John Stowell – Jazz Guitar Mastery
Dec 29 2014
The purpose of Jazz Mastery is to give the serious student an entry into the creative process as quickly as possible. Presented here is the necessary information, stated clearly and simply as possible, in the hope that motivation and inspiration will soon follow on the heels of comprehension.
The responsibility of a teacher lies in getting students excited, as well as presenting the theory to them in an easily assimilated form. Jazz Mastery will certainly serve up equal portions of the requisite information and inspiration.
This material was written and recorded in 1999 and looks like it’s been transferred to DVD from VHS. That said the material is fresh and the video and sound are more than adequate to convey Stowell’s substantive teachings.
The book contains a lot of insight into his approach along with substantial practice material. While the book is short at 37 pages, the lessons are long because to be of value, his material must be worked to the point that it’s integrated into one’s playing, which is no small feat. In fact, this may be the longest 37 pages I’ve ever read. Needless to say, this is not a beginner’s book. Rather it’s for players who already have a working grasp of jazz and improvisation.
If one is interested in integrating triadic approaches and seamlessly blending alternate scales and their associated harmonic structures into one’s repertoire OR just wants to know how John Stowell does it, this will be a very useful book.
It works! If you always wanted to sound a little more “outside” this book and dvd are for you. Amazing tool to expand vocabulary. A way to learn new approaches to improvisation and harmony. John Stowell is a master and a gifted musician. Highly recommended.
Running time: 01:00:54
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 4:3 (720×480) VBR
Audio: AC3, 2/0 ch, 224Kbps
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 4.5 Gb