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Lenny Breau and instruction videos and tribute

1. “The Intuitive Lenny Breau two note comping techniques for the advanced finger style guitarist”. This video explains the application of two note essential chord tones first from an intuitive approach and then from a theoretical point of view. You can start applying the knowledge right away. Two note comping chord tones are the appropriate 3rd and 7th degrees of any chord played together as a two-note chord to define if the chord is major or minor, or a dominant 7th chord. Lenny’s realization of using only two notes as his chord in any song being played logically freed up his remaining left hand fingers to play melodies. All of Washbrook’s examples start by learning two note comping tones for all chord types in all positions. This is your foundation to expand to the full potential of the fret board. You will find many close up examples on the TV and Washbrook uses an innovative almost eastern type philosophy of learning the examples one step at a time, which results in instant rewards and confidence. This method provides wise direction and organized training to develop coordination. This will insure that one will gain the insight and dexterity to develop the freedom not just to play memorized examples but one day to improvise using two note (or three note) chord tones with improvised melodies on top.
(Two one-hour videos with booklet)

2. “Altered sounds from melodic minor for chord re-harmonization and single note improvisation”. This video explains the application of how to use melodic minor first from an intuitive approach and then from a theoretical point of view. This way you can start applying the knowledge right away. All examples are approached with the Lenny Breau two note comping concept as your foundation to expand on. It has never been explained this way before. Washbrook discusses fingerings for the melodic minor, scale sequences, arpeggios, the melodic minor scale harmonized, static or functioning dominant 7th chords and the melodic minor applications, altered scales, chromatic notes in melodic lines, and more. Washbrook’s unique way of combining the lesson topics with two note comping tones as an easily memorable anchor point helps to retain and apply the knowledge faster.
(One Hour video and book)

3. “Altered sounds from harmonic minor for chord re harmonization and single note improvisation”. This video explains the application of how to use harmonic minor first from an intuitive approach and then from a theoretical point of view. This way you can start applying the knowledge right away. All examples are approached with two note comping as your foundation to expand on. Washbrook explains fingering for the harmonic minor, harmonic minor scale harmony, working with ii – V - 1 progressions, the diminished 7th chord in harmonic minor, arpeggios, harmonic minor in blues, static and functioning dominant 7th chords and understanding how to apply the harmonic minor sounds over these dominant 7th chords. This instructional material is well recorded and played slowly on the guitar with close-up examples on the TV screen. Washbrook’s unique way of combining the lesson topics with two note comping tones on the bottom strings helps one remember and apply the knowledge faster.
(One Hour video and booklet)

4. “Altered sounds diminished scale, whole tone scale, diminished whole tone scales”.
The teaching techniques in this video encourage your own natural way of understanding substitutions revealed through the viewpoint of altered chord clusters. Washbrook approaches the lessons on Lenny Breau’s two note comping style as your foundation to expand on. This instructional material is well recorded and played slowly on the guitar with close-up examples on the TV screen. Washbrook definitely has an individualistic way of explaining this. Washbrook’s unique way of combining the lesson topics with two note comping tones on the low strings helps one remember and apply the knowledge faster. (One Hour video and booklet)

5. “ Washbrook’s walking bass while adding chords and melody played simultaneously technique”.
This video first explains bass movement and applies it to chord progressions. The methods include many exercises to learn chord inversions and their different voice movements using different degrees of the chords as the moving bass part. Washbrook then goes on even further studying inversions and economy of movement to allow more complex chords and melodies to be played simultaneously along with the bass part. Stimulating examples have been prepared to help you develop coordination and technical understandings to actively practice by yourself at your own pace. Even though the video is full of information and examples, Washbrook’s method approaches this style in a way that allows you to become your own master teacher. It is similar to becoming your own arranger for the guitar. Washbrook teaches it like no one else making up bass, melody and chord parts that work from a memorized and then a truly improvisational point of view. Your development will require time, but Washbrook from the start always shows you how to make up your own examples as you go along and progress. Players like Martin Taylor, Tuck Andress, and Paul Musso do this technique today, but it is amazing to see Washbrook play this style. He is a natural at walking bass lines with chords and melody. The more you work at it the more the style becomes free for interjecting n improvisational ideas rather than memorizing pieces worked out note for note. It is very a rewarding style because it makes the guitar sound like a little band. It ultimately connects to other levels of the guitar such as voice leading, harmony, counterpoint, contrary motion, and a excellent way for the jazz student to get a feel for playing single note lines over chord changes in the higher octaves for melody use. (Two one-hour videos with booklet)

6. “The Intuitive Lenny Breau’s use of Harmonics”
One of Lenny’s most famous trademarks signature sound was his invention of the use of harmonics. Lenny would produce a harp or bell-like quality by playing the harmonic of chords, single notes, scales or even arpeggios created a haunting and mystical quality. This video includes basic introduction to how to play harmonics and then moves into advanced concepts. This instructional material is well recorded and played slowly on the guitar with close-up examples on the TV screen. Washbrook applies the use of harmonics creatively with an explanation of chord substitutions, modal applications, tonicization, arpeggio substitution, and help you find the best fingerings for such complex altered mystical sounds.
(One Hour video and booklet)

7. “The Intuitive Lenny Breau finger style interpretations of four popular standards”
This video teaches standards with a slow articulate note-for- note approach with close-up camera shots played slowly on the guitar for easy observation and fast retention for the student. This intimate teaching approach shares a true love and respect to the genius of Lenny Breau. Washbrook shows Lenny’s subtle nuances of tone, dynamics, harmonics, choice of chord substitutions, modal influences, two note comping chords with independent melody, rhythmical placement, phrasing and much more. These demonstrations cover much of Lenny’s stylistic key points and will motivate the student to learn these interpretations. We study the standards “Autumn leaves”, “Summertime”, “When Sunny Gets Blue”, and “All Of Me.” (One Hour video and booklet)

8.“Washbrook’s method of inversions, voice Leading, modal and quartal harmony concepts for guitar”.
This video explains the application of how to apply all your inversions of different chords in all positions on the fret board. The voice leading exercises are then applied with the knowledge of all the inversions to standard chord progressions. This instructional material is well recorded and played slowly on the guitar with close-up examples on the TV screen. The fun with modal and quartal harmony concepts will be introduced first from an intuitive approach first and then from a theoretical point of view, so that you can start applying the knowledge right away. Introducing them to you through famous recognizable standards helps you apply the modal and quartal harmony examples.
(Two one-hour videos with booklet)

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