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Expertise in Jazz Guitar Improvisation

A Cognitive Approach, 1st Edition

By Stein Helge Solstad


264 pages | 99 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367077662
pub: 2020-05-07
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Expertise in Jazz Guitar Improvisation is an examination of musical interplay and the ways implicit (sub-conscious) and explicit (conscious) knowledge appear during improvisation. The practice-based research inquiry includes: interviews and interplay with five world-class jazz guitarists, Lage Lund, Jack Wilkins, Ben Monder, Rez Abbasi and Adam Rogers; a modal matrix for analyzing structure, time and form in jazz guitar improvisation, and musical analysis based on cognitive theories.

By explaining the cognitive and musical foundations for expertise in jazz guitar improvisation, this book illuminates how jazz guitarists' strategies are crucially dependent on context, style and type of interplay. With accompanying video provided as an e-resource, this material will be of interest to anyone fascinated in Jazz and Psychology of Music.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The researching jazz guitarist

Chapter 3: The jazz guitarists’ perspectives on practising and performing

Chapter 4: Expertise in improvisation

Chapter 5: Aspects of time

Chapter 6: Form

Chapter 7: Musical analysis

Chapter 8: Final reflections


About the Author/Editors

Stein Helge Solstad is Associate professor in music/Head of Music Department at Volda University College, Norway.

About the Series

SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music

The theme for the series is the psychology of music, broadly defined. Topics include (i) musical development at different ages, (ii) exceptional musical development in the context of special educational needs, (iii) musical cognition and context, (iv) culture, mind and music, (v) micro to macro perspectives on the impact of music on the individual (from neurological studies through to social psychology), (vi) the development of advanced performance skills and (vii) affective perspectives on musical learning. The series presents the implications of research findings for a wide readership, including user-groups (music teachers, policy makers, parents) as well as the international academic and research communities. This expansive embrace, in terms of both subject matter and intended audience (drawing on basic and applied research from across the globe), is the distinguishing feature of the series, and it serves SEMPRE’s distinctive mission, which is to promote and ensure coherent and symbiotic links between education, music and psychology research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General