Re: Jazz Guitar Woes
Posted by Guitar Guy on 12/13/2019, 11:36 am, in reply to "Re: Jazz Guitar Woes"
I'll say 15 years ago when I was in the high school jazz band, I had the same probably. I was a riffer, played in rock bands and punk bands and in church bands. And when I'd sit down to read charts, I was dumbfounded. Ebm9/1l?? That wasn't in Green Day. |
What I would recommend if you want to keep them, and help them grow as musicians? Challenge them to read along and sight read well enough like a bassist. Follow the chord progressions as just roots, just the tonic, as if they were bass players. Then let them power chord it as root + fifth. Then when they can play the song fairly well that way, challenge them to learn the proper finger position for a full chord in an easy spot they can "arrive" at in the piece; like a held whole note, or the opening chord, or the closing chord. Let them root along where it's challenging, power chord where it's easy, and play full chords where they have a second to find their fingers.
Is it the most OPTIMAL or PEDAGOGICAL approach? Absolutely not. But guitar is a little different of an instrument for most teens to sit down with. A lot of them will come from a non-pedagogical approach, and this will give them a solid reading foundation and a chance to safely explore challenging jazz chords. All of this without sacrificing their texture in your ensemble.
I started a Jazz Band at our school. I have two guitar players with electric guitars who don't have a clue. And being a horn guy I know even less.
I've bought them jazz guitar books. I gave them a Guitar Tab chart, but after three months of after school rehearsals they are both still "deer is in headlights" for the most part.