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Advanced Jazz & Latin Improvisation, Bebop & Swing Guitar - Emily Remler. Good for giving simple rules and examples, explained well, as if she cared about the listener.
Eric Johnson - Available at Hot Licks. An all around instructional video, covering country, rock and jazz. The best part of the video is his mastery of all styles. Not an easy beginner video.
Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar - Martin Taylor. Covers Martin's arrangement of standard tunes. Absolutely mind blowing to watch him play this stuff. He doesn't really break things down into individual things to work on but takes the practice by working on a tune approach.
Finger style Mastery - Tuck Andress. Most of the video deals with comping a blues using walking bass. Deals with developing independence between walking bass and chords, varying the chords rhythmically while maintaining the walking bass, incorporating rhythmic slaps and pops against the strings to add the effect of a percussionist. Chord melody arrangement of "Cleanup Woman" is particularly mind blowing.
Jack Wilkins Jazz Guitar Workship. Lots of great little nuggets here, but mostly on the finer points. Wilkins is recorded in front of a small audience accompanied with guitar and upright bass, just doing his thing and explaining what is going on. Tunes heard are contrafacts of "Confirmation", Autumn Leaves" and "I Got Rhythm", as well as a beautiful solo reading of "Here's That Rainy Day". In between tunes Jack discusses a variety of topics, including ii-V progressions, leading tones, chord solo techniques and picking styles.
Jazz Chord Workout - Joe Beck . Not systematic, but really inspiring if you like chord melody stuff.
Jazz Fusion Improvisation - Scott Henderson. This video is broken down into chord types Major, Minor, Dominant, and Alt Dominant covering what scales and arpeggios work over each. Very well thought out and organized with extensive use of examples and a lot of modern ideas.
Jazz Lines - Joe Pass. Excellent video for building a vocabulary of lines. Each section of the video has Joe soloing over a particular chord type or progression. That's pretty much it...just full of great lines. Not much explanation on this video, just examples.
John Stowell Vol 2 Good treatment of how to employ the melodic minor all over the place. Available at http://www.johnstowell.com.
Mastering Jazz Licks - Clint Strong. Clint demonstrates how he "thinks" while improvising over a standard chord progression using extended and altered chord substitutions. He also teaches many incredible jazz lines for II-V-1 and I-VI-II-V progressions.
Melodic Phrasing - Scott Henderson. Probably the most invaluable video I own...without a doubt the most in depth discussion of phrasing I've ever seen. Focus is on choice of rhythms and contour rather than notes. Deals with playing "through" changes rather than "over" them by maintaining contour and rhythmic repetition, how to milk a rhythmic idea through repetition and variation, playing rhythmically free over a swingin' rhythm section, and a ton of other great ideas.
No Nonsense Jazz Guitar - Jimmy Bruno. Set of videos are really well thought out and put together for a lot of the fundamental things, especially his take on simplifying scale fingerings; everything he does in these 2 videos is useful and
well presented. Jimmy shares his valuable guitar knowledge with enthusiasm and humor. He teaches his approach to: ii/V/I progressions,
understanding arpeggios, harmonic "weight", changing chord colors, efficient scale patterns, symmetrical fingerings, visualizing scales, training hands & ears to work together, using scales against different chords, working with notes outside the scale, visualizing the guitar as a piano, the note of resolution, altered dominant possibilities, pedal patterns, melodic minor scale, natural picking techniques, breaking the up and down picking habit, adding bass lines to chords, unique turnarounds, melodic cells and an introduction to 7 string guitar.
The Music of Wes Montgomery - Adrian Ingram. Adrian Ingram's detailed examination of Wes Montgomery's style. Covers thumb and octave techniques, substitutional devices and soloing conceptions. There is Rare film footage of Wes, together with Adrian's performances of classic Montgomery tunes, like 4 on 6 and West Coast Blues, further illustrate the ideas covered in this important video lesson. Everyone with an interest in jazz guitar will find something of value here. Really well organized and presented - if you like Wes, this is a must!
An Evening With Joe Pass - An instructional and performance video featuring a concert (with a great trio) plus a pre-concert run through of jazz classics like "Satin Doll", "All The Things You Are" and more. In clinic, Joe discusses and demonstrates the techniques he employs, chord-melody and "playing what you hear".
Barney Kessel from 1946 to 1993 - Entertainment video, covering his many years of playing. Ends with Kessel, Ellis, and Byrd playing together. If you like Kessel, you will like this.
Great Guitars of Jazz - Charlie Byrd, Tal Farlow & Herb Ellis in Concert Video -recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. Tunes include: "Seven Come Eleven, Georgia On My Mind, Angel Eyes, Air Mail Special, Blue Skies, Deed I Do, Embraceable You, Undecided, So Dance
Samba, Corcovado, Cottontail, Things Ain't Like They Used To be"
Talmage Farlow - A film by Lorenzo DeStefano This 1981 film is a charming, engaging look at Tal the man as well as the player. DeStefano opens the curtain to show us Tal when off the stage. We see him in his quiet New Jersey home, painting signs, hanging out on the back porch watching the boats go by. And he plays guitar a little bit too. The camera follows Tal to New York to rehearse and perform with Tommy Flanagan and Red Mitchell in some revealing footage. We also see how Tal practiced at home, his views on the music scene and his life as a musician, and his decision to leave the club scene in the late fifties. One sparkling moment in the film occurs when Lenny Breau comes to visit Tal. The two sit in Tal's living room, trade licks and talk about guitar. This is a one-of-a-kind moment that culminates with the two of them perfoming at a local club that night (which made it onto the Chance Meeting CD). The minimalist documentary approach to this film lets the viewer see Tal at his undiluted best. His recordings provide the soundtrack and the looks at old photos of his '50s heyday provide historical interest. This is the only film about a jazz guitarist that I know of and its a sensitive, fitting tribute to the giant of a man that Tal was. I enjoyed this film and so will you. http://www.lorenzodestefano.com/talmagefarlow.htm
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