Jazz Guitar Lessons

Local Specialist Jazz Guitar Teacher Chichester. If you are interested in one-to-one jazz lessons then have a read through this page to find out more on how you could benefit from jazz lessons.

What are you likely to cover in lessons?

There are many ways of approaching jazz, and many styles exist within the genre. From fast Be Bop to slow beautiful ballads, there are many styles to choose when learning jazz. There are a lot of things worth looking at early on that will help give you a solid understanding of what’s going on around you, and help you develop your own voice. Jazz is often broken down into three main components for guitarists, melody, comping and soloing.
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 you will work on playing the heads to tunes, either learning them by ear, or learning to read from the Real Book. You will also discover skills needed when playing the head, or leading the band, such as counting in and controlling dynamics.
Comping. Comping is slang for accompanying. This is our chance to play chords to support the lead instrument playing the head, or solo. A lot of people over look the importance of comping, but there is a famous saying in music, your lead playing will only ever be as good as your rhythm playing!  
Soloing. Taking a solo is one of the main reasons people enjoy playing jazz. It gives us space to express ourselves and interact with other musicians. Arpeggios, modes, themes and transcribing will all be unpicked in lessons. I enjoy playing jazz solos with a touch of the blues entwined, (many of the top jazz guitarists I listen to do this).
If you are looking for a jazz guitar teacher in Chichester then contact me via the contact page here. If you are interested in hearing more of my playing then check out The Tom Belbin Trio’s website. A professional level jazz trio that I am a permanent member of.