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Fundamentals of Advanced Improv

Genre-Breaking Improvisation

We're excited to present a new masterclass in harmony, melody, rhythm, and form: the fundamentals of the art of improvisation on the guitar. Scott Sawyer has been genre-bending in jazz and beyond with his masterful approach to improv for years. Now get an insiders' look into the concepts, ideas, and approaches that Scott uses to spontaneously create musical ideas on the fly.

This course is for the intermediate to advanced player who wants to:

  • Understand music theory in an organic and musical way that supports making, performing, writing and arranging music
  • Strengthen your ears- hear what you play, and play what you hear
  • Expand your harmonic palette and become a better accompanist
  • Create melodic ideas inside and outside of chord changes
  • Discover new concepts that break out of repetitive practice routines


Your Instructor


Scott Sawyer
Scott Sawyer

Scott Sawyer displays his musical diversity like a badge of honor, re-visiting his blues & rock roots while continuing to explore the jazz tradition & beyond… – (Philip Van Vleck)

He’s performed at major festivals, concert halls, and beer-soaked dives here and abroad, including Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Herbst Jazz Festival (Austria), St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz, 2002 Silde Jazz (Norway); Ottawa Jazz Festival; Detroit Jazz Festival, Berlin Chamber Music Hall (Germany); the Blue Note (NYC); Joe’s Pub (NYC); Catalina Jazz Club (LA), to name a few.

Born in Chicago, Sawyer was introduced to jazz and other music at an early age via his father’s record collection, which included recordings by John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Lou Rawls, and Nancy Wilson. But in the beginning, it was the music of Jimi Hendrix and other rock and blues musicians (including Mike Bloomfield, Son Seals, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson) that inspired Scott to seriously pursue music.

Scott is a Group and Individual Instructor at the Durham Jazz Workshop, works with a limited number of students at his home in Raleigh, NC and is an adjunct instructor at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC; Jazz Guitar, Jazz Improvisation) and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill; jazz guitar).


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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