Arts Center To Host Hands-On Jazz Guitar Workshops

Andy Rothstein

WOODBRIDGE – Jazz Guitarist Andy Rothstein will share his knowledge of improvisational jazz-fusion for the guitar by conducting a series of two workshops – “Hands-on Jazz Guitar Workshop I” and “Hands-on Jazz Guitar Workshop II,” beginning in January 2011. These workshops will teach the art of jazz guitar improvisation by providing participants with a foundation in theory, technique, and hands-on application using jazz standards.

Each workshop will consist of 4 one-hour sessions, broken down into approximately 50% lecture and 50% hands-on guided practice.  Classes will be held at the Barron Arts Center, located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge. The cost for each workshop is $130, with a $10 discount offered if you sign up before Dec. 200. Class space is limited to 10 enrollments and will be accepted on a first-come basis. Checks can be made payable and sent to: Andy Rothstein, P.O. Box 343, Woodbridge, NJ 07095.


This workshop is intended for musicians of high school age and beyond who know the basics of how to play the guitar, and would like to expand their knowledge by studying the idiom of Jazz. It is not an introduction to the guitar, so a pre-requisite is that participants will need to know the basics of how to play the guitar.

The schedule of workshops are:

Hands-On Jazz Workshop I – 4 one-hour sessions

Saturday afternoons, January 8-29, 2011 ? 1:30-2:30 PM

The following topics will be covered in this workshop:

  • Introduction to the masters of Jazz Guitar
  • Scales, Modes & Fingerboard knowledge
  • Introduction to the jazz improvisation
  • Introduction to jazz phrasing
  • Modal approach to jazz improvisation
  • Introduction to jazz chord voicings
  • Application of concepts learned using jazz standards

Hands-On Jazz Workshop II – 4 one-hour sessions

Prerequisite of Workshop I required

Saturday afternoons, February 5-26, 2011 ? 1:30-2:30 PM

The following topics will be covered in this workshop:

  • Advanced jazz chord voicings and chord scales
  • Understanding altered dominant chords and lines
  • The Jazz Minor scale and how to apply it to jazz improvisation
  • Penatonic scales and Steve Khan’s method of applying them to jazz improvisation
  • Pat Martino’s “Convert to Minor” theory of jazz improvisation
  • Application of concepts learned using jazz standards
  • Case Study: Transcription of Pat Martino’s solo on Just Friends

For more information or to reserve your spot in this dynamic workshop, call Andy Rothstein at 1-908-565-1022 or email him at

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