Q: I'm a horn player, do the Lessons apply to my instrument?
A: Yes, the Improvisation Lessons are for all instruments.
Q: As a guitarist, do I need to play finger style?
A: No, pick players can play all of the examples.
Q: What level to I need to be at on my instrument in order to benefit from the Lessons?
A: A knowledge of the Major and Dominant 7th Scales in all keys will enable you to follow the Improvisation Lessons. Each Lesson contains 3 parts – Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced.
Q: Once I purchase a subscription, how long will I have to view and study the Lessons?
A: Your subcription will automatically renew itself every month. You man cancel your subscription at any time, this must be done in writing.
Q: I have a limited amount of time each day for practise – what results can I expect?
A: We strongly recommend organizing your practise time to get the best results. Please navigate to 'Register' then 'Study Guide'.
Q: How long will it take to master the Barry Harris Method?
A: The more study time you have, the more progress you will make. This Method is comprised of relatively few key points, which can be memorized fairly quickly. The work comes in digging ever deeper into the material to find new meanings and applications.
Q: Who are some notable Jazz musicians that have studied this Method?
A: Charles McPherson, Joe Henderson, Yusef Lateef, Lonnie Hillyer, Paul Chambers, Kirk Lightsey, Sir Roland Hanna, Pepper Adams, Curtis Fuller, Doug Watkins and Hugh Lawson and John Coltrane to name just a few.
Q: Who are Barry Harris' major influences?
A: Barry Harris is Bud Powell's protege. He has also been deeply inspired by Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Q: How can I pay for a subscription to the JSO Lessons?
A: Secure Online Payment is done through PayPal. PayPal accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, check and money transfer from your bank account.
Q: What languages are the Lessons available in?
A: The Lessons are presented in English only. However, the Lessons are filmed so that the student can see the keyboard and the guitar fingerboard. There is also a PDF transcription available for each Lesson.
Q: What is included in each Lesson?
A: Each Lesson includes 3 videos (Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced levels) and a PDF transcription.
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