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Alex Skolnick of Testament, Jazz Guitar Breaking the Traditional Barriers (2010)

Alex Skolnick , Rock House Method  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alex Skolnick
  • Directors: Rock House Method
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rock House Method
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JH0LE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alex Skolnick is world renowned for creating an unprecedented blend of Metal and traditional Jazz. On his first-ever instructional program, Alex shares his perspectives and secrets for conquering Jazz guitar. Using basic Blues progressions, he guides you through Jazz concepts and shows how to follow progressions by targeting chord tones, triads, embellishments, modes and Jazz patterns. Learn to apply techniques like upper chord extensions, chromaticism, Jazz licks, and to add Bossa Nova, Swing, 6/8 time and Waltz rhythmic styles to your skill set. Alex reveals how he transforms rock songs like the Scorpions' "Still Loving You" into a Jazz composition, as well as his approach to classic standards such as "Autumn Leaves." Jazz, Rock and Metal guitarists, will find this program details Jazz theory and concepts that will increase your music vocabulary, repertoire and overall fluency.¶Each Rock House product includes free lifetime membership to Rock House's online lesson support system. Enhance your learning experience, links with instructors, download backing tracks, access message boards, and much more. You'll connect with a community of musicians around the world learning to play music using The Rock House Method.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great course January 17, 2013
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I've used Rock house method courses many times in the past. This one I'd rank right up there at the top. Alex doesn't speak above you in an attempt to impress you with his knowledge & abilities....he speaks to you in a fashion you can feel relaxed & learn. So many courses are just people show-boating their talent. This one like all the Rock House Method courses isn't that way. It's an actual teaching course & a very good one. He's a great musician & teacher. You won't regret purchasing this course. When you get into the course, I guarantee you'll be looking at the Rock House Method Blues, Rock & other courses because your actually learning what is taught.
Again, I'd rank this Jazz course as one of the top two courses I've ever purchased.....and I have a bookshelf full of courses I've purchased. All you need will come with this course I.e. printable tab sheets of what's being taught, study aids & best of all.....their online support. You actually communicate with your instructor!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars He breaks it down! January 16, 2014
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I started out as a singer, and played some simple guitar. But I always wanted, deep down, to be a really good guitar player. I started playing serious guitar about 5 years ago. I've had some great players around me; studied theory and practiced chord progressions like crazy and really applied myself. I got pretty good at reading charts and figuring out chordal voicings. But playing cohesive leads that didn't sound like a scale eluded me. With just the first DVD, I get it. Some players told me triads were the key, but now, after Alex guided the process with just some simple blues progressions, I see how I can move beyond my present level to something that sounds really great and jazzy. Thank you Alex, for taking me to the next level!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner jazz series November 5, 2013
By sharon
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This is a great DVD set. It is an easy to follow, step by step series on how to play jazz guitar. You have to already know who to play guitar to get the most out of the set, but for the intermediate player this is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good piece of material December 24, 2013
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I will recomend this to any guitarist, but specially to any metal or rock muscian who wants to start digging into the world of jazz. I think it's a great method because it starts from the blues which probably a lot of metal or rock musicians are very familiar with. Besides as other reviews say, this is not a DVD where Alex is showing off (even though he could). This method was created by someone who knows how to teach music and Alex is the one who interprets it, plus adding some of his personal style. The DVD comes with a number to register into the Rockhouse Method Webpage which has extra support, has a PDF file with tabs on the different exercises and it also includes the method videos to use with your ipod, which in the end makes it even more useful.

I have used other guitar methods which are either too advanced or theoretical, or just a damn propaganda from a conceited guitar hero.

Buy and have a nice time playing your guitar!
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