Adding Voices (Guitar Lesson)


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Matt Brown

Adding Voices

In this lesson, Matt adds to your voicing repertoire while playing the Charleston rhythm.

Taught by Matt Brown in Jazz Guitar with Matt seriesLength: 14:22Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (10:53) Adding Voices Lesson Objectives

-Play through the "fancy" form of the 12 bar blues in the keys of F and Bb while using the Charleston rhythm.

Chord Charts / Voicings

Note:
Matt has only provided chord charts for new chord voicings discussed in this lesson. The remaining chord shapes can be found in the lessons listed below.

1. Set 1 Voicings - Lessons 1-2

2. Set 2 Voicings - Lessons 2-3

3. Set 3 Voicings - Lesson 15

Rootless Set 1 and Set 2 Voicings

Remember that the low root note of Set 1 and Set 2 voicings can be omitted when comping with the Charleston rhythm.

Review of Set 3 Voicing Options

At this time, review all of the Set 3 dominant voicings as well as the minor seventh, ninth, and eleventh voicings. Also, review rootless Set 1 and rootless Set 2 voicings. Matt provides a brief review of rootless chord voicings at 00:58.

Bebop or "Fancy" Jazz Blues

A review of the chords used in a "fancy" 12 bar blues in the key of F are listed below.

Bar 1: I7 (can be played as F7, F9, or F13)
Bar 2: IV7 (can be played as Bb7, Bb9, or Bb13)
Bar 3: I7 (can be played as F7, F9, or F13)
Bar 4: optional altered dominant I chord: F7(#9), F7(b9), F7(#11), F7(#5), etc.
Bar 5: IV7
Bar 6: optional altered dominant IV chord: Bb7(#9), Bb7(b9), Bb7(#11), Bb7(#5), etc. or, play the #ivo7 chord (Bo7)
Bar 7: I7 (can be played as F7, F9, or F13)
Bar 8: VI 7 (This chord can be played as an altered dominant if the altered extensions work with the melody.) (options - D7, D9, D13, D7(#9), D7(b9), D7(#11), D7(#5), etc.
Bar 9: ii7 (can be played as Gm7, Gm9, or Gm11)
Bar 10: V7 ((can be played as C7, C9, or C13) an altered V7 chord can be used if it works with the melody.
Bars 11-12 Turnback Progression (I7 - VI7 - ii7 - V7)

Set 3 - Altered Dominant Voicings

Matt introduces some altered dominant chord voicings that can be used with the Charleston rhythm at 02:03. All of these voicings are transposable. Learn and memorize all of the new voicings that he demonstrates. You can also use rootless versions of the Set 2 altered voicings that you have learned in past lessons when comping with the Charleston rhythm.

Demonstration of Bars 1-4

Matt plays through the first four bars of the form with the Charleston rhythm at 05:05.

Demonstration of Bars 1-8

This demonstration is provided at 07:57

Practice Time

Practice the "fancy" version of the 12 bar blues progression with the Charleston rhythm. Make sure that your metronome is set to click on beats 2 and 4. Practice in a wide variety of tempo ranges. Begin slow and gradually work your way towards blazing bebop tempos.
Chapter 2: (03:29) Playing to the Charleston Rhythm Play several choruses of the "fancy" jazz blues along with Matt in this scene. Use rootless Set 1 and 2 voicings as well as Set 3 voicings. Begin with simplistic voicings and gradually incorporate more colorful voicings during later repetitions of the form.

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Jazz Guitar with Matt

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

In this lesson set, Matt will teach you everything you need to know to fluently play jazz guitar.



Lesson 1

Intro to Jazz

Check out this lesson to learn some basic jazz theory & chord voicings.

Length: 31:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Voicings & Melodies

Learn some more advanced chord voicings as well as the Charleston rhythm.

Length: 19:13 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
Lesson 3

Set II Voicings

Learn a handful of Set II voicings & round out your knowledge of the basic jazz chords.

