If you ever had the chance to ask somebody for advice who has played guitar for world-class artists such as Sting, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Steven Tyler, Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Chaka Khan,Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, Diana Krall, Dave Matthews Band….
Somebody who has collaborated and performed with the greats such as Al Jarreau, B. B. King, George Benson, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Tommy Flanagan, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Al Foster, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Chris Botti, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton…
The list literally goes ON AND ON.
Again, if you ever had the chance to surround yourself with somebody like this, somebody who must have accumulated an infinite amount of pure wisdom, what would you ask this person?
You think you know all of your chords and scales?
You believe you know enough to compete at that level and join in someday?
…You have to agree that there must be “something” or some kind of “secret” that led somebody to be able to experience these playing opportunities recurrently.
Wouldn’t you ask this person what their secret to success was or what keeps this individual at the top of their game for so long?
But before we go any further though, there is something you need to understand.
Ever since his first three recordings as a bandleader in the early 90’s for Warner Brothers Records, followed by several more for Verve Records and Herbie Hancock’s Label “Transparent Music“, Mark Whitfield’s music always created a place with an exceptional mix of the flavors of Jazz and Pop.
His unique and personal sound is crafted from a wealth of diverse backgrounds and shares a commitment to the tradition of Jazz guitar while at the same time builds new impulses for contemporary Pop music.
Each line of his has a distinctive personality at an uncompromising level of musicality and will always set you in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks.
These fascinating elements helped establish the quintessence of Mark Whitfield’s trademark sound. The sound that landed him the gig.
TAGA Publishing is proud to deliver you a Masterclass that will reset your system.
TAGA Publishing’s “Mark Whitfield: Land The Gig” shares Marks accumulated wisdom, musical opinions, influences and reveals how he has been able to consistently “Land the Gig.”
Years of playing with some of the most extraordinary artists of our time taught Mark valuable lessons.
Acquire first-hand knowledge and discover all personal ingredients of Mark’s trademark sound to leave an everlasting impression on your next session that will stick and gets you the call back!
In this Masterclass, Mark will cover topics such as:
- His influences of Freddie Green, George Benson, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
- Developing a great time and feel
- Creating song intros on the spot
- Making a singer or artist feel comfortable as an accompanying guitarist
- How to keep it simple and leave musical space
- Establish being a confident, positive high performer by learning from experience
- How to fit in rhythmically with the band
Experience “Mark Whitfield: Land The Gig” with the newest Sound Slice Technology which will enable you to play, loop and/or slow down the TAB and standard musical notation WHILE you work through the material.
In addition to the Sound Slice Technology, this Masterclass will let you discover the entire experience in a high quality three angle camera format, supported by countless complimentary PDFs, and learning material.
Mark will show you simple practices you can use regularly that have been a complete game changer for Mark himself.
If you want to surround yourself with a mentor who goes out of his way to help you, don’t miss this Masterclass.
Find out what lessons Mark Whitfield took from recording with D’Angelo…
Explore what knowledge Mark gained from performing with Carmen McRae…
Discover what wisdom Joe Pass passed on to Mark…
So get in position to crush your rhythms.
Get ready to adopt the thoughts and actions of a legendary guitarist that will mold you into the player you want to be.
Adapt the habits of a successful veteran player and completely reinvent yourself, starting right now.
|1.1 Playing Introduction by Mark Whitfield||00:01:14|
|1.2 Welcome to This Course||00:00:48|
|2. The Essence of Time|
|2.1 The Eminent Freddie Green||00:01:41|
|2.2 Illustrating Freddie Green: 12-Bar Blues||00:02:14|
|2.3 Having a Musical Impact: Voice Leading||00:02:18|
|2.4 George Benson on Freddie Green||00:01:13|
|2.5 Freddie Green Right Hand Technique||00:03:14|
|2.6 The Influence of Freddie Green’s Style||00:00:53|
|3. Accompanying a Vocalist|
|3.1 Color: Considering Tensions||00:01:21|
|3.2 Channeling Joe Pass: Accompanying Carmen McRae||00:06:28|
|4. Comping Like Kenny|
|4.1 Kenny Burrell’s Playing||00:01:44|
|4.2 Comping Accordingly||00:00:50|
|4.3 Kenny Burrell with Jimmy Smith: Rhythm Section Prowess||00:01:49|
|4.4 Leaving Your Legacy||00:02:16|
|5. Tales of the Legends|
|5.1 Getting Schooled by Joe Pass||00:04:21|
|5.2 Wes’ Comping||00:04:10|
|5.3 A Night Out with George Benson||00:02:33|
|5.4 You Can’t Lose the Blues||00:02:07|
|6. Personal Style and How to Comp Better|
|6.1 Play What You Want to Hear||00:02:02|
|6.2 Mark’s Percussive Comping example||00:01:13|
|6.3 Getting Called Out by Jack McDuff||00:00:30|
|6.4 Stop Playin’ Those Banjo Chords!||00:03:06|
|6.5 Examples of “Banjo Chords” and How to Not Play Them||00:00:48|
|6.6 Avoiding “Banjo Chords” example 2||00:01:26|
|7. New Vocabulary and Learning to Grow|
|7.1 An Unfamiliar Stage: Getting the Call to Record for D’Angelo||00:04:51|
|7.2 Knowing Your Role and Adapting to the Situation||00:02:24|
|7.3 Creating a New Vocabulary with What You Know||00:01:57|
|7.4 Take Your Time, Let it Feel Good||00:01:09|
|7.5 Taking Inspiration from Ernie Isley||00:01:47|
|7.6 Incorporating Effects||00:02:29|
|7.7 Looking Back||00:03:17|
|8. Playing in Non-Jazz Settings|
|8.1 Lessons Learned Playing with Sting||00:01:48|
|8.2 Message in a Bottle example||00:00:28|
|8.3 Discipline: Not Losing Sight of the Role of Your Instrument||00:00:59|
|8.4 Staying Humble||00:01:39|
|8.5 The Responsibility of Delivering a Melody||00:02:28|
|9. A Collective Expression of the Groove|
|9.1 Holding Down a D9 All Night with Fred Wesley||00:04:17|
|9.2 Playing with Stevie: A Collective Expression of the Groove||00:03:55|
|9.3 A Little Room for Personality||00:01:49|
|10. Musical Musings and Some Final Thoughts|
|10.1 Open String Improvisation||00:01:58|
|10.2 I Shot the Sheriff||00:00:53|
|10.3 Bill Withers example||00:00:21|
|10.4 Auto-Wah Riffs and R&B Comping||00:01:26|