What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Jazz Improvisation for Guitar

by Doc Dosco

Garrison Fewell has a jazz improvisation book that I think is well worth
checking out. Both Jim Hall and Howard Alden give it glowing reviews. I
went through some examples and checked through the CD several times.
Garrison covers a lot of material in this 140 page book about his
melodic approach to playing jazz lines using triadic shapes. Berklee
Press succinctly describes the contents of the book in the following
write-up. This is a great learning tool for those who want to expand
their knowledge using 'a melodic approach'.

From Berklee Press:

Jazz Improvisation for Guitar: A Melodic Approach
by Garrison Fewell

Improvise better solos by using triads and melodic extensions. Melodies
based on triads and melodic extensions sound more natural and musical
than ones developed exclusively from scales. Triads-the fundamental
building blocks of harmony-are a simple and effective remedy for scale
dependency in improvisation. Explore the potential of triads and their
melodic extensions, and learn to connect them using guide tones. You'll
learn to create solo phrases in the styles of some of the world's finest
jazz guitarists-Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Grant Green, Kenny
Burrell, and Pat Martino.

In Jazz Improvisation for Guitar: A Melodic Approach, world-renowned
jazz guitarist Garrison Fewell offers an organized approach to creating
expressive and melodic jazz solos and accompaniments. This book includes
numerous triad and melodic extension examples and exercises to help you
achieve the most expressive jazz feel and rhythm.

* Broaden your melodic palette using triads, melodic extensions, guide
tones, and altered notes.
* Expand your agility on the fretboard, throughout the range of the guitar
* Learn the intervals that make up melodies
* Add articulation to your phrases by playing excerpts in the styles of
the masters of jazz guitar
* Use guide tones to connect your melodic lines and play the changes
* Get the rhythmic skills essential to jazz phrasing
* Use guide tones to build voicings for comping
* Tablature included

Develop a more melodic way of thinking about harmony, and learn the
improvisational tools that will help you create your own approach to
soloing over chord changes.

The included play-along CD features outstanding musical examples and
rhythm-section tracks performed by a top-flight trio: Garrison Fewell
on guitar, Steve LaSpina on bass, and John Riley on drums. A special
bonus track explores the techniques you've learned throughout the book.


Garrison's Online Bio

Renowned for his mature, melodic sound and elegant, lyrical style of
writing and playing, guitarist Garrison Fewell has established himself
as a distinctive voice throughout his 30-year career. Critics have
called him "one of today's most personal guitar players" (Boston
Phoenix), "an assured stylist with a strong sense of tradition" (The New
Yorker), "a player of virtuosity and swinging intensity" (UPI), and
"refined, passionate, and inspiring" (Guitar Player). His diverse
discography, beginning with 1993's Boston Music Award-winning "A Blue
Deeper Than the Blue" (Accurate), counts multiple titles ranked on best
of the year lists in publications like Coda, Guitar Player, Musica Jazz,
and his hometown Philadelphia Inquirer. The long list of prominent
Fewell sidemen on record includes pianists Fred Hersch, Jim McNeely and
George Cables, bassists Cecil McBee and Steve LaSpina, and drummer Matt
Wilson to name just a few.

In the last several years, Garrison has expanded beyond the
modern-mainstream sound to play "free" and improvised music with artists
such as vibist Khan Jamal and saxophonist John Tchicai. He has recorded
an upcoming release, "Big Chief Dreaming", for Soul Note Records,
featuring John Tchicai.

As a leader, Garrison has performed at NYC's Blue Note and Birdland Jazz
Clubs, and toured in the US, South America, Africa, Caribbean, Canada
and Europe. He has played at major jazz festivals such as Montreux,
North Sea, Umbria, Clusone, Veneto Jazz, Copenhagen, Krakow, Budapaest,
Quebec, Cape Verde, Africa, and Asuncion, Paraguay. He has performed
with renowned artists such Tal Farlow, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson,
Billy Harper, John Tchicai, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Steve Grossman, Herbie
Hancock, Fred Hersch, Hal Galper, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Buster
Williams, Miroslav Vitous, Steve LaSpina, Cameron Brown, Harvie Swartz,
Michael Formanek, Tim Hagans, Cecil Bridgewater, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy
Owens, Dusko Goykovich, Khan Jamal, Norma Winstone, Jay Clayton, and
Slide Hampton.

An internationally respected jazz educator, Fewell has been a Professor
of Guitar and Ear Training at Boston's Berklee College of Music since
1977 and has given clinics at more than 40 prestigious conservatories in
Europe alone, authored a textbook called Jazz Improvisation, and served
as a lesson contributor to Guitar Player, Guitar Club and Axe magazines.

See: http://garrisonfewell.com/index.html

Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in
Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com,
where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar'
columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc
endorses Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website. He
also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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