Online Guitar Courses & Certificates: Solo Jazz Guitar

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Created by world-renowned guitarist Jody Fisher, these four courses will take your musicianship to a new level! Taking these four classes to earn the certificate will help optimize your learning experience due to the weekly video exchange with your instructor and will demonstrate your success with solo jazz guitar.

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Building A Chord Vocabulary with Jody Fisher


Course Description This class addresses the needs of the student who has been playing for a while and wants to greatly expand their chord vocabulary. The class begins with the basics of harmony as applied to the guitar, such as quickly knowing all the notes on the fingerboard, major scale theory, and extensive trial work. After this information is absorbed, the topics expand to comping ideas along with formulas and fingerings for diatonic chords from major and minor 6th chords to major, minor and dominant 13th chords. Numerous examples are shown – some common, some unusual – with additional commentary about dealing with and changing physically challenging fingerings. Later in the class, other chord systems are discussed, such as building chords from triads, string transference, using common chord progressions to help upgrade your chord vocabulary. In addition to the video instruction and printed material, there are pre-recorded play-along tracks to provide a realistic playing and learning experience. Course Objectives

  • Learn all the notes on the fingerboard, major scale theory, and extensive triad work
  • Learn new comping ideas common to all styles of music
  • Learn how to deal with and change physically challenging fingerings
  • Upgrade your chord vocabulary by building chords from triads, string transference, chord scales and using common chord progressions

Here’s what students are saying: “Jody is the best! So lucky to have been a student of his!”

Advanced Chord Systems with Jody Fisher



Course Description For guitar students who already possess a knowledge of basic diatonic harmony, and have a good vocabulary of extended chords, this class is the next step. The course dives into the theory and usage of altered dominant chords right from the beginning. First, chords with a single alteration are covered. Many fingerings are shown along with systems to help the student learn quickly. There are common voicings shown along with ones that are considered more unique and are introduced within the context of chord progressions that are played in all styles of music. After this, dominant chords with multiple alterations are covered in the same way. Once this material has been learned, other systems for learning altered dominant chords are introduced, such as building altered chords from tritone shapes, half-step dominant approach chords and symmetrical chord movement. After taking this class, any student should feel comfortable in any harmonic setting. In addition to the video instruction and printed material, there are pre-recorded play-along tracks to provide a realistic playing and learning experience. Course Objectives

  • Learn theory and usage of altered dominant chords with single and multiple alterations of chords with many fingerings
  • Expand comping ideas that can be applied to any style of music
  • Learn to finger difficult chords and deal with physically challenging chord changes
  • Upgrade your chord vocabulary by building chords from triads, harmonized chord scales, string transference, and other chord systems.

Here’s what students are saying: “I think I just learned more in this course than I have in last 10 years of playing guitar. Not only are you a master player, you are a great teacher. Thank you!”

Beginning Chord Melody with Jody Fisher




Course Description Chord Melody is a style that allows the guitarist to play songs instrumentally, either solo or with a group. It is a demanding style that requires knowledge of the fingerboard, a good sense of melody and an extensive chord vocabulary. This class is for intermediate students who are ready to move on to a more advanced level of playing. Each lesson covers a new song. An extensive analysis of the song’s melody and harmony are the first areas of study in each lesson. After that, students will work their way through an actual chord melody arrangement of the song and learn about practice techniques, and other solo guitar skills. Midway through the course, the emphasis changes from learning a written arrangement to creating original arrangements of standards and other songs. When students reach this point additional arranging techniques are discussed, such as creating intros and endings and using special effects such as artificial harmonics. All the songs are demonstrated in a looser, more improvised feel to show the students how they can develop a style of their own. Course Objectives

  • Learn how to analyze songs melodically and harmonically
  • Learn to harmonize melodies
  • Learn how to handle non-chordal tones
  • Learn how to practice chord melody more effectively
  • Learn how to create chord melody arrangements and build a sizeable chord vocabulary

Here’s what students are saying: “Thank you so much, Jody! Your lessons have transformed my playing. Your explanations are accurate and simple…you have broadened my musical horizons!”

Chord Melody II with Jody Fisher



Course Description Once a student understands the basics of chord melody arranging, they often wonder how to expand their skills to include more techniques that will make their playing more interesting and sound more professional. For the student who has had some chord melody training and has a basic repertoire to work with, this class will take you to the next level. The songs in this course are more difficult in terms of technique and harmonization than the first Chord Melody course. The work focuses on how to make your arrangements really unique. In addition to topics like phrasing, and “shading”, techniques showing how to improvise with chords and single note lines are covered extensively so that players can feel as free improvising in a solo context as they do in a band. Much attention is also paid to the technique of comping with simultaneous walking bass lines. Learning how to create well-arranged songs and bass lines, in addition to improvisational techniques can give a serious player an endless source of development and enjoyment. Course Objectives

  • Learn theory and usage of altered dominant chords with single and multiple alterations of chords with many fingerings
  • Learn to improvise while playing solo guitar
  • Learn to improvise with chords
  • Learn to improvise with chords and single note lines together
  • Learn to play walking bass lines and comp chords simultaneously

Here’s what students are saying: “Jody is the Zen Master of guitar teaching. In other words, really great!”

Program taught in:
English
This course is Online
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Aug 2019
Sep 2019
Duration
40 weeks
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2,796 USD
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