Guitar Summit – Jazz course2019-06-13T08:32:35+00:00
Guitar Summit 2019 - Jazz course

19-20 July 2019 

Jazz course
On the 19th and 20th of July 2019, IGF will offer you the unique opportunity to study with the one of the most unique guitar virtuosos in the history of jazz: Stanley Jordan.
Course tutors:
Stanley Jordan
Jordan came to prominence with the release of his 1985 album Magic Touch, a revolutionary project that placed him at the forefront of re-launching legendary Blue Note Records into a contemporary entity in jazz and beyond, and also established the then-twenty-something Jordan as among the most distinctive and refreshing new voices of the electric guitar.
dario cortese
As a guitar teacher Dario has more than 20 years of experience teaching in some of the most prestigious private schools and Universities in Europe. He has headlined numerous master classes and courses for various organisations including International Guitar Foundation (IGF) and South West Music School (SWMS).

Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan’s innovative ‘touch technique’ is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. His touch technique allows the guitarist to play melody and chords simultaneously with an unprecedented level of independence. It also allows Jordan to play simultaneously on two different guitars, or even on guitar and piano. He says, ‘I think of it as a single instrument, but one with a wide range of tonal colours—that’s why I do it.’

But the Touch Technique is not all Stanley can do. Stanley is committed to music as an artistic, spiritual, and even health-promoting endeavour. He has been immersed for more than a decade in music therapy, and he is now working towards a Master’s degree at Arizona State University. His involvement with music therapy leads him to do outreach in schools, hospitals and other venues wherever he tours. He is an artist-spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association, and he has done numerous lectures and demonstrations on the healing applications of music. Join us for two days with a unique and very giving artist!

Stanley Jordan will be assisted by London based guitarist Dario Cortese, Head of Contemporary Styles of IGF.

Topics to be covered:
Stanley Jordan attributes much his success to a powerful learning method that he uses to remain at the peak of his game. In this workshop he will show you how to learn music more quickly and easily, build up critical skills and stamina, and then step onto any stage with confidence, knowing that what you have practiced will be at your fingertips. These learning principles can be immediately applied by players of all instruments, as well as vocalists, in all styles of music and at all levels of skill. You’ll find yourself using these principles every time you pick up your instrument to make music. This is truly the key to the castle because everything you will do as a musician will involve learning, so if you have an effective learning method the benefits will multiply over your entire musical life.

(Mastering jazz vocabulary, interpreting tunes, developing your own style)
Many aspiring musicians find jazz harmony to be a difficult and complicated subject, and even when they understand some of the principles they find it hard to apply these principles to real music. Stanley has a deep understanding of the subject and he knows how to explain it in plain language. In addition, he has his own creative approach that you won’t find in any book anywhere! Get a glimpse into the thought process behind Stanley’s fresh and innovative music. Vastly increase your harmonic vocabulary. Learn valuable tools to help you craft your own unique style. In this session we will cover:

o Basics of Jazz Harmony
o Introduction to Advanced Jazz and Modal Harmony
o Chord-Scale Relationships
o Melodic Principles and Jazz Improvisation

The “touch technique”, also called “tapping”, is the innovation that Stanley Jordan is best known for. It uses both hands on the guitar neck playing independently. It allows a guitarist to achieve a level of orchestral complexity approaching that of a piano, while still retaining the expressiveness of the guitar. Stanley has been using this technique since 1977 and today he is considered by many to be the World’s pre-eminent touch guitarist.

In this workshop Stanley will give you advice on setting up your guitar for the touch technique. He’ll give you exercises to develop the skill and dexterity in your hands. He’ll give you pointers on hand position and posture to make sure that you’re avoiding physical strain. And he’ll show you some of the cool new musical possibilities the touch technique makes available. If you want to begin using this technique, or if you just want to take it to a new level, here’s your opportunity to learn direct from the source.

P4 tuning simplifies the guitar fingerboard by using the same musical interval, a perfect fourth, between strings. It differs from the standard Spanish tuning, which uses all fourths except for one third. By repeating the same interval P4 tuning simplifies the fingerings as the guitarist moves from string to string. This tuning is especially useful to improvisers, such as jazz and progressive rock guitarists who need to devise complex fingerings all over the guitar neck at lightning speed.

This tuning can be useful if you want to develop an extensive knowledge of the guitar fingerboard and apply that knowledge effortlessly as you move from string to string. Tuning your guitar in this way dramatically reduces the number of fingerings you’ll have to memorize to achieve your musical result. Stanley has used P4 tuning extensively since 1975, and today he is one of its foremost experts. In this session he will demonstrate and explain the fourths tuning and help you discover its expanded possibilities. If you are ready to accelerate your journey into the rich world of complex guitar music, this subject is for you!

This workshop is not suited for beginning players. The students should have at least a basic understanding of harmony and chord construction, but these topics will be reviewed. Anyway, both Stanley and Dario will do their best to make everyone feel welcome.
Please bring your guitar.

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