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Swing Guitar Soloing
with Matt Munisteri
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
 
 
About This Workshop
 
Study classic swing solos from Charlie Christian, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Lester Young, and learn key guitar techniques that will help you create a voice of your own.
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Matt Munisteri
 
 
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 performed on A Prairie Home Companion, Jazz Night in America: Jazz at Lincoln Center, E-Town, Mountain Stage, and Michael Feinstein’s Song Travels.
 
 
 
The Swing Guitar Soloing Workshop Includes:
  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Saturday, from 1 pm to 2 pm Pacific Time starting February 6, 2021
  • Analysis of classic swing solos from jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, and Django Reinhardt
  • Advice on adapting swing vocabulary to the guitar and beginning to create a voice of your own
  • Instruction on key techniques like downstroke picking patterns and position shifts
  • High-quality video recordings of each session so you can review what you've learned and revisit them after the workshop has concluded
  • Transcriptions of classic solos in notation and tablature for each session
 
 
Sign Up for Live Workshop
 
Workshop fee of $200, participate live or view recordings on your own schedule.
 
 
 

Workshop Schedule:

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.

 
 
Swing Guitar Soloing Workshop
 
Welcome to Swing Guitar Soloing
 

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.

 
SESSION 1: Louis Armstrong’s 1937 solo on “Sunny Side of the Street”
 

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.

 
SESSION 2: Lester Young’s Classic 1936 solo on “Lady Be Good”
 

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.

 
SESSION 3: March 6, Charlie Christian’s solo on “Honeysuckle Rose” - Next Session
 

In this session, Matt shows you Charlie Christian’s solo on “Honeysuckle Rose,” recorded with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1939.

 
 
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