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Flatpicking Guitar Magazine - Flatpicking Essentials Volume 8: Improvisation (Part III) & Intro to Swing & Jazz Soloing

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The eighth and final book in the Flatpicking Essentials series teaches you how to begin to play swing and jazz tunes in the context of a flatpick jam, including how to learn to improvise over swing and jazz chord changes. After presenting how to study and utilize scales and arpeggios in the context of using them as "road maps" for improvisation, and providing examples of how to build from a simple song melody to a jazz style arrangement, this book presents three variations of ten standard swing and jazz tunes. You will learn the basic melody, plus two arrangements of each tune by Tim May. The tunes presented include: Avalon, Bill Bailey, 12th Street Rag, The Sheik of Araby, Rose Room, After You've Gone, St. James Infirmary, St. Louis Blues, Limehouse Blues, and I Ain't Got Nobody.

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Part 1: Improvisation (Part III)

    Introduction
    Revisiting Scale & Arpeggio Practice
        Scale and Arpeggio Pattern Checklist
        Major Arpeggios
        Circle of Fourths Arpeggio Patterns
        Major 7 Arpeggios
        Major 6 Arpeggios
        Major 9 Scales and Arpeggios
    Revisiting Modes
        Modes Examples
            "Rights of Man"
            "June Apple"
            "Swallow Tail Jig"
            "Cluck Old Hen" Mode Study
            Modes - Brightest to Darkest
        Mixolydian Mode & Seventh Chord Arpeggios
            Seventh Chord Arpeggios
            Working with "Alabama Jubilee"
        Aeolian Mode & Minor Chord Arpeggios
            vi V7 I Exercises
            Minor Seventh Arpeggios
            ii7 V7 IMaj7 Exercise
        Dorian Mode
            ii V7 I Exercises
            ii V7 I Exercises and the Dorian Mode
                Practice Patterns
            Minor Sixth Arpeggios
            Minor Sixth Arpeggio Practice Progression
    Arpeggio Practice Over Common Chord Progressions
        Practice with a Jazz Progression
            Sample Jazz Chord Progression
            Jazz Chord Progression Solo Example
        Jazz Progression #1
            Jazz Progression #1 Solo Example
        Jazz Progression #2
        Jazz Progression #3
        Jazz Progression #4
        Jazz Progression #5
     Part 1 Summary

Part 2: Swing and Jazz Tunes

    Introduction
    Flaticking Swing: Fake it 'Til You Make it
        "Red Wing"
    "Avalon": Moving From Melody to Swing
        "Avalon" Melody
        "Avalon" First Variation
        "Avalon" Second Variation
        "Avalon" Third Variation
        "Avalon" Fourth and Fifth Varitions
    "12th Street Rag"
        "12th Street Rag" Melody
        "12th Street Rag" Improvisation
    "After You've Gone"
        "After You've Gone" Melody
        "After You've Gone" Improvisation
    "Bill Bailey"
        "Bill Bailey" Melody
        "Bill Bailey" Improvisation
    'I Ain't Got Nobody"
        "I Ain't Got Nobody" Melody
        "I Ain't Got Nobody" Improvisation
    "Limehouse Blues"
        "Limehouse Blues" Melody
        "Limehouse Blues" Improvisation
    "Rose Room"
        "Rose Room" Melody
        "Rose Room" Improvisation
    "St. James Infirmary"
        "St. James Infirmary" Melody
        "St. James Infirmary" Improvisation
    "St. Louis Blues"
        "St. Louis Blues" Melody
        "St. Louis Blues" Improvisation
    "The Sheik of Araby"
        "The Sheik of Araby" Melody
    "The Sheik of Araby" Improvisation
     Conclusion
    
About the Flatpicking Essentials Series:

The Flatpicking Essentials instructional series is designed to teach you the art of flatpicking the acoustic guitar in a sequential, step-by-step method that will gradually build your flatpicking skill in a way that leaves no "gaps" or "holes." While this method will be extremely beneficial to beginners, this series will also be of great value to those guitar players who have been working to learn how to flatpick for quite some time, yet can't seem to get beyond a certain plateau.

If you are having trouble moving beyond memorized solos, adding interest and variety to your rhythm playing, learning how to play up-the-neck, learning how to come up with your own arrangements to songs, learning how to play by ear, or learning how to improvise, then this series is for you! Too many flatpickers are learning how to play by simply memorizing transcribed fiddle tune solos from tab books and video tapes. In doing that they are learning ineffectively and inefficiently. They are skipping over many vital elements in the learning process and thus they have a weak foundation. In this series my goal is to help you build a strong foundation so that you can easily maintain consistent forward progress in your study of flatpicking. Each volume of this series presents material that provides the foundation for the next volume.

In this first volume "Rhythm, Bass Runs, and Fill Licks" you learn how to develop all of the basic skills you will need in order to become a solid rhythm player. This book is designed to teach you rhythm skills in a way that will thoroughly prepare you for Volume 2, which is titled, "Learning How To Solo: Carter Style and Beyond". Volume 3 will start to build your fiddle tune repertoire by providing you with melody-based versions of the most popular jam session tunes. Volume 4 will teach you how to become familiar with the entire fingerboard and understand how to use it to your advantage in creating interesting solos. Volume 5 "Improvisation and Style Studies" will explore improvisation and the styles and contributions of the flatpicking legends: Doc Watson, Clarence White, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Norman Blake, and others. Volume 6 will provide you with advance arrangements of songs and tunes (arranged by Tim May). From there, Volumes addresses advanced rhythm theory and technique as it applies to bluegrass, fiddle tunes, folk music, acoustic rock, Western swing, big band swing, and jazz. Volume 8 is designed to teach you how to solo in the context of improvised jazz and swing music.

As you will learn in the first section of Volume 1, the flatpicking guitar style developed chronologically along a very clear line of sequential technical skills. In order to learn how to flatpick fiddle tunes like Doc Watson, the student needs to build a foundation similar to the foundation Doc built for himself before he started picking lead solos on fiddle tunes. The first two volumes of this course present the techniques and skills that were developed on the acoustic guitar during the 30s, 40s, and 50s "the pre-Doc Watson skills" the skills Doc acquired as part of building his own musical foundation. The remaining volume then continue to follow the chronological development of the style.