Length: 27:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Applying Chords / Solo Ideas

Apply the chords you've learned & experiment with some solo ideas.

Length: 32:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Scales and Chords Together

Learn which scales work with which jazz chord voicings.

Length: 43:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Circle of Fifths

Matt sheds some light on the circle of fifths.

Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Proper Practicing

Learn how to get the most out of your time when practicing.

Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Proper Practicing Part 2

Here's the second installment of Matt's proper practicing lesson.

Length: 32:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Physicalities of Playing

Learn how to avoid carpal tunnel and other hand injuries by using proper technique.

Length: 46:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

All of Me

Matt Brown teaches the jazz standard "All of Me."

Length: 31:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Lead and Scales

Matt Brown explains how to improvise over the changes to "All of Me."

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Estudio No. 1.

Matt Brown begins talking about solo arrangements in this lesson. He teaches Carcassi's "Estudio No. 1" as an introduction to this concept.

Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Reviewing the ii V I Progression

Matt Brown returns to his Jazz series with a review lesson. He applies the standard ii V I progression to the circle of fifths.

Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Turnback Progression

In lesson 14, Matt discusses the turnback progression in the jazz style.

Length: 22:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Set Three Voicings

Matt brown discusses and demonstrates the set three voicings used in jazz guitar.

Length: 25:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Jazz Solo Arrangement

In this lesson, Matt demonstrates how to practice jazz solo arrangements by taking a look at "Here's That Rainy Day."

Length: 35:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Expanding on the 12 Bar Blues

In lesson 17, Matt reviews and expands on the jazz version of the 12 bar blues form.

Length: 23:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Adding Voices

In this lesson, Matt adds to your voicing repertoire while playing the Charleston rhythm.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Key of B Flat Major

Matt Brown talks about lead options when playing a blues in B flat major.

Length: 23:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Key of F

Matt Brown provides instruction and examples of playing jazz heads in the key of F. Once again, all examples follow the 12 bar blues form.

Length: 18:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Jazz Heads in B Flat

Matt Brown takes another look at blues heads in the key of B flat. In this lesson, he covers a head by Thelonious Monk.

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Tools for Solo Arrangements

Matt Brown takes a look at a solo arrangement and provides thoughts and tools necessary to complete this type of guitar playing.

Length: 23:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Introduction to Bossa Nova

Matt Brown starts breaking down the rhythmic tendencies and patterns to the Brazilian Bossa Nova style of playing.

Length: 17:56 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Blue Bossa #1

In lesson 24 of his Jazz series, Matt takes a look at the melody to Blue Bossa.

Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Blue Bossa #2

Matt Brown takes a look at the available chord voicings for Blue Bossa.

Length: 10:39 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only

About Matt Brown View Full Biography Matt Brown began playing the guitar at the age of 11. "It was a rule in my family to learn and play an instrument for at least two years. I had been introduced to a lot of great music at the time by friends and their older siblings. I was really into bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins, so the decision to pick up the guitar came pretty easily."

Matt's musical training has always followed a very structured path. He began studying the guitar with Dayton, Ohio guitar great Danny Voris. I began learning scales, chords, and basic songs like any other guitarist. After breaking his left wrist after playing for only a year, Matt began to study music theory in great detail. I wanted to keep going with my lessons, but I obviously couldn't play at all. Danny basically gave me the equivalent of a freshman year music theory course in the span of two months. These months proved to have a huge impact on Brown's approach to the instrument.

Brown continued his music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2002. While at Capital, he also studied jazz guitar and recording techniques in great detail. "I've never had any desire to perform jazz music. Its lack of relevance to modern culture has always turned me off. However, nothing will improve your chops more than studying this music."

Matt Brown currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He teaches lessons locally as well as at Capital University's Community Music School. Matt's recent projects include writing and recording with his new, as of yet nameless band as well as the formation of a cover band called The Dirty Cunnies.

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