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
- 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.
To get in touch with me about jazz improv lessons in San Diego, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Form below: