What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Mick Goodrick

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature jazz guitarist Mick Goodrick.

"Rick Goodrick is a profound jazz guitarist. He plays algorithmically even in his improvisations. He is the guy to transcribe to get a real feel for far out extensions over chords. He currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music as the premier guitar teacher." Thus says a blurb from www.last.fm and I agree wholeheartedly about the profound nature of Mick's playing. I have a wonderful duo CD with Mick Goodrick and Joe Dioiro. Mind-blowing stuff.

Mick's website is called Mr. Goodchord, and it seems that it is online primarily to support his jazz guitar books. (great books, BTW) It does have a short bio and a list of all his publications. If you can ever get your hands on some of Mick's CDs, they are well worth having, as his style is unique and refreshing.

Online bio:

Mick Goodrick, guitarist and educator, has recorded and performed internationally for the past 40 years with other world famous musicians such as Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Joe Diorio and Steve Swallow, to name a few.

Mick is renowned for both his harmonic command of the guitar and his prowess as an influential teacher. He is author of the book known among players as the "guitarist's bible" entitled, The Advancing Guitarist (Hal Leonard Publications). He is author of the three volume series, Mr. Goodchord's Almanac of Guitar Voice-Leading for the Year 2001 and Beyond, co-author with his business partner Mitch Haupers of the rhythm-training book entitled, Factorial Rhythm: For All Instruments, now in its second edition, and composer/arranger/author of four new books awaiting production through Mr. Goodchord Publications, including a book of solo compositions for fingerstyle guitar.

Mick Goodrick's website:

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 now endorses Peerless Guitars and has the website Jazz Guitar Zone to help promote Peerless jazz guitars in the US. He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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