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Learn to play the 1920s and ’30s chord melody and rhythm guitar styles of Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Freddie Green, Carl Kress, and other early jazz greats. With chord melody solos to popular swing melodies, advanced rhythm guitar techniques, and acoustic jazz picking techniques.
Matt Munisteri is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in New York City. A freewheeling and virtuosic guitarist on both acoustic and electric guitar—in music both modern and old-fashioned—he credits the early jazz plectrists of the 1920s and ’30s with providing the foundation for his technique and musical direction. As one of a relatively small number of authoritative acoustic jazz guitarists playing swing and early jazz, Matt has recorded extensively and is a first-call guitarist when a “period” sound is sought for CDs, film scores, and commercials.
He has collaborated with many colleagues in his field on concerts and recordings, including Vince Giordano, Mark O’Connor, Andy Stein, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Catherine Russell, Julian Lage, Geoff Muldaur, Loudon Wainwright, Howard Alden, Tim Kliphuis, and Matt Glaser. As an educator and clinician Matt has taught at the Berklee College of Music, the Augusta Heritage Center, the Ashokan Center, and Centrum. He has performed on A Prairie Home Companion, Jazz Night in America: Jazz at Lincoln Center, E-Town, Mountain Stage, and Michael Feinstein’s Song Travels.
Matt’s own recordings include the acclaimed Still Runnin’ Round in the Wilderness, the first of two planned CDs to explore the “lost” compositions of the under-recognized American singer-songwriter Willard Robison, Love Story, It’s Been Swell, and Hell Among the Hedgehogs, a smoking hot twin-guitar CD with the Hot Club of Cowtown’s Whit Smith.
Learn some of the essential chord voicings you’ll need to know to start playing 1920s-style chord melody, including the three major and minor triad voicings on the top three strings. With Notation/Tab
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The Roots of Jazz Guitar Matt Munisteri talks about the acoustic jazz guitar styles of the 1920s and ’30s he’ll be teaching in this course, as exemplified by players like Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Dick McDonough, Carl Kress, Lonnie Johnson, and others. The style has roots in turn-of-the-century mandolin and banjo playing and features chord melody playing on the top strings as well as a distinctive rhythm style that combines bass lines and closed chords. Matt ends by playing an excerpt from one of Eddie Lang’s most famous compositions, “April Kisses.”
Matt Munisteri’s 1930 Gibson L-5 Guitar Matt talks about one of his 1930 Gibson L-5 guitars in this video. He discusses the history of the L-5 a bit and how he acquired this particular instrument from TR Crandall Guitars in Manhattan. The guitar had been owned for many years by someone who lived just a few blocks from Matt’s grandfather in Brooklyn, and when Matt had some work done on it he discovered that the great archtop guitar maker John D’Angelico had most likely worked on the guitar, probably replacing the frets, refinishing it, widening the f-holes slightly, slimming the neck, and replacing the fingerboard and tailpiece. It’s serial number is only seven digits away from his main guitar, another L-5, which he’s played since 2000. Matt also talks about some of the other guitars favored by early jazz players and finishes by playing the early jazz classic “Jeannine.”
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