Jazz Lines for Guitar

Wed. 6–7:30 pm 4/3 – 5/29 (9 weeks)

Jazz Lines for Guitar
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Guitar
Day Wed
Instructor Jeff Massanari
Status online event

Using transcriptions from great guitarists, pianists, and horn players, students review great lines for individual chords (from the major, minor, and dominant families) as well as for progressions (II-Vs and turnarounds). Examples will be analyzed to help understand the jazz language and how to relate these lines to existing scale and arpeggio patterns. Please bring your guitar!

Suggested prerequisites: knowledge of major scales, basic arpeggios, some knowledge of diatonic harmony, and familiarity with II-Vs and key centers.

This class meets ONLINE using the Zoom platform. 



About Jeff Massanari  

Four years performance and composition coursework at Berklee College of Music. Performed with Mark Inouye and the San Francisco Symphony, Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. Appeared at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Beijing Conservatory, Davies Symphony Hall, Stern Grove, SFJAZZ Center, Yoshi’s, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Theatre Works. Taught at UC Berkeley, The Jazzschool, Redwood High, Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, Jazz Camp West and Blue Bear School of Music.


Student Reviews 

“The course was very well structured, with a balanced emphasis on long term as well as short term progress. Jeff shared class materials beforehand, which was very helpful for generating questions and for using class time effectively.”