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Featured Article by Dom Minasi

Dom Minasi interviewed dozens of professional jazz musicians on the subject of practice, among them people like Dave Leibman, Hal Galper, John Scofield, and me! He asked us all two questions: 1. Do you still practice and how much? 2. What do you practice? Besides being very honored to be…

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Study with Bill

Lessons Now Available Via SKYPE!! Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional Learn at your own pace. Whether you’re goal is to become a world class musician or you are just looking to learn for personal enjoyment, Bill’s guidance and instruction will help you get there. With over 30yrs experience as a PROFESSIONAL…

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Blues to Jazz-Part I ( Video Lesson)

This video is part 1 in a series on using the basic blues to develop a “Jazz” vocabulary. Part 1 covers the basics. Recorded in 1080p HD and contains sub-titles. Please watch in Full Screen. This is part one in a series of lessons that I use to introduce students…

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Two New Book Releases……..

Jazz Guitar – Vol. 1

Volume I deals with the fundamentals of jazz guitar and was written to help musicians who already have a basic knowledge of functional harmony and are in what I call the “just do it” phase of learning. Topics covered are: Major and minor scales, Basic modes, Long and short arpeggios. Fingerings and exercises are also given to help develop technique. The second section deals with fingerboard harmony and includes topics from basic diatonic function , turn-arounds secondary dominants and tritone substitutions in a workbook form.  The purpose of this book is to help you develop technique and the basic harmonic skills needed to function as a jazz guitarist. NOTHING IN THIS BOOK IS OF A THEORETICAL NATURE. It contains real world, commonly used techniques in the performance of jazz. Much of the material can also be applied to other styles of music.


 

Basic Musicianship

Covers the basics, how to read notes on the staff, intervals, major and minor scales, key signatures, triads, inversions, basic rhythms and song forms, chord charts and leadsheets. Designed for complete beginners regardless of instrument. It’s the same text I use in my Basic Musicianship courses at SUNY Oneonta. If you’re looking to prep for a jazz/commercial college program and have no experience in music theory this will get you there and on the right track. All explanations are simple and to the point.

 

 


Lately I’ve been working on new music and a variety of different gigs, mostly sideman work.  I’ve also kept a very busy teaching schedule and have started a youtube channel. A lot of new things in the works. Stop by often or connect with me on facebook.

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