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1st Edition

Expertise in Jazz Guitar Improvisation
A Cognitive Approach

ISBN 9781032072241
Published September 2, 2021 by Routledge
242 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 by 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


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Stein Helge Solstad is Associate Professor in Music at Volda University College, Norway.