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 situation.
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.