshop (apart from being all things bass!) was to really open up as a group to listening to what was happening between the musicians. I thought of this as keeping a focus on holding down the groove when comping and trying to interact as much as possible without getting in the way or ‘just coasting’ and playing chords I knew for the sake of playing something. Rather, I … [Read more...]

Swing Comping 4: ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ Chord Melody [CCL4]

In this, the 4th and final in our 4-part harmonisation series, we examine an arrangement of the great standard ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ (Bart Howard, 1954). Preparation: In order to prepare for the lesson, first study the attached chord chart (downloadable as a PDF). I would suggest printing this off to use as a guide when going through the video – or finding a lead sheet (in almost any of the widely available Jazz Standards Real Books) which has the melody and chords written in. 4 Part Harmony: As this 4 video series deals specifically with 4-part harmony, I thought it would be a good … [Read more...]