Bob Patterson

These days, I'm running about 40 to 45 guitar students a week. Every once in a while, I get the question. I see it in the eyes: the fear, the uncertainty, the absolute dread:

'Bob, can you tell me something about theory?'

The first thing I do is to assure them that they can learn theory and that yes, it does make their playing improve. It is necessary to know theory as a jazz musician. Improvising is the use of music theory at street level.

Initially we'll cover some of the basic things important to all aspiring jazz guitarists: the major scale, chords and intervals. Hopefully plenty of food for thought.

The next few lessons will hit the highlights of two semesters worth of college harmony classes. I will do my best to explain things fully. If you're unclear on any point, don't hesitate to E-mail me.

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