The modes are an often misunderstood aspect of guitar playing and improvisation in particular. In this lesson, Marcelo shares his perspective on the modes, starting with the major modes.
Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in Theory and Improv with Marcelo seriesLength: 22:36Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
How can you play any solos if you don't know your chords? It's with this mantra that Marcelo Berestovoy dives into his Theory and Improv series. Learn the foundational aspects of chording that will set you up for the ultimate improvisation success!
"How can you play any solos if you don't know your chords?" Marcelo looks to remedy this situation with his new Theory and Improv with Marcelo series. Learn foundational aspects of chording, along with...Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
A mastery of harmony is required before one can improvise successfully. The CAGED system is a tried and true method that compartmentalizes the visual shapes of chords and scales. In this lesson, Marcelo...Length: 16:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
What is a chord? How do we know which notes make up the chords we are playing? Join Marcelo in this foundational lesson on identifying diatonic triads and 4 note chords!Length: 21:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Getting tired of the same old chords? Are those massive chord books not any help? Check out Marcelo's unique way of discovering new chords!Length: 17:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Join Marcelo as he continues to discover new chords! In this lesson, Marcelo puts the C major scale underneath each of the chords in the C tonality.Length: 20:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
So far, Marcelo has shown us how to discover new chords by placing the diatonic scale on top of or underneath the chords. Now, he uses the chromatic scale to find more advanced chords.Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Improvising: Where to start? Marcelo gives us some great, easy to follow jumping off points in this lesson on improvisation.Length: 21:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The modes are an often misunderstood aspect of guitar playing and improvisation in particular. In this lesson, Marcelo shares his perspective on the modes, starting with the major modes.Length: 22:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now Marcelo takes a closer look at the most commonly used minor modes.Length: 13:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Join Marcelo as he applies some of the improv techniques we've learned so far to a 12 bar gypsy jazz etude.Length: 20:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
"The Shiek of Araby" has been covered by countless artists. Now it's time to hear Marcelo's take on it! Join him as he integrates his improvisational tools into this timeless standard.Length: 18:02 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
True to gypsy Jazz form, Marcelo teaches us one of his original compositions, "Pa'Cito". Watch as he invokes many of Django's original gypsy jazz stylings!Length: 16:37 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
In part 2 of "Pa'Cito," Marcelo explains some scales that can be used when improvising over the progression.Length: 17:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Marcelo teaches a beginner's version of the classic tune from the early 1900's: "After You've Gone". Learn the basic chords, as well as the basic single note melody line.Length: 16:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now Marcelo teaches us a much more advanced version of the standard, "After You've Gone". This version makes use of traditional gypsy jazz chord shapes and substitutions, as well as scales to use for your...Length: 17:34 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Marcelo shows us a simple, yet unique way of determining improv scales based on the chord tones. This will simplify and revolutionize you improvisation!Length: 17:35 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Marcelo takes us through the cycle of fifths and ends with a very cool etude to cement these sounds in your head!Length: 6:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Marcelo now teaches us his own, very beautiful gypsy bossa. Learn the chords, melody and improv concepts for this very catchy and unique tune!Length: 22:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Interested in adding new and different sounds to your improv? Check out Marcelo's unique method for doing just that!Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
About Marcelo Berestovoy
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This Latino artist, composer and guitarist, has inspired a new musical trend that he has called “Southern World Music”. This innovative mix of sounds is a blend of the tango from Argentina, flamenco from the south of Spain, and several musical styles from Southern California. Marcelo has done live presentations and recorded with artists like Ricky Martin, Selena, Leon Gieco, Daniela Romo, Sergio Arau and Bebu Silvetti to name a few. In television, he accompanied stars such as Jorge Moreno, Grammy Award winner in 2002 in the “Best New Artist” category. He also composed the song “Gitano Corazon”, recorded by Natalia Oreiro in her album “Tu Veneno”. This album was nominated in the Latino Grammy Award 2001 in the category of “Best Female Pop Album”. He is co-author of the song “One Heart” with Steven Segal, Larry King and Tommy Coster. His musical talent has been shown in movies including “Dirt”, “The Mexican”, “Un Pedazo de Tierra” and “Paulie”. He has participated in television shows, concerts and kick-off parties for movies like “Mission Impossible II” and “The Disapearance of Garcia Lorca”.
Marcelo was born and raised in Argentina. He says he felt a passion for the music since he was about 11 years old when he started to take guitar lessons. His father had a lot of influence in his love for music. Together they used to play the songs that Marcelo wrote. His father always took him to listen to jazz. At this time, listening to jazz gave Marcelo another perspective since he was a rock fanatic. His motivation was first the Beatles and then Charly and Spinetta “the skinny”. Marcelo recalls that by the age of 18, he was playing in different places throughout Buenos Aires, Argentina. He would play four to five nights a week with different groups or to accompany solo singers.
His decision to come to Los Angeles was motivated by his interest in jazz. In 1985, he came to study to GIT and he never returned to Argentina. Marcelo currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his lovely wife and son. He performs live at several local places. In addition to playing the guitar and composing, Marcelo teaches in the “Musicians Institute”, one of the most prestigious in the music world.
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