Sessions will be held every other Saturday on Zoom, from 1 pm to 2 pm PST (4 pm to 5 pm EST), starting on Saturday, February 6, with the exception of the last session, which will be a week after the seventh session.
After the workshop is complete, students will continue to have access to workshop recordings and materials when signed in to their Peghead Nation account.
If you’ve felt that the logic of “jazz lines” eludes you; if you’ve noticed that the phrasing of your own solos doesn’t sit right in a swing context; if you’ve started to hear that the lines played by your favorite jazz players aren’t just exercises running up and down a scale, but you don’t yet grasp the source of their “whirling circles”; or, if you’re someone who already understands some jazz theory, but still feels that your solos need more direction and “pocket,” this class will help you get “unstuck.
Matt examines Louis Armstrong’s 1937 solo on “Sunny Side of the Street,” and talks about playing above the changes. He also gives you some stand-alone licks that he has pulled out of the solo, which you can use in your own playing.
Matt shows you Lester Young’s legendary 1936 solo on “Lady Be Good” and gives you ideas on translating Lester’s saxophone phrasing to the guitar. He also gives you some “Lester Licks” from his 1939 “Lester Leaps In” solo, and talks about how Lester uses the major and minor pentatonic solos in his playing.
In this session, Matt shows you Charlie Christian’s solo on “Honeysuckle Rose,” recorded with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1939.