Jazz Guitar Lessons
What are you likely to cover in lessons?
The melody. Often called the head, is the main hook of the tune. It is usually played over the first chorus, and again over the last chorus. Singers will sing the head if there are lyrics, or often lead instruments will take the head, such as trumpet or saxophone. There is nothing to stop a guitarist playing the head though, and many famous guitarists do just that. Guitarists such as John Scofield and Pat Martino are often heard playing heads to tunes, listen to John Scofield’s Chicken dog, or Pat Martino’s Sunny to hear some examples of this. Within lessons with Ian you will work on playing the heads to tunes, either learning them by ear, or learning to read them from the Real Book. You will also discover skills needed when playing the head, or leading the band, such as counting in and trading fours.