Using octaves, guitarists can 'kick-up' the melodicpossibilities of their soloing, far beyond scales, licks and chords - and give the player powerful new tools for improvisation not just in jazz, but blues pop and rock. Learn about octaves by learning easy to play contemporary jazz pieces, in an effortless progression from the basics to some of the most advanced and expressive octave playing - all In the course of one video!
Sections include: octave basics around the neck, using the thumb, fingers and pick for maximumversatility, chord solo concepts using octavesm blues licks, scales and chromatic riffs in octaves, play melodies expressively with octaves, developing an awesome touch using right hand tonal techniques, developing a naturally expressive style using techniques such as expressive 'dynamic contouring", expressive devices such as slurs, tremolo, slides,additional harmony beyond octaves,, and lots of solo ideas to develop and adapt into your own style
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In his concertizing with such artists as Kirk Whalum, Marc Antoine, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Dan Siegel, Warren Hill, Bob Hope and Brian Bromberg, he has made numerous visits to Asia, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Live performance highlights include Town Hall, New York; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; the Universal and Greek Amphitheatres, Los Angeles; the Montreal, Monterey, Jacksonville, JVC, Playboy, Taste of Chicago, Summerfest, World Trade Center, Madrid and San Diego Jazz festivals, as well as appearances for BET, VH-1, PBS, NPR and German television.
He has recorded on the Sony, CBS, Manhattan/Capitol, Bluenote, Bluemoon, Optimism, Pausa, Chase Music Group, Innercity, New World, Nova and Brainchild Record labels. He is also the associate director of the International Musicians Academy of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and has taught master classes throughout Europe, at the Musicians Academy, London, University of North Texas, the Musicians Institute, Hollywood, University of Oregon, the National Guitar Summer Workshops and the International Association of Jazz Educators. Mr. Smith is an artist/clinician for D'Addario, Gibson and Shure Corporations.