In part one (1 of 2) of this chord-melody guitar lesson, renowned guitarist Frank Potenza gives you an in-depth look at arranging for solo jazz guitar. Frank takes you through the process of creating a chord-melody guitar arrangement by demonstrating interpretation possibilities, harmonic analysis, voice-leading and more. If you want to learn the art of chord melody from a true master, this jazz guitar masterclass series is for you! NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the "purchase" version of this video (not the $9.99 "rental" version), which contains the embedded notation seen in the masterclass. If you want to buy this 2-part series at a discount, you can get the entire bundle here!
Topics Covered: Solo jazz guitar, chord melody, importance of the melody, comparing lead sheets, finding the basic changes, texture and dynamics, arrangement elements, the verse and chorus, arrangement options and choices, voicings, analysis, pick vs. fingers, harmonizing the melody, etc.
Capri recording artist and educator Frank Potenza is a protege of the late, great Joe Pass and an active composer and performer with nine solo albums to his credit.
In addition to his extensive freelance recording experience he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Brother Jack McDuff, and many others.
Frank toured and recorded as a member of the Gene Harris Quartet from 1996 through 1999 and is a featured soloist on Alley Cats, Gene’s last recording for Concord Records. He currently leads his own groups and tours in support of his latest Capri Records Ltd. release entitled Old New Borrowed & Blue.
He is a full Professor and Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar Program at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. He holds a Bachelors degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and a Master of Arts degree from California State University Los Angeles.