Chord Melody for Jazz Guitar

$30 ($28 members) · 120 minutes · Single meeting

Chord Melody is for all guitarists. Learning the tools to create your own
chord melody is very important. Every guitarist has come across a time
when you had to play solo guitar. Howard will talk about the tools that
has made him one of the premiere solo guitarist of this generation.

Enhance your playing by harmonizing melodies in thirds, and developing
dexterity with parallel thirds to apply to improvised lines. This is a
great way to imply the harmony as you solo over changes in any kind of

Howard Alden is one of NYC’s most recognized jazz guitarists. He was voted "Best Emerging Talent-Guitar" in the first annual JazzTimes critics' poll, 1990, and "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the 1996, 1992, 1993 and 1995 Downbeat critics' poll. As jazz critic Wayne Thompson writes simply, in Jazzscene, "If there are better young jazz guitar players in America than Howard Alden, I have yet to hear them." Howard's growing base of loyal fans couldn't agree more.

Howard can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen movie Sweet and Lowdown, starring Sean Penn, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a legendary jazz guitarist in the '30s. Howard not only played all the guitar solos, but also coached Mr. Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film.


Familiarity with jazz guitar.

Special Info

Bringing a guitar is optional but not required.

Class Schedules and Availability

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000