Chord melody may very well be the most daunting rite of passage for jazz guitarists. Learning how to comp, jazz up melody lines and improvise solos is challenging enough but doing all of that simultaneously is seemingly an impossible task. Especially if you’re a fan of jazz chord melody masters like Joe Pass, Barney Kessel and Bucky Pizzarelli. Meanwhile, you can’t pick up your jazz guitarist credentials without passing that chord melody class.
So where do you start? How do you get up and running as quickly as possible? And who will guide you on this learning journey? All three answers can be found inside Frank Vignola’s 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody.
Frank showed you the ropes with 1-2-3 Jazz and Next Steps Jazz, he jazzed up your blues lines with Jazz Up Your Blues, he stoked your improvisational prowess with Vamps, Jams & Improvisations, and he expanded your single line and chord vocabularies with 50 Jazz Licks You MUST Know and Inversion Excursion. And now he’s got your back with 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody.
1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody is not a beginner’s course. And it’s not a repertoire-building course. It’s an accelerated, systemized approach for crafting chord melody arrangements for intermediate to late intermediate jazz players. If you have fundamental rhythm skills and can identify the notes in a piece of sheet music or even in just a tab, Frank will have you playing chord melody arrangements of your favorite tunes in less than a month’s worth of practice sessions.
Frank organized 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody curriculum into 3 sections. In the first section, you’ll learn 36 moveable chord forms: 12 major, 12 minor and 12 dominant. Using just these 36 moveable chord forms you’ll be able to play hundreds of jazz chord melody arrangements in all 12 keys.
In the second section, Frank shows you the simple, practical 3-step system that he himself learned from his own jazz mentors, who in turn learned from their jazz teachers. No tedious theory. No boring exercises. No voluminous harmony manuals to struggle through.
Just 36 moveable chords and three simple steps to follow. No kidding.
In the third and final section, Frank shows you how to put those 36 chords and that 3-step formula to work crafting three jazz chord melody arrangements for Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Peg O’ My Heart, and the Gershwin classic, Lady Be Good (the three arrangements are also tabbed and notated for your reference). During this process, Frank will also share what he considers to be six of the most useful creative options for chord melody arrangements and performances.
Once you have a grip on the 36 moveable chords, 3-step formula and 6 creative options you’ll be able to craft chord melody arrangements from virtually any jazz standard or pop tune. To make that process even easier, Frank includes a Chord Melody Reference Guide with all 36 moveable chords, in all 12 keys, mapped out to every possible melody note commonly found in those 12 keys.
Passing that Jazz Chord Melody class is now as easy as 1, 2, 3.