San Diego Jazz Improv Lessons

In addition to teaching jazz guitar I also teach jazz improvisation for all melody instruments (piano, horns, vibraphone, you name it!)

As a performer, most of what I play these days would fall under the category of jazz and I love teaching this art form. It’s fair to say that jazz is one of the more complex genres of western music but that complexity gives musicians a wide palette of musical tools to choose from. I focus on teaching students to use these tools to create interesting, improvised solos and musical moments.

Here are some specific topics I teach

  • Arpeggios
  • Altered scales (Whole Tone, Phrygian, Lydian Dominant, etc.)
  • Modes and Modal playing
  • Pentatonic scales
  • Creating and using motifs and sequences
  • Jazz harmony
  • Quartal harmony
  • Odd meters
  • Structuring solos
  • Don Mock’s “target tones” approach
  • Rhythm Changes
  • Jazz Blues

Here are some examples of my playing.

Contact Me
